Art Auction Previews

Art Auction Previews

Art Auction Previews


Today was spent going around Auckland with a wonderful couple who I met through art circles in Hamilton. They have a large collection of artwork including sculptures and I have to say it, yes they do have a piece of my work (Very humbled I must say!) it’s nice to be a part of such a fabulous collection and with some very special people!

We started off the morning at the Webb’s auction house where we saw many pieces of work that entranced us. As pointed out to me by one of my friends, you don’t often get to see most of these works in the flesh as they only appear at times like this, between buyers and heading from one private collection to another. It’s certainly a great way to see some impressive work that you might not ever get the chance to see again except in books or catalogues.

I was impressed by the Tony Fominson’s and Michael Smither’s along with a Dick Frizzell piece that he painted in 2000 of Ocean Beach in Hawkes Bay, not a typical painting I had seen of his work. The Louise Henderson although lovely in the catalogue wasn’t quite what we expected in the flesh, but that may have been more to do with lighting!

There were Colin McCahon’s and Shane Cotton’s along with an early Rita Angus and a Paul Dibble ‘Fantail Piwakawaka’ bronze that caught my eye. Interesting additions were a chair by Misery and another by World which were each commissioned for a 50th Birthday celebration in 2010 for Panton Chairs. All in all an eclectic and interesting body of work that was wonderful to view.

The next stop was the International Art Centre of ‘Important, Early and Rare’ 19th and 20th Century New Zealand Artworks.

Delighted to see another Peter Siddell work, I have to say Im still spell bound by his work and enjoyed seeing his ‘Harbour’ painting from 1992 of a more modern house than Im used to seeing of his work!

The Garth Tapper’s were most interesting and caught my eye, I didn’t think they photographed up as well as what they appeared in real life and Ive become more of a fan of his work now Ive seen these pieces! There was everything here from J.C Hoyt to Ralph Hotere so if you get a chance I highly recommend going to see both this viewing and the Webb’s collection before these wonderful pieces disappear again into private homes or overseas.

Of course we didn’t pass up the chance to visit some of the other galleries in Parnell and enjoyed seeing some of my friend’s work including the fabulous Nick Fedeaff who I have the pleasure of selling his work at the gallery I work in!


For those of you in Hamilton have a look at Aesthete Gallery’s auction preview, the auction date is Monday 29th March so you will need to be in quick, its an affordable range of estate art which I was able to view at the preview evening last week, there are some real bargains to be picked up there or those starting out collecting artwork, I myself have an eye on a couple of pieces, so you might just see me there!

Posted: Saturday 27 March 2010


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