WALTER HAWLEY YARWOOD, R.C.A.
watercolour on board
signed, titled and dated on the reverse
16 ins x 20 ins; 40.6 cms x 50.8 cms
In 1958, already well into his years with Painters Eleven, Walter Yarwood hadn’t yet enjoyed his own solo exhibition as a painter. That honour would come in 1959 when his first one-man show was held at the Dorothy Cameron Gallery. In 1960, the year that Painters Eleven disbanded, Yarwood began to focus on sculpture, leaving behind his painting practice only to return to it much later in his career. Nightscape therefore represents a time in which the artist was reaching the pinnacle of his modernist abstract painting career. This nocturne captures a remarkable amount of tension (in the best sense) with a web of energetic black stripes wrapped around, and within, the kind of blue that was once reserved for regal robes and heavenly skies. Yarwood manages to unite a feeling of depth with levity.
We thank Dr. Sarah Stanners, art historian, curator, and Director of the Jack Bush Catalogue Raisonné for contributing this essay.
Gift from the Artist
By descent to Private Collection, Mississauga