Concrete Contemporary Art Auction

March 08, 2012

LOT 16

Lot 16


Lot 16 Details


oil on wood, oil on cigar box
diptych; signed, titled and dated on the reverse
8.75" x 11" — 21.9 x 27.5 cm.; 4.25" x 6.5" — 10.6 x 16.3 cm.

Estimate $2,000-$3,000

Realised: $2,880
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


Private Collection, Toronto.
Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto.


An artist of cityscapes, Brian Kipping painted many urban scenes around the world with a particular emphasis on the night light and imagery of his hometown, Toronto. His 2006 exhibition my streets (city) celebrated Toronto's greasy spoon restaurants and the golden glow of neon-illuminated evenings, and was seen across Canada and in New York City. Kipping's love of the night reflected his second career as a bass musician in the Paul James Band, with which he played with notables including Bob Dylan and Chuck Berry. His paintings also celebrated well-known urban landmarks such as Toronto's Union Station and New York City's Fifth Avenue Clock. In 1987-78, he and artist John McKinnon won a competition for and completed a public project at Toronto's City Hall; Views of the City is a huge installation of the city skyline in mosaics and copper covering two large walls. Over the course of his too-short career, Kipping's paintings were shown in about 150 group and solo exhibitions across Canada and overseas. Kipping succumbed to cancer in 2007, aged 53.


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LOT 16

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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