Feature Lots

We're thrilled and grateful to be able to bring you these two auction lots in addition to the Live and Silent auctions. Featured Auction lots are framed. Bidding starts at $250.

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Ron Baird

Cliffhanger Series, zinc plate etching, 2018
Ron Baird’s Cliff Hanger series is inspired by ancient Phoenician fishing platforms (some of which are still seasonally used), discovered on the Adriatic coast of Puglia in southern Italy.

The series is made from material left over from a mural the artist made for the legislature of the NWT in Yellowknife. The paper is archival, made by hand in a British mill in 1979. The ink is French, (Charbonelle) which has long been the world standard for fine etching ink. This series was executed in the spring of 2018.


Jay Dart

Cabin of Wonders, 2013
graphite & watercolour
14" x 16"

Jay Dart is a drawist who has recently begun creating mixed media installation pieces that bring his two-dimensional narrative works to life. His first public gallery solo exhibition, Greetings From Yawnder!, featuring 80+ drawings and installation pieces, opened at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in October 2016 before travelling to the Art Gallery of Sudbury in February 2017. In October 2017, Dart exhibited an interactive drawing installation for a solo booth at Art Toronto International Art Fair. He has exhibited at Galerie Youn (Montreal), Art Toronto, Papier 15 (Montreal), Art on Paper (Miami and New York), Love Art Fair (Toronto), Wall Space Gallery (Ottawa), Slate Gallery (Regina), Line Gallery (North Bay), Come Up To My Room (Gladstone Hotel, Toronto), 100 Euro/Dollar Show (Amsterdam, Portland), and the Canmore Artists and Artisans Gallery.

He is a recipient of grants from the Ontario Arts Council and, in 2016, won a National Magazine Award for editorial illustration. He received a BA from the University of Guelph’s Fine Art program. Dart lives and draws in Ashburn, Ontario (aka Elsewheres).

He is represented by Galerie Youn in Montreal.


Dennis Burton

Untitled ("Red Field"), 1960
Watercolour and ink on paper
23.5” x 18.5"

Dennis Burton (1933-2013) spent the majority of his lengthy artistic career as a fierce advocate for Toronto’s cultural scene. With the help of his contemporaries, Burton helped to encourage and promote the reputation of Canadian art internationally.

In addition to being a noted arts advocate, Burton was also (in)famous for challenging and erotic subject matter in his personal work, utilizing expressive painting and mixed media techniques. His Garter Belt Series was particularly polemic as he not only shifted towards complete figuration, but focused on a provocative and highly sexualized imagery.

Burton’s works were met with controversy, and often incited censorship. Regardless, he persevered, and continued to foster progressive artistic attitudes in the courses he taught at Emily Carr University, the Ontario College of Art, Lethbridge University, and the New School of Art (among others). Outside of teaching and art making, Burton pursued interests in Jazz and music production.

Burton’s unique sense of integrity and deliberate experimentation are still visible in his work. “Red Field” (1960) exemplifies Burton’s astute awareness of trends in North American painting, depicting expressive mark making and an intuitive approach to color and form. While this piece is evocative in its own right, it also represents Toronto’s cultural advancement and growing involvement in international artistic sphere.

This work has been donated to RMG Exposed by Caviar20.