DANIEL PRICE ERICHSEN BROWN
ON THE FENCE, 1963
egg tempera on board
signed and dated /63
18 ins x 26 ins; 45.7 cms x 66 cms
Brown enrolled at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick in 1958. It was there that he was introduced to the process of egg tempera painting – following in the footsteps of the likes of Tom Forrestall, who attended the school from 1954 to 1958. Working on a board prepared with gesso, Brown skillfully crafts scenes in High-Realism. The theme of this lot is one which the artist returns to frequently: that of the inhabited landscape. A young boy perches atop a split-rail fence, surveying the vista ahead. There is an intensity of feeling that leaves the viewer curious to know what has piqued his interest.
In a letter from Pearl Vaughan, Administrator of the CIL Art Program, to the artist dated November 24th, 1987, Vaughan describes this work as, “a valued part of the CIL traveling collection for over 24 years. It has been displayed in over 200 exhibitions across Canada and in some U.S. centres.”
Canadian Industries Limited (CIL), North York
D.P. Brown: Twenty Years, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, 1985.