Major Australian Paintings to be offered at Bonhams & Goodman’s August Fine Art Auction

Tuesday 7 August at 6pm, Melbourne

Another prominent painting consigned is a self portrait by James Gleeson titled Portrait of the Artist as an Evolving Landscape 1993 from The Agapitos/Wilson Collection.

James Gleeson is one of Australia’s most important living artists. For more than six decades he has explored the realms and possibilities of the Surrealist creed and sought to show that there exists, beyond the obvious and everyday an alternative reality experienced through dreams, hallucinations, and differing mental states. Rather than focusing on purely private fantasies, the most significant contributions made by Surrealist artists, including James Gleeson, are the visionary and profound statements that comment on the human condition.

Bonhams & Goodman is honoured to have been entrusted with the sale of this highly significant painting from the distinguished Agapitos/Wilson Collection, Sydney. Ray Wilson OAM and the late James Agapitos OAM, renowned benefactors of the arts and in particular Australian surrealism, have been immense supporters of Gleeson and were instrumental in initiating the recent major retrospective exhibition. “This work is one of the most significant and possibly the most iconic image by Gleeson remaining in private ownership,” says Geoffrey Smith.

Other highlights to be included in the 7 August auction are Colour Study 1920 by Roy de Maistre (estimate $30,000-40,000) and Leda and Swan 1960, by Sidney Nolan (estimate $100,000-150,000). Both works were discovered on a recent trip to the UK by Geoffrey Smith, National Head of Art.

Following the record-breaking sale of Albert Tucker’s Flirtation for $840,000 at the Bonhams & Goodman April auction, three major works by the artist have been consigned. Rue St. Denis 1951, has a pre-sale estimate of $350,000-450,000 but is likely to realise more.

The auction will take place at Bonhams & Goodman’s Melbourne rooms on Tuesday 7 August at 6pm. Level 1, 540 Malvern Road, Prahran VIC 3181