Dave’s Faves for the Leonard Joel Auction on 5 May 2020

For their 100 year anniversary, Leonard Joel Auctions in Melbourne have put together a celebratory auction titled “Centum” (Latin for “hundred”) with 100 works by 100 living Australian artists.

They range from masters like John Olsen and Tim Storrier to mid-career artists such as Euan MacLeod and Peter Booth, to younger artists including art market darlings Ben Quilty, Dale Frank and Del Kathryn Barton, as well as a small selection of Aboriginal artists, featuring among others Gabriella Possum, Barbara Weir and Emily Pwerle.

Equally varied are the media on offer: oil, watercolours, photography and sculpture, and if you are after a large canvas, you won’t be disappointed either.

At the moment, art auction houses are not allowed to conduct live auctions during the restrictions imposed by the Australian government to contain the spread of the Corona virus.

Therefore the auction will be held on 5 May 2020 without room bidding, and bidding only by phone and online.

Many artworks are estimated below $10,000, making this a great opportunity to acquire works by noted contemporary Australian artists at budget-friendly prices.

You can view all artworks online at the Leonard Joel website

If you are interested in these or any other lots in the auction, don’t hesitate to email us or phone David on 0466 313 095.

Here are Dave’s Faves:

Lot 2 – Noel McKenna, 2009, A Fine Bespeckled Gentleman, 2009. 38.5 x 39 cm, est. $4,000-6,000. Put that in your pipe and smoke it

Lot 4 – Peter Smets, Site Office #2, 45 x 65 cm, est. $4,000-6,000. Take-away kebab for lunch, Bruce?

Lot 5 – Jason Benjamin, I looked at the past and it just scarred my eyes, 2019. 120 x 120 cm, est. $12,000-16,000. The future’s looking brighter

Lot 6, Christopher McVinish, Beacon Tower, 2002, 125 x 175 cm, est. $2,500-3,500. Your home is your castle

Lot 7 – David Keeling, Mobile Man, 2003, 62 x 51 cm, est. $4,000-6,000. So should I text, email, Whatsapp, Instagram, Tweet, find you on Facebook or Zoom you then?

Lot 9 – Stephen Bush, Lily of the Valley, 2008, 101.5 x 94.5 cm, est. $9,000-12,000. Keep the home fires burning

Lot 19 – Del Kathryn Barton, Boy Becoming Man, 2006, 79.5 x 60.5 cm, est. $8,000-12,000. Sew What

Lot 22 – Phillip Piperides, Resting Dancer, 58 x 33 x 58 cm, est. $12,000-16,000. An appeal for calm

Lot 24 – Rick Amor, Man in Landscape, 1995, est. $6,000-9,000. Tree huggers welcome

Lot 26 – Bruce Armstrong, Owl, 2016-2020, 190 cm incl. base, est. $18,000-24,000. Be wise

Lot 28 – Michael Zavros, Red/Blue, 2001, 100.5 x 100 cm, est. $20,000-25,000. Remember these?

Lot 31 – John Kelly, Light 2006, 114.5 x 146.5 cm, et $35,000-45,000. It will be just a little prick

Lot 36 – Jan Senbergs, Landing at Exotica, 1991, 152 x 183 cm, est. $16,000-20,000. Remember these?

Lot 40 – Callum Morton, Casa Spizzico, Capri, 2001, 59.5 x 83.5 cm, est. $2,500-3,500. The perfect get-away for self isolators

Lot 42 – Deborah Paauwe, Tangled Whisper, 2004, 100 x 100 cm, est. $2,000-4,000. To hug or not to hug, that is the question

Lot 44 – Sam Leach, Cockatoo with Probability Diagram, 2010, 45 x 30 cm, est. $7,000-9,000. Don’t be a galah

Lot 90 – Paul Ryan, Study for Cannibal, 2013, 81 x 71 cm, est. $3,000-5,000. Don’t panic, Australia produces three times as much food as it consumes

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Hi, my name is Brigitte Banziger and I am an art consultant and manager at Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants, Australia's art valuation and art advice experts. We specialise in art valuations for insurance purposes, for family division, deceased estates, superannuation funds and market values, and advise clients regarding purchase and sales of art (art brokerage). Our services are sought by private clients, companies, public galleries and councils alike. Our aim is to provide professional service with friendly, approachable manner.

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