Artwork by John Graham Coughtry,  Study for Two Figure Series

Graham Coughtry
Study for Two Figure Series

mixed media on paper
signed and dated 1965 in the lower right subject; titled in the lower right margin
11.5 x 9.5 ins ( 29.2 x 24.1 cms ) ( subject )

Sold for $1,416.00
Sale date: February 20th 2019

Provenance:
Private Collection, Calgary

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John Graham Coughtry
(1931 - 1999)

Graham Coughtry was born in 1931 at St-Lambert, Qu├ębec and lived in Toronto until his death in 1999. Coughtry studied at the Ontario College of Art from 1949-53. His first exhibition was with Michael Snow at Hart House, University of Toronto, in 1955, and his first one-man show was held the following year at Avrom Isaacs's Greenwich Gallery in Toronto. He became, along with Snow, Joyce Weiland, Dennis Burton, Gordon Rayner, John Meredith and others, part of the "Isaacs Group"--artists joined by the radicalism of their art and by their interests in Dadaism and jazz. Coughtry's work was almost exclusively concerned with the abstracted human figure and was characterized by rich colour and powerful impasto surfaces. Through his teaching at the Ontario College of Art and Design, the New School of Art, and York University, and by the example of his work, he had a substantial influence on a younger generation of painters in Toronto.