Canadian Fine Art Auction

May 25, 2015

LOT 66

Lot 66


Lot 66 Details


oil on canvas
signed and dated ‘69; also signed, dated 1969 and inscribed “Toronto” on the stretcher
43 ins x 45 ins; 109.2 cms x 114.3 cms

Estimate $30,000-$40,000

Realised: $35,400
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

Additional Images

Private Collection, Toronto


Kazuo Nakamura, quoted in Dorothy Cameron, Sculpture ’67, unpaginated.


“The contribution of the artist is to extend visual knowledge as a way of understanding our universe. I, as an artist, am never wholly isolated from anyone else, from the labourer or the scientist. We are all, each in his own way, making a new society, or a part of that society. On the other hand, since some perception and foresight beyond the norm is a necessary attribute of the functioning artist, I must admit to a certain sense of unavoidable ‘apartness.’”

Viewing mathematics as a key to form and design, Nakamura formulated artwork that was both alluring and precisely ordered. Atop a backdrop of indigo, the artist places bands of white, mimicking foolscap. His lines are clean, intersecting only with a circular porthole, a window to a landscape. Mirroring the small, diagonal brushstrokes of Cézanne, Nakamura creates a terrain of greens and blues. His restricted palette excites both the eye and the mind, like Euclidean geometry played out in a bloom of algae.


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LOT 66

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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