Border Crossings / Cross Canada Fundraising Auction

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February 25, 2024 at 8:00 pm ET

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LOT 40

Lot 40

Bea Parsons

Bea Parsons
Lot 40 Details
Bea Parsons


Monotype print on archival paper; edition 1/1; framed
29.5 x 23.2 in — 74.9 x 58.9 cm

Estimate $4,400-$4,800

Realised: $2,800

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Bea Parsons
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Courtesy of the artist; McBride Contemporain, Montréal.

The Work & Artist Bio

A wonderful freedom from the constraints or limits of space and time accompanies this monotype print, Surround Sound, 2023. Happily adrift in a sea of possibilities the spare palette has allowed Bea Parsons endless latitude. As she said in her interview with Border Crossings in 2021, “When I take colour out in the monotype prints it opens up the dream world of the subconscious.” And so it appears in Surround Sound, the subtle palette giving her the tonal range she said she wanted. It is, as in all monotype prints, a unique edition where the process is, for her, like painting; what she describes as a direct visceral experience, moving quickly and allowing for the immediacy of the mark. The result is a slow and dreamy trip of a piece.

Bea Parsons is a printmaker, drawer, and painter, originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, now living and working in Montréal. She holds a BFA from Concordia University in Montréal and an MFA from Columbia University in New York. She is a full-time professor of Painting and Drawing at Concordia. Parsons has recently had solo exhibitions at Franz Kaka in Toronto and Tappeto Volante in New York City. Her works have been acquired by the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Scotiabank, Musée de Joliette, Caisse de depôt et placement du Québec, Hydro-Québec, Royal Bank of Canada, Caisse Desjardins, and Equitable Bank. Of Cree, Scottish and French origins, Parsons has engaged all her life with notions of identity and place, and grappled with the reality of both oneness and many-ness.

Monotypology, The Many Versions of Bea Parsons, Border Crossings Issue 156, 2021

McBride Contemporain


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LOT 40

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  • 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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