Artwork by Joseph Drapell,  Into the Night

Joseph Drapell
Into the Night

acrylic on canvas
signed, titled and dated 1995 on the reverse
37.75 x 29.25 ins ( 95.9 x 74.3 cms )

Auction Estimate: $2,500.00$1,500.00 - $2,500.00

Price Realized $2,000.00
Sale date: November 28th 2014

Private Collection, Toronto
Roald Nasgaard, “Abstract Painting in Canada”, Vancouver/Halifax, 2007, page 262, for an artwork of similar composition to this lot
Discussing Joseph Drapell's sources for the imagery represented in his work, Nasgaard explains that the Czechoslovakian-born painter's content “was most often nature: sunrises, sunsets, expanses of water, things that owed a lot to his Georgian Bay retreat” (Drapell purchased an island on Georgian Bay in 1971, “it's expansive and uninterrupted view over the surface of Lake Superior figuring significantly in his work”).

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Joseph Drapell

Drapell was born in the small occupied town of Humpolec, near Prague, in 1940 and immigrated to Halifax in 1966 in search of western freedoms. He developed his compression technique in the late 1960s and founded the Museum of New New Painting in 1998, devoted to exhibiting advanced art. Drapell's artwork is in national and international collections including the Guggenheim, the National Gallery in Prague, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the British Museum, and others.