Five abstract splashes of colour to brighten up your wall

Bored of pretty but derivative chocolate-box village scenes? The Modern British art market is a good choice to explore for striking abstract images to suit a range of budgets.

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Twin Red by William Gear - estimate £2500-3500 at Roseberys on August 11.

Try the Roseberys Modern & Contemporary British Art sale for instance, staged by the south London auction house on August 11.

Some names, such as William Gear, are relatively familiar but plenty of interesting options also feature for less familiar artists lower down the estimate scale.

Here are five ideas for buying bright and bold abstract art from the Roseberys auction. Note: many works will be subject to Artist’s Resale Right.


Get into Gear

Twin Red, 1995, pictured top, is a work by William Gear RA RBSA (Scottish 1915-97). This pastel in colours, signed and dated, and signed, titled and dated Nov 95 on the reverse, measures 36.5 x 48.5cm and is estimated at £2500-3500.

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Village Green appreciation society

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Village Green by Philip Sutton - estimate £1000-1500 at Roseberys on August 11.

It’s titled Village Green – but is stylistically a far cry from those chocolate-box depictions. The 71 x 86.5cm oil on canvas by Philip Sutton RA (British, b.1928) is signed, titled and dated on the reverse.

The work dates from January/February 1956 and is estimated at £1000-1500.

You can bid for Village Garden by Philip Sutton via


Abstract attraction

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Abstract Composition is by Eileen Agar - estimate £600-800 at Roseberys on August 11.

This Abstract Composition is by Eileen Agar RA (British 1899-1991) and dates from 1936. The 19.5 x 25.5cm pastel, pencil, collage and watercolour on paper was purchased from The Redfern Gallery, London, according to the current owner. Estimate £600-800.

Try to bid for Abstract Composition by Eileen Agar.


Celebrate good times

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Celebration. Light and Sound 1 by Jack Smith - estimate £2000-3000 at Roseberys on August 11.

Celebration. Light and Sound 1, 1989 is a cheery oil on canvas by Jack Smith (British, 1928-2011) which is estimated at £2000-3000. Signed, dated and titled on the reverse, the 91.5 x 91.5cm painting has a provenance of Flowers Gallery, London; Robert Heller estate.

View Celebration. Light and Sound 1 by Jack Smith on


Super Sully

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Untitled abstract composition by Frank Sully - estimate £300-400 at Roseberys on August 11.

Frank Sully (British, 1898-1992) created this untitled abstract composition. The oil on board, signed, bears an inscribed label attached to the reverse and the 36.5 x 48.5cm work is estimated at £300-400.

Check for the untitled abstract composition by Frank Sully.

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