Joyner’s Canadian Art Auction

May 25, 2012

LOT 116

Lot 116


Lot 116 Details


coloured serigraph on plexiglass
number 21 in an edition of 30
42.5 ins x 67 ins; 106.3 cms x 167.5 cms

Estimate $20,000-$30,000

Realised: $59,000
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report


Acquired from the artist by the present owner.
Private Collection, Toronto.


Pierre Theberge, Greg Curnoe Retrospective, catalogue, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1982, page 114 and page 186, no.152, illustrated (collection of the National Gallery of Canada).
Douglas Fetherling, “The Curnoe Story”, Canadian Art magazine, Volume 10, Number 2, Summer/June 1993, pages 28-39 for an article written shortly after the artist’s fatal accident.


Executed December 1978-April 1979.

Curnoe was an avid cyclist and chose to go to his personal experiences when he portrayed his preferred means of locomotion, the Mariposa bicycle. Tragically, he was killed on November 14th, 1992 while on a ride with a local cycling club, the London Centennial Wheelers.

Fetherling, in his article, writes that images of the Mariposa bike became so famous that London painter, John Boyle, remembers seeing images of the Mariposa bike “hanging in restaurants in Scandinavia and hearing them praised in Germany and France.”

This work was printed by Editions Canada, London by master printers Rudolf Bikkers, Gilbert Moll and Lucy Thorel. A total of 18 colours (screens) was used in the production of this series.


For condition information please contact the specialist.

LOT 116

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.)

Note: Condition ratings and condition details are the subjective opinions of our specialists and should be used as a guide only. Waddington’s uses due care when preparing condition details, however, our staff are not professional restorers or conservators. Condition details and reports are not warranties and each lot is sold “as is” in accordance with the buyer’s terms and conditions of sale. In all cases the prospective purchaser is responsible for inspecting the property themselves prior to placing a bid.