Australian and international art goes online at Melbourne auction

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 15th February, 2020

Works by some of the best known Australian and international contemporary artists are being auctioned online from 12pm Friday February 14 to 8pm Thursday February 20 through Hilco APAX Global at 4-8 Knighton Avenue, Airport West.

Some 229 paintings are on offer at the Melbourne venue and include such well-known art identities as Hampstead Keith, Derek Gores, Priscilla Nagamarra Escobar and Roman and Anna Kuffner.
New York native Derek Gores was born in 1971 and graduated from the BFA Rhode island School of Design at age 22.

He is renowned for recycling magazines, maps and data in his canvas portraits – through which he builds seemingly endless puzzles by rearranging the pieces to form a surrealist image when viewed from a distance.

Lot 108 – three assorted prints Cleverness du Chat (2012), Where To Be (2012) and My Turn on the Catwalk (2010) – are good examples of his artistic technique.

Considered part of the New Contemporary Movement, Gore exhibits with top galleries in Los Angeles, Paris, Quebec, New England and Miami.

As a collaborator, the artist is entrenched in his home town Eau Gallie Arts District on the Space Coast of Florida as well as in the larger global creative community – regularly engaging with blue chip brands.

Australian indigenous artist Priscilla Escobar was born on February 9, 1977 in Darwin, where she has spent most of her life, and was inspired to paint by watching family members.

Lots 2 and 3, which feature oil dot paintings on canvas, are typical of her works (featuring a contemporary style, full of life and colour) and Escobar’s ‘Dreaming’ is the carpet snake that she inherited from her mother and country of Ikuntji in central Australia.

In 2004, the artist exhibited seven works at the Drill Hall Anzac House – all of which were sold – and has painted murals in the Darwin City Mall, at Whyalla in South Australia and in Ceduna.  

Both born in 1982 in Germany, photographers Roman and Anna Kuffner founded their project Blackbird Street in 2012.

Documentary photography of abandoned and lost places is the focus of their work and they travel the world in search of ruins that used to hum with everyday life to fulfil this goal.

Rainbow Room 2013 (lots 69-80) as a typical example of the Kuffner’s quest is an image sure to be keenly sought after by many auction goers.

Hampstead Keith is well represented with Vincent Poole (lot 224), a limited edition print of 150.

Other artists represented in the auction include Rafael Barletta’s Let’s Dance 2014 (lots 202-205) and All We Are Saying 2014 (lots 206-208), Joe McDermott’s The Secret (Diptychon) 2012 (lots 114 and 115), set of three Home Again Soon I, II and III, 2007 timber framed signed number etching and aquatint prints (lot 5), Thomas Eigel’s Sudu 5463476 (lots 6-11) and New York Three 2010 by Pep Ventosa (lots 63-65).


For onsite viewings other than 8am-3.30pm Tuesday February 18 contact Scott Matthews 0474 890 122.

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