Property from the Collection of Michael Michaeledes

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The bond between artists has always been strong, and relationships often develop that serve to support and foster creative ideas. This is reflected in the impressive collection amassed by artist Michael Michaeledes, which contains works from artists and ceramicists that he knew and exhibited alongside during the time he spent at the heart of the London art scene. – Robin Stewart

Made in Britain
30 September | London

Property from the Collection of Michael Michaeledes

  • Courtesy of the Artist’s Estate
    Michael Michaeledes in his studio
    Born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1923, Michaeledes studied in Milan before leaving for London, where he finally settled in 1955. It was in London that he developed his recognisably minimalist approach, first showing at the Leicester Galleries in 1959, before joining Annely Juda in 1963, where he was to remain until his death earlier this year.

  • Brian Wall, Untitled, Estimate: £12,000 – 18,000 and Robyn Denny, Track 2, 1961, Estimate: £10,000 - 15,000
    Robyn Denny is without doubt one of the most important post-war British abstract artists, and Michaeledes amassed an impressive and important collection of his work during his lifetime, including Frontman, which was included in his 1973 Tate retrospective. This magnificent sculpture by Brian Wall was included in Kasmin’s first show at his new Bond Street gallery, and for years adorned the outside of Michaeledes’ house in Hampstead.

  • Marc Vaux, Exclamation, 1961, Estimate: £3,000 – 5,000
    As with so many of the works within the Michaeledes collection, the exhibition history of Marc Vaux’s Exclamation is fascinating – it was included in the New London Gallery’s 1961 exhibition New London Situations: An Exhibition of British Abstract Art.

  • Gillian Ayres, Abstract, 1962, Estimate: £3,000 – 5,000
    Alongside contemporaries Bridget Riley and Tess Jaray, Gillian Ayres is recognised as one of the leading female abstract artists working in the 1960s. This is one of three works by the artist included in the sale.

  • Brian Wall, Untitled, Estimate: £4,000 – 6,000 and John Plumb, Untitled, Estimate: £3,000 – 5,000
    John Plumb’s Untitled showcases the impressive scale that the artist worked on – and is complemented by three studies also included in the sale.

  • Michael Kidner, Orchid: Blue, Brown, Green and Violet, 1967, Estimate: £6,000 – 8,000
    Michael Kidner was a pioneer of Op art in Britain in the mid-1960s, and like his contemporary Bridget Riley, he was fascinated by colour and line, often using shaped canvases, such as in the present work

  • David Hockney, The Diploma, 1962, Estimate: £12,000 – 18,000 and William Turnbull, Study for Female Figure, 1960, Estimate: £5,000 – 7,000
    In his final year at the Royal College of Art, David Hockney refused to write the essay required for the final examination – resisting the necessity for artists to have to explain themselves in prose – and instead arguing that they should be judged solely on their work. When threatened with not being allowed to graduate, he etched his own ‘diploma’, lambasting the academic establishment. 
    In June 2015 Sotheby’s established a new auction record for the work of William Turnbull, with his magnificent Lotus Totem selling for £701,000. Study for Female Figure is a unique bronze, executed in 1960, and later developed into a larger sculpture in 1988.

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