Canadian Fine Art
May 29 — June 03, 2021
Auction begins to close at 8:00 pm ET
EDWARD WILLIAM (TED) GODWIN, R.C.A.
Prominent Canadian Corporate Collection
A founding member of the Regina Five, Ted Godwin spent the majority of his lifetime in Saskatchewan and Alberta. While working in pure abstraction in the 1960s when the group was active, he quickly returned to using nature as inspiration for his abstract works and then to representational painting later in his career. His most recognizable scenes of river beds, rocky shores and flowing rivers transport us into a world devoid of human intervention. As an avid fisherman, water captivated Godwin. In Spring Spirits, painted from the perspective of his boat, he has captured the sparkling waters with short dashes of turquoise blue against the flashes of russet coloured branches that edge the shoreline. The pale green buds on the trees form diaphanous shapes, like spring spirits reaching skyward from the thawing ground.
The work is in excellent condition with no visible issues to report. Under ultraviolet light, nothing fluoresces.
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