The Deutscher + Hackett fine art auction on 28 August features very important artworks from two outstanding art collections.
These collections span two very different, yet important times in Australian art history: early modernism and contemporary Australian art, and complement each other beautifully in our view. They are also both great examples in how to collect art in a considered fashion.
The first 36 lots are made up from the Ken and Joan Plomley Collection of Modernist Art, and feature the linocuts from the Grosvenor School – think Claude Flight, Cyril Power, Ethel Spowers or Evelyne Syme -, and outstanding works by Margaret Preston and Roy de Maistre, a distant relative of Ken Plomley. You’ll also see a number of wonderful watercolours by Queenslander Kenneth MacQueen, and a sprinkling of Roland Wakelin, Grace Cossington Smith and Lloyd Rees.
The catalogue essay is well worth reading (who knew that Roy de Maistre’s father Etienne was a famous horse trainer who won the Melbourne Cup five times?)
Lots 55 – 71 feature works from the pARTners Art Collective, assembled by a group of Melbourne collectors between 2006 and 2016, striving to put together a museum quality collection of contemporary Australian art. Included are works by urban Aboriginal artists Gordon Bennett, Brook Andrew and Danie Mellor, and photorealistic paintings by Sam Leach, Natasha Bieniek and Juan Ford.
Other outstanding paintings include a striking Jeffrey Smart, a sublime Fred Williams, two 1950s Charles Blackmans from his Schoolgirl and Alice series and a large psychedelic Howard Arkley Australian dream … be prepared for a rather extensive “Dave’s Faves”!
Go and view the 130 lot strong sale in person if you can:
– in Melbourne, 105 Commercial Road, South Yarra, from 15 to 18 August
– in Sydney, 16 Goodhope Street, Paddington, from 22 – 28 August
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