1:00 p.m. July 15, 2022
With big skies, scenic countryside and pure light, it’s no surprise that East Anglia acts as a magnet for artists – and it always has.
The result is a rich heritage of East Anglian art, a heritage which is increasingly recognized around the world – and leading to a strong demand for work by our regional artists, both contemporary and former.
We must be really proud that our region has earned a worldwide reputation for producing high quality visual art, and this is reflected in the prices achieved in the auction room, as well as the increasingly wide geographic spread of buyers. for such works.
The Keys East Anglian Art Sale, which takes place three times a year, has become the most important auction of these works and is now recognized by collectors and dealers as the main sourcing event for East Anglian art.
Of course, the names of stars will always be requested; Edward Seago photos regularly sell for five-figure sums, and bidders will always clamor for works by Campbell Mellon, Arnesby-Brown and Eloise Stannard.
What sets East Anglian art apart is the level of demand at all levels, from stars to Norwich School artists such as Crome and Cotman, Norwich 20 band members such as Leslie Davenport and Henley Curl, to contemporary artists such as Colin Burns. (one of whose paintings sold for £6,600 at the East Anglian Keys spring sale), Ian Houston and Maggie Hambling – they’re all attracting a lot of interest at the moment.
The good thing about our East Anglian Art Sale is the mix of people who buy. What you might call serious collectors rub shoulders with private buyers who simply want something to hang on the wall of their home. It is telling that this is our busiest sale of the year, with a higher proportion of buyers in the room (as opposed to online auctions) than any other sale.
What are they looking for? What works particularly well? Obviously, well-known artists will always attract attention, but the subject matter is also important in determining demand. If people recognize or can identify with what is in the image, its value will be higher; for example, paintings of Norwich by Arthur Davies always sell well, as do views of Broadland by Stephen John Batchelder.
In Keys’ East Anglian Art Sale, ten works by Sheringham-based artist Brian Edwards will go under the hammer. A former professor of architecture at the University of Edinburgh, Edwards now paints watercolors and acrylics of recognizable Norfolk scenes, and his colorful, modern style means his work is still popular. The upside is that he remains affordable: pre-sale estimates for his works in our July sale range from £300-£600.
With demand for works by East Anglian artists currently so high, now is the time to sell. There are several ‘outsider’ auction houses claiming to be specialists in East Anglian art, but Keys is a Norfolk-based company that can really offer something more than the big London houses. We can combine a sharp knowledge of the art of our region with a reach which today extends, thanks to the Internet, to the big names in London.
Keys Fine Art Auctioneers East Anglian art sale takes place on Friday 29th July at their Aylsham auction rooms. The catalog is available online at www.keysauctions.co.uk