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.


Chinese Mona Lisa

Chinese ‘Mona Lisa’ owned by Body Shop founder Anita Roddick sells for £1.7m at auction – watch video

13 November 2018

Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury sold an important oil by Chinese contemporary artist Yang Fei Yun (b.1954) today for £1.7m (plus 25/12% buyer’s premium). It came for sale from the charity established by Body Shop founder Dame Anita Roddick (1942-2007).

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Bidding for Evelyn Ince shows sign of female artists in demand

29 October 2018

The current demand for female artists was in evidence at Henry Adams (20% buyer’s premium) of Chichester when a work by Evelyn Ince (1886-1941) went under the hammer.

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Harpignies night scene features at Harrogate fair

29 October 2018

An atmospheric black and grey ink painting by Henri Joseph Harpignies (1819-1916) is one of the works on offer at The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair (November 2-4).

Edmond de Belamy

Painting made by artificial intelligence and algorithm sells for $350,000

26 October 2018

A painting made by artificial intelligence has sold at Christie’s for a hammer price of $350,000 (£273,420).

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Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Lucretia’ sells at Viennese auction for €1.6m

24 October 2018

Artemisia Gentileschi’s 'Lucretia' was hammered down for €1.6m at an auction in Vienna.

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Sales in France: Angers

22 October 2018

A newly discovered work by the 17th century French artist Jacques Stella (1576-1657) found by Xavier de la Perraudière of auction house Ivoire Angers in a local property is to be offered for sale on December 5.

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Sales in France: Paris – Tessier Sarrou

22 October 2018

Fourteen unpublished paintings by Maurice Utrillo, the artist renowned for quintessential Paris street scenes, will be coming up for sale on November 23.

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Sales in France: Paris – Artcurial

22 October 2018

This little oil on canvas showing a seated lion watching the setting sun from the top of a rocky plateau is evocatively titled Les Deux Majestés and is a work by the 19th century Orientalist Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904).

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Portrait subject spurs bidder to a high price

08 October 2018

Standing proud in full riding wear, this early 20th century portrait of a female rider and her two terriers, below, struck a chord with bidders in Sussex.

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Cursiter returns to his Orkney roots

08 October 2018

The remote rocky islands of Orkney were a source of continued inspiration for the prolific Scottish painter Stanley Cursiter (1887-1976).

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Olivier takes the stage at Canon Gallery exhibition

08 October 2018

A painting by Herbert Arnould Olivier (1861-1952), a British artist and the uncle of the actor Lawrence Olivier, is among the stand-out works on show in Jeremy Green’s third gallery exhibition this year.

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Poignant portrait of ‘doomed youth’ of the First World War

08 October 2018

Pictures, trophies and other mementos were among the contents from a historic nursing home in south-west London dispersed at Ewbank’s (22.5% buyer’s premium).

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The wife of a Parliamentarian in portrait form

01 October 2018

A portrait of a young Stuart woman, below, attributed to the Hungarian painter Johannes Priwitzer (fl.1626-35), topped the picture section in a two-day sale at Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) of Cambridge.

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Sekoto’s sensitivity rewarded at selective South Africa sale

01 October 2018

Gerard Sekoto (1913-93) is cementing his place as one of the most bankable names in the field of South African art.

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Utrillo streets ahead in Maine saleroom

10 September 2018

Plenty to interest European buyers was available at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries (17% buyer’s premium) in Maine on August 25-26.

Su Shi's Song Dynasty scroll

Christie’s to offer major Chinese rarity as Song Dynasty scroll is given £40m estimate

03 September 2018

An extraordinarily rare artwork by pre-eminent Chinese scholar Su Shi (1037-1101) will be offered at Christie’s Hong Kong later this year. The auctioneers are hoping that it could make a record for any Asian work of art.

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Varanasi waterfront takes pride of place in Somerset

03 September 2018

An Indian School work guided at £100-150 was the star turn at Greenslade Taylor Hunt (19.5% buyer’s premium) of Taunton in Somerset on August 2.

Dylan Thomas by Augustus John

Welsh connections: Christie’s brokers sale of Augustus John portrait of Dylan Thomas to National Portrait Gallery

22 August 2018

Christie’s has helped broker the sale of portrait of a young Dylan Thomas by Augustus John (1878-1961) to the National Portrait Gallery.

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Faed feeds into genre theme

20 August 2018

This small scene by Scottish genre painter Thomas Faed (1826-1900) shown below sold for a quadruple-estimate £8500 at Brightwells (22% buyer’s premium).

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Priestman river flows to new high

13 August 2018

Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) of Leyburn claimed a new auction record for Bertram Priestman (1868-1951) when it sold a painting of an extensive river landscape by the local artist.

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