Sotheby’s celebrated the lives of two of Britain’s most loved and sought-after artists, Mary Fedden and Julian Trevelyan in A Painter’s Paradise. The sale of works raised £888,250 with every single work finding a buyer. The proceeds from this sale will go towards restoring their historic studios at Durham Wharf to ensure that it remains an artistic centre for future generations.
The strong results for Modern British art come just weeks after the Bowie/Collector sales shattered all expectations. Click ahead to see the top lots from the Modern & Post-WarBritish Art and A Painter’s Paradise sales.
From the moment they came together in 1949, Julian Trevelyan and Mary Fedden were the closest of working companions and spent their lives painting or printing in different corners of the studio at Durham Wharf. Our forthcoming sale, which will be taking place on 23 November celebrates Trevelyan and Fedden, two of Britain’s best-loved painters, revealing their highly personal, closely allied and yet unique ways of looking at the world.
Proceeds from the sale will go towards the million-pound project to restore and develop the studios at Durham Wharf by recent Turner-prize-winning architects Assemble. The redevelopment will ensure that the place in which both artists lived and worked for many years remains a haven for a new generation of artists - whose work includes architecture, sculpture, photography, filmmaking and textile development. Thus the riverside studios will perfectly commemorate a couple who rarely lost the opportunity to bring together people and their ideas.
The sale will comprise 90 lots, with estimates ranging from £400 to £50,000 and includes works from all periods of both artists’ careers and also works from their friends including, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Ceri Richards and Cecil Collins amongst others.