TheG News October 2019

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of TheG News for October. You can also keep up to date with arty news on our News Page and follow us on Insta for new works. We also have our latest monthly online exhibition Impressions of Hong Kong where David Hinchliffe captures his own nostalgic view and vibrancy of Hong Kong.
Meanwhile we are finalising preparations for our next show in Singapore as well as putting exciting plans in place for 2020…
2019/2020 Art Dates
Affordable Art Fair Singapore – 21 to 24 November 2019
Affordable Art Fair New York – TBC 2020
Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong – TBC 2020
Affordable Art Fair Melbourne – TBC 2020
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Banksy’s ‘Devolved Parliament’ Depicting MPs As Chimps Sells For Record £9m

A painting by Banksy showing the House of Commons overrun with chimpanzees has sold at auction for just under £9.9m.

The 4m (13ft) wide artwork Devolved Parliament was painted by the anonymous Bristol artist in 2009. Expected to fetch up to £2m, it sold for nearly five times its estimate at Sotheby’s in London on Thursday.

Banksy reacted on Instagram, saying it was a “record price for a Banksy painting” and “shame I didn’t still own it”.

‘Bidding battle’

Sotheby’s tweeted the painting had sold “to applause at £9,879,500 – nine times its previous record – after a 13-minute bidding battle”. The auction house said: “Regardless of where you sit in the Brexit debate, there’s no doubt that this work is more pertinent now than it has ever been.”

However, the record-breaking price was seemingly questioned by the elusive artist who posted a quote from Robert Hughes on his Instagram account, stating: “Instead of being the common property of humankind the way a book is, art becomes the particular property of someone who can afford it.”

Devolved Parliament is the artist’s biggest known work on canvas.

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Online Exhibition: Impressions of Hong Kong by David Hinchliffe

Since his first solo exhibition in 1976 in Toowoomba Australia at the age of 21, David has had more than 60 solo exhibitions including paintings, sculpture and photographs in locations around the world.

Australian Artist David Hinchliffe has been painting, exhibiting and selling his work in galleries since the age of 12. He has won numerous competitions as a young artist (Sunday Mail Art Prize, ABC Argonauts Award, Atlantic City Sculpture Award, Toowoomba Gemini prize) and is a regular finalist in Tattersalls Landscape Prize.

David has travelled and painted widely in the United States, UK and Hong Kong and is represented extensively in collections both in Australia and overseas.  While his work is principally oils or acrylic on canvas or linen, he has also produced many gouache works and sculpture as well as holding two exhibitions of his photographs (“Two to the Valley, 1992, and “Detours”, 2010). His style has been described as “contemporary impressionism”.

He trained under Brisbane artist, John Rigby, painting as a teenager with contemporaries Tomas McAulay and Rex Backhaus Smith and also studied under premier Australian landscape artist and Archibald prize-winner, William Robinson at the University of Southern Queensland.

“Since a young boy when my father worked in Hong Kong in the 60’s I have always been conscious of the energy and excitement associated with Hong Kong. In September 2016 I revisited Hong Kong with the plan to explore and paint. I was not disappointed, some 50 years later Hong Kong still exudes the fast pace and the dynamic flavour of multiculturalism. I engaged with the locals, met with clients and art lovers…It was fabulous and culminated in the beginning of my Hong Kong series on canvas.”

“Three years later I am still captivated by Hong Kong and the nostalgic connections made that is so obvious when meeting Hongkongers and expats alike. I was here in March this year and have extended my collection, always finding something slightly different with each visit. Wan Chai still entices me as a place to set up my studio and paint. Please enjoy my impressions and feelings of Hong Kong.”
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