There are days when Ben Woolfitt

Mixed Media
14 × 22 inches
35.6 × 55.9 cm
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A cloud of swirling charcoal pastel envelops two rounded passages of black and at the foot of the picture plane in this intimate work on paper. A dark crease across the left side and a dark frottaged screen on the right side of the two pages removed from a sketchbook structures the composition. The work is completed with a phrase "There are days when the sadness is to large for my body and it's sure to overwhelm me" is handwritten with the date November 5, 2012 and the artist's signature. The piece, like a diary entry, is a poetic rumination on a personal and idiosyncratic 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.

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