Price Realized: $
Date: 2001
Artist: Ted Godwin
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 47 x 64 in. (119.4 x 162.6 cm)

signed & titled on the corner of the stretcher verso

Provenance: Estate of Bill and Peggy Code, Calgary AB; Wallace Galleries, Calgary AB

Reference: “Lower Bow: A Celebration of Wilderness, Art and Fishing” (Ted Godwin & Geoffrey Simmins; Hard Art Moving and Storage Co. Ltd.; 1991)

Streams and waterways feature prominently in Ted Godwin’s paintings. As a mature artist, it would seem that the subject held particular significance for the artist, who identified as a Buddhist. Godwin grew up on the banks of the Elbow River in Calgary, walking and fly fishing the river with his father. Both his parents’ ashes were later scattered over the Bow River. In his book (page 11), Godwin wrote:

“In retrospect, most of the time I spent growing up was streamside, although this memory lay dormant for a long time. Old memories now merge with new and the only constant is the current of the dark stream that flows through my life. It seems to me that the images and rhythms of streamside have formed an integral part of whatever it is that is Ted.”

Ted Godwin was the youngest member of the Regina Five, a name given to the avant-garde group of artists when they were featured in the National Gallery of Canada’s 1961 touring exhibition “Five Painters from Regina”. Initially recognized for his abstract expressionist works, and his formalist “Tartan” series, Godwin’s later works, by comparison, appear representational. Beneath the surface of their representational framework, Godwin’s streambank paintings are rooted in abstraction. Whether of his beloved Bow River, the waterways of Central and Eastern Canada, or the National Parks of the North, these works are all gesturally bold, colourful and highly patterned. Here, Godwin explores the visual elements from the low perspective of a fly fisherman, accentuating the interplay between tangled shrubs, trees, rocks and water.

LOT: 26

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