Artwork by Frank Shirley Panabaker,  Georgian Bay Landscape

Frank Panabaker
Georgian Bay Landscape

oil on board
signed lower left
22 x 28 ins ( 55.9 x 71.1 cms )

Auction Estimate: $6,000.00$4,000.00 - $6,000.00

Price Realized $7,670.00
Sale date: May 28th 2019

Private Collection, Hamilton
By descent to the present Private Collection, Huntsville
A champion of the local landscape, Frank Shirley Panabaker built a reputation on his carefully rendered scenes of rural life in and around the Dundas Valley, Ancaster, and his home of Hamilton, Ontario. His commitment to capturing nature in all its moods and manifestations did not stop the artist from traveling farther afield, however: Panabaker’s painting expeditions also led him to nearly every Canadian province, to the Northeastern United States, and to the Bahamas. Alone or in the company of his friend and fellow painter Frank Henry Brigden, Panabaker would embark on sketching trips to the hills and waterways of Muskoka, Algonquin Park, and Haliburton, as well as the rugged shores of Georgian Bay. The oil on board studies he created from his impressions of the ephemeral effects of light and weather on the landscape would form the basis for his larger compositions, such as this depiction of a brisk and windy morning on Georgian Bay—a Canadian prospect as immediately recognizable to the viewer as it is iconic.

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Frank Shirley Panabaker
(1904 - 1992) RCA

Frank Panabaker was born in Hespeler (now Cambridge), Ontario, in 1904. He lived in the Hamilton area for most of his life. His artistic career was launched during the summer of his 16th birthday when the artist McGillivray Knowles arrived in town to teach a sketching class. Recognizing his son's artistic talent, Frank's father encouraged him to take the class. Panabaker later studied at the Ontario College of Art, Grand Central School of Art and the Art Students League in New York City.

He spent his time in Southern Ontario on the shores of Georgian Bay, around the lakes of Haliburton, Muskoka and in Algonquin Park. He painted Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Alberta, Vermont and Nassau as well as local scenes from the Hamilton area. Frank Panabaker documented the life and times of the Steel City from the 1940s to through to the 1990s. He painted up until the last week of his life, dying in his 88th year in 1992.