After several emails to Ritchies to clarify, and texts flying back and forth between my husband and I, we decided to buy them both for their respective reserve prices (+20% +13%). I never expected to get both. Thank god I didn't bid on more! Ebay has conditioned me for disappointment...but there was no competition. If I had to take a guess, I'd say pretty much any one who bid took home the art they wanted! In fact, there are several items still available for sale.
Today, I took the bus-subway-streetcar down to the junction to pick them up. I fell in love again! They are better than I expected! Beautiful textures and colours...and framed!
I hung them in the living room. I didn't need to fill this space, but we really don't have empty walls and I wanted them to be on the main floor.
The top piece is by Tymoshenko, Frederic (Canadian), called GREEN CURTAIN. It is labeled mixed media. There is a blurb pasted to the back of the frame describing his work*. Ritchies indicated that the work came to them directly from the artist.
The bottom is by Hayano, Kei (Keiichi) (Canadian/Japanese), called PASSAGE I. It is labeled pressed paper print; Edition 4/8. Hayano's obituary states that he taught fine arts at York University. The work came from a consignor who gave Ritchies a large collection of works to sell.
*From the back of the frame, since I haven't found this information elsewhere on the internet:
"Tymoshenko's work is drawn from the land, transcending the subject matter by colour and form. He seeks new ways of depicting in a contemporary manner the relationship of spirit, mind and nature without entirely losing the sense of representational tradition. His technique and imagination set him apart.
Tymoshenko has had over fifteen one man exhibitions and numerous group showings in Toronto, Ottawa, London, Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary, Washington and New York. Public showings include the Art Galleries of Ontario, Hamilton, Stratford, Windsor, and Kitchener-Waterloo. Private showings include Eaton's Gallery, London, England. His works are in many public corporate and private collections including the Universities of Calgary and Guelph, Toronto Dominion bank, Gulf Oil Canada Limited and Shell Canada Limited."
ps. One large, one small photograph coming up next...the Sean Galbraith and Peter Andrew...then art should die down around here for a while.