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Bill Laux, (Canadian 1925-2004), Modernist Batik Wall Hanging

Fauquier, Batik, Jack Wise & Bill Laux

August 30, 2018

“I got involved in batik be­cause I was broke – the great­est motivation in the world,” – Bill Laux – Bill Laux was working as a forester in California, when the U.S. Feder­al government expropriated his property for a park re­serve. That and the Vietnam War were enough to spark Bill and his wife Adele […]

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4 Reasons to Buy & Sell with 4th Meridian

April 19, 2018

At 4th Meridian, you can bid in benefit auctions to support a variety of meaningful organizations you believe in, while taking home the art you love. Support a Nonprofit 
Every auction we run includes a selection of lots from local non-profits, giving them one more avenue for fundraising. Past non-profits our bidders have contributed to […]

Harris G. Strong, American (1920-2006), Attachments

An American Success Story: Harris G. Strong

February 21, 2018

Harris G. Strong was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Always a hard worker, Harris owned his first business, a bicycle shop, when he was 14, he would spend the rest of his life innovating and running his own businesses. His aunt, Henrietta (Brownie) Strong, was his mentor. She owned and ran a successful greeting card business […]

Boris Artzybasheff (1899 - 1965), Illustration from Charles G. Finney's book, 'The Circus of Dr. Lao', 1935

Boris Artzybasheff: Illustrating Communism, Fascism and Capitalism

February 20, 2018

Boris Artzybasheff was born in Russia, and it’s no surprise when looking at his work that his earliest influences were Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel the elder and the Russian icons and miniatures of his homeland. He was studying law at the University of Kiev when the Russian Revolution broke out in 1917. He was drafted […]

John Ruskin (1819–1900), King of the Golden River, illustrated by Arthur Rackham, 1932

Victorian Love Triangle: The Writer, the Artist and Effie Grey

Written by prominent social thinker and philanthropist, John Ruskin, The King of the Golden River was originally written in 1841 for twelve-year-old Effie (Euphemia) Gray, whom with Ruskin was infatuated and later married. However, Ruskin famously could not bring himself to consummate their marriage, his reasons are unclear, but they involved disgust with some aspect […]

Gillian Paynter, Okanagan Themed Vase and Plate

Talking to Okanagan Potter, Gillian Paynter

November 30, 2017

4th Meridian is pleased to offer two pieces of Gillian Paynter’s work for auction this month. Gillian Paynter was born and raised in West Bank, BC, (now West Kelowna), working in the local orchards and her family fruit stand. After art school she returned home to set up a pottery studio, where she has turned […]

Abraham Palatnik, Ram, lucite, ca. 1960

Attention All Mod-Loving Design Enthusiasts!

November 21, 2017

Brazilian artist, Abraham Palatnik’s lucite creatures range from the exotic to the domesticated. Re-imagined with stylized silhouettes and graphic prints, Palatnik’s small sculptures from the 60’s have recently become highly-coveted once again. American designers, like Jonathan Adler, have rediscovered his work, sparking a new obsession. While figurines can be spotted from time to time in […]

Ineke, Stoneware Jug

Ineke: BC Ferry Nostalgia

If you travelled by BC ferry in the 60’s and 70’s, you may recognize Ineke van’t Riet’s work. Ineke’s pottery was commissioned by Victoria’s most popular souvenir and gift shops through the 60’s and 70’s; Mattick’s Farm in Cordova Bay, Victoria’s world-famous Butchart Gardens, and of course for gift shops on all BC Ferries. She […]

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