It’s Elemental: Line and Colour in Contemporary Art

October 2429, 2020
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LOT 36

Lot 36


Lot 36 Details
MELANIE AUTHIER (1980-), Canadian


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
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Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto
Private Collection, Ontario


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.


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LOT 36

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