Affordable auction art for veterans and beginners

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 31st August, 2017

Leonard Joel’s forthcoming fine art auction offers an affordable and desirable range of contemporary, modern, aboriginal, international art and sculpture suitable for both veteran art collectors and those entering the market for the first time.

Beginning at 6.30pm Tuesday September 5 at 333 Malvern Road South Yarra, one of the more intriguing and eye-catching works is Tim Storrier’s Palette 1982 – comprising mixed media with found objects.

Interesting is Still Life With Fruit 1866 by colonial artist W.E.D. Stuart (1826-1873). 

Stuart arrived in Australia during the gold rush and ventured to Sandhurst (Bendigo) to try his luck as a prospector.

When that didn’t work, he turned his hand to painting still lifes and marine scenes.

An artist of some note, Stuart had already exhibited at various London institutions and in Melbourne showed at the Victorian Academy of Arts and the 1866 International Exhibition.

Another painting of note is Street in Isfahan 1961 by Elaine Haxton. Qantas Airlines invited Haxton to travel internationally all expenses paid providing the company could use any two of her resulting drawings for advertisements.

During the trip, she was lucky enough to see Isfahan before the Iranian revolution in 1979.

Although Qantas did not use any of Haxton’s works, she later turned many of them into oil paintings.

Sali Herman’s (1898-1993) Sydney Street Scene 1982 is a typical example of the works for which he is best known – depictions of inner Sydney’s slums and old Victorian terraces.

His use of geometric block forms and contrast gave colour and monumentality to otherwise seemingly dull building facades.

Other works of note in the auction include McLean Edwards Spinning the Wheel 2003, David Larwill’s Attack of the European Wasp 1986 and Heads 2002, John Cattapan’s Know Your Instrument 1983, Hugh Sawrey’s Getting a Sheep for the Missus and Richard Larter’s Untitled 1979. 

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