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Lot #214

Artist Alex Janvier
Title The Northern Habitat
Media acrylic on canvas
Dated ca. 1976
Size 36 x 48 in. / 91.4 x 121.9 cm.
Frame Size 38 x 50 x 1.5 in.

Place Absentee Bid

Notes
signed and inscribed with treaty number centre left; titled and inscribed 'ER-009' verso; framed; some surface dirt noted

Reference
this painting was comissioned from the artist around the same time that Janvier and architect Peter Hemingway were working on the mural for the Muttart Conservatory, Edmonton called The Circle of Life; see an image of the mural on page 49 in Alex Janvier published for the National Gallery of Canada, 2016; Peter Hemingway, one of Edmonton's leading architects - befriended Janvier at a sweat lodge ceremony. The two went on collaborate on four projects together incorporating the artist's murals including the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton, 1976)

Provenance
purchased from the artist when the artist and the owner were involved in the construction of the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton, 1976; from an Edmonton estate

Sold $18,720 Estimate $10,000/$15,000

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

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