The Joseph Smedley Collection 1st August 10am 2014

St Matthew Sitting at the Receipt of CustomOn Friday, 1st August, we are delighted to present an Art & Antiques auction featuring some 400 lots, including 200 lots of paintings and drawings by Joseph Smedley. This is an exciting opportunity to view and purchase works from Dr Joseph Smedley’s collection of some sixty of years of paintings and styles.  Joe has exhibited his works in Lincoln, London (including the Royal Academy), New York and Germany but has only ever sold a few of his works.

Pictured right: St Matthew Sitting at the Receipt of Custom which was exhibited at The Royal Academy

Amazon Parrot with Flowered BackgroundJoe, a miner’s son, was born in 1922 and is now 91. The artwork we have includes work from the mid 1940s onwards and includes portraits, abstracts, conceptual works, nude studies, animal studies, architcetural, local studies and more. There are approximately 100 oil paintings, and many watercolours, drawings and etchings.

Pictured left: Amazon Parrot with Flowered Background

Joe says of his work. “I have always been interested in architecture and in figurative composition. In architecture I am concerned with spatial relationships and in figurative composition I am concerned with the thoughts, aspirations and feelings of human beings. The interaction between the two in a long term preoccupation of artists; How do forms inhabit space?

In drawing and painting the two must be reconciled to exist together on what is essentially a flat two dimensional surface. To solve this enigma is a constant source of interest, and gives rise to endless technical experiment. By trying to shape these interests into some viable forms of drawing and painting, works have resulted which I hope may find a response on more than one level of human experience.

My aim is to find a technique that will accommodate my vision.”

A selection of works

Art & Antiques featuring the Joseph Smedley Collection

Friday 1st August Art & Antiques sale starts at 10am. Viewing of items is from 10am on Thursday 31st July and the morning of the sale. The sale will also be available online.

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We are now accepting all Art, Paintings, Art Collections, Oil Paintings, Watercolours etc for all future sales– please call 01522 690444 for more details. We also value all Art, Paintings, Art Collections, Oil Paintings, Watercolours etc.

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