Ken Currie views his art as a political tool, a way of expressing his understanding of the world around him and suggesting new ways for society to evolve and adapt. His early paintings promote his ultimate goal of an egalitarian and just society and try to offer easily read and understood visual encapsulations of this vision.
‘A Tree of Liberty’ was painted in a period where utopian views had fallen out of favour, so Currie was going against the grain in this respect. Yet, this painting also dates from a time when large-scale figurative work was having a revival in contemporary Scottish art and so stylistically it would have felt very current.
Currie’s vision is vivid and bold, he paints with conviction and passion, with all the skills of his figuration and colour utilised to unleash this striking and hopeful new vision upon us.
We are delighted to offer several auctions a year across the UK featuring to Modern British painting, sculpture, prints and drawings. These Modern British art auctions feature works from the likes of Walter Sickert and the Camden Town Group to Terry Frost and the St Ives School, we also handle selected works by all of 20th century Europe’s major figures and movements. This area continues to lead the UK art market and is going from strength to strength.