Canadian Contemporary Art Auction

September 23, 2014

LOT 16




mixed media on canvas
60 ins x 80 ins; 152.4 cms x 203.2 cms

Estimate $15,000-$20,000

Realised: $12,000
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

“…painting without text is kind of like going to an Ella Fitzgerald concert and her just like not singing…”

The sources for the text in Graham Gillmore’s work are varied, borrowed from music, literature, overheard conversations and his own stream of consciousness. Regardless of where he finds his inspiration, the resulting artwork is a commentary on our shared experiences. In Waiting On You (2008), Gillmore uses text in a vibrant labyrinth of line and colour layered atop a collage of spontaneous drawings and found handwritten pages. Within the worded maze are phrases such as, “I HAVE A PROBLEM IN MY HEART,” “A LOVED ONE IS BOUND BY A BAD HABIT,” and “WAITING ON YOU,” all leading to a multitude of possible interpretations. His works are often caustic, critical, or laden with confessions, but they are amusing as well and always visually engaging.

Gillmore’s work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Ghent Museum (Belgium); the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto); the Vancouver Art Gallery; and the Museum of Modern Art (New York). He attended the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in the early 1980s and moved to New York City in 1986.


Williams, Griff. Graham Gillmore and Griff Williams at Gallery 16. Online video clip. Vimeo. Vimeo, 30 Apr. 2013. Web. 7 May 2014. Accessed May 7, 2014.


Private Collection, New York