Border Crossings / Cross Canada Fundraising Auction

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February 25, 2024 at 8:00 pm ET

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LOT 24

Lot 24

Thaddeus Holownia

Thaddeus Holownia
Lot 24 Details
Thaddeus Holownia


Archival pigment print
edition 4/10; framed in Nielson Black metal frame with matte finish, UV Artglass, and white archival 4-ply matting
image 22 x 16 in — 55.9 x 40.6 cm; framed 28 x 22 in — 71.1 x 55.9 cm

Estimate $6,500-$7,000

Realised: $4,500

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Courtesy of the artist; Corkin Gallery, Toronto.

The Work & Artist Bio

Starling, 2022, from the series “of a feather” fills the eye with beauty and awe. The absolute perfection of Nature, in this case birds — no design is better, more individual, endlessly varying, tonally perfect. Working serially, as he does, Thaddeus Holownia has given us bodies of work that speak to the reverence he holds for the natural world close around him. Landscape seen in varying light and seasons, the speckled wonder of birds eggs, human interventions built and wearing down over time. Meticulously printed with fidelity to the subject, Starling and the series of which it is a part gives us an exquisite photograph and a world into which we can briefly enter. “of a feather” is currently on exhibition at the Owens Art Gallery.

Thaddeus Holownia, is a visual artist, letterpress printer and publisher. Born in 1949 in Bury St. Edmunds, England he emigrated to Canada in 1954. During his 41-year career as a professor of art and as the head of the fine art department at Mount Allison University, he had a major influence on a generation of young artists. In 1998 and 2006, he was awarded the Paul Paré Medal of Excellence, Mount Allison University’s highest faculty award in recognition of excellence in teaching, scholarship, service and creative achievement. Holownia’s artwork has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, including most recently, “of a feather” at the Owens Art Gallery, 2024; “The Nature of Nature” at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; “The Lintels of Paris” at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery; “Paris After Atget” at the Corkin Gallery in Toronto.

Thaddeus Holownia’s photographic prints and bookwork’s are in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Yale University, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Canadian Centre of Architecture, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Owens Art Gallery, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the Confederation Centre for the Arts as well as numerous corporate and private collections. He has been the recipient of awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the New Brunswick Arts Board, the Crake Foundation and the Marjorie Young Bell Foundation.

Holownia is a Fulbright Fellow, an elected Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts. He was named to the Order of New Brunswick in 2015. He is represented by Corkin Gallery, Toronto.

Thaddeus Holownia, Border Crossings Issue 142, 2017

Thaddeus Holownia, Border Crossings Issue 135, 2015

Eyeing the Landscape: The Photography of Thaddeus Holownia, Border Crossings Issue 84, 2002

Artist's Website

Corkin Gallery


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LOT 24

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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