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1967–1970


FROM SYMBOLS OF FERTILITY TO SHADOWS OF THE COSMOS

From idyllic isles to city grit - on returning from months spent in England, Spain, and Greece, work resumed above the machine shop in, what was then, a semi-industrial area of Toronto – now the entertainment district.  Inspired from multiple sources, both Western and Eastern, a variety of approaches began which were to establish a progression of investigation that still continues.

Flat colour-field designs were maintained but soon the Neuro-Grid works took on painterly qualities and the surrounding ribbons began to bend in spatial relativity. The first Spatial Shade studies were created and the first major work based on them came into existence where the spirit was identified by the increasing use of the egg symbol/motif, set forth in Antipodes. Here the duality relationship of sphere and egg appeared and was to take hold in the overall body of work.

The first Component-Integration painting was also created in this time frame; in Five Along, illusionary form was first combined with mathematical linear design. Other works pushed further into magic surrealist territory while the irreverent brush and ink drawings, for the Gargoyle magazine, owed a debt to Japanese graphics.

As the decades turned, the Inset sculptures were produced and sculpture continued to have a major impact, as livelihood was achieved from that sector.

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left: INSET PIECE 1
1970
gold & silver plated bronze, walnut
12 x 8 x 4.5 inches

right: INSET PIECE 2
1970
limestone, bronze, walnut
13.5 x 8 x 4.5 inches

 

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SCYLLA / CHARYBDIS
1970
acrylic on linen
48 x 48 inches

 

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FIVE ALONG
1969
acrylic on linen
61 x 61 inches

 

3

ANTIPODES
1969
acrylic on linen
24 x 18 inches

 

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SPATIAL SHADES 1 & 3
1969
acrylic on watercolour paper
12 x 8  inches  

 

 

POINT LIMIT
1969
acrylic on linen
53 x 37 inches

 

DUALITY DREAM 1 & 2
1969
acrylic on linen
18 x 24 inches

 

ORBITAL MYSTIFICATION
1969
acrylic on linen
61 x 61 inches

 

STILL SUSPENSION 1 & 2
1969
acrylic on linen
16 x 20 inches

 

 

 

GARGOYLE DRAWING 2, 3, 4, 6
1969
india ink on paper
11 x 9 inches

 

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left: STREAM COMPOSITION
1967
acrylic on canvas board
24 x 18 inches
                 

right: NEURO-GRID 4
1968
acrylic on linen
48 x 36 inches

     

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