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Lot #224

Artist Alex Janvier
Title Birds of China
Media acrylic on canvas
Dated ca. 1985
Size 48 x 36 in. / 121.9 x 91.4 cm.

Place Absentee Bid

signed Janvier and Chinese chop upper left; unframed; some minor cracking, overpaint and minor surface dirt noted

painted after his trip to China in 1985; as part of the Canada/China Cross Cultural Exchange Tour, Janvier was selected by the Canada Council along with Betty Goodwin and Chris Reed for a two week tour of major cities as well as meetings with artists' and writers' organizations - from The Art of Alex Janvier: His First Thirty Years, 1960-1990, published by Thunder Bay Art Gallery, 1993; possibly one of only 28 paintings completed immediately after his trip, influenced by China)

purchased directly from the artist; private collection, British Columbia

Hammer $22,000 Estimate $15,000/$25,000

Biographical Information
Alex Janvier ~ [b.1935] Canadian RCA
see The Art of Alex Janvier: His First Thirty Years, 1960-1990, by L.Martin, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, 1993; Alex Janvier, by Greg Hill, National Gallery of Canada,2016; as well as Founders of the A.C.A., by V.Greenfield, pg.24 and 86; Time for Dialogue, by J.Cardinal-Schubert, pg.17, Calgary Aboriginal Awareness Society, 1992; see Dict. of Canadian Artists, by C.MacDonald, Vol.3, pg.540; Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction, by A.Westbridge, Vol.2, pg.76, Westbridge Pub., 2000 and Artists of Alberta, by S.Baker, pg.30, U. of A. Press, 1980 for biographies; exhibited at Wallace Galleries, Calgary among others; member of the Alberta Order of Excellence, inducted 2010 and Member of the Order of Canada, inducted 2007; was awarded the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2008