Ewbank's Contemporary Art Sale To Include Work By Rick Kirby, Robert Lenkiewicz And Alan Cotton

Alan Cotton AuctionEwbank’s, Surrey’s leading auction house, has a number of striking lots already consigned for sale in its Contemporary Art Auction on Thursday April 27. 


Artwork, including original paintings and prints, and sculptures will be going under the hammer by artists including Robert Lenkiewicz, Alan Cotton, Rick Kirby and Laurence Stephen Lowry. 


Among the most valuable pieces on sale are original oils by Cotton and Lenkiewicz, and a print by Lowry.


Alan Cotton, born in 1938, is one of the UK’s most respected landscape painters. On sale in the Ewbank’s auction is an oil-on-canvas by Cotton entitled 'Cyprus Hillside, Vines and Olive Trees,' it has a pre-sale estimate of between £1,000 and £2,000.


Cotton has a distinctive style thanks to his sole use of painting knives, which he has used to capture scenes from all over the world. He has had a number of public commissions including a series installed on the main staircase of Cunard’s liner, Queen Mary II, and in 2005 he accompanied HRH The Prince Of Wales on his tour of Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, as the official tour artist.Lenkiewicz auction


An original oil portrait by Lenkiewicz of the vendor’s father, Reg Sampson, is also going under the hammer. The signed painting was commissioned in the 1970s and has been valued between £1,000 and £1,500 by the team at Ewbank’s. 


Lenkiewicz (1941 - 2002) was a prolific artist from south-west England who is said to have produced around 10,000 works - including his pencil portraits. He often looked at themes within his work, focussing specifically on communities and issues he believed needed help to garner more support, these include the homeless, and mental health.


A late 20th century colour print, ‘Sailing Boats,’ by renowned artist L.S. Lowry carries an estimate of between £800 and £1,200. It is signed in pencil, framed and glazed, with a blindstamp for the Fine Art Trade Guild. 


There are a number of sculptures available in the sale, including a striking large chrome steel figure, entitled ‘The Witness,’ standing 170cm high, by British artist Rick Kirby.  It’s valued conservatively at between £1,000 and £2,000, and was purchased directly from the artist’s studio.


Rick Kirby is known for his acclaimed public artworks including large scultpures at St.Thomas’ Hospital, London; Burghley House, Lincolnshire; and Marlow Theatre, Canterbury. Kirby’s work has been unveiled by dignitaries including the Queen, Princess Margaret, the Duke of Kent, and Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heany. His work is found in public spaces all over the UK including Glasgow, London, Kent and Suffolk. 


A signed bronze sculpture of a ballerina by Olivier Deschamps (1920-2003) has been valued at between £100 and £200.  


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While an acrylic sculpture by German artist Alfred Gockel, entitled 'Free Spirit' carries an estimate of between £300 and £500. It is a limited edition numbered 37/45 and stands 66cm high.


Fans of Contemporary Asian art will be interested in two prints by two Japanese artists Takashi Murakami, and Makiko Nakamura, on sale. 


Two limited edition lithographs by Murakami have been valued between £600 and £1,000 each. One is entitled 'Kaikai with Moss' and the other 'Kiki with Moss'. Both are signed and numbered by the artist, framed and measure 79cm square.


He is known for blurring the line between high and low art, and coined the term ‘superflat’ to describe both the aesthetic characteristics of the Japanese artistic tradition, and the nature of post-war Japanese culture and society.

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Makamura, born 1951, is an abstract painter, currently based in Kyoto. She has exhibited and had residencies in galleries all over the world including the USA, Ireland and France. 


On sale at Ewbank’s are two Makamura oils, consigned by a local collector. ‘Kurama’ is signed and dated 24 August 2005 verso, and is valued between £600 and £1,000. ‘Pont du Carrousel’ is signed and dated 20 March 2005 verso, also has an estimate of between £600 and £1,000. 


Live internet bidding through www.theauctionroom.com and Ewbank’s live bidding platform will be available. These platforms give online buyers the opportunity to participate in sales at no extra cost, giving them savings of up to 6% over other commercial live bidding platforms.


If you have items to consign for sale for this or any future auctions, please get in touch with Ewbank’s for advice on the process. Call 01483 223101 or email valuations@ewbankauctions.co.uk, Or just call in Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm on 01483 223101. There is plenty of parking on site.