LOT 089


Concept Drawing—Centre Bouquet Final Drawing, The Ultimate Diamond Design / Étude de concept—Dessin final du bouquet central, Motif diamantaire, pièce Summum
graphite on paper
signed, titled and dated December 2020
14 x 17 in, 35.6 x 43.2 cm

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,600 CAD

Sold for: $7,500

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Toronto-born Derek C. Wicks is an esteemed wildlife artist and coin designer. His work has appeared in publications such as Masters of Wildlife Art and has twice earned him the honour of the National Artist of the Year award from Ducks Unlimited. His previous work for the Royal Canadian Mint has included the Rio Olympic Games commemorative $1 coin and the 70th anniversary commemorative coin honouring Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

Lots 89 through 92 are concept drawings for The Ultimate designed by Wicks. Commenting about the coin design,

Wicks notes:

"The challenge was to create an interesting concept that incorporated a design element with the feel of organic flow. To create a unity between the “graphic” design elements and the organic elements I used repetitive shape. By using both solid blossoms surrounding the branches and then realistic blossoms in the centre, I was able to create unity between the two elements. Negative space played just as an important element in this design. The negative shapes created play an important role in composition, as the change in texture from very “rugged” to very smooth surfaces keeps the viewer moving from shape to shape, creating movement and a sense of “falling” in the composition. Finally, the symmetry of this piece is one of balance through asymmetric and symmetrical placement. The anchor of the main cluster is very symmetrical in its positioning, giving a more “graphic” feel. By placing the asymmetric pattern of blossoms surrounding the main cluster, the design gained an organic or natural feel. Combined with the visual weight of the negative spaces, the coin gained a “controlled chaos” flow to it."

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Estimate: $1,200 - $1,600 CAD

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