Curated by The Auction Collective and five art world insiders, The Top 100 celebrates the very best contemporary artists creating artwork under £5,000.

Exhibited at The Department Store in Brixton, and split into two auctions, the show brings together a hand picked selection of over 100 artworks. 

The Selection Panel

Benjamin Murphy - artist and co-founder of Delphian Gallery.

Kate Bryan - art historian, curator, broadcaster and Head of Collections Soho House.

Tabish Khan - art critic, writer and editor for the Londonist.

Katy Wickremesinghe - founder of the Wick and KTW London.

Georgie Wimbush - Director at White Cube Gallery.

Francesca Wilson - Curator at The Auction Collective.

 

Dwayne Coleman Saffron Evening
4. Dwayne Coleman
Saffron Evening, Blue Bricks Inverted
Mixed media on canvas, 110 x 130 x 6 cm.
Estimate:£2,500 - 5,000
Dwayne
12. Dwayne Coleman
Bricked Window
Dye, thread, canvas, 21 x 25.5 x 4 cm.
Estimate:£300 - 600
Starting bid:£300
Current Bid:£0

Dwayne Coleman is a multidisciplinary artist known for an inventive and resourceful practice that encompasses, works on paper, sculptures, installations, videos and most commonly painting. 

Tying the Japanese concept of Boro patchwork with his own experiences, Dwayne resourcefully, dyes, sews and recycles his own materials into brick-patterned paintings. 

Every painting is a struggle as I try to figure something out through paint that it is difficult to express in words.

- Kim Booker
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Mary Macken Allen, Mirror, oil on canvas

I use painting to test the pressures felt by figures in space - and to attempt to provide them with some relief: a soft cushion, an open window, a staircase, a stranger's hand... Each of my paintings contains a moment of intimacy. I’m drawn to the ways in which our relationships with others and the environments we inhabit can blur the boundaries that delineate the self. 

- Mary Macken Allen
Una Ursprung(1)-A warm day, Flowering plant#13
2. Una Ursprung
A warm day, Flowering plant#13
Oil on canvas, 60 x 70 x 3 cm.
Estimate:£1,300 - 1,800
Starting bid:£1,300
Current Bid:£0
Una Ursprung(2)-Morning dew, Flowering plant#15
1. Una Ursprung
Morning dew, Flowering plant#15
oil on canvas, 60 x 70 x 3 cm.
Estimate:£1,300 - 1,800
Starting bid:£1,300
Current Bid:£0

Una Ursprung utilizes a variety of mediums and techniques to explore the space and visual experiences of painting. She employs abstract lines to create a vivid contrast through the combination of oil painting and spray painting.

The liberating and quick nature of spray paint immediately alter the careful and slow strokes of the original landscape constructed within the atmosphere of the forest.

This painting, depicting a weave which is so detailed that it illusionistically echoes the woven texture of the fabric it is painted on, is loosely based on a painting by Mondrian and inspired by Greek/Roman mythology.

- Christina Niederberger
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Grayson Perry
44. Sarah Maple
Grayson Perry
Digital Print, 18 x 30 x 1 cm.
Estimate:£450 - 1,000
Starting bid:£450
Current Bid:£0
jim brook
42. Jim Brook
Untitled, 2020.
Photographic Print , 80 x 100 x 10 cm.
Estimate:£450 - 600
Starting bid:£450
Current Bid:£0

"Grayson Perry is from larger series called ‘Portraits with Fans’ where I made images of famous male artists being excited to meet me.  Others in the series include Damien Hirst, The Chapman Brothers and Jeff Koons."

- Sarah Maple

Joy Yamusangie is a visual artist, currently working in London. Specialising in illustration, Joy experiments with a range of traditional processes such as drawing, film, painting and collaging to produce mixed media pieces.

Their previous projects have included a public art installation commissioned by Tate Collectives, the cover for the 2021 Penguin edition of C. L. R. James' Minty Alley and co-directing the film WATA.

olly
2. Olly Fathers
Offcuts
Wood Veneer, 40 x 50.5 x 3 cm.
Estimate:£800 - 1,000
Olly Father, Offcuts big
11. Olly Fathers
Big Offcuts
Various Wood Veneers, 94 x 124 x 3 cm.
Estimate:£3,800 - 5,000
Starting bid:£3,800
Current Bid:£0

Using marquetry techniques, a painstaking process of laying wood veneers down into a design, Olly fathers creates geometric, shape-based work which celebrate the beauty in grain and colour of the various wood veneers used.

Yeah Yeah, Sure Sure, Whatever
15. Charley Peters
Yeah Yeah, Sure Sure, Whatever
Acrylic on canvas, 65 x 80 x 5 cm.
Estimate:£3,200 - 4,500
Charley
37. Charley Peters
Read My Lips Baby, Are You Done Yet?
Acrylic on canvas, 65 x 80 x 5 cm.
Estimate:£3,200 - 4,500
Starting bid:£3,200
Current Bid:£0

"I grew up with an imagination being fed by Transformers cartoons, pixelated video games, heavy metal album sleeves and science fiction book covers. As an adult I found Krasner, Frankenthaler, Mitchell, Kelly and Newman in the art school library, and fell in love with their big, badass abstract paintings.

I think about the paintings I make now as a mash up of all these things, remixed on a canvas as something new but also strangely familiar."

- Charley Peters

The skies, footpaths, trees and seas I see again and again day after day. These are the motifs I repeat, rework, destroy and process. 

- Kerry Harding
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Rockery
18. Suzanne Moxhay
Rockery
Hand finished print, 87 x 100 x 4 cm.
Estimate:£650 - 1,500
JoshuaArmitage,KitchenWindow
3. Joshua Armitage
Kitchen Window
oil on canvas, 100 x 80 x 2 cm.
Estimate:£1,500 - 2,100
Starting bid:£1,500
Current Bid:£0
Gina Soden Cadenza
73. Gina Soden
Cadenza
Photograph, 88 x 105.5 x 5 cm.
Estimate:£1,500 - 2,400
Starting bid:£1,500
Current Bid:£0
Richard Baker, Le Confluence (1)
26. Richard Baker
Le Confluence
oil on calico, 100 x 80 x 10 cm.
Estimate:£3,330 - 5,000
Starting bid:£3,300
Current Bid:£0
Maddie Yuille, Mouth to Ear, ink on canvas

Miranda Forrester’s practice explores the queer black female gaze in painting, relating to the history of men painting womxn naked.

The work is concerned with addressing the invisibility of black womxn in the western history of art and representing these lives and experiences from an authentic perspective.  

Abode K in Headwrap
28. Miranda Forrester
Abode (K in Headwrap)
Painting, 41 x 61 x 4 cm.
Estimate:£1,800 - 3,000
Abode
36. Miranda Forrester
Abode Series #24
Oil and gloss on canvas , 31 x 41 x 4 cm.
Estimate:£1,000 - 1,800
Starting bid:£1,000
Current Bid:£0
laila
33. Laila Tara H
That’s All Folks!
Natural pigment on Indian hemp, 90 x 65 cm.
Estimate:£2,600 - 4,000
Starting bid:£2,600
Current Bid:£0
James Rogers, A study in the possibility of a man taking
26. James Rogers
A study in the possibility of a man taking so much on the chin, that his jawline blocked the feelings falling out of his mind (Rock Drill / Mandibular man)
Etching and oil paint , 39 x 49 cm.
Estimate:£320 - 480
Clare Dudeney, Shake the sky
64. Clare Dudeney
Shake the sky
Woven cotton, 21.5 x 28 x 0.5 cm.
Estimate:£480 - 1,200
Starting bid:£480
Current Bid:£0
Clare Dudeney, We grew together
40. Clare Dudeney
We grew together
Woven cotton and linen, 21.5 x 28 x 0.5 cm.
Estimate:£480 - 1,200

For Clare Dudeney, weaving is a meditative process, like taking a walk with threads. Within the bounds of a grid structure and repetitive process, she finds a freedom, mixing many fine yarns to create soft transitions and vibrant contrasts - like splashes of paint.

The fragmented forms reveal memories, tender observations of rippling water, bark, stones and the body. These woven paintings are fragile, made of many tiny moments. 

In Taru Happonen's paintings, organic forms from the untouched nature merge with human-built shapes creating an inseparable whole.

Taru has been playing with a thought about a creature that is visiting and seeing the Earth for the first time.

These works are as much a record of my own experience of that place, on that day, as they are of the strangers portrayed within the painting.

- Christabel Blackburn
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Untitled (Flowers)
15. Lindsey Bull
Untitled (Flowers)
Oil on linen, 30 x 35 cm.
Estimate:£650 - 800
Starting bid:£650
Current Bid:£0
Tom Rebecca Harper
49. Rebecca Harper
Tom
Acrylic on canvas, 30.5 x 30.5 cm.
Estimate:£1,500 - 2,300
Starting bid:£1,500
Current Bid:£0
Ali Corder
72. Ali Corder
For you, the moon
Acrylic on stitched canvas, 86 x 120 cm.
Estimate:£500 - 700
Starting bid:£500
Current Bid:£0
Susie Stone , Mint, Camel & Grey
55. Susie Stone
Mint, Camel & Grey
Acrylic on board, 28 x 33 x 5 cm.
Estimate:£600 - 1,000
Starting bid:£500
Current Bid:£0

Amy Beager was selected as a winner for the Delphain Gallery open call 2020 and started exhibiting her work in London in 2019.

Her painting ‘The Blue Room’ is currently on display at Saatchi Gallery as part of the group exhibition ‘Antisocial Isolation’ curated by Delphian Gallery. 

Eva Ullrich's 'Crest' and 'Haze'

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