It’s Elemental: Line and Colour in Contemporary Art

October 24 - 29, 2020

Online Auction
LOT 36
MELANIE AUTHIER (1980-)
  • MELANIE AUTHIER (1980-)
  • MELANIE AUTHIER (1980-)

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MELANIE AUTHIER (1980-), Canadian

FAULT LINES AND FOOTHOLDS, 2015

acrylic on canvas
signed and dated on the reverse
36 ins x 43 ins; 91.4 cms x 109.2 cms

Estimate $3,500-$4,500

Realised: $3,360
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

Melanie Authier has become one of Canada's most successful young abstract painters thanks to her skillful blending of art historical styles, from the Baroque to hard-edged abstraction. The slippery composition of paintings like “Fault Lines and Footholds,” as well as such a title, suggest fractured topographies, though the artist has said she does not paint with any existing landscape in mind. Rather, her paintings are abstract inventions that attempt to synthesize a number of thematic and painterly contradictions – beauty and terror; chaos and order; the gestural and the geometric – leading critics to label her images “gorgeous conundrums.”

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

Provenance:

Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto
Private Collection, Ontario