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Richard Calver
Wizard Tree

26 x 20in 66 x 50.8cm
linocut on paper

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500 CAD
Sold for:   $1,250 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's In Good Company: Sybil Andrews & Contemporaries – Part II auction on Thursday, July 30, 2020
Richard Calver
Thistle

12 1/4 x 9in 31.1 x 22.9cm
1991
linocut on paper

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000 CAD
Sold for:   $1,125 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's In Good Company: Sybil Andrews & Contemporaries – Part II auction on Thursday, July 30, 2020
Richard Calver
Sacrament

12 1/4 x 11 1/4in 31.1 x 28.6cm
linocut on paper

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000 CAD
Sold for:   $1,000 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's In Good Company: Sybil Andrews & Contemporaries – Part II auction on Thursday, July 30, 2020
Richard Calver
Cormorant

17 1/2 x 14 1/2in 44.5 x 36.8cm
1989
linocut on paper

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000 CAD
Sold for:   $1,000 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's In Good Company: Sybil Andrews & Contemporaries – Part II auction on Thursday, July 30, 2020
Richard Calver
Dandelions Rejoicing

18 1/2 x 13 3/4in 47 x 34.9cm
linocut on paper

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000 CAD
Sold for:   $1,000 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's In Good Company: Sybil Andrews & Contemporaries – Part II auction on Thursday, July 30, 2020
Richard Calver
Dust Bath

10 3/4 x 13 1/4in 27.3 x 33.7cm
linocut on paper

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000 CAD
Sold for:   $875 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's In Good Company: Sybil Andrews & Contemporaries – Part II auction on Thursday, July 30, 2020
Richard Calver
Self No Self

11 x 20in 27.9 x 50.8cm
linocut on paper

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000 CAD
Sold for:   $875 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's In Good Company: Sybil Andrews & Contemporaries – Part II auction on Thursday, July 30, 2020
Richard Calver
Bell

20 x 14in 50.8 x 35.6cm
1988
linocut on paper

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000 CAD
Sold for:   $875 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's In Good Company: Sybil Andrews & Contemporaries – Part II auction on Thursday, July 30, 2020
Richard Calver
Bondi Palm

21 x 12 1/2in 53.3 x 31.8cm
1998
linocut on paper

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000 CAD
Sold for:   $875 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's In Good Company: Sybil Andrews & Contemporaries – Part II auction on Thursday, July 30, 2020
Richard Calver
Sunflower II

17 1/4 x 11in 43.8 x 27.9cm
linocut on paper

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000 CAD
Sold for:   $875 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's In Good Company: Sybil Andrews & Contemporaries – Part II auction on Thursday, July 30, 2020
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Richard Calver

1946 -

Richard Calver was born in Oxfordshire, England, and at the age of 19 he immigrated to Canada, settling in Quadra Island off the coast of British Columbia. In 1979, he began to study art with well-known printmaker Sybil Andrews, who was teaching from her home/studio in Campbell River, while continuing her masterful body of work in linocut. Quadra Island was only a ten-minute ferry ride from Campbell River, and Calver joined Andrews’s weekly teaching sessions. He recalled the wonderful atmosphere of her studio filled with smoke from the beach wood burning in her old stove, and her insistence on working in natural light. He related that “Sybil talked about her theories of art and ways to capture light, mood and feeling. ‘Grab it while it’s white hot…Put it down as violently as you can,’ ” she advised. She told her students to avoid horizontal and vertical lines, to look for angles and curves, and to draw with dark lines and leave them in, advice Calver followed.

Andrews’s instruction brought a turning point in Calver’s life, and he acquired linocut tools and began to produce a body of work in this medium. Early appreciation of his work came when an art collector visiting Andrews’s studio was impressed with his linocuts and acquired some of his prints, and Andrews bought an impression of his print Dandelions Rejoicing. Calver continued his relationship with Andrews, helping her during her final years, and he stated “it was a friendship I really treasured.”

Natural forms are the foundation of Calver’s imagery and he is clearly influenced by Andrews’s modernist style, formed during her time in England when she was part of the Grosvenor School of linocut artists, which was influenced by Futurism and its fascination with the electrifying pace of modern life. Calver’s work includes botanical forms, figures, nudes and musical subjects. His linocuts are finely detailed, richly coloured and full of dynamic movement.

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