Born in Regina in 1936, Douglas Haynes was a towering figure of Canadian post-war abstraction. The artist led in the cutting edge of abstract painting from the early 1960’s to his passing in 2016. Haynes had a run of international exhibitions throughout his lifetime, with the artist’s works being selected for two major Canadian Biennial exhibitions.
Douglas Haynes, Cardinal Green, 1979,
acrylic on canvas, 20.5 in. x 18 in.,
signed, titled and dated verso.
In this fabulous painting by Douglas Haynes entitled Cardinal Green, (reproduced above), we immediately notice the influence of Haynes’ friend and fellow Canadian artist Jack Bush. In Cardinal Green Haynes employs the ideas of staining and diluting paint directly on to a raw canvas, similar to the practise of Jack Bush and other notable American colour field painters during the 1960’s. Haynes takes Cardinal Green one step further by exploring the broken shapes and configurations of the diamond, with the intention of bringing the viewers on this journey to the central focal point, the bright green dash of paint at the center of the painting. This is an impressive painting from the celebrated Split Diamond series produced by the artist between 1979- 1981. It is a fabulous painting in which the artist delivers a powerful composition on a small paint surface, a rare find for any Canadian post-war art collector.
James Rottman Fine Art carries a significant inventory of historical artworks by Douglas Haynes. Do not hesitate to contact us with inquiries regarding this artwork or other works by Douglas Haynes.
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