Building an art collection is an exciting endeavour. Our ‘Paintings & Works on Paper’ auctions feature artwork from the 17th to 21st centuries, with prices ranging from £200 to £2,000, making them the perfect place to start.
Building an art collection is an exciting endeavour. Dipping your toe into the world of auctions allows you to explore an extensive range of artworks, at a wide range of price-points - an opportunity to expand your horizons and sometimes even snag a bargain!
Our ‘Paintings & Works on Paper’ auctions feature artwork from the 17th to 21st centuries, with prices ranging from £200 to £2,000, making them the perfect place to start.
From landscapes and Old Masters to Contemporary and Modern works, the selection of works in our 'Paintings & Works on Paper’ auctions allow you to find pieces that appeal to your tastes and fit your budget.
Here’s a few pieces to help inspire you as you look to start a collection of your own...
From idyllic coastlines and stormy seas to rolling hills and Highland coos, landscape paintings serve to capture Scotland’s ever-changing weather and natural splendour.
Some of the earliest examples of Scottish landscape paintings date back to the 1600s and were used to decorate the grand houses of burgesses, lairds and lords.
As part of a Scottish "grand tour" in the 1800s, artists flocked from all over to paint and draw the dramatic, romantic landscapes of the Highlands.
Genre painting depict scenes of everyday life by portraying people engaging in common activities. These works often have a strong social or moral objective, and common themes include markets, domestic and interior settings, parties, and street scenes.
The tradition was adopted in Scotland in the late 1700s by David Allan, who emulated the genre art of Netherlandish painters from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He shifted from classical and mythological themes to scenes of everyday life, and by the end of the century, genre art had become a Scottish speciality.
Characterised by the includsion of of man-made or natural objects, cut flowers, fruit, vegetables, fish, game, wine, ect., Still Life has maintained it's popularity across movements, cultures, and periods. Originating as an art genre during the Renaissance, the painting of innanimate objects favoured in Still Life works has been practiced since Antiquity. Contemporary Still Life is far from being an outdated subject, from minimalist to cubism to hyper-realism, the contemporary artists reinterpret and reinvent the genre.
Ranging from preparatory sketches to complex compositions, works on paper can offer a glimpse into an artist’s creative process. Paper allows artists the freedom to experiment with new techniques, media and subject matter.
Works on paper tend to be more affordable than paintings and allow collectors to buy works by leading names or subject matter that might be outside their budget in another medium.