The London Art Sale 2022
Oh what a night! Thank you, to every one that came to the sale and bought art, the artworks looked amazing in the beautiful Downstairs at the Department Store. Stephen Mangan gave a heartfelt speech that was followed by a burst of spending. Our students came and supported and helped out and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Many wonderful conversations and connections were had.
We know not everyone was able to make it on the night so we wanted to extend the sale, here, online, just for a couple of weeks, up until the 19th October. To allow those to purchase some artworks and make a difference to our students.
To purchase, please email Ruth here at the charity.
Many thanks from all of us here at the London Art Sale and NYAT
Alex’s work invites the viewer into an illusionary space within the canvas on which he manipulates the paint to become luminous and tactile, visceral and ethereal. His latest artworks explore his childhood fascination with outer space. From painstakingly rendering starfields to playfully colliding imagined worlds, Alex is inspired by the research of cutting-edge cosmologists and the unbounded curiosity of his two young daughters.
‘Alex was the first artist I ever invited to take part in one of my art sales. It was his acceptance and continued support that has enabled me to continue this work of raising funds for important causes whilst supporting the artists. His work is breathtaking and highly collectable.‘Emma
Agustin has been creating his surreal universe of architectural characters since 2008, when he moved to London from Barcelona to study at Camberwell College of Arts. Working from his studio in a railway arch in South London, he is inspired by the history and exploration of the built environment and goes on endless walks and bicycle rides of discovery. He has exhibited in venues in the UK, Spain and Japan and has been nominated for an AOI Illustration Award, as well as being longlisted for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize.
Ellie studied Theatre Design at the Arts University Bournemouth, she has recently been focusing on more illustrative work. Ellie paints animals using ink and watercolour, often with bright colourful backgrounds, in particular birds, as they remind her of flying free and travel. She also paints underwater creatures, inspired by her love of diving whilst travelling and influenced by a period of time working in Fiji.
Emma is the curator and organiser for this event, she is an artist and curator, working and living in London. Her work reflects her emotional connection to the power and beauty of nature, largely painting in watercolour on paper and influenced by her lifelong adoration of water in all its forms. A keen swimmer and member of the South London Swimming Club, these subjects often inform her work.
Passionate about humanitarian and environmental causes as well as her fellow artists, she began putting on art sales to raise funds and awareness for charities that support the particiating artists. To date she has raised over £88k for the Rural Refugee Network, Children on the Edge and South London Cares. She has begun talks with Client Earth.
Award winning photographer Graeme Purdy spent a staggering 15 years with this particular Pride of Lions, only then can you gain the trust to get close enough to take these outstanding photographs. Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Graeme’s photography has been inspired by nature, wild animals and his love of the outdoors. More recently, he has been driven to help protect our wildlife and wild places – forced to make images that connect viewers with nature, understand them and become inclined to take action.
Graham studied at Wimbledon School of Art. Not only is he an accomplished artist he owns his own gallery in Marylebone. His work returns frequently to the topic of “Small Things”. He explores and imagines how we coexist daily with microbial communities (microbiomes). Graham Hunter Gallery are one of our sponsors, we are very grateful. He and his partner Sharon feel passionately about the cause.
Hannah Gilson is an award winning London based illustrator and educator whose mixed media practice combines painting, screen printing and drawing. She engages with popular culture and aesthetics. Her recent work has been nominated for the Boodle Hatfield Printmaking Prize. Clients include Ikea, Anthropologie, La Redoute and the Evening Standard Magazine.
Harriet, like Alex Rennie was one of the first artists to take part in The London Art Sale and has continued to be a great support over the years. Harriet spent time living and painting in Cornwall, where she attended Newlyn School of Art and was mentored by ceramicist and artist Sandy Brown. Her work explores themes of home, a sense of belonging as well as physical and psychological boundaries. Her pieces have been shown in galleries, art fairs and private collections throughout the UK, Europe, the Middle East and the US.
Jane graduated from Heatherleys school of Fine Art in 2017. Her work is based primarily on the male form, exploring concepts of masculinity and vulnerability. It encourages questions and dialogue on the validity of the continuing stranglehold of the patriarchy on today’s culture; In particular, how the nude male body still remains behind almost impenetrable walls of censorship and taboo. Jane was a participating artist on Sky Portrait Artist of The Year in April 2019, Stephen Mangan was hosting.
‘Jane’s work is not only incredibly important right now, her observations, application and the mark making beyond the figures, is connecting us with an innate higher level of consciousness.’Emma
Jeremy Farmer, British born artist, has produced a body of work spanning three decades. Working mainly in oils and acrylics, he explores the light space and form of sea, land and architecture. His compositions evoke a sense of calm and order juxtaposed with the power and chaos of nature. Jeremy’s original works are held in private collections in the USA and Europe.
‘Having known Jeremy for a few years I have seen his work continually develop and grow to a very high standard, a must have for any art collector.’Emma
‘There isn’t enough time in the day or time in a life to repair every sadness, every awkwardness, tick, replayed moment, anxiety and malaise, every inherited trauma, every shared tear, every empathetic ache,’ so Jessica makes work which can sing and wail, and carry a process she cannot. Using a litany of fragile motifs and small gestures — assembled, cut, sewn, drawn, folded, cast, recorded, collected, archived. Her practice explores repetition and ritual as an iteration of, and potential healing for, our traumas and epigenetic scars.’
Jessica Ostrowicz, holds a BA and MA from the Academy of Fine Art in Dresden, and an MA in Critical Practice from the Royal College of Art. She has exhibited throughout Europe.
Katherine Jones RA is a contemporary British artist working in a combination of painting and traditional printmaking techniques. Her work revolves around perceptions of safety and danger, focusing on ordinary objects, spaces and buildings as a framework to begin to question these themes. Public collections include the V&A prints and drawings collection, The Ashmolean Museum, Yale University Library and the House of Lords.
‘If any of you watched The Split, which was a visual feast, starring the brilliant Nicola Walker and Stephen Mangan, well you may well have spotted Katherine’s work on the office walls, impeccable taste all round!’Emma
Katharine Le Hardy
Katharine is based in London and has exhibited widely in the UK for the last 20 years. Her work has predominantly been focussed on landscape although a figurative element has been increasingly present over the last couple of years. Themes of memory, nostalgia and play, have influenced the subject matter, starting an ongoing new line of enquiry. Katharine is represented by Candida Stevens Gallery in Chichester.
Lawrie produced his first ever stereoscopic work for the first ever London Art Sale, it took him 7 months and well, it was worth it because it has led to this. He is producing a new piece, which develops this theme further, specifically for this sale, it will be reveleaed nearer the time. Grayson Perry selected his work for the yellow room at the Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy.
Lawrie is interested in abstract representation of the metaphysical, in particular time, space and scale. This has led Lawrie to study cognitive neuroscience which helps him to better understand how the eye and brain process information and make sense of our world. This inspires him to create processes and techniques which in turn create art that interprets our environment. His work is highly sought after.
‘Grayson Perry selected two pieces of Lawrie’s work for the yellow room in 2018 and again this year, at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.’Emma
LoveJordan is the collaborative works of artists Jonny Love and Samuel Jordan. They work in a large variety of mediums and produce a wide range of interesting and intricate pieces. LoveJordan are fascinated by complexity, en masse, sprawling cities, human desire to fill empty spaces and miniatures. Clients include the BBC and the Saudi Royal family as well as a number of corporate and private collectors.
Lucy Storrs is known for her playful emotional approach to creating landscapes and abstracts as well as her aerial seascapes. Her work is fluid, moving between a mixture of planned and the spontaneous. Sheeps wool is her medium of choice which she chooses to use as it has an extraordinarily vibrant quality and depth to it like no other, also a nod to her upbringing on a hill farm on Dartmoor, surrounded by sheep. Lucy’s work is sought after by collectors both in the UK and around the world.
Marcio studied Fashion Design at FAESA University in São Paulo followed by Fashion Business at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Marcio’s current work explores the suburban landscape, drawing attention to missed details, playing with symbols, shapes and geometric forms; he is inspired by nouveau brutalism.
‘I met Marcio at the Brixton Urban Art Fair this summer and was very drawn to his work, at first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking it was digital; as you get closer it reveals itself as intricate, delicate painting on paper.’Emma
Miranda Boulton studied Art History at Sheffield Hallam University, and completed three years postgraduate study with Turps Banana Art School, London in 2015. Boulton has exhibited widely throughout the UK. She won the Jackson’s Painting Prize 2021 and has work in many private collections in the UK and internationally. Miranda is one to watch and one to collect.
‘ The charity’s finance director discovered Miranda and introduced me to her work; I was instantly blown away. It is easy to see why she won the Jackson’s painting prize.’Emma
Nathalie Kingdon is a French-born, London-based artist who specialises in original hand-pulled screen printed Art. She works from images collated from various sources of inspiration, with a propensity for the South of France, where she comes from. Nathalie transforms and enhances imagery with an acute sense of colour, exploring the juxtaposition between shape and form and reconsidering proportion and perspective. Nathalie has exhibited at the Other Art Fair and The Affordable Art Fair in Battersea.
‘Grayson Perry selected Nathalie’s work for the yellow room at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2022, her edition of 20 sold out.’Emma
Nicola’s ceramics are influenced by her background in graphic design, often having a fairly minimalist aesthetic. An element of humour and playfulness is an important part of her work. Nicola is interested in exploring ideas around fragility and things that are broken – and the celebration of these imperfections. She works mainly with black and white porcelain and bone china, enjoying the purity and depth of colour they allow her to achieve.
‘I discovered Nicola at The Wimbledon Art Fair and adored her work so much, I bought 3 pieces there and then.’ – Emma
Nick creates work from his life, it is full of memories, dinosaurs, bits of family, ice-cream vans, science fiction and nostalgia. He takes cast offs and detritus and creates something beautiful and meaningful. Nick is a graduate and former Fellow in Painting, of John Moores University, who now works and lives in London. He says about his work – ‘The message, if any, is simple – embrace life and all it throws at you because it is full of Magic. You just have to look for it.‘ – Nick Sherratt
‘Every now and then you come across a total and utter gem, Nick is that, I have never seen anything else out there like this, a rare find.’Emma
Nicola Martin creates unique stoneware pottery pieces with an emphasis on glaze decoration. She uses a glaze pouring technique which creates a pattern or effect similar to that of an abstract view of the Earth seen from above. This has inspired Nicola to create her ‘Earth Bowls’. Nicola studied at West Dean College of Arts & Conservation, receiving tuition from celebrated ceramicists Louisa Taylor, Kyra Cane, Jo Taylor, Jo Davies & Tanya Gomez. More recent and disturbing images of global warming have affected Nicola deeply and so she felt the need to express her feelings through her chosen medium, clay.
Philippa Perry has a Fine Art degree from Middlesex Polytechnic. Her artwork has featured in Vogue, Interiors Magazine and various newspapers, magazine supplements, and featured every week for three seasons of Grayson’s Art Club on Channel 4 which she co-presents with Grayson. Recent exhibitions include: Manchester Art Gallery, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, and later this year at the Midlands Art Centre in Birmingham. She is better known as a writer (The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read) and a psychotherapist and has a weekly column in the Observer Magazine.
Rachel is a graduate from the Royal College of Art. She is fascinated by the built environment, where materials and surfaces collide, influencing our sense of order and wellbeing. Rachel explores the harmonious sensibilities of these surroundings by reconfiguring textures and colours through surface decoration. Rachel Irvine-Cox is a studio ceramicist and graduate from the Royal College of Art. Her approach to making is spontaneous and playful, each piece is thrown on the wheel and hand finished applying oxides and glazes.
Rachel Redfern searches for presence through paint, the presence of people past and in the here and now, the presence of landscape in all its ephemeral beauty, the presence of her own spirit with fleeting glimpses of fragility.
Based in the Hampshire countryside, Rachel’s artwork is varied and instinctive based on the seasons and how that impacts on her daily life. Summers spent on the beaches in West Sussex and Cornwall, Spring working on restoring her garden originally designed by the talented Gertrude Jekyll and the Autumn and Winter sky watching weather as it passes over the South Downs.
Rachel is a valued memeber of the art team and works closely with our curator Emma.
Rachna trained at the prestigious National Institute of Design in India and The Royal School of Needlework in London. Her work predominantly involves hand embroidery and weaving. Her visual language continues to evolve, combining echoes of her life in India with the experience of living in London for the past 15 years. Rachna’s intricately woven textures are akin to viewing a landscape, capturing the atmosphere, tone and emotion from her daily walks.
Her commissioned pieces are held in private collections in India, London and America. Her book, ‘Contemporary Weaving in mixed media’ with Batsford was released this September 2022.
Sara graduated from Winchester School of Art in 1988 with a degree in Fashion Textiles, followed by a career in interior design running her own business for over 20 years. In 2018 she pursued her early passion and now works as a full time artist. She had her first solo show at the Graham Hunter Gallery in London in July 2021 and exhibited at The Affordable Art Fair Battersea in October 2021.
‘I discovered Sara at the Brixton Urban Art Fair this summer, she stood out, brightly, boldly and mostly because this girl knows how to handle paint, every piece of work is outstanding.’Emma
Sax Impey RWA works from no.8 Porthmeor Studios, part of a historic studio complex overlooking Porthmeor beach in St Ives, Cornwall. Sax has produced work derived almost exclusively from experiences at sea. Having sailed many thousands of nautical miles delivering yachts around the world.
Sax has been exhibiting with Anima – Mundi, since 2002, and was elected an RWA Academician in 2012.
His paintings are in numerous collections including The Arts Council, Warwick University, the Connaught Hotel alongside many other private collections worldwide.
‘When I first saw Sax’s work, well it was love at first sight, I feel such a connection to his work, many do, he knows his subject so well and his skill is jaw dropping.’Emma
Sue has been a practising sculptor since 1991 after qualifying in Fine Art Sculpture at Cheltenham College Gloscat followed by working at Pangolin Editions foundry for three years. Sue continues to exhibit with Gallery Pangolin, alongside many well known artists. She undertook a residency with the Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation in Uganda.
Sue continues to work in her studio producing new works using a variety of materials supported by drawings, screen prints and wood cuts.
Toby has just graduated from Falmouth University with a First Class Honours degree in Photography. He has been shortlisted for the Eizo Student Award 2022. His creativity sprouts from exploring the ways that he is connected to places and things and their subsequent histories.
Toby takes pictures of things that he finds interesting, led by a sense of place and belonging; Toby grew up on a farm, so his work is therefore almost always in some way manual – nurturing the relationship between the physicality of his upbringing and the conceptual nature of his practice.
‘I have no doubt we will be seeing a lot more from Toby in the years to come, so come and grab one of these clever, intriguing and good looking works before he makes it big!’Emma
Vanessa studied Fine Art at Loughborough Uni, where she also picked up Triathlon, competing for GB for 12 years. Now a full-time emerging artist, she uses the physicality of oil paint, with conscious cathartic expression and mark making to explore bodily memories and feelings. Vanessa paints the space between things, a sort of liminality, creating a physical manifestation of unseen connections between the psyche and the landscape within which she lives and paints. Landscapes that begin in the subconscious, accessed through dreams, become translated through the nature around her into a visionary state, realised through the fully conscious mind.
Recently Vanessa has exhibited at Flowers Gallery, Wolff Gallery, Fritztrovia gallery and Berlin. She is currently studying at Turps Painting School.
About the organisers
Emma Thistleton is the founder of The London Art Sale. To date, her team have raised over £88k for the Rural Refugee Network, Children on The Edge and South London Cares.
Emma spent her early years sailing and travelling followed by working in Branding and Advertising, for a string of high profile clients. Living and working in London she now focuses solely on her art and art events. Emma’s art Sale concept combines her passion and keen eye for art with a commitment to making a difference in the world.
Emma and her team will be working closely with the charity, alongside volunteers and paid professionals. The art team consists of Emma, Rachel and Helen.
‘Emma is a wonderful force of nature with a huge heart, and has the rare combination of vision coupled with all the skills required to turn that vision into a brilliant and impactful reality.’Julia Newton, Founder and Chairperson of the Rural Refugee Network.
Rachel Redfern is a Hampshire based Contemporary Fine Artist and Coach. She spent over three decades working in senior business development roles spanning a diverse range of organisations from a global partnership, private company, central government body and a national charity. Upon leaving the city Rachel retrained in her first love, painting. She now holds an MA in Fine Art and is a graduate of The Newlyn School of Mentoring. Her unique blend of experience and skills makes her a valuable member of the team.
‘Being able to reinvent myself took time, energy and support, all the things this amazing charity needs. As an artist this is how selling art should feel. Collaborative and rewarding in equal measure.‘Rachel
Being creative has always been an important part of Helen’s life. She studied at Winchester School of Art in her early twenties, with a focus on Textiles and Fashion.
Helen returned to her artistic roots after many years in Property and Country Estate Management. Inspired by courses at West Dean College and Newlyn School of Art.
She takes inspiration from nature and her surroundings, especially where she lives beneath the South Downs.
We are thrilled to have Helen on the team.
‘I am delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile charity, raising funds to keep creativity in the arts rich and varied, whilst transforming the lives of these children that would otherwise not have been possible.’Helen