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Lot #72

Artist Illingworth Holey Kerr
Title Ranch South of Priddis, Alberta
Media oil on canvas
Dated 1974
Size 53.5 x 72 in. / 135.9 x 182.9 cm.
Frame Size 55.75 x 74 x 1.5 in.

Place Absentee Bid

signed with monogram lower left; signed, titled and dated verso; framed

catalogue #61 in The Edmonton Art Gallery: Illingworth Kerr Retrospective, 1985, exhibition label verso; 'At first sight, 'Ranch South of Priddis' appears out of focus because of such tonal harmonies. The scene is a peaceful farm set against a dramatic backdrop of mountains. The whole painting is rendered in purples and yellows, an extraordinary combination of colours for a landscape but it works, and likely because of these colours it is a picture that stays with you. Kerr has been called an habitual painter with purple. He uses it both as a neutral, preferring it to grey and brown, and as a descriptive colour. It became typical of Kerr in these later landscapes to paint in shades and tints of only two or three colours.' illustrated on page 44 in Harvest of the Spirit: Illingworth Kerr Retrospective)

private collection, Edmonton/British Columbia

Hammer $22,000 Estimate $20,000/$30,000

Biographical Information
Illingworth Holey Kerr ~ [1905-1989] Canadian ASA, RCA
see Harvest of the Spirit, by M.Callahan, E.A.G., 1985 and Paint and Circumstance, by I.Kerr, Calgary, 1987; N.G.C. Vol.2 G-K, ed.C.Hill, pg.368; Founders of the A.C.A., by V.Greenfield, pg.87; Biographical Dict. of Saskatchewan Artists - Men, by M.Newman, pg.137, Fifth House Pub., 1994; Dict. of Canadian Artists, by C.MacDonald, Vol.3, pg.633; Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction, by A.Westbridge, Vol.2, pg.91, Westbridge Pub., 2000