Artwork by Ivan Kenneth Eyre,  Reclining Male

Ivan Eyre
Reclining Male

oil on canvas
signed lower left; titled on the stretcher on the reverse; titled and dated 1965 on an exhibition label on the reverse
16 x 23 ins ( 40.6 x 58.4 cms )

Auction Estimate: $12,000.00$8,000.00 - $12,000.00

Price Realized $7,800.00
Sale date: July 25th 2023

Lillian Adamson, Manitoba
Private Collection, Calgary
“Ivan Eyre, Personal Mythologies/Images of the Milieu”, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; traveling to the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg; the Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary; the Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton; and the London Regional Art Gallery, London, Ontario, 29 September – 20 November 1988, no. 17
Terrence Heath, “Ivan Eyre: Personal Mythologies”, Winnipeg, 1988, no. 17, reproduced page 45

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Ivan Kenneth Eyre
(1935 - 2022) RCA

Ivan Kenneth Eyre was born in Tullymet, Saskatchewan in 1935. At the Saskatoon Technical Collegiate he studied under Ernest Lindner, followed by studies at the University of Saskatchewan under Eli Bornstein in 1952. At the University of Manitoba School of Art, he studied under several notable teachers graduating in 1957 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. In 1958-59 he attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks where he also taught. Upon returning to Canada, he took a teaching job at the University of Manitoba where he was appointed Full Professor (of painting and drawing) and where he stayed until his retirement in 1993. In 1966-67, he travelled in England and Europe where he was able to sell many of his paintings to private collectors. His works were inspired by the Symbolist philosophy of following subjective recollection and reaction rather than the Realist-Impressionist technique of objective observation-based painting. He is very much part of the artistic scene of the Prairies where he has lived most of his life. Eyre is also known for his graphite, crayon studies, and woodcuts. Among his many honours, he was elected member of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1974, received the Queen's Silver Jubilee medal in 1977, the University of Manitoba Alumni Jubilee Award in 1982, and was the subject of several films and books. He has held solo exhibitions from 1962 to the present and participated in many group shows. His works hang in numerous private and public collections in Canada and abroad. Winnipeg is the home to the Pavilion Gallery which houses the largest permanent of Eyre's paintings representing 170 works on canvas and over 5000 drawings. Ivan Eyre lived and worked in Winnipeg, Manitoba.