acrylic on canvas
signed on the reverse, also signed, titled and dated 1980 on the overflap, and signed, titled and dated “Nov. 1980” on the stretcher
59.5 ins x 71.75 ins; 151.1 cms x 182.2 cms
Since childhood, Rayner had summered on Georgian Bay, near Magnetawan. Burnett writes: “His response to this northern landscape, touched by his interest and experience in the East (Rayner had travelled to Turkey, Iran and India on a Canada Council grant), had led to his finest pictures, from River Window (1965) (Art Gallery of Windsor) to Flying Out (1980), characterized by brilliance of colour and breadth of gesture.”
David Burnett and Marilyn Schiff, Contemporary Canadian Art, Hurtig Publishers Ltd., Edmonton, 1983, pages 91-92, and page 91, Fig. 79, reproduced in colour.
Isaacs Gallery Ltd., Toronto
The Collection of Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc.