Secret Auction Private View 2017

On the evening of Tue, Nov 14, we held our annual Art on a Postcard Secret Auction Preview night this time in Association with Unit London and Artlyst. Unit provided a perfect space across two floors of it's spacious gallery with a warehouse feel. It was a great evening where artists could see each others work, but needed to keep it all a Secret as to which piece was theirs.

The cards lined every wall and brought the whole space to life. An unsuspected queue started to form and remained there until the end of the night. The whole place was buzzing with people coming to take a look at the works from Jeremy Deller, Ceal Warnants, Gavin Turk, Vanessa Jackson RA, Sara Pope, Sir Peter Blake, Maggie Hambling CBE, Antony Micaleff, Shezad Dawood, Harland Miller, Ben Eine and many more. Take a look at some pictures from the night and see if you can find yourself, or one of your favourite artists. 

 

The Art on a Postcard Secret Auction

Eduardo Terrazas's pieces sold for a combined total of £1230

Eduardo Terrazas's pieces sold for a combined total of £1230

Thursday the 16th of November saw our fourth Secret Auction. The auction is our biggest event of the year, last year people walked away with pieces by established legends like Jake and Dinos Chapman and Damien Hirst, and others with art works by some of the best upcoming talent of London's art scene. This year we had some old friends and some new faces. The Artists came from a range of backgrounds and mediums to bring an important eclectic mix to the Secret Auction. Harland Miller, Anthony Micallef, Peter Blake, Tooney Phillips and Steven Quinn were just some of the artists involved. For those of you who picked up pieces and are keen to know who you got and haven't seen already go here.

We arrived at Ewbanks just before 12pm when the auction was set to start, and the room quickly filled with art enthusiasts, some of whom had really done their research and managed to suss out most of who the pieces belonged to. We started off with Carrie Reichardt's Still Mad, done on tile, kicking off the event well at £220. The first of over 5 hours worth of auction, it was a tense time for us all, artists and art on a postcard team alike.

Harland Miller's piece sold for £4200

Harland Miller's piece sold for £4200

Oliver Marsden's rainbow sold for £800

Oliver Marsden's rainbow sold for £800

Bidders were both online and in the room and often there was a bid off relayed by the auctioneer between the two. Some highlights were the Harland Miller that sold for $4200, ‘A Song in Eden’ and ‘Lost Mermaid’ by Mick Rooney RA sold for a combined total of £540, Lois Wallace's ‘Hide #2’ and ‘Longest Day’ for £760, Eduardo Terrazas ‘1.1.291’ and ‘1.1.290’ for £1230, ‘Pop Art’ by Peter Blake for £1600, ‘Spectrum Fade ROYGCBVM 2017’ and ‘Spectrum Fade MVBCGVOR 2017’ by Oliver Marsden for £1000, and the Anthony Micallef for £1350.

All in all we managed to raise a total of £56,000! It was no easy task, but the months of preparation, organisation and persistence paid off. We are extremely grateful to the artists who donated work, and continue to support our cause. We continue to work towards eliminating Hepatitis C and the generosity of our collaborators, supporters and the artists will hopefully pay off by resulting in the elimination of the virus by the target of 2030.

 

Frea Buckler and Remi Rough for the Secret Auction

Today is the start of our fourth annual Art on a Postcard Secret Auction. The last three years have seen an amazing array of artists take part such as Damien Hirst, Harland Miller, Gavin Turk Sam Taylor-Johnson, Cecily Brown, Chantal Joffe, Micheal Criag Martin RA, Gilbert and George, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Polly Morgan, Rachel Howard, Sir Peter Blake, John Wragg RA, Grayson Perry as well as many more collectable artists and emerging talent.

Artists are sent of 4 blank postcards and they choose whether to send them all back or just send back one.

The postcards will be exhibited at Unit London, 4 Mercer’s Walk, Covent Garden, London WC3H 9FA from today (Tuesday 14 November) until Thursday 16 November. They will be auctioned to raise money for raise money for The Hepatitis C Trust on Thursday 16 November. The auction will be held on-line and live simultaneously, to register and to bid click HERE.

But now for another investigation into the art of two of our contributing artists who's work is both comparable and totally in contrast with one another. 

Frea Buckler

Frea Buckler

Frea Buckler

Frea Buckler

Frea Buckler studied Fine Art, Printmaking at Central Saint Martins, London. More recently, she passed her Master’s degree with a Distinction in Print at UWE in Bristol, where she continues to live and work. Frea’s work retains the precision and technique of screen printing but adopts an improvisational method more like drawing or painting to produce series’ of unique prints. This process embraces a balance between chaos and control. The probable but impossible forms resemble unfolded boxes or origami – bending, folding and opening out in different directions. They play with illusion and perception, they fit and don’t fit, there are loose ends and spaces in between.

Remi Rough

Remi Rough

Remi Rough

Remi Rough

Remi Rough is a street and gallery artist from South London. Rough first started as a street artist in the 1980s before also moving into gallery art. Rough’s compositions are abstract with coloured shapes and straight edges that are the result of an urban and modernised take on suprematist contexts. His work is energetic, direct and impressive playing with depth and shadow to create murals and street art that is as impactful and colourful as it is considered and purposeful.

Indeed, both Remi Rough and Frea Buckler’s work can be defined by their considered and strict adherence to lines and forms that add an element of structure and depth to the abstract overall aesthetic. Similarly too they carefully layer playful complimentary colours in a manner that appears at once impromptu and yet purposeful. Such an approach makes characterises these artists’ work as lively and thriving with colour which both adults and children alike can enjoy.

Remi Rough

Remi Rough

Frea Buckler

Frea Buckler

However, Rough says that when it comes to planning his public artwork “the environment is very important. I usually have a semblance of an idea for public murals. If it’s commissioned artwork it’s nearlyalways pre-designed to a high level, but for work for myself sometimes it’s a lot looser.” This approach is more so because of the nature of the form of his work which occupies large-scale public spaces that do not allow for error. The expansive nature of his projects can be contrasted with the more contained work of Frea Buckler’s origami inspired work. It is for this reason that she has a different approach her work than Rough, claiming that she has always worked with “internal set of rules that I follow, matching up corners, aligning angles. I am all the time trying not to think too much but going with the flow and following my instinct. So many incredible things happen when working like this, serendipitous moments of shapes intersecting at relevant points – none of which have been measured or preplanned.”

We are delighted to have Frea and Remi in the Secret Auction, can you spot which postcards are theirs?

Rowan Newton for our Secret Auction

Painter and illustrator Rowan Newton is from South London and has been painting professionally since 2004. Newton's work has seen major success across exhibitions and art fairs internationally; having featured in The Affordable Art Fair's of New York, Amsterdam, Hamburg and London. 

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Growing up in Brixton significantly influenced Newton's style. Having been surrounded by the vibrant urban landscapes and brightly coloured street art in his immediate environment, he drew from the energetic layering of street art upon flaking billboards and the bold graffiti so ingrained in Brixton's identity to produce provocative, gritty and characterful pieces on unconventional choices of canvas, such as wood and cardboard.

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Initially, Newton's work is immediately joyful, bountiful and full of exuberance. Within moments however, upon assessing the stature, expressions, and gaze of his subjects; it becomes apparent that there is a vacancy and often a darkness beheld by the painting. 

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Having submitted postcards to our secret auction since it started in 2014, we were also lucky enough to have Rowan's work 'Seldom seen' at London Original Print Fair. He gave this statement about the piece and it's links to the charity. 

'My piece is entitled Seldom Seen. It depicts a woman in the nude and in her most vulnerable state, still trying to hide her face from the viewer. So this piece is exploring a theme that struck me about Hepatitis C, that even to this day people still feel embarrassed or ashamed to talk about having it due to the stigma that surrounding the virus.'

You can purchase the unique original print in our shop.

We are delighted to have Rowan in the Secret Auction, can you spot which postcard is his?

Interview with Sara Faith

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We were very pleased to be able to have a chat with Sara Faith, associate editor of our new media partners Artlyst. Sara studied History of Art at the University of Manchester under Sir Nicholas Penny. She had several years experience working in West end contemporary art galleries, before moving into publishing where she worked for Thames & Hudson and was an editor at BCA. For the last 10 years, Sara has been a Director of FCR Gallery in Notting Hill Gate which specialises in 20th century design and Modern British painting. Sara has been a regular exhibitor at international art fairs and has published feature reviews of major museum shows. Take a read to get some more info on Artlyst and some advice from an industry expert. 

How did ArtLyst, first come about & how does it work?

Artlyst is an online publication formed to create a space where under represented artists could connect and to provide art news, reviews and curated listings of main stream and underground exhibitions.

 How can our readers become registered members? What can registered members expect from ArtLyst as a service? 

Anyone can access Artlyst via the website and interact through social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. However, you can also subscribe to our weekly newsletter which provides the best of the week’s news, reviews and curated exhibition choices.

As Associate Editor of ArtLyst, what kind of work do you most enjoy promoting? What are the most exciting projects?

I really enjoy exhibitions of artists in unusual spaces such as car parks and pop ups as well as Art Festivals like the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair, Art Night and the Liverpool Biennial where you have the opportunity to visit buildings that aren’t usually open to the public.

ArtLyst promotes predominantly emerging artists and cutting-edge contemporary artists. With all your experience, what advice would you give to emerging artists?

With over 10,000 graduates each year from Art colleges in the UK, I can only advise that artists take hold of their careers by organising group exhibitions with their friends and colleagues, set up their own dedicated website for their work, apply to competitions, residencies and open art events.  It is vital to get out there and interact with the active communities that exist in London and throughout the UK to keep connected in order to feel less isolated.. 

Which Art on a Postcard projects and contributing artists have caught your eye and why?

I am a huge admirer of the work that Gemma and her team do and the amount of energy and enthusiasm that go into all of the various projects. The Art on a Ukulele was very inventive and the fact that Photography on a Postcard was an open call. I like the contributions that are mini representations of a particular artist’s work.

We are very excited to have you as our media partner. What made you interested in working with us?

We have followed Art on a Postcard and the work you do for the Hepatitis C Trust for some time but it wasn’t until this year’s Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair that we developed a relationship with Gemma and the team.  It is a well organised inspiring and worthy project and we are delighted to be associated with Art on a Postcard.

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