ILLINGWORTH KERR "BOW GLACIER, SPRING" 1986
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- Oil on board
- Framed: 12 x 16 inches
- Signed with monogram on front lower left
- Signed and dated on back
- Dated 1986
- Condition: excellent
- Provenance: Relative of the artist who purchased it from Hollander York Gallery in 1986.
The Artist: Illingworth Holey Kerr (Canadian, 1905-1989)
llingworth "Buck" Kerr was born in Lumsden, Saskatchewan in 1905. He studied at the Central Technical School in Toronto in 1924. From 1924 to 1927 Kerr studied under Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. MacDonald, Frederick Varley, and J.W. Beatty at the Ontario College of Arts. Kerr also studied at the Westminster School of Art in London in 1936, as well as with Hans Hoffman in Provincetown, Massachusetts in 1954. In 1955 and 1957 he attended Emma Lake Workshops. Kerr traveled the Georgian Bay area, Ontario in 1927, and England and France from 1960 to 1961. He taught at the Vancouver School of Art from 1945 to 1946 and was head of the Alberta College of Art from 1947 to 1967. He was a great influence and friend to many artists of that era. As well, from 1952 to 1953, he was president of the Alberta Society of Artists. Kerr was also a member of the Canadian Authors Association; he wrote many short stories and illustrated many publications including his autobiography, Gay Dogs and Dark Horses, in 1946. He received a Canada Council Award in 1960. He painted portraits, the life of Indigenous peoples, urban views, wildlife, and the Prairie and Ontario landscape. He used the media of oil, acrylic, watercolour, charcoal, and ink, as well as woodblock, linoblock, monotype and silkscreen prints.
The Story: Glacier paintings by Kerr was some of his best. The highest selling work are the glaciers at night. The artist painted a few works featuring Bow Glacier. There are copies of two letters from the artist that will be included with the sale of the painting because he talks about his cousin's wife success as a watercolour painting - Mary Anne Ludlam. Wall Fiction has artwork listed by this artist. The artist also talks about finding out that he was going to receive the Order of Canada and having lunch at National Gallery.
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Item No. CA201908067