Kazuo Nakamura (Canadian, 1926-2002) (Untitled) Green Waters

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Lot 66
Kazuo Nakamura
(Canadian, 1926-2002)
(Untitled) Green Waters

Sold for CA$ 28,800 (US$ 22,471) inc. premium
Kazuo Nakamura (Canadian, 1926-2002)
(Untitled) Green Waters
signed 'NAKAMURA' (lower right)
oil on masonite
63.5 x 82.6cm (25 x 32 1/2in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Private collection, Arizona.

    Note:
    Dennis Reid describes Nakamura’s work as being organized “into a number of overlapping series”. For example, one finds the monochromatic String Paintings being executed concurrently with the geometric and illusionistic Block Structures while Nakamura also continued to paint representational, albeit stylized, landscapes. He was particularly fond of landscapes which rendered reflections off bodies of water, usually done with a restricted use of colour- often only green, or only blue. Green Waters typifies this work. Nakamura’s explanation for his unique approach of working in simultaneous series was, avers Roald Nasgaard, “ingeniously straightforward”. Nasgaard, quoting Nakamura from a 1993 interview, writes: “It takes energy to do abstract work. Every once in a while, I do landscapes, to do what’s on top.” Indeed, Ihor Holubisky reminds us that there are examples of Nakamura landscapes from the forties, early fifties, alongside the Inner Structures and String works, through the sixties and beyond from which we may infer the critical importance of this genre to the artist’s development.

    Dennis Reid, A Concise History of Canadian Painting, Oxford University Press, Toronto, 1973, page 250.

    Ihor Holubizky, Kazuo Nakamura: The Method of Nature, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, 2001, page 14.

    Roald Nasgaard, Abstract Painting in Canada, Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver / Toronto, 2007, page 116.
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