Canadian Fine Art
May 29 — June 03, 2021
Auction begins to close at 8:00 pm ET
Prominent Canadian Corporate Collection
Colville often approached his portraits obliquely, inserting an obfuscating detail to block out the more literal aspects of a scene. The effect of a mis-framed photograph or an outtake in the family album is mitigated by Colville’s masterful harmonization of his compositions. The artist’s renowned sense of geometry here takes precedence over the more human aspects, as if the boater got in the way of a portrait of the buoy, rather than vice versa.
Another particularly Colvillian detail is, in the works of writer and curator Ray Cronin, the artist’s presentation of “a situation in which order and chaos are equal possibilities.” It slowly dawns on the viewer that the light on the buoy is out, rendering it largely useless for its intended purpose--navigation. The title of the piece can be viewed with irony, as a man-made attempt to conquer the wild ocean, to impose order on our surroundings, fails to live up to expectations.
The work appears to be in excellent condition with no visible issues to report. Please note this work has not been examined out of the frame.
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