Dave’s Faves for the Menzies Auction 30 June 2021

The breadth and diversity of Australian art is on beautiful display in the Menzies winter fine art sale on 30 June in Sydney.

Wonderful still lifes by important women artists Margaret Preston, Constance Stokes and Margaret Olley start off this sale of 129 lots.

Auction favourites Arthur Boyd, John Olsen, Garry, Shead, Charles Blackman and Tim Storrier are plentiful, whilst the more contemporary works of Ben Quilty, Ildiko Kovacs, Paul Ryan, Angelina George and Fiona Lowry make for a very interesting mix.

Plus there are some exceptional international prints, including Banksy, Damien Hirst, Francis Bacon and Invader.

If you would like to see all artworks in person, you can visit the public previews in Sydney and Melbourne soon:

Sydney: 16 to 20 June, at 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington

Melbourne: 24 – 29 June, 1 Darling Street, South Yarra

Or you can see the artworks online at the Menzies website.

The auction is held in Sydney on Wednesday, 30 June 2021, 6.30 pm, at the Menzies Gallery, 12 Todman Avenue.

We will be previewing in Sydney next week and also attend the auction. If you require pre-purchase advice and analysis of one or several works, we would be delighted to assist you further, and also represent you with experienced bidding on the night. You’ll find more information on our art advice service here.

Just contact us on info@bhfineart.com or phone David on 0466 313 095 to discuss your interest.

And here are Dave’s Faves from the Menzies winter auction:

Lot 1 – Margaret Preston, Flowers in Jug, hand-coloured woodcut, 28 x 20.5 cm, est. $9,000-12,000. Definitely makes the cut
Lot 3 – Margaret Olley, Branch of Lemons, 1981-82, oil on board, 66 x 90 cm, est. $25,000-35,000. Olé
Lot 4 – Arthur Boyd, Bride over the River, oil on board, 29 x 21.5 cm, est. $20,000-30,000. Dive in
Lot 5 – John Olsen, Numbat Passing, 1979, watercolour and gouache, 73.5 x 50.5 cm, est. $14,000-18,000. The Perfect Termite Treatment (according to Wikipedia, numbats can eat 20,000 termites a day)
Lot 9 – Ben Quilty, George Byrne Study, 2005, oil, 60 x 50 cm, est. $14,000-18,000. It’s Archibald Season so why not buy a great portrait?
Lot 10 – Ildiko Kovacs, Blue Heart, oil, 122 x 100 cm, est. $15,000-20,000. Flow Ko
Lot 12 – Inge King, Dancer, bronze, 23 x 12 x 25 cm, est. $9,000-14,000. Dancing Queen
Lot 13 – John Coburn, Formal Garden, c1974, polymer paint, 51 x 68.5 cm, est. $16,000-24,000. That’s my Kind of Garden
Lot 20 – Jeffrey Smart, Study for Outside the Ministry, 1970, oil, 33 x 40 cm, est. $90,000-120,000. Yes Minister
Lot 43 – Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Yam Country, 1993, polymer paint, 152 x 121 cm, est. $40,000-60,000. IYAM WHAT IYAM!
Lot 48 – Paul Ryan, Blue Betty, 2016, oil, 126 x 122 cm, est. $8,000-12,000. A Little Bit of Lilibet
Lot 57 – Ray Crooke, Thursday Island, oil, 74 x 100 cm, est. $20,000-25,000. Thank God It’s Thursday
Lot 58 – Robert Dickerson, Camp near Wooroi Forest, 1991, polymer paint, 122.5 x 92.5 cm, est. $25,000-35,000. Camping is Trending
Lot 79 – Elioth Gruner, Blue Mountains, 1926, oil, 29 x 24.5 cm, est. $15,000-20,000. Nothing quite like a Move to the Mountains
Lot 102 – Tony Tuckson, TD906, c1965, polymer paint, 30 x 39 cm, est. $3,000-5,000. Have You “Red” The Paper?
Lot 115 – Sam Byrne, Rabbit Plague Raking Up Rabbits Broken Hill 1893, oil, 50 x 60 cm, est. $5,000-7,000. Topical
Lot 122 – Damien Hirst, Norleucine, 2010, woodcut, edition of 48, 76 x 76 cm (sheet), $7,000-10,000. Going Dotty for Damo
Lot 128 – Brett Whiteley, Palm Tree 2, 1975, screenprint 49/50, 81.5 x 60 cm, est. $4,000-6,000. Tree Change Anyone?