#NobelPrize winner #SirFrederickBanting is celebrated for his co-discovery of insulin, but was also a talented artist who travelled and painted alongside #AYJackson and other #GroupofSeven artists. Pictured above, Banting’s two passions collide in “The Lab,” where the artist portrayed the laboratory where he and #CharlesBest made their medical breakthrough at the #UniversityofToronto ( 👉 for a photo of the lab where the life-changing discovery was made). The painting sold for $313,250.00 CAD – over 10 times the estimate – on Wednesday evening at @HeffelAuction in Toronto. The auction house plans to donate the buyer’s premium from “The Lab” to the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre at the University of Toronto. || 📸: @ fisherlibrary @heffelauction Sir Frederick Grant Banting, “The Lab,” 1925, oil on board, 9 7/8 x 13 5/8 in || #Banting#CanadianArt#Canadianartist#Heffel#Auction#auctionrecord#painting#Toronto#pursuitsinc
Lot 40 in our Fall Live Auction of Important Canadian Art, AY Jackson’s “Ungava Bay” received some press in the Newfoundland Telegram today! The painting was discovered at Consignor’s St. John’s public valuation day in August of 2018.
Painted during a 1927 trip to the Arctic with Dr. Frederick Banting, the work serves as a study for a major canvas in the Hart House Collection at the University of Toronto.
Auction Estimate: $70,000-$90,000
World War 1 involved mass mobilisation in many cases of tens of thousands of people. But before anyone had left their front door, an image was in their mind. Something they would be fighting for. Art was used to put into a coherent fashion, and sometimes, to glorify war. You would not get many enlisted if you showed the ugliest side of war. Europe reached beyond its continental boundaries to Africa, Asia, Australasia, the Middle East to keep its numbers up. Many graphic artists, created 'propaganda' images to galvanise efforts for the war offensive. For example, it's likely they used one of the few Black men in Europe to create their images of Africans for the war posters. Or perhaps in some cases, where operations permitted they used local folk, otherwise they would have relied on literature. Or even 'native' artists. The #sikhmuseum has this image which is a bracing reminder of the sacrifice made by people of all hues and nations. Thanking them in advance. At the other scale of this anonymous creativity, was the official Canadian war artist. A.Y. Jackson served as an official artist in the First World War from 1917-1919. In 1915, Jackson enlisted in the Canadian Army’s 60th Battalion and was sent to the front, where he suffered injuries in the Battle of Sanctuary Wood in 1916. During his recovery he was transferred to the Canadian War Records division, where he worked as a war artist. He was one of the first to be offered the position, and produced more artwork than any other war artist in the First World War. Of course there were other artists that worked in the genre. Two that we came across are C.R.W Nevinson and Anna Airy. Focusing in on the latter in this brief post, the first female, a south Londoner, born and died in Greenwich and came out of the prestigious Slade school. There are many other artists connected with World War 1 whom this somber occasion provides an opportune moment to learn more about them.
'Spring Cornucopia' by avant-garde Canadian artist Harold Town will be on offer in our Tradition & Innovation auction on Sunday, December 2. Town painted this oil on board in 1960 during the prime of his career. To learn more about this work and Town, view the detail page for Lot 56 on our website.
coming soon! LETTERS FROM THE GREAT WAR - i’m creating a remembrance day concert/theatre experience for @soulpeppertheatre. nov 10/11 with some incredible musical and theatrical collaborators.
limited tickets on sale now on soulpepper’s website! 📝📮
Stepping on these shatter cones bends the mind. To place hands and feet where pieces of rock landed with such intensity that they melted the rock on which they fell... Over 1.8 billion years ago. The same shatter cones that AY Jackson, famous Group of Seven artist, would have walked over when he visited and painted the waterfall by which they sit. ---
You can read more about Sudbury's crater... https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/comet-strike-to-blame-for-canada-s-iconic-sudbury-basin/