It’s Elemental: Line and Colour in Contemporary Art

October 2429, 2020
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LOT 22

Lot 22

DAVID BOLDUC (1945-2010)

DAVID BOLDUC (1945-2010)
Lot 22 Details
DAVID BOLDUC (1945-2010), Canadian

NAN, 1981

acrylic on canvas
signed, titled and dated ‘81 on the overflap
54 ins x 66 ins; 172.7 cms x 172.7 cms

Estimate $2,000-$3,000

Realised: $2,040
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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DAVID BOLDUC (1945-2010)
  • DAVID BOLDUC (1945-2010)
  • DAVID BOLDUC (1945-2010)
  • DAVID BOLDUC (1945-2010)

Private Collection, Toronto


One of Canada's leading abstract painters, Bolduc was a master of colour and composition. The dynamic “Nan” is characteristic of Bolduc's work, featuring a centrally placed form – in this case, a network of multi-coloured lines – floating atop a boldly painted colour field. The spontaneous energy of the background contrasts with the methodical construction of the central image, representative of the artist's approach to painting that combined playfulness with thoughtful preparation. Bolduc used colour and form to evoke mood; however, the artist was also wellaware that abstraction courts subjective responses. In this way, “Nan” is both emotive and elusive.

We thank Bill Clarke for contributing this essay. Bill Clarke is a Toronto-based writer, editor, art collector and occasional curator.


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LOT 22

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