JACK LEONARD SHADBOLT, R.C.A.
UNTITLED - ABSTRACTION
mixed media on paper
signed and dated ‘49
22.5 ins x 29 ins; 57.2 cms x 73.7 cms
Ainslie asserts that in the late 1940s Picasso “remained the single most influential force on American painters.” In September 1948, Shadbolt arrived in New York and enrolled at the Art Students League. Shadbolt was in New York until August 1949 when he returned to British Columbia.
This work dates from 1949, a time during which Shadbolt, according to Ainslie, “worked increasingly intuitively, remembering forms in a strange disjunctive way” in keeping with surrealist ideas.
Patricia Ainslie, Jack Shadbolt: Correspondences, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, 1991, page 14, page 18, cat.no.44 and page 31 cat.no.46 for related works from this period, reproduced.
Private Collection, Alberta