Canadian Fine Art
May 29 — June 03, 2021
Auction begins to close at 8 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.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and mandated government restrictions, Waddington’s regrets that we are unable to make lots from this auction available for pre-auction, in-person inspection. This condition report has been prepared by Waddington’s as a courtesy and has been provided for guidance only. The Lot is offered in the condition it is in at the time of sale. Any reference to condition in the report for the Lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the Lot form part of the condition report for the Lot provided by Waddington’s. Please note, certain images of the Lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the Lot and may represent colours and shades which are different to the Lot’s actual colour and shades. Waddington’s specialists are not professional conservators or restorers and the report set forth is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Waddington’s. Prospective buyers should bear in mind that this report will not disclose any imperfections which may only be revealed during the course of subsequent restoration. Buyers are reminded that Waddington’s warranties with respect to any property are limited as set forth in the Conditions of Sale and do not extend to condition.