Artwork by Walter Hawley Yarwood,  Tree #3

Walter Yarwood
Tree #3

oil on canvas
signed lower left; titled on the stretcher
33 x 42 ins ( 83.8 x 106.7 cms )

Auction Estimate: $18,000.00$15,000.00 - $18,000.00

Price Realized $15,340.00
Sale date: May 28th 2019

Acquired directly from the artist
Private Collection, Toronto
Canadian Group of Painters, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, November 7 - December 8, 1957, no. 82
Paul Duval, Four Decades: The Canadian Group of Painters and Their Contemporaries, 1930-1970, Toronto, 1972, page 145
Iris Nowell, Painters Eleven: The Wild Ones of Canadian Art, Vancouver/ Toronto, 2010, page 278
Largely self-taught, Walter Yarwood worked as a freelance commercial artist in Toronto in the 1940s. He became friendly with fellow artists Harold Town and Oscar Cahén, who would invite him to join the first Painters Eleven exhibition held at Roberts Gallery in 1954.
By this time, Yarwood’s paintings had become increasingly non- representational, inspired by the Abstract Expressionists, whose work he encountered in Buffalo, New York. “Tree #3”, completed in 1956 during the peak of the Painters Eleven, demonstrates Yarwood’s tendency toward the ‘Action painting’ direction that was taken by New York School artists such as Pollock and De Kooning, in contrast with Color-Field painting chosen by Rothko and Newman. The semi-abstract tree is painted in lively and spontaneous wide strokes of green and red against a blue and black ground. Yarwood favoured compositions with large central imagery and vivid palettes, as seen in “Tree #3”. On the artist’s exploration of contrasting colour, Iris Nowell writes: “Nothing is overdone in his strong colours; it’s as though a buzzer in his brain alerted him when to stop.”

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Walter Hawley Yarwood
(1917 - 1996) Painters Eleven