Canadian Fine Art

May 29June 03, 2021
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Lot 6


Lot 6 Details

BLUE RED-H, 1980

oil on canvas
signed, titled, and dated on the reverse
48 ins x 42 ins; 121.9 cms x 106.7 cms

Estimate $10,000-$15,000

Realised: $13,200
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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Artist’s studio, Gershon Iskowitz Foundation


Gershon Iskowitz’s art was forever changed after a 1967 Canada Council grant allowed him to charter an aircraft to fly over the sub-Arctic landscape and the coast of Hudson Bay. His iconic paintings have roots in this episode, and channel both the literal vision and ephemeral sensation of catching fleeting glimpses of the ground through gaps in the cloudscape.

Blue Red-H was painted in 1980, 13 years after his first important flight, by which time his artistic vocabulary of blips had been well established. This particular example is more subdued chromatically than other canvases by Iskowitz, mainly constrained to two pigments, red and blue. It is a study in cool and warm, with the crimson blips racing towards the viewer, while the azure background recedes. A strong juxtaposition of colour, and a feast for the eyes.

Proceeds from the sale of this lot to benefit the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation.


The work is in excellent condition with no visible issues to report. Under ultraviolet light, nothing fluoresces.

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