We are excited to introduce a new sale dedicated to Modern and Contemporary Art to our London calendar – championed by newly-appointed Modern & Contemporary Art specialist Simon Hucker. He joined us in September 2022 as Associate Director and Senior Specialist and will work alongside Head of Modern Art & Design Phillip Smith at our London gallery near Hyde Park. This brand-new dedicated sale will, for its first edition, run alongside Modern Made, in April 2023.
Simon Hucker has worked in the Modern & Contemporary Art world in London since the late 1990s, both at auction and in galleries. He was a Senior Specialist and Co-Head of the Modern & Post War British Art department at Sotheby’s, London, where he was responsible for a number of sales of major private collections, most notably the record-breaking auction of David Bowie’s personal art collection in 2016.
Before joining Sotheby’s, Simon was a Director at Jonathan Clark Fine Art, where he worked closely with the estates and families of leading post-war British artists. He has written extensively on Modern and Contemporary art – including a monograph on the British Modernist sculptor George Kennethson.
“I am really excited to be joining Lyon & Turnbull” says Simon. “The team have a great reputation in the art world for being friendly and approachable, as well as knowledgeable, which is important to me both personally and professionally. I’ve been a fan of Philip’s Modern Made sales since their inception, so I am really looking forward to working with him. Our new sale will no doubt have a strong British flavour to it, however I am interested in exploring the synergy between modern and contemporary British art and its counterparts in Europe, Asia and America.”
Simon has been welcomed to the team by Managing Director Gavin Strang, “I am delighted that Simon has chosen to join our fantastic London team. His experience, knowledge and enthusiasm make him a great addition and we are looking forward to adding the new sale he will be driving to our growing auction calendar in the capital.”
Philip Smith added: “I am thrilled that Simon is joining our specialist Modern & Contemporary Art team in London and am looking forward to working closely alongside him in developing new and market-leading sales for Lyon & Turnbull at an exciting time for the company and market.”
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.
Characterised by competitive bidding, strong results and a high selling rate, our Contemporary & Post-War Art sales are among our most popular auctions. Held three times a year in our Scottish saleroom, highlights are also regularly exhibited in our London gallery. Our strong private client base and excellent international marketing reach has seen these sales grow into flagships of our company.
Encompassing works by both emerging and internationally regarded contemporary artists and sculptors, we have achieved top prices for household names including John Hoyland (a world record), Bridget Riley, Eduardo Paolozzi (a world record for a sculpture), Terry Frost, Nicholas Party, Alison Watt and Callum Innes. Regularly featured local favourites include John Bellany and the ‘New Glasgow Boys’ Peter Howson, Ken Currie, Steven Campbell, as well as John Byrne and Alasdair Gray.
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