Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Waving, Not Drowning (Not At All)
Last night, in Melbourne, at Menzies Art Brands final auction of Australian fine art for 2010, Career Babe: The Surf Life Saver (Resized for Easy Consumption), above, one of my smallest works, sold for $A7,320, including the buyer's premium. Painted in high gloss enamel on board measuring just 40cm x 50cm, the pre-sale estimate for the work was $A3,800 to $A4,500. However, bidding started at $5,000.This is a record high for a small work of mine. And given that I will no longer paint works on canvas or timber board at this size – the Resized For Easy Consumption series was a one-off and studies for my new work are undertaken only in acrylic on cold-pressed paper – this price is likely to be improved upon in the coming years.A larger, older enamel on canvas work, Pearl: Soul Eternally Lost, Soul Eternally Saved, from 1998, measuring,100cm x 150cm, did less well. The work was in noticeably poor condition, with several serious scuffs to the paint, according to an art dealer who was potentially interested in bidding for it. Nevertheless, it sold for $A8,540, just below its pre-sale estimate of $A9,000 to $A12,000.