Canadian Fine Art

November 1318, 2021
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LOT 55

Lot 55


Lot 55 Details

ARBUTUS NO. 5, 1984

oil on linen
signed and dated; signed, titled and dated on the reverse
49 ins x 39 ins; 124.5 cms x 99.1 cms

Estimate $5,000-$7,000

Realised: $4,800
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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Private Collection, Toronto, ON


Born in Victoria in 1925, Willsher-Martel moved to Toronto in 1952 with a view to become an abstract artist. Willsher-Martel developed her own artistic style inspired by the Painters Eleven and Emily Carr, infused with Pointillism and Impressionism. Her works are both romantic and meticulous, resembling four-colour process inks with a Gaussian blur — Seurat but dreamier. Often depicting the trees and landscapes of British Columbia, Willsher-Martel’s mature works are an otherworldly homage to her birthplace.

Waddington’s continues to hold the record for highest price at auction for a Willsher-Martel.

Further reading: Joan Murray, Cosmic Consciousness: the Paintings of Joan Willsher-Martel, 1950-2000 (Gallery Gevik: Toronto, 2000).


Very good condition.

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LOT 55

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  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
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  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
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