Beryl Cook (1926-2008) oil on board, ‘Family with a Transistor ‘, signed 53cm x 36cm, framed. Sale Highlight
Beryl Cook (1926-2008) oil on board, 'Family with a Transistor ', signed 53cm x 36cm, framed. This rare painting was acquired by the current owner at one of the artists first exhibition at the Plymouth Art Centre in 1975.
Early Summer 2019 we were delighted to be invited by St. Lukes Hospice, Plymouth to provide our auctioneering services for the sale of the 40 Elmer Elephant Sculptures. Having sold many items for the charity over the years we did not hesitate in offering our services free of charge for such a wonderful cause. Following the Elmer’s Big Parade around the city where the sculptures, each featuring a unique design by a talented artist, delighted tens of thousands; it was now down to the final part of the journey, the main event. Plymouth Auction Rooms were involved in the cataloguing, logistics and marketing of the Elmer Sculptures and in with St. Lukes Hospice, we were delighted it all came together on the evening on 9th October where auctioneer Paul Keen took to the rostrum to greet a packed out Toys ‘R Us. The sale was truly electrifying with cheering, clapping and amazing excitement. For almost 3 hours Paul pushed for more and more bids smashing all expectations. The sale concluded with a rapturous applause and a standing ovation. The sale raised a staggering £323,750 for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth. This is the equivalent of providing over 350 families with hospice care at home.
Robert LENKIEWICZ (1941-2002) oil on board 'Self Portrait at the House, Studio, Lower Compton' signed twice and inscribed in full to verso, inscribed 'Non Project Piece' 56cm x 45cm.
Derek Holland (1927-2014) mural, oil on board, 1962 'Tamar Bridge' in three sections, each panel 183 x 122 (six by four feet). Provenance - In Britain's socialist post-war years, there was a determined cultural policy of taking art to the provinces and enabling large scale public artworks. Many of Britain's well-known artists such as Henry Moore, Victor Pasmore and John Piper were commissioned to create new works. In 1962 London's Victoria and Albert Museum staged an exhibition titled Mural Painting Today. Included in that exhibition was a three-panel work of the Tamar Bridge by Derek Holland. Holland had recently moved to Plymouth from London where he had studied and taught at the famous Central School of Arts and Crafts to take up a new position as Head of Fine Art at Plymouth College. His early abstract paintings were then a regular feature at London's Redfern Gallery alongside many of the famous names of British and European Art. He was selected in 1961 for an exhibition of British Art in Venice chosen by Peggy Guggenheim. Later Holland changed direction and became better known for his French landscapes which were exhibited at a solo exhibition at Plymouth Museum in the 1980s and The Newlyn Society of Artists in Penzance where he was a long-time member with his good friend Sir Terry Frost. This triptych has not been seen or exhibited since the V&A exhibition over 50 years ago. Derek Holland passed away in 2014. He was described by Turner-Prize winning sculptor Richard Deacon RA, his former pupil at Plymouth College, as 'a wonderful painter'.