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GILLEN, Denver Laredo (1914-1975)
[Watercolour of Black Tusk in the Garibaldi Ranges, Coastal Mountains, B.C.].
1935. Watercolour on paper, ca. 33x28 cm (ca. 13x11 in). Signed |Gillen, 1935" in the left lower corner. Mounted in a recent mat. Large strokes of paint brush on verso. Evocative recently matted watercolour in very good condition. This evocative and atmospheric painting was sold at auction (Sloan 1991) in a lot with a painting by Frederick Horsman Varley (1881-1969) "Cheakamus Gorge, Indian Country." Gillen was a student of Varley's and became a well known illustrator and book dust jacket artist. In 1933 Varley and former student J.W.G. Macdonald opened the BC College of Arts which unfortunately only survived two years due to the depression. This present painting was most likely produced during that time and one can surmise that it was produced on a field trip to Garibaldi Park, north of Vancouver, and that Gillen had accompanied Varley and perhaps Macdonald as well.