Artwork by Tony Tascona,  Prop-Cycle, 1973
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Lot #110

Tony Tascona
Prop-Cycle, 1973

lacquer on aluminum
48 x 60 in ( 121.9 x 152.4 cm )

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

Provenance:
Collection of the Artist
Collection of The Winnipeg Art Gallery ,1974
Exhibited:
"Tascona: Lacquer on Aluminum and Mixed Media", Winnipeg Art Gallery, 21 January-3 March 1974
"Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art", Winnipeg Art Gallery, 24 April -1 September 1974
"Skylight Lounge Filler", Winnipeg Art Gallery, 23 December 1975- 16 February 1976
"Winnipeg Art Gallery Collection", Winnipeg Art Gallery, 25 June- 12 September 1976
"Offices, Edmond Préfontaine", Manitoba, 18 September 1979-
8 February 1982
"Contemporary Art from the Winnipeg Art Gallery Collection", Winnipeg Art Gallery, 5-22 April 1984
"Stored Secrets: The Vault on View", Winnipeg Art Gallery, 11 September -27 November 1994
"Tony Tascona: Resonance", The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 24 May-16 September 2001, no. 21
"Government House", Winnipeg, Manitoba, 5 October 2001-23 April 2002, no. 21
"Tony Tascona In Memoriam", The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 20 May 2006- 24 August 2006
"The Collection on View (to accompany the 2013 Gallery Ball)", Winnipeg Art Gallery, 11-20 October 2013
Literature:
Ferdinand Eckhardt, Tascona; Lacquer on Aluminum, Winnipeg, 1974 Patricia E. Bovey, Tony "Tascona: Resonance", Winnipeg, 2001, no. 21, reproduced page 66 as "Untitled (Prop-Cycle)", 1973
Justin Barski 'Constructing New Horizons: The Art of Winnipeg Modernist Tony Tascona', "The Arbutus Review", Fall 2014, Vol. 5, No. 1, reproduced page 234
Born in St. Boniface, Manitoba in 1926, Tony Tascona graduated from the Winnipeg School of Art in 1950. His early style was rich with glazes and impastos, and expressionistic with diverse surface textures. To support himself as an artist, Tascona took a job with Canadian Aerospace Industries and, later, with Trans-Canada Airlines (now Air Canada). Here in these industrial environments, the artist became interested in plastics, metals, and lacquers: the synthetic materials and industrial products that went on to inform his work. Tascona explored and exploited the manipulative possibilities of industrial materials, appropriating their visual and practical elements and combining them with a graphic sensibility. He worked with brilliantly coloured printer's inks, including fiery reds, acidic purples, and lucid greens. In 1962 Tascona relocated to Montreal, meeting Guido Molinari and Claude Tousignant, whose hard-edge colour painting aligned with his own interest in geometric work. His work moved away from its dense, organic nature to more crisp lines, in lacquered colours on aluminum surfaces. After two years in Montreal, Tascona returned to Winnipeg and began to simplify his compositions, aiming at absolute control of forms. He continued his exploration of shape and space into the 1970s, including "Prop-Cycle", 1973, in shades of yellow and ochre synonymous with the decade.

This artwork is being sold to benefit the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG)-Qaumajuq in establishing an endowment fund to support more diverse representation in the permanent collection, beginning with contemporary Canadian art. Cowley Abbott is pleased to donate our selling commission to the fund as part of the sale.
Sale Date: May 30th 2024

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Tony Tascona
(1926 - 2006) RCA

Tony Tascona was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba in 1926. At the age of twenty, after a brief stint in the army, he enrolled as a diploma student at the Winnipeg School of Art, where he graduated in 1950. His style was fresh - rich with glazes and impastos, and bold with diverse surface textures and open compositions. The resulting work was loose and expressionistic. At the age of twenty-eight, Tascona had his first exhibition in the Spring Show at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. In the years to follow he exhibited frequently in both group and solo shows.

To support himself and his art-making Tascona took a job with Canadian Aerospace Industries and, later, with Trans-Canada Airlines (now Air Canada). It was here in these industrial environments that Tascona became interested in plastics, metals, and lacquers: the synthetic materials and industrial products that went on to inform his work. As he commented: "I don't buy this business of being in the mood. You create it simply by starting to work. You draw on your own resources, all your experiences" (in Rosalie Woloski, No Matter If You Fail, Just Trying Is Success, 1974).

Tascona explored and exploited the manipulative possibilities of industrial materials, appropriating their visual and practical elements and combining them with a graphic sensibility. He worked with brilliantly coloured printer's inks, including fiery reds, acidic purples, and lucid greens.

In 1962 Tascona relocated to Montreal, meeting Guido Molinari and Claude Tousignant, whose hard-edge colour painting intersected with his own interest in geometric work. His work moved away from its dense, organic nature to a more crisp definition of space. Lacquered forms took shape on the slick surfaces of aluminum with clean lines and resonating colours. After two years in Montreal, Tascona returned to Winnipeg and began to simplify his compositions, aiming at absolute control of forms. He continued his exploration of shape and space on into the 1970s, introducing sculpture, and diverging only to resurrect and reintroduce shapes as modified, simplified, or refined variations of the absolute form.

Tascona continued to exhibit throughout the 1980s. He sat on the Board of Trustees at the National Gallery of Canada from 1997 to 1999. He lives and works in Winnipeg.

Text by Erin Fitzhugh