Canadian Contemporary Art Auction

September 23, 2014

LOT 30




acrylic on canvas
titled on the reverse
69 ins x 47 ins; 175.3 cms x 119.4 cms

Estimate $2,500-$3,500

Realised: $1,230
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

John MacGregor is best known for his fascination with time, and specifically how perceptions and the importance of time differ based on age, culture, and geographical location. However, time is always consistent in its ability to both guide us and imprison us at once. MacGregor sees this as making time dangerously disorienting, a concept he explores and is inspired by in his work. Gillette represents this bewilderment with the abstract concept of time. Full of lightness and darkness, the abstractions of this canvas are both enriching and disorienting. A pair of static butterflies recalls the mysterious transformations of these creatures over their life span, and their ability to perplex and fascinate.

His work has been reviewed and admired by Canadian art historian Joan Murray in “Painter as Time Traveler,” “Best in Contemporary Art,” and “Canadian Art in the 20th Century.” Additionally, he is represented in the collections of The National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Vancouver Art Gallery, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, and numerous other art institutions and corporations.