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George Bissill Artworks Auctioned by Mallams

The first tranche of a remarkable archive of work by a Derbyshire miner who became a successful artist in the Modern British canon comes up for sale at Mallams in December. The cache of paintings, drawings and prints by George Bissill (1896-1973) has been consigned by an Oxford lady whose father was left the contents of the artist’s home and studio in Ashmansworth, Hampshire almost 40 years ago. “The paintings have not been seen since...

Lily Lewis’ ‘Safe Places’ Portrays the Reality Behind Perfection

Painter Lily Lewis’ exhibition Safe Places aims to raise awareness for domestic abuse victims. (Top of page, Lily Lewis with Unknown 9.) In partnership with Petersham Nurseries and UK charity, Refuge, the artist’s new collection shines a light on the complicated and often silent suffering of domestic abuse victims, cases of which have risen by over 61% in 2020 over lockdown. Running from June to July 2021 at The Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden, the...

Timothy Spall Comes Out of the Storm at Pontone Gallery

As an actor, Timothy Spall needs little introduction, but since his thorough preparation for his award-winning role as Samuel Turner in the Mike Leigh film Mr Turner in 2014, Spall has made his own foray into painting. His experience provided the spark and confidence to set himself a rigorous and public challenge of an exhibition, Out of the Storm, to be held at Pontone Gallery in London from 18th June to 18th July. Mounting such...

Winston Churchill’s Art and His Inspiration to Paint

Winston Churchill’s Art and His Inspiration to Paint Winston Churchill’s Art has sold for record prices at auction. But what inspired the great man to paint?   Paintings by Sir Winston Churchill have sold at Christie’s in London for record prices. One, Tower Of The Koutoubia Mosque, (seen above), owned by Angelina Jolie, sold to an unidentified buyer for £8.285m. The sale price was almost four times the upper pre-sale estimate and it also beat...

Orlanda Broom Goes Rewild at Grove Square Galleries

Grove Square Galleries has announced Rewild, a solo exhibition by British artist Orlanda Broom, from 29th April – 11th June 2021. Featuring a new series of paintings created over the course of the last lockdown year, these buoyant works provide a colourful escape from our current state of being. Through her signature lush and saturated style, the artist depicts worlds both fantastical and surreal, absent of human or animal but abundant with sprawling nature. Broom’s...

Rebecca Hossack Gallery Shows Art of the African Bushmen

Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery of London shows SAN: CONTEMPORARY ART OF THE AFRICAN BUSHMEN from 5th June – 3rd July 2021. This is a major survey show of one of the most exciting, yet least known, movements in contemporary art: a non-Western tradition at once ancient and modern, immediate and other. (Image top of page – Coixe Bob, Rainbird, c2000, coloured linocut, 42 x 46 cm, edition of 110) The culture of the Bushmen, or...

How Painter Sara Sherwood Finds Inspiration in the City

Painter Sara Sherwood gave up a career in the City of London to become a full-time artist in 2005. But the city still influences her work, which includes large-scale oil-on-canvas cityscapes full of light and inspiration. We asked her about her process and the state of the art market. What brought you to painting, and what do you get from it? I loved art at school and one of the teachers really helped me express...

Botticelli Sells for Record $92m at Sotheby’s New York

A portrait by Sandro Botticelli has sold for $92m (£67m) at an auction at Sotheby’s in New York, breaking the sale record for the Italian renaissance painter. The painting Young Man Holding a Roundel is believed to have been painted in the 1470s or 1480s and is considered one of Botticelli’s finest works. Masterpiece Sotheby’s senior vice president Christopher Apostle described the painting as a “masterpiece” ahead of the auction. He said: “This Botticelli is...

Frank Auerbach and Tony Bevan Go Head To Head

Two world famous figurative painters, Frank Auerbach and Tony Bevan, come together in artistic dialogue for the first time in Frank Auerbach / Tony Bevan: What Is A Head?. The exhibition, postponed from November, now takes place from 7th December 2020 – February 2021 at Ben Brown Fine Arts. The exhibition, curated by internationally renowned curator and author Michael Peppiatt, features portraits by two of Britain’s leading figurative painters, Frank Auerbach and Tony Bevan. This...

Lyon & Turnbull’s Modern Made Auction Offers Important European Design Works

Celebrating the best of European design from pottery by Hans Coper to jewellery by Henning Koppel and furniture by John Makepeace, Lyon & Turnbull’s Modern Made auction on October 23rd brings to market important works from across the European design canon. (All images courtesy of Lyon & Turnbull) Works by Modern British artists are headlined by The Red Curtain, a key Camden Town school oil by William Ratcliffe (1870-1955). Dated to c.1916 (it was included...

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