Canadian Fine Art
May 29 — June 03, 2021
Auction begins to close at 8:00 pm ET
DONALD MACKAY HOUSTOUN, R.C.A.
Roberts Gallery Limited, Toronto, ON
Private Collection, Toronto, ON
Donald Mackay Houstoun mastered many mediums and genres of painting. He worked in oils, acrylics and watercolours, shifting with ease from abstracts to landscapes during his decades-long career. This painting, completed mid-career in 1976, comes from a period where both abstract and landscape meld perfectly into colourful and layered harmony. His experience with watercolours is evident in the colour choices that he laid down with his signature palette knife technique. The painting reads as a rainbow in the natural landscape, emerging in spring from the dull winter season. The large scale of the composition afforded the artist the opportunity to apply detailed strokes across the trees in the foreground, giving the viewer a different experience of the artwork from afar and up close.
The work is in excellent condition with no visible issues to report. This work has not been inspected under ultraviolet light.
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