Oil, Acrylic paintings & Mixed Media

Paintings are usually referred to in terms of the medium used. Oils on canvas or board remain the most commonly seen works on the market but many modern artists have favoured acrylics or combinations of different paints.


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Canine study makes tidy sum

11 November 2019

A flurry of bids emerged for this late-17th century canine study at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood of Exeter (23% buyer’s premium).

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‘One of the best’ by Arnesby Brown

11 November 2019

Like John Constable before him, the 19th century painter John Arnesby Brown (1866-1955) found endless inspiration in the low horizons and expansive skies of East Anglia. He was also interested in light and atmosphere and the effect of sunshine and shadow on the landscape.

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Greek doves inspire Romans

28 October 2019

The history of the motif which inspired an unknown Italian master of the second half of the 18th century can be traced back to the 2nd century BC.

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Unknown portrait of British naval hero Nelson is discovered by auctioneer Charles Miller

21 October 2019

A hitherto unknown portrait of Nelson has been discovered and will be offered at auction on November 5.

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Becker price is a cut above

30 September 2019

Harry Becker (1865-1928) is not well known outside East Anglia but he is much admired both for a skilled grasp of Impressionism and his choice of subject matter.

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Wings and wheels speed into Suffolk

02 September 2019

A 1935 oil on canvas of a Bugatti and Alfa Romeo speeding along a track is offered for £1550 during English and Continental Antique’s next 'Wings and Wheels' exhibition.

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Filipino Abstract art emerges in Sussex saleroom

02 September 2019

An Abstract work by the 20th century Filipino artist Oscar Zalameda (1930-2010) emerged as the star lot in an interiors auction in West Sussex.

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Montague Dawson puts Maine auction in the mix

19 August 2019

From a Boston fireman’s helmet to an Islamic 13th century marble panel, the large mixed-discipline summer sale to be held by US auction house Thomaston Place in Maine over three days from August 23-25 ranges widely in terms of date and type.

‘View on the River Seine – Morning’ by Richard Parkes Bonington

National Gallery acquires Richard Parkes Bonington painting in £600,000 tax deal

15 August 2019

A view of the River Seine by Richard Parkes Bonington (1802-28) has entered the collection of The National Gallery in London under the acceptance in lieu scheme.

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Portrait of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge raises £51,000 at Gloucestershire auction

05 August 2019

It was a case of sitter rather than artist determining the value of an otherwise unassuming portrait that came up at Wotton Auction Rooms’ latest sale.

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ATG letter: The great Gainsborough mystery

05 August 2019

MADAM – The BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' returned to TV screens last month with a Thomas Gainsborough mystery. I watched with great interest, and a degree of trepidation.

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Lost to the nation: Newbattle Abbey casket and John Singer Sargent painting are among latest treasures cleared for export

26 July 2019

The Newbattle Abbey Kunstkammer is the latest work of art to be granted an export licence this year, despite the arts minister’s attempts to retain them for the nation.

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Haunting Bueno portrait locks in real human hair

22 July 2019

In a relatively short period from 1959-64, the Spanish-Italian Realist Xavier Bueno (1915-79) created his most recognisable works: a series of melancholic and haunting portraits of children. For Bueno these ‘Bambini’ portraits symbolised a “humiliated and oppressed humanity”.

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Local scenes on offer at Brittany auction

22 July 2019

Alongside traditional examples of furniture, pictures, jewellery and works of art, Jack-Philippe Ruellan’s July 27 Summertime à Vannes auction will feature plenty of items associated with the local area: paintings showing views of Brittany and examples of its well-known Quimper pottery.

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Cuneo shows his steel

22 July 2019

This rare American scene by noted railway painter Terence Cuneo (1907-96) turned up at Canterbury Auction Galleries (20% buyer’s premium) in Kent.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

15 July 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Getty museum buys Stoss crucifix and Joseph Wright of Derby painting

11 June 2019

The J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has emerged as the buyer of two major works: Corpus Christi, a small, 15th century wooden sculpture by Veit Stoss, and Two Boys with a Bladder (1769-70), a painting by Joseph Wright of Derby.

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Four places to see and buy art in London this weekend including Russian illustrations and Bugatti sculptures

07 June 2019

Before the explosion of art shows and fairs at the end of the month, there are still plenty of places to hunt out painting and sculpture around London.

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Distinct Barns-Graham images depict a distant isle

03 June 2019

An acrylic on paper of Timanfaya, the only active volcano on the Canary Island of Lanzarote, by British artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004), is one of the highlights of the exhibition A Distant Isle.

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Da Qian is Woolley & Wallis’s 11th £1m-plus lot

27 May 2019

A painting by the celebrated Chinese 20th century artist Zhang Da Qian (1899-1983) sold for £2.3m (plus premium) at Woolley & Wallis.

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