Monday, December 16, 2013

Moth in the Woods (1975)

Jack Shadbolt is one of British Columbia's great moderns, a link between Emily Carr and the abstracted landscape painters that have survived him, a group that includes Gordon Smith, who is still painting at 94 years of age.

Shadbolt's Moth in the Woods (1975) is notable for its inclusion of the northwest coast formline motif in the wings of its insect. In another Shadbolt painting, the triptych known as Leopard Moth (1977), we have evidence of our province's other most enduring motif -- the geodesic.

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