Joyner’s Canadian Art Auction

June 01, 2010

LOT 50

Lot 50


Lot 50 Details


acrylic on canvas
56 ins x 56 ins; 140 cms x 140 cms

Estimate $45,000-$55,000

Realised: $82,600
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


Don Bain, Ivan Eyre, Pavilion Gallery, Winnipeg, June, 1999, n.p.
John Hirsch, “Ivan Eyre-The Consumate Artist,” Ivan Eyre Exposition, The Robert MaLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, 1980, page 8.
Joan Murray, “Ivan Eyre: Visual Philosopher,” Ivan Eyre Exposition, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, 1980, page 11.


“Standing alone on the open land, I feel, at the same time, both large and insignificant in the magnitude of the space.”
-Ivan Eyre

Mountain Lines appears as a western landscape that is both omnipresent and familiar. However familiar Eyre’s subject may seem, it does not depict a specific location. The artist notes: “Although people have told me that several of my landscapes remind them of a particular scene they are familiar with, all of my landscapes are pure invention. In fact, on more than one occasion I have painted a scene then found it later in my travels.”

At the age of fifteen, the artist received an invaluable gift of binoculars which would assist in training his ability to view great distances in precise detail. Murray states that the artist “often divides his painting into a foreground of undulating masses…then creates a fantastically elaborate and complex backspace charged with a sense of other worlds.” The lateral movement of his mountainous composition is captivating and rhythmic; deep blue rolling hills and a dense, lush forest seem guarded by an immense, almost-heavenly glacier.

Mountain Lines incites a mystical experience. Eyre’s unique and timeless language is one which combines colour, form, texture, perception and memory. Hirsch writes that Eyre “…always has been his very own man, living and relating to his own landscape, always in pursuit of his own unique singular vision – an artist and a humanist in the true sense of the word.”


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LOT 50

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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