Talking to Anne Desmet

Published: 02 Dec 2021

Anne Desmet was born in Liverpool, UK, in 1964. She gained a BA & MA at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Printmaking at Central School of Art and Design, London, UK. She has taught wood engraving widely, including at the Royal Academy Schools, British Museum and Middlesex University. In 2011, Desmet was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts and is only the third wood engraver ever elected to the RA in its entire history. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) and the Society of Wood Engravers (SWE). In 2018, she was elected an Honorary Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford. Anne's work, Angel with Palm Leaves is available in the Art UK, Print Collection.

In Conversation with Mychael Barratt

Author: Calypso Newman

Published: 19 Nov 2021

Mychael Barratt is a narrative artist whose work is steeped in imagery relating to art history, literature, theatre and everything else that overfills his bookshelves. He was an Artist-in-Residence for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre throughout Mark Rylance’s reign as Artistic Director. In 2011, just prior to the 2012 Summer Olympics, he was commissioned to paint a large-scale mural on T. V. Edwards Solicitor’s building on Mile End Road. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and in 2013 was elected to be its 12th President.

In Conversation with Darren John

Author: Calypso Newman

Published: 17 Nov 2021

Darren John is a contemporary artist who has created an incredible acrylic painting, Open 01, for our 50 x £50 auction. Using primary colours, his paintings are joyful expressions that take the viewer into a world of early computerised graphics. We wanted to catch up with Darren about Open 01 and his artistic insight on the 50 x £50 auction.

Talking to Kit Boyd

Author: Calypso Newman

Published: 11 Nov 2021

Kit Boyd follows in the British romantic tradition of Samuel Palmer and the later neo-romantics of the 1940s. His work is shown widely at galleries across the UK, and he is represented by print dealer Elizabeth Harvey-Lee at the London Original Print Fair and Works on Paper Fair. He is known for etchings and linocuts which explore landscape and our relationship with nature. We spoke to Kit about his art, achievements and influences.

Talking to Merryn Delves

Author: Calypso Newman

Published: 01 Nov 2021

Merryn Delves is a printmaker based in Cornwall. Merryn enjoys the process of lino cutting and the patterns that are unintentionally created when cutting away the design. She has a fluid process where nothing is fully planned out and likes to see what happens through the process. Each piece is inspired by nature with an interest in botany. We spoke with Merryn about her practice, artistic influences and inspirations. Merryn's work, Jerez Nights, is available in our Lino Cut Collection here.

Talking to Yoonjung Shim

Author: Calypso Newman

Published: 26 Oct 2021

Yoonjung Shim’s work explores the aesthetic of abstract, conceptual, geometric compositions in etchings. Inspired by the formal beauty of Brutalist architecture, she recreates the regularities of what appears to be a rippling facade. We spoke with Yoonjung about her art, creative approach and influences, her works are available in our Abstract Etchings Collection.

In Conversation with Susan Vera Clark

Author: Calypso Newman

Published: 19 Oct 2021

Susan Vera Clarke is a British artist who lives and works in East London. Susan steps away from the stereotype that's normally associated with Etching and finds the true impression from her matrix, the plate. With a central focus on Etching, Susan explores the boundaries of intaglio techniques and challenges what we traditionally considered to be a ‘print’. She adopts a playful use of colour, stencil and other more conventional etching steps to draw her image and through this allows the method to dictate the aesthetic of each edition. Susan's works are available in our Abstract Etchings collection.

Talking to Hayley Wall

Author: Calypso Newman

Published: 11 Oct 2021

Hayley Wall's work reframes perspectives around disability, queerness, mental health and gender while also celebrating the resilience of marginalised identities. As an artist, Hayley enjoys using commercial work to explore prominent social themes, bringing about change and impact through art. Hayley has regularly worked with publications including The New York Times, It’s Nice That, AIGA Eye On Design, and SICK magazine. We spoke with Hayley about their practice, achievements and what is next.⁠ Hayley's works can be viewed in The Lino Cut Collection.

Talking to Hélène Bautista

Author: Calypso Newman

Published: 05 Oct 2021

Born and raised in Toulouse, Hélène Bautista became a printmaker in 2012. As a trained and practicing French teacher, her work embraces language. The small scale of her linocuts can seem deceptively simple. Yet, what makes her visual storytelling so expansive is her ability to suggest the world beyond the compositions edge. We spoke with Helene about her work, influences and artistic admirations. Her work, The Tempest, is available to buy now in our Lino Cut Collection.

In Conversation With Ade Adesina

Author: Calypso Newman

Published: 28 Sep 2021

Ade Adesina is a Nigerian born artist based in Aberdeen, Scotland. He studied printmaking at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen. Ade is a Royal Scottish Academician, a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine Arts, The London Group and associate member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. He was past Artist-in-Residence at Eton College and Glasgow Print Studio. We spoke with Ade about his work, upcoming projects and influences. His work, Déjà vu, can be viewed in the Art UK Print Collection.

In conversation with Ines Fernandez de Cordova

Author: Calypso Newman

Published: 20 Sep 2021

We spoke with artist Ines Fernandez de Cordova about her practice, inspiration and influences. Ines is a London based Bolivian artist, who combines sculpture, photography and printmaking in her beautiful, surreal work from our 'Abstract Etching' print auction.

Art on a Postcard Winter Auction 2021

Published: 03 Sep 2021

The Art on a Postcard (AOAP) Winter Auction is back for its seventh year celebrating a much bigger twenty years for The Hepatitis C Trust and capping a year of celebrations for this powerhouse of a charity.

Pacific Breeze II, Press Release

Published: 04 Aug 2021

Following on from the success of the 2018 Pacific Breeze exhibition, in July 2021 White Conduit Projects will once again curate a show of over 100 fans reimagined, redesigned and reinvented by an international roster of contemporary artists.

She Curates x Art on a Postcard

Published: 30 Jul 2021

Art on a Postcard is delighted to have engaged the curating skills of Mollie E Barnes AKA She Curates to produce a mini auction as part on The Hepatitis C Trust’s 20 year celebrations. Mollie is an Independent Curator based in the south England. Keen to address the gender and equality disparity in the art world, Mollie founded She Curates (@she_curates_) in 2020, a platform aimed at championing the voices and stories women and queer artists around the world.

Top 100 Emerging Artists To Watch - The Director's Choice

Published: 17 Jun 2021

I always have an initial gut reaction which I think is important to listen to and then I go away and do some research on the artist; it’s good to get a sense of the artist themselves and what projects they have coming up.  My partner is also heavily involved in the art world, so now we have to make sure it is something we can both live with, which encourages some colourful debate over the dinner table!  A lot of people have a ‘focus’ or ‘theme’ to their collections, that probably makes much more sensible but it takes the joy out of it for me personally.

Top 100 Emerging Artists to watch - The Art Critic's Choice

Published: 15 Jun 2021

Ahead of our first in-person exhibition in just over a year, we sat down with London Art Critic Tabish Khan, one of the six contributing members of the selection panel in our auction The Top 100. Tabish has been visual arts editor for Londonist since 2013 and he is also a regular contributor for FAD with a weekly top exhibitions to see in London and a column called 'What's wrong with art'.

Top 100 Emerging Artists To Watch - The Artist's Choice

Published: 15 Jun 2021

As an artist gallerist and writer, Benjamin Murphy has his finger firmly on the pulse on the incredible breadth of emerging artistic talent working today. For The Top 100, we asked him to pick some of his favourites. 

Rhythm Adjust

Published: 05 May 2021

The Breath Project present a non-profit exhibition bringing together 20 international contemporary artists and 30 artworks to raise funds for Frontline 19.

Five Minutes With...the Urban Artist, Endless

Published: 09 May 2019

British artist Endless describes the euphoria of using spray paint and discusses the future of urban art with Laura Pivetta, founder of ArteMea Advisory.

Putting Paintings in Hospitals

Author: Tom Best

Published: 17 Mar 2019

Art helps you live longer, better lives. It helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression, supports staff, and improves mental health and wellbeing. On their 60th anniversary, Paintings In Hospitals, an organisation that is transforming the UK's health by using world-class art, tells us more.

Mark Hix Gives Advice on Collecting Art

Author: Nick Yau

Published: 09 Mar 2019

The award-winning chef and restaurateur, Mark Hix, has had a life-long passion for art and supporting emerging artists. The Auction Collective founder, Tom Best caught up with Mark to hear more.

Talking Innovative Sculpture with Rayvenn D'Clark

Author: Nick Yau

Published: 29 Nov 2018

Rayvenn d'Clark recasts traditional sculpture using new technologies such as VFX and 3D printing. Ahead of Abstract: Reality, we caught up with Rayvenn to discuss how technology drives creativity and innovation and to hear more about the subjects that push her work forward.

Talking Images in Pattern with Debbie Lawson

Author: Nick Yau

Published: 01 Nov 2018

Debbie Lawson has always been obsessed with ‘finding’ images in pattern, whether it’s in a wood grain, a carpet or a roll of Lino. Her textile sculptures explore this idea further and bring to life Persian carpets through a variety of creatures. In this interview, she shares the history of these works, her success at the RA Summer Exhibition and what she is planning next.

Talking Art School With J Seo

Author: Nick Yau

Published: 26 Aug 2018

We caught up with J Seo, a 2018 Fine Art Graduate from Goldsmiths, to hear more about her time at the prestigious art school and the story behind the works in her Final Year Show, two of which are in the Sea-Fever auction.

Sea-Fever: The Partners

Published: 24 Aug 2018

The Sea-Fever exhibition and auction wouldn't have been possible without the generous support of our auction partners. Thank you!

Sea-Fever: The Poem

Published: 13 Aug 2018

Taking the title of John Masefield's 'Sea-Fever' poem, we have curated an exhibition and auction of artwork inspired by the sea to celebrate the impact it continues to have on the artists of today. Here are the words behind that title...

The Art and Science of Landscape Architecture

Published: 14 Feb 2018

Urben describes itself as an Urban Design & Planning consultancy. They have been a fantastic sponsor for 'Far From the Madding Crowd'. In this blog, they run with the auction theme and show how landscape architecture can be inspirational and a space for escapism.

Talking Art Investments with Church House

Published: 12 Feb 2018

The Auction Collective has been created to support artists and art buyers at the lower end of the market. We want to make it easy for anyone to have a piece of art in their life no matter who they are. But this wouldn’t be possible were not for our sponsors. As we prepare for the Far From the Madding Crowd auction, we caught up with Leanne Harvey from one of our wonderful sponsors, Church House Investment Management, to hear why she wanted to get involved and what she has her eye on in the auction.

Talking Monoprints with Matt Jukes

Published: 04 Feb 2018

Matt Jukes’ monoprints were initially created as an antidote to the hectic life of London. The Australian born artist uses these works to escape back to his halcyon days of youth in the sunny, stress-free environment down under. Above the Sky is a beautiful example of this work and there is already a buzz around it in anticipation of its auction as part of Far From the Madding Crowd on 15 February. But we convinced him to step away from printing for a moment and chat through his work.

Talking the Royal Academy and Being Present in the Moment with Nadia Attura

Published: 03 Feb 2018

Nadia Attura has a Postgraduate degree in Photojournalism from The London College of Printing. She has an exquisite eye for detail in capturing beautiful moments in her travels around the world. We are very lucky to be offering two of her works, in our next auction Far from the Madding Crowd on 15 February. Nadia took time out of her busy London schedule to have a chat with The Auction Collective on all things escapism and art.

Talking Photographs with Open Doors

Published: 02 Feb 2018

Open Doors is an incredible platform for beautiful contemporary photography. They helped The Auction Collective and Narcissus Arts find four works by Maria Lax and Alessandro Calvi for the Far From the Madding Crowd Auction on the 15th February. We caught up with the photographer and one of the founders of Open Doors, Tom Page, to see what contemporary photography is all about.

Talking Art Collecting with Narcissus Arts

Published: 01 Feb 2018

The Auction Collective are excited to be partnering up with Narcissus Arts by putting together Far From the Madding Crowd – the auction and exhibition of landscape art being sold on 15 February. Nacrissus Arts is an art consultancy that focusses on advising clients on buying artworks that are under £10,000. Ahead of the auction, we caught up with its founder, Nick Campbell, to talk about the forthcoming collaboration.

Bidding Increments

Published: 31 Jan 2018

A detailed guide on how to avoid confusion with the numbers when buying at auction.
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