Artwork by Toller Cranston,  World Pairs

Toller Cranston
World Pairs

mixed media on paper
signed, dated 1991 and inscribed “To Donna - Ah yes - we remember it well” lower right
20 x 25.5 ins ( 50.8 x 64.8 cms ) ( sheet )

Auction Estimate: $5,000.00$3,000.00 - $5,000.00

Price Realized $3,000.00
Sale date: May 30th 2023

Gift of the Artist
Private Collection, Ontario
This artwork was painted for the 1988 World Figure Skating Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Toller Cranston was the on-air commentator along with CBC host Ted Reynolds. The consignor of this work was their co-worker, and she asked him if he would paint several paintings to be used as graphics during the live broadcast on CBC TV Network.
Cranston agreed and painted four different compositions on black art paper representing the 4 figure skating disciplines - Men’s, Ladies, Pairs, Dance. This one is for Pairs and was used on air as a graphic to transition from one event to the other during the entire week of broadcasting. After Cranston worked with them one last time for the 1990 World’s held in Halifax, they found the painting in storage at CBC, and he offered to sign the painting for the consignor of this work.

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Toller Cranston
(1949 - 2015)

Toller Shalitoe Montague Cranston, CM was a Canadian figure skater and painter. He is the 1971-1976 Canadian national champion, the 1974 World bronze medalist, and the 1976 Olympic bronze medalist.’

Cranston was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1949 and grew up in Kirkland Lake. When he was 11, his family moved to suburban Montreal.

After high school, Cranston attended the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal. By his third year, he became restless with his studies. One of his teachers suggested that there was nothing more he could learn at the school, so Cranston set out at that point to establish himself as a professional artist.

After leaving the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Cranston became self-supporting as an artist, making enough money to cover his skating expenses. He held his first exhibition at his coach Ellen Burka's home in the spring of 1969. In November 1971, he had another successful one-man show in Toronto, the result of almost a year's work.

As of 1987 Toller resided in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He continued to paint, considering his art career as important as his skating career.

Toller Cranston passed away in January, 2015.