JACK LEONARD SHADBOLT, R.C.A.
AUGUST EVENING FORMS
oil on canvas
signed and dated ‘59
36 ins x 28 ins; 90 cms x 70 cms
“August Evening Forms” reveals vibrant, calligraphic forms that are in a state of in-between; they express the unrestricted representation of the subconscious yet are abstracted and unidentifiable. Shadbolt described his artistic practice: “Later, after serving my apprenticeship as a landscape-oriented artist, I was led by historical inevitability toward abstraction. Mere stylization did not seem expressive enough though it strengthened my decorative sense. But I needed more - a more psychologically involved form-relationship process.” “August Evening Forms” hints at tribal shapes, foreshadowing Shadbolt’s future focus and final liberation in art: coastal Aboriginal art.
Bruce Grenville, “Journal Entry February 24 1985”, “75 Years of Collecting: Jack Shadbolt”, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2006, page 14.
Department: Canadian Fine Art