Yorkshire artist's personal collection to go under the hammer at Bonhams in Chester on February 7th

Silver and Pictures
7 Feb 2012

Yorkshire artist's personal collection to go under the hammer at Bonhams in Chester on February 7th

Silver and Pictures
7 Feb 2012

The David Blackburn collection include photos of L.S. Lowry

Huddersfield artist, David Blackburn's personal collection of paintings, prints and works by his students are being sold at Bonhams Chester next Tuesday, February 7th.

David Blackburn's own work comes up regularly at auction, but this eclectic collection contains none of his own work but the paintings of artists acquired over many years and different phases in Blackburn's own development as an artist.

There is a small collection of photographs taken by the photographer Sefton Samuels whose studio in Altringham, Cheshire was favoured by L S Lowry and five photographs of Lowry including one signed by Samuels are included in the collection.

David Blackburn is well known for his vibrantly coloured pastel landscapes of the Yorkshire countryside. His paintings transform and abstract the local Huddersfield landscape and by using layer upon layer of coloured chalks the landscapes gain a luminous quality. Whilst travelling in Australia and Canada his landscapes in the 1970s and 80s his paintings took on the wide horizons, big skies and colours synonymous with those countries. He was recognised by critics such as Kenneth Clark and Herbert Read and has been collected by both public galleries and private collectors.

His personal collection is a diverse mixture of paintings which he collected because they fitted in with his own landscape ethos; contemporary artists such as Prunella Clough William James (Bill) Fergusson, John Hartman, Norman Adams and Stephen Barraclough sit beside local Yorkshire artists, such as Trevor Stubley, Tom Wood, Malcolm Whittaker, Peter Hammond, Joseph O Reilly together with work by his students clearly demonstrating Blackburn's own artistic influence. Blackburn's interest in the landscape is illustrated by a small print collection which ranges from Old Master etchings by Adrian Ostade and Nicholas Berchem to 19th and 20th Century artist such as Thomas Creswick , Pierre Bonnard, Segonzac, Joseph Webb, Frank Short, Gerald Leslie Brockhusrt and Sir David Young Cameron.

Paintings by the Canadian artist John Hartman and the Austrian, Gerhard Frankl are included in the March 7th Fine Paintings sale in Chester.


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