On Friday 18 August we have our Art Online auction, showcasing works from 17th century through to the contemporary with prices from £50-£2,000 (+ fees). There is a wide variety of artworks covering different genres and styles which makes it an exciting platform for new and established collectors looking to develop and grow their collections.
The sale includes a collection of works by South African sculptor Stella Shawzin, featuring rural life and harbour landscape scenes which show Shawzin’s early experimentation with mixed media. Other highlights include works by established artists such as Frank Watson Wood, Gabriel Deschamps, Cecil Beaton, Peter Kelly and Peregrine Heathcote. Here, Head of Sale, Francesca Whitham picks out five works for under £1,000.
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1. Norman Hepple, ‘Man and mule in a Spanish courtyard below the blossom’
Norman Hepple was born in London in 1908. During the Second World War, he served as an Official War Artist to the National Fire Service. After the war he was elected to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters - serving as its president from 1979 – 83. Hepple was best known for his society portraiture and more specifically Royal portraiture. Throughout his career he painted Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and the Queen Mother. The present lot perfectly captures the essence of a rustic Spanish courtyard with an atmosphere of warmth and radiating sunlight, showcasing Hepple’s technical ability for landscape as well as portraiture. Estimated at £300-500 (+ fees) this is an excellent example of British 20th century art which is suited to both a traditional and contemporary interior.
λ Lot 118: Norman Hepple, ‘Man and mule in a Spanish courtyard below the blossom’, Oil on canvas | Est. £300-500 (+ fees)
2. Thomas Rose Miles, ‘An incoming storm near deal’
Thomas Rose Miles has captured the atmosphere in this painting as the storm takes hold over the town of Deal on the Kent coast. As the clouds swirl high in the sky and the dark clouds are looming over the beach, Miles has perfectly portrayed three figures in the foreground hurriedly making their way back to the village to shelter from the incoming storm. What is particularly effective is the way in which Miles has illustrated the wind blowing across the figure’s clothing with swooping brushstrokes as they battle against the wind. Traditionally known as a marine artist this is a magnificent example of Mile’s ability to depict extreme weathers and create atmospheric effect through paint. This work is estimated at £500-700 (+ fees).
Lot 81: Thomas Rose Miles, ‘An incoming storm near deal’, Oil on canvas | Est. £500-700 (+ fees)
3. Mary Remington, ‘Night sky from my window’
This unusual composition by Mary Remington catches the imagination of the viewer as the eye is drawn into the painting, peering through the trees and across the street to the townhouse beyond. This striking moonlit scene titled Night Sky From My Window, was exhibited at the New English Art Club exhibition held at The Mall Galleries in 1984. Mary Remington was born in Reigate, Surrey in 1910. She studied at the Redhill School of Art under William Todd-Brown, then at the Royal College of Art. Remington continued her studies at L’Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. In 1954, Remington was elected member of the New English Art Club and she continued to exhibit at their exhibitions throughout her career. Estimated at £200-400 (+ fees) this is certainly one to watch.
λ Lot 123: Mary Remington, ‘Night sky from my window’, Oil on board | Est. £200-400 (+ fees)
4. Follower of Marcello Venusti, ‘The virgin and child’
As interior designers and collectors continue to experiment with combining the antique with the contemporary, I am picking out a very charming old master which could be a gem in any interior. This painting is based on Venusti’s lost painting which was based on a drawing by his associate Michelangelo Buonarotti, now held in the Royal Collection at Windsor. The original painting was once part of the collection of 18th century artist Richard Cosway, but is now only known through an engraving. This delightful work on slate is estimated at £400-600 (+ fees).
Lot 21: Follower Of Marcello Venusti, ‘The virgin and child’, Oil on slate | Est. £400-600 (+ fees)
5. Dmitry Nikashin, ‘Dullstroom road’
Estimated at £500-700 (+fees), we have this wonderful work, Dullstroom road by Dmitry Nikashin. Nikashin’s masterful use of colour and light transports the viewer straight to the dusty track deep in the heat and wilderness of Dullstroom in South Africa. The sense that an unknown journey lies ahead of the winding path, with rocky hills beyond, is particularly effective. Nikashin is a contemporary artist born in Moscow in 1968. Now residing in Pretoria in South Africa, Nikashin is drawn to the beautiful landscapes and views, trekking deep into the wilderness to find the perfect composition and atmosphere. These personal experiences shape his body of work.
Lot 15: Dmitry Nikashin, ‘Dullstroom road’, Oil on canvas | Est. £500-700 (+ fees)
Bidding is available in person at our salerooms, online, by telephone or you can leave commission (absentee) bids.
Friday 18 August | 10.30am BST
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2JE
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