Join our specialists as they share insights into their favourite pieces from our Wednesday 13 October auction of Paintings & Works on Paper...
Sheila’s love of art and talent as a painter was strongly encouraged by her husband Iain Macnab (1890-1967) who persuaded her to train with him in London. Sheila’s contemporary landscapes are attractive and very distinctive and were usually painted ‘en plein air’. A Busy Harbour appeals to me through its composition – boats, buildings and landscape. The immediacy of the brushwork in the water and strong use of colour on the abstracted hillside add to the attractiveness of the picture. Sheila was a founding member of the Glasgow Southern Women Artists Club and continued to paint at home in her studio and abroad until her death in 2018.
- James McNaught, Associate Director, Head of Glasgow
For me, in this lovely sale, my top pick has to be Lot 157, Waller Hugh Paton’s view from Bruntsfield Links. Paton came from a family of Scottish artists, with his brother and sister Joseph Noel Paton and Amelia Robertson Hill also working professionally in painting and sculpture. Waller Hugh Paton and his brother were greatly inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites and we can see their influence here in the delicate attention to detail and warm glowing light. Paton is known for his scenes of sunset, particularly views of Arran, but it is a particular joy to see him turn his attention to his home city of Edinburgh, and a view many of us will recognise to this day.
- Carly Shearer, Head of Prints & Multiples
Bet Low’s work has always appealed to me. Her way of viewing the landscape is fascinating – so spare, almost flirting with abstraction, but at the same time clearly evocative of the natural atmospherics of the scene before her. And her handling of her materials, that characteristic layering that is simultaneously both a wash yet also chalky, is distinctive and a little mysterious. I think it takes a clever artist to paint so apparently simply.
- Charlotte Riordan, Associate Director and Head of Contemporary Art
This painting is a love affair on canvas: Charles McCall married the jewellery specialist Eloise ‘Mitzi’ Ward in 1945. She became his favourite model and thirty years later their deep connection is clear in this beautiful image. Mitzi stands at a mantelpiece looking through an open door to her admiring husband.
- Alice Strang, Senior Specialist, Modern & Contemporary Art
The Russian-born Andre Lanskoy was an important contributor to the development of Tachisme and the School of Paris. From the late 1930s, he devoted himself to abstraction and relationship between colour and form. This dynamic collage was created at the end of Lanskoy’s career, and typifies his colourful, expressive style.
- Chantal de Prez, Head of Sale
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