November 20th 2007
Sex and Death and Christmas shopping at Perc Tucker
With "that time of year" just a few parties and some long slogs through shopping malls away, it may be a smarter move to join one particular party this Thursday at Perc Tucker Gallery where there's a chance to bid for some genuinely valuable art to make a big Xmas impression on those who thought they had everything.
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery is running an auction of selected works by local and interstate artists to go under the hammer this Thursday evening.
The majority of work will have reserves, but some will go out at bargain basement prices as artists clear out their studios.
Magnetic Islanders should pay particular attention as a large body of work by Magnetic Island's most distinctive artist, Gavin Ryan, will be going under the hammer.
A collage of some of Gavin Ryan's work
Other artists include: Graeme Buckley and Sylvia Ditchburn, Angela Hughes and Aaron Ashley. Paintings, photographs and sculpture will go under the hammer. Floral, Wendy Robertson's sponge chair from this year's Strand Ephemera is also included.
Imagine waking up on Christmas morning to a magnificent silver eagle perched near the tree. Zita Toth-Vagvolgvi's Flying on the wings of the winds will be auctioned.
Viewing of the works takes place from 6.30 pm with the auction proper conducted by a professional auctioneer from 7.00 pm.
Director, Frances Thomson said "This is a first for the Gallery. The Gallery has been approached by an artist who is leaving town and wishes to clear out his studio. Other artists have followed suit, so this is a community service. I encourage the public to patronise this auction and thereby support artists."
Gavin Ryan told Magnetic Times, "While most artists find themselves a signature style or two that works for them and then stick to it, I have made a habit of doing the opposite. So this bunch of works will represent a bit of a retrospective in that there will be a very diverse range of looks and styles and media and techniques and subjects culled from years of creative ADD."
"Point your browser to www.toadscape.com to get a feel for what I am on about." says Gavin Ryan.
"There will be representative pieces from most of the tangents I have shot off on here going under the hammer and for all those have told me over those gawd-knows-how-many years that they would like to buy one of my pieces but need to win a lottery first, well, here's the best chance you are going to get.
"I am moving on. Artistically and otherwise. I have my sights set on getting a exhibition of my latest and hopefully more-or-less-permanent tangent shoot, (the Sex and Death . and shopping project I last showed at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery several years ago) out to the big wide world, starting with the Woodford Festival after Christmas and then showing at TAP Gallery in Sydney in January. From there I don't know yet but I'm aiming high and dream of ending up in New York with it one day. I'm hoping the proceeds of this auction will help get me at least as far the first of these objectives."
Art Auction, Thursday 22 November 2007 6:30 pm Preview & Drinks 7:00 pm Auction
RSVP + Acceptance only + 477 9011
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