Concrete Contemporary Art Auction

March 08, 2012

LOT 25

Lot 25


Lot 25 Details


encaustic and acrylic on canvas
signed and dated 1972 on the reverse
72" x 90" — 180 x 225 cm.

Estimate $8,000-$12,000

Realised: $7,200
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


Private Collection, Toronto.


Painter David Craven has explored a diverse range of visual styles through his 40 years of practice engaged in a kind of public experimentation. He became known early in his career for his abstracts: the Arabesque paintings (1974-75), composed with wide swaths of black acrylic paint applied with squeegees and tile scrapers, and Black Wall Skins (1979) of collaged panels, painted together. In the 1980s, after moving to New York City, Craven's work took a figurative turn, featuring heavily caked black-and-white heads and hands crowded into panels of interlocking plywood. Subsequently returning to abstraction, his more recent work is highly graphic and map-like, with networks of lines, dots, and occasionally text appearing against a white ground. Recent small pieces such as OMG (2009) reference the practices and circuitry of contemporary digital communications. Craven continues to exhibit regularly in Canada as well as his adopted U.S. homeland, particularly in New York and Toronto. His work appears in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and other public and private institutions from coast to coast.


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LOT 25

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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