Published 20th November 2019
The forthcoming Contemporary Sale has something to suit all tastes and all pockets and at the affordable end there is a collection of colourful art exhibition posters, a step above those that adorned my bedroom walls. They include a 'Bilderlust' poster (CC03/2) advertising the 1991 Cologne Museum exhibition of erotic photographs, which could be yours for under £50.
However, you might prefer a David Hockney 1980 New York University exhibition poster (CC03/4), but if you're a fan of his then why not buy one of three David Hockney etchings from his Grimm's fairy tales series, which includes 'The boy hidden in a fish' (CC03/19).
Another striking image that will certainly make a splash is the Howard Hodgkin screen print 'Swimming 2011' (CC03/38), which was commissioned for the 2012 London Olympics, signed and numbered 315/350. It carries pre-sale expectations of £3,000-£5,000.
Flying the flag for the home team is one time Cornish artist Fred Yates who was a prolific landscape artist who favoured scenes of West Country village and coastal life often in a rather subdued palette. Latterly, he moved to the south of France and included in the sale is a bright and vibrantly coloured view of the Cote d 'Azure (CC03/165).
He seems to have surpassed Mary Fedden at her own game – the latter being well known for her bold and contrasting palette and who favoured flower compositions and blocky still lives such as her 'Black Teapot' (CC03/166) that is estimated at £4,000-£6,000.
Finally, amongst the pictures are several John Piper screen prints and an original pen, ink, water colour and gouache somewhat confusingly titled on the reverse 'Variation on a mid-19th century engraving' (CC03/170).
Of course, the sale doesn't only include pictures. There is a useful offering of studio ceramics that includes a work by local potter John Maltby 'Two figures and a wall' (CC03/77) and also a marble, stone and glass mosaic by one time Exeter resident Elaine Goodwin entitled 'Atlantic Sea Poem 1' (CC03/83a). She has produced a number of civic works including in 1991 a 5x15m 'Pigeon' mosaic for the St Thomas Railway Arches adjacent to our salerooms.
Emma Rodgers was a rather less well known until she was recently commissioned to produce a bronze of Cilla Black to stand outside the Cavern Club in Liverpool. The sale has three of her sculptures: a rather visceral slab built stoneware 'Raging Bull' (CC03/257); a haunting small bronze 'Leaping Hare' (CC03/265) and a group of three bronze 'Beach Dancers' (CC03/258).
There are also a number of contemporary jewellery pieces in the sale including a Georg Jensen large open work silver necklace (CC03/255) that certainly has a groovy 1970s appeal to it.