Modern British Art

Paintings, sculptures and prints made by 20th century British artists. Big names in this sector include Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash and LS Lowry.


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Fifty female artists in the frame: Gallery holds exhibition devoted to works by women in the first half of the 20th century

10 December 2018

“When I was putting this exhibition together, a lot of people thought I would not be able to find 50 different women British artists to show. In the end, I could have shown 500,” says Sacha Llewellyn of 20th century British art specialist Liss Llewellyn.

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Bowie and his Mod Brit stardust boosts auction prices

03 December 2018

Has Bowie made a difference? This question has been doing the rounds in Modern British circles since 2016 when Sotheby’s offered the highly publicised collection of Davie Bowie.

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Armistice commemorations in focus at Mod Brit auction series

03 December 2018

Few events shaped British art more in the 20th century than war. As commemorations reached a pinnacle during the centenary month of the First World War, the November Mod Brit series presented an opportune moment to sell art directly related to the conflict.

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5 Questions: Anna Wakerley

03 December 2018

Anna Wakerley of Oriel Fine Art specialises in pre- and post-war Modern British painting.

A Northern Race Meeting by LS Lowry

LS Lowry leads Modern British art sales as rare racecourse scene sells at £4.5m

24 November 2018

The latest series of Modern British art auctions in London generated a £47.2m total including premium which was significantly up on the equivalent sales last year.

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Glorious art partnership provides inspiration for Messum’s exhibition

19 November 2018

An exhibition at Messum’s this month celebrates the ‘glorious and most extraordinary partnership’ of the artists Lionel Bulmer (1919-92) and Margaret Green (1925-2003).

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Prints lead northern rising

19 November 2018

Prints by Modern British artists are often touted as an affordable way-in for collectors on a budget, but it seems this is not always the case for northern powerhouse LS Lowry (1887-1976).

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Celtic fringe benefits: Welsh Sale success

19 November 2018

It has been a bullish year for Welsh art and antiques, according to auction house Rogers Jones (24% buyer’s premium), which broke the £1m barrier for the first time this year across three dedicated sales.

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Bawden farm reaps reward at Kent auction

12 November 2018

Work by the community of mid-20th century painters in Essex known as the Great Bardfield Artists fetches strong sums on the secondary market.

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Leon Kossoff's view of King's Cross appears at Sydney sale

12 November 2018

A London scene by an important Modern British painter will be offered at Deutscher and Hackett in Sydney on November 28.

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Bidding for Evelyn Ince shows sign of female artists in demand

29 October 2018

The current demand for female artists was in evidence at Henry Adams (20% buyer’s premium) of Chichester when a work by Evelyn Ince (1886-1941) went under the hammer.

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Gertler ‘East Ender’ portrait sells up north

15 October 2018

Renowned today for his fusion of Post- Impressionism and eastern European folk-art, the Jewish painter Mark Gertler (1891-1939) was inspired at the outset of his career by the northern and early-Italian Renaissance masters.

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Olivier takes the stage at Canon Gallery exhibition

08 October 2018

A painting by Herbert Arnould Olivier (1861-1952), a British artist and the uncle of the actor Lawrence Olivier, is among the stand-out works on show in Jeremy Green’s third gallery exhibition this year.

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A fresh look at the St Ives artist group

01 October 2018

Two exhibitions in Mayfair this month offer a reappraisal of a clutch of artists who lived and worked in St Ives.

Pony by Patrick Caulfield

Patrick Caulfield’s ‘Pony’ takes £220,000 at Roseberys auction

26 September 2018

A painting titled 'Pony' by British artist Patrick Caulfield (1936-2005) has sold for £220,000 at south London saleroom Roseberys.

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Fair sales of art and antiques at Saatchi and LAPADA

24 September 2018

The relaunched British Art Fair opened with a flurry of sales at its new London venue, the Saatchi Gallery.

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Not so bleak for Peter Brook and Braaq

17 September 2018

Wintry scenes by two local artists created a brighter picture at a recent auction in Yorkshire.

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Squirrell away at his highest price

17 September 2018

Described by one of his biographers as ‘The Last of the Norwich School’, Leonard Squirrell (1893-1979) was an East Anglian man through and through.

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Norman Cornish strolls into Newcastle sale

17 September 2018

A view of a Tyneside street by Spennymoor mining artist Norman Cornish (1919-2014) took £5500 at local auction house Anderson & Garland (20% buyer’s premium).

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British Art Fair changes could help ensure bright future for collecting field

17 September 2018

The British Art Fair is an annual feeding ground for collectors of modern and post-war British art. This year’s staging of the 30-year-old event, which runs from September 20-23, marks a new chapter for the fair as it moves to London’s Saatchi Gallery.

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