Canadian Fine Art Auction

May 29, 2017

LOT 10

Lot 10


Lot 10 Details


acrylic on canvas
signed and dated ‘73
12 ins x 16 ins; 40.6 cms x 30.5 cms

Estimate $2,000-$3,000

Realised: $6,250
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

Additional Images

Private Collection, Belleville


Greg A. Hill with essays by Chris Dueker and Lee-Ann Martin, Alex Janvier, (catalogue), National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2017, page 12.


1973, the year this work was painted, was also the year the idea of PNIAI (Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporated) was developed although the group would not be incorporated until 1974. Alex Janvier (b.1935) was pivotal in this initiative which would become known colloquially as "the Indian Group of Seven." Lee-Ann Martin notes that Janvier's work is "a combination of both indigenous and Western methods firmly rooted in the cultural soil of Canada and is not seen anywhere else in the world." Indeed, the visual language used by Janvier reflects his heritage with abstract designs drawn from beadwork, textiles and other indigenous sources, interpreted in liquid lines and primary colours. 

Alex Janvier was the subject of a major retrospective at the National Gallery of Canada from November 26, 2016 to April 17, 2017.


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LOT 10

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  • 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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