Joyner Canadian Art Online Auction

December 02, 2010

LOT 172

Lot 172


Lot 172 Details


bronze relief, mounted on board
height 12 1/2 ins; 31.3 cms

Estimate $1,000-$1,200

Realised: $960
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


Having already completing a portrait in bronze relief of A.Y. Jackson, John Topelko decided to portray the likeness of Lawren Harris using the same technique. The artist recognized that “despite his patriotism, and his considerable contributions to the advancement of Canadian Art, very few portraits exist of Lawren Harris”, this work acting as Topelko’s “homage to a great Canadian”.

A former student of Topelko had a personal connection to the Harris family and helped the artist obtain a portrait to use as a source for the bronze relief. Topelko first completed a clay likeness of Harris based on the photograph and then proceeded to have six copies cast in bronze in August of 2009 at the Alloy Foundry Company Limited in Merrickville, Ontario.

John Topelko’s work has been featured in exhibitions in Canada and the United States. The artist’s paintings and sculptures are included in private and corporate collections internationally, including the University of Ottawa, the National Art Gallery of the Ukraine in Kiev and the Royal Commonwealth Society Headquarters Building in London, England. Three of Topelko’s bronze relief portraits of A.Y. Jackson hang in private collections with a fourth displayed at A.Y. Jackson Park in Manotick, Ontario (the artist created five copies of the Jackson portrait).


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LOT 172

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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