Art Market

London Art Fair

London Art Fair

IF ART sales need confident buyers it was not the most auspicious week for the London Art Fair.    Theresa May’s Brexit speech was reverberating during the VIP opening while Friday brings the strange new world of President Donald Trump. Soaring  rents and rates in central London have seen two important  venues for Scottish art close their doors in the past year, amid […]

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Fly 2016 – Visual Art Scotland

Fly 2016 – Visual Art Scotland

There is no longer an art college in Scotland that teaches a dedicated ceramics degree.   Which  makes the ceramics on show at this year’s Visual Art Scotland winter exhibition more emphatically interesting. Susan O’Byrne graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in design and applied art in 1999.   Her wall of fantastical animal heads in the […]

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Coburg House Christmas Open Studios

Coburg House Christmas Open Studios

So there’s a simple joy,  and the hope of a  certain Scottish parsimony,  in buying Christmas gifts direct from the maker. Nowhere better to start this weekend than at Coburg House studios in Leith, whose denizens have a refreshingly engaged attitude to the whole enterprise and where artists’ egos, and sensibilities, are disarmingly lacking. “I work in wood […]

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Brexiting Colourists

Brexiting Colourists

Two major works by the Scottish Colourist painter SJ Peploe go under the hammer this  week in a new test of foreign buyers’ post-Brexit appetite for classic British and Scottish works. Peploe’s  still-life Red and pink roses, oranges and fan, with a price estimated at up to £1,000,000 – no Colourist work has yet broken the million […]

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Ya Bass!

Ya Bass!

The Bass Rock, at the mouth of the Firth of Forth,  lurks at every corner in North Berwick, and steals the eye even from Arthur’s Seat.   Ya Bass! at Fidra Fine Art takes on the rock and plays with this “timeless muse”. Fidra Fine Art was founded by novice gallerist Alan Rae four years ago; it’s developing in […]

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FCB Cadell’s Patron

FCB Cadell’s Patron

Bonhams Scottish Art auction 16 September 2015 preview The Scottish National Portrait Gallery recently added a significant self-portrait of the Scottish Colourist FCB Cadell to it’s collection, while two major Cadell works are up for sale when Sotheby’s relaunches dedicated Scottish sales in November.     One is Florian’s Cafe, painted after Cadell visited Venice in 1910; […]

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John Bellany at Open Eye

John Bellany at Open Eye

An early drawing by the late John Bellany has been at the top of my wish list for years, but they’re not exactly easy to find.   So it was a wistful pleasure to see several strong examples in the Open Eye’s festival show selected by his wife Helen. I interviewed Bellany a couple of times back in the […]

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Hidden Door

Hidden Door

The Edinburgh Art Festival does not bill itself as an art fair but it does create opportunities for collectors, particularly with new artists who have work on show alongside the big festival names.   More on that later but for now a couple of buyers’ tips in the Hidden Door auctions at Lyon and Turnbull tomorrow (Aug 4th). [UPDATE: (06/08/15)  I […]

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Swiss Cheese

Swiss Cheese

Collectors and collecting: the subtle joys of cheese labeling. This selection of vintage postcards below, on offer at just one of the many desks, stacks and shelves at the Royal National Hotel in Bloomsbury gives a flavour of the monthly anoraks’ paradise that is the Bloomsbury Ephemera Fair.  For anyone with an instinct for ‘collectibles’ […]

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On the Rail

On the Rail

For the next six weeks (make that five now) a pop-up shop called Rail is occupying the former Russian art gallery on Old College Street. It’s billed as a place where art and fashion collide; it mixes extremely wearable designer clothes and knitwear juxtaposed with minimalist artworks. Rail lies in the heart of student Edinburgh […]

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John Bellany update: works set to show at Hirst gallery

John Bellany update: works set to show at Hirst gallery

John Bellany to show at Damien Hirst’s new gallery Spotted in the window of Beaux Arts London: John Bellany’s large, weird, and raunchy painting, Rough Bird, at £32,000. I’m still curious to see how Bellany’s works will fare in the art market after his death aged 71 in 2013. His 1966 painting The Fisherman sold […]

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Lyon & Turnbull – Scottish Paintings and Sculpture

Lyon & Turnbull – Scottish Paintings and Sculpture

The works in Lyon & Turnbull’s auction of Scottish paintings and sculpture set for Thursday 11th December had a kind of cosy, understated charm to them, nothing too pretentious or high priced, with familiar artists like friendly faces on the walls, and a few curiosities in the mix. A stand-out work for me was probably […]

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Edinburgh Art Fair: results

Edinburgh Art Fair: results

Edinburgh Art Fair: 12,000 visitors, nearly 60 galleries, at least 1,100 artworks sold. Dundee artist Ron Lawson tops the sales, Joan Eardley work is highest priced. We may be edging into ancient history by now but what follows is a belated recap of the 2014 Edinburgh Art Fair, with a focus on what works were […]

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Edinburgh Art Fair

Edinburgh Art Fair

Snap Judgement: Haud yer nose, and have a shooftie. The Edinburgh Art Fair in its 10th year has 67 galleries and expects to pull in about 10,000 people before its closing at 5pm on Sunday. At Thursday’s preview the stands at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange were teaming with people, and on Friday morning after the […]

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