JACK LEONARD SHADBOLT, R.C.A.
UNTITLED - ABSTRACT COMPOSITION
oil on canvas
43 ins x 36 ins; 109.2 cms x 91.4 cms
In 1956, Shadbolt travelled to the south of France. Nasgaard writes: “the painting that resulted was unanticipatedly hedonistic, townscapes and harbour scenes, built up into block-like mosaic patterns of energetic touches of luminous sensuous leaf colours, (with) painterly patches aligned on the lattice of a Cubist grid, often articulated with a horizon line.”
Describing paintings from this period, Nasgaard references “the thick paint, smeared and splattered“ and “the wonderfully felt passages in which facture and representation interlock.”
Roald Nasgaard, Abstract Painting in Canada, Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver/Toronto, 2007, page 134.
Private Collection, Toronto