But there was laughter in his eyes Ben Woolfitt
- Mixed Media
- 14 × 22 inches
35.56 × 55.88 cm
Two outcroppings of silver leaf on black pastel emerge from the bottom edge of the picture plane and appear to shoot black soot into the air. Each is bracketed by a phrase, date, May 21, 2017, and location, Toronto, where the work was produced. The first phrase "But there was laughter in his eyes" is completed by the second, "Seeing my brother and having the sense of final destiny." The work is a poetic, diary-like rumination on a personal moment. Born in Saskatchewan, Ben Woolfitt has lived in Toronto since 1965 when he came to study at Founders College, York University. In 1966, he made a trip to New York City and while there was introduced to the paintings of Rothko, Louis, Hofmann and Olitski. In 1978, Woolfitt established what became a very successful wholesale business, Woolfitt's Art Supplies. Wolfitt's artworks are part of numerous public collections including the MacLaren Art Centre, Hart House at the University of Toronto, the Glenbow Museum, the Remai Modern and more. This mixed media work on paper is framed. Framed dimensions 25 x 31 inches.