Scottish art at affordable prices30 June 2020 Auction houses can be an ideal place to pick up contemporary as well as historic works.
McTear’s in Scotland works directly with some of the country’s leading artists as well as through vendors and offer a wide variety of prints, drawings and paintings by major names.
At its Scottish contemporary art sale on July 5, the auction house offers works at estimates of up to £6000 – the suspected top lot being a seascape by Joan Eardly. Whether you want to add more Scottish names to your collection or are interested in contemporary art in general (as you’ll see below, there are offerings by artists from beyond the UK), this sale is a great place to start. Here we highlight a selection of works all available for £1000 or less.
Rosehips and Flowers
Fascinating in their own right and offering some decorative potential, botanical illustrations make a great addition to a growing collection. This watercolour of rosehips and flowers by Elspeth Harrigan (1938-99) has an estimate of £100-200.
View and bid for this botanical picture here.
Offering a bit of Lowry-esque charm, Michael Abrams’ oil on canvas The Viaduct is offered for £100-200. Abrams started out as a fork-lift driver, working in the evenings as a freelance greetings card artist. In 1990, after 10 years, he became a full-time artist.
View and bid for this oil here.
This acrylic on canvas, Abstract VI, is by Gabriela Villarreal, a Mexican artist who learned to paint by watching her mother, also a successful artist. Her works are general colourful and abstract. This example is offered with an estimate of £100-200.
View and bid for this abstract painting here.
John Bellany drawing
One of the biggest names featured in the auction is that of John Bellany (1942-2013), a Scottish artist who was a member of the Royal Academy and also earned a CBE. He produced some of his best-known works in the 1960s and 70s, which are highly symbolic and deal with themes such as sex and death. This pencil drawing, however, seems to reflect his experience as a child growing up in the Scottish fishing village of Port Seton. It is offered with an estimate of £700-1000.
View and bid for this John Bellany here.
Buachaille Etive Mor
This vivid work depicts Buachaille Etive Mor, a popular pyramid-shaped Munroe peak. It is executed in ink and pastel on paper by May Byrne, a Scottish artist based in Ayrshire, and is offered with an estimate of £450-650.
View and bid for this landscape here.
Another Scottish artist, Lin Pattullo works In Perthshire, and is a member of the Glasgow Society of Women Artists. This oil is of houses near Plockton, Wester Ross. It is offered signed and framed with an estimate of £300-500.
View and bid for this painting here.