For your consideration is this rare incredible painting on canvas by the International artist William Allister (1919-2008). This work of art is just amazing, I had it professionally cleaned, the colors are just striking, my husband says when looking at it, he sees a city on fire, I see a beautiful view of a South America city, and you, what do you see ? This item is in wonderful condition, I left the original frame on.
Frame size : 16" x 22" Image size : 8.5" x 13.75"
If you would like more pictures or information regarding this work of art, please e-mail me, and I will gladly answer you, as quickly as possible.
About the artist : William Allister (1919-2008) (as per the Globe and Mail Nov. 2008)
"In my paintings I like to play the music of the Past on the instruments of the Future."
"As an artist, I would paint toward peace, paint as I'd never painted before, stretching to the limits, soaring, exploring new forms, new harmonies...Visions of giant canvases marrying East and West unfolded before me..." from "Where Life and Death Hold Hands", by William Allister.
Born in Manitoba, William Allister's adventurous career took him to the far corners of the earth. As an actor in Hollywood, soldier in Hong Kong, P.O.W. in Japan during World War II, writer in New York and Mexico, painter in Montreal and British Columbia.
His first novel, A HANDFUL OF RICE, won a first prize for literature in 1961, and was translated into Dutch and Norwegian. He also holds 9 international first prizes for documentary films. In 1986 he was presented with an Author's Award by the League for the Advancement of Canadian Letters.
In his twin career as a painter, he held over 30 one-man shows. His work is in collections in Canada, France, South Africa, Mexico, the U.S. and Japan, and reproductions of his work are sold worldwide. The "EAST WEDS WEST" collection was shown to enthusiastic audiences at the Asian Centre, U.B.C., the Richmond Art Gallery of B.C., the Gallery of Greater Victoria. In 1993 it was exhibited at the Canadian Embassy Gallery in Tokyo, sponsored by the Canadian Government, to coincide with the opening of THE ART OF COMPASSION, an hour long documentary film on his life, and aired nationally on CBC-TV and locally on the Knowledge Network.
William Allister's memoir, WHERE LIFE AND DEATH HOLD HANDS ( Stoddart Publishing 1989, paperback edition 2000, Restila Publishing) was published in Japanese in 2001, and won the Canadian Prime Minister's Award for the promotion of inter-cultural relations.
Now internationally acclaimed, Allister`s powerful and thought-provoking work continues to captivate audiences from around the world.