Street Art by Bristol's Nick Walker
Goes Under the the Hammer at Dreweatts
A group of five spray paint canvases by Nick Walker will be offered in a sale of Affordable Prints, Paintings and Photographs on Thursday 1st May 2014 at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions Bristol saleroom.
Topping the sale is Walker's Vandalism Black, 2008, the spray paint on canvas work is signed and numbered 2/6. It is estimated at £2,000-3,000. [Lot 134]
Nick Walker emerged on the infamous Bristol graffiti-scene in the early 1980s, developing his style and alter ego, the iconic Bowler-Hatted Vandal which went on to feature in the Black-Eyed Peas video I Gotta Feelin'. His 'Vandal' appears on three spray paint canvases in the sale, Procrastination, 2008, signed and numbered 8/10 (£1,500-2,000) [Lot 133], Paint Chuckers, 2008 signed and numbered 2/5, (£1,500-2,000) [Lot 132] and Vandal, 2007, signed and numbered 8/10, (£800-1,200) [Lot 131]
Also by Walker is Butterfly Orange and Green, 2008. Inspired by their beauty, symmetry and transience, the butterfly is a recurring subject in Walker's work and this piece is estimated at £2,000-3,000. [Lot 135]
Since being propelled into street art fame Walker's style has seen him work on a number of graffiti projects including designing scenes for Stanley Kubrick's iconic last film Eyes Wide Shut. "I try to add an element of humour or irony to some paintings to add a little light relief to the walls. Painting is a form of escapism for me and if my work allows the spectator to so the same thing, then IÃ¢ÂÂve achieved more than I set out to do.""
From Australian artist Allen Barker is Untitled, 1974, an oil on board that is signed and dated in black ink on the verso. It is estimated at £200-300 [Lot 21] Talking in 2004 Barker explained "My concern is colour and colour manipulation in order to achieve lateral shifts across the two-dimensional surface, employing the fourth dimension (time), and to give the illusion of changing depths. Back and forth - in and out."
From the photography section is a collection of nudes dating from 1900-1940, that includes a photograph by American photographer, painter and curator, Edward Steichen, printed in 1981 and nine offset lithographs of nudes, most likely taken from photography journals of the 1930s and 1940s by John Everard, Andre Steiner, Man Ray and Maurice Tabard. Together they are estimated at £200-300. [Lot 137]
The sale of Affordable Prints, Paintings and Photographs will be held on Thursday 1st May, many without reserves, at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions sale room in Bristol. The catalogue is available to view online at www.dreweatts.com
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Stanley Gibbons we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin's, and Frasers Autograph's. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in Donnington Priory (near Newbury), London's Mayfair, Bristol and Godalming.
Bristol - 28th April 2014