Environment Trust has announced the artists who have donated art works for this year’s Silent Auction, which is taking place at the charity’s Secret Art Sale at The Exchange in Twickenham on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September.
Included in the auction is a fabulous oil painting entitled, ‘Northern Line’ by Yorkshire-born painter Robert E Wells, who is well known for his cityscape paintings, particularly around London. A full-time artist, Robert is a member of the Royal Federation of British Artists (RBA) and New English Arts Club (NEAC)[i] and regularly exhibits at the Royal Academy and NEAC. The painting has been valued £5,800, but it will be auctioned at a starting price of £2,500.
Richmond artist Anne Swankie has also donated a fantastic painting entitled, ‘The National Gallery London’. Anne trained at Richard School of Art and has taken part in shows and exhibitions by the Society of Women Artists and the Society of Landscape Painters and the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition. The opening bid for Anne’s painting is £300.
A stunning oil painting entitled, ‘Dusk Petersham Nursery’ has been donated by Lee Campbell, a professional fine artist and qualified tutor who lives on Eel Pie Island in Twickenham, with bids starting at £200. Finally, a beautiful untitled print from professional print maker and artist Gill Smith is also part of the collection. The opening bid for Gill’s art is £75.
Visitors to the Secret Art Sale can bid for these wonderful art works by writing their bid on a form displayed below each piece. They will be able to increase their bids over the weekend if someone offers more. Bids will close at 5pm on Sunday 29th September and the highest bidder will receive the art.
Visitors to the Secret Art Sale can also purchase art donated anonymously by many famous artists. These include pieces from Sir Quentin Blake CBE, artists John Wragg RA, Norman Ackroyd CBE RA and Ken Howard OBE RA, sculptor Alison Wilding OBE RA, actors Dame Emma Thompson and Peter Davidson, poet Roger McGough CBE, Ian Ritchie RA and TV script writer David Harsent, along with hundreds of professional artists and local amateurs.
The art will be sold at £40, which means buyers can purchase art an affordable price, whilst offering them the chance of owning work by a renowned artist or celebrity. The artists will only be revealed on purchase.
The Secret Art Sale will be held on Saturday 28th September, 11am - 6pm / Sunday 29th September, 11am - 5pm. Entrance £3 (children 15 or under free).
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