We are delighted to welcome Alice Strang, one of the UK's most respected art experts, to the Lyon & Turnbull team. She joins us as a Senior Specialist in Modern & Contemporary Art.
Alice won a Saltire Society Outstanding Woman of Scotland award for her leadership of the landmark Modern Scottish Women: Sculptors and Painters 1885-1965 exhibition which she curated for the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) in 2015.
She also curated a series of high-profile retrospectives of three of the Scottish Colourists – S.J. Peploe, J.D. Fergusson and F.C.B. Cadell - as a Senior Curator in Modern & Contemporary Art at the NGS.
A graduate of History of Art from Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, Alice worked with Christie's in London before moving to the NGS in Edinburgh.
Alice joins us as a key member of the Lyon & Turnbull team of fine art specialists during a time when we are experiencing unprecedented sales activity.
He said: "We are thrilled to welcome Alice to the Lyon & Turnbull fold. Her reputation goes before her and she joins us during an exciting period of expansion for the company in her particular sphere of knowledge.
"This autumn, we have two significant events with which Alice will be closely involved; our sale of the private collection of St Ives School artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and our Scottish Paintings & Sculpture auction in December, which will include a section celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Scottish Colourist, S.J. Peploe. Alice will also play a role in our highly successful Modern Made: Modern British & Post-War Art, Design & Studio Ceramics sales, which are held in London.”
Alice said: "After many happy years at the National Galleries of Scotland, I'm delighted to be returning to my auction house roots. I'm excited to be embarking on a new adventure while still being immersed in the world of Modern British Art.
"The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham collection sale is particularly close to my heart, having served two terms as a trustee of the charity she set up to support her legacy and others within the visual arts. Its proceeds will provide a major boost to the Trust’s wide-ranging grants programme.
"S.J. Peploe is another artist with whom I have a close affinity, having curated a major retrospective of his work – and edited a book to accompany it – as part of the National Galleries of Scotland's Scottish Colourist series of exhibitions."
Alongside her new role at Lyon & Turnbull, Alice will continue her work as an independent curator and art historian, including research-based talks and articles about Modern British Art.
Our bi-annual Scottish Paintings & Sculpture auctions feature work from Scottish artists covering the period from the 18th to the 20th centuries, from the Romantic landscapes of Alexander Nasmyth and portraiture of Allan Ramsay and Sir Henry Raeburn, to the highly collectable works of Joan Eardley and Anne Redpath. All Scottish Art movements are represented, including the Glasgow Boys, the Edinburgh School and, of course, the Scottish Colourists: Peploe, Fergusson, Hunter and Cadell.
Lyon & Turnbull are delighted to offer several auctions a year across the UK featuring to Modern British painting, sculpture, prints and drawings - including MODERN MADE in London. 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.