An expert guide to contemporary art up for auction on November 20!

Attending an art auction can be a thrilling occasion… but browsing the catalogue and choosing which lots to bid on can be quite a task, especially if you are new to buying art.

Brendan Flynn, RBSA Professor of History of Art, sent us his ‘Pick of the Lots’ after casting his expert eye over the 50-plus works up for grabs on November 20 at our glittering Charity Auction hosted by Deutsche Bank and run by Bonhams.

Works have been generously donated by artists to raise money for the RBSA and Deutsche Bank’s Charity of the Year, Cure Leukaemia. Last year’s auction raised nearly £10,000 and this year’s event promises to be just as successful, with a huge range of contemporary artworks up for grabs!

For the full catalogue, see the RBSA website  Images of artworks can also be viewed at Flickr

And remember, buy art you love!

Barrie Cook Circle with Cross III

Bonded Spirits _ Truro, Cornwall

Born in Birmingham in 1929 and trained at Birmingham School of Art, Barrie Cook has an international reputation as a pioneer of British Abstract painting.

In the 1960s he was one of the first to experiment with spray painting, with glowing colours applied with precision to create mesmerising images that seem to radiate light.

He was appointed Head of Fine Art at Birmingham School of Art 1979-83 and has exhibited throughout the UK and Europe. His works are represented in many public collections including Tate Britain and the National Gallery of Wales.

Louise Cobbold Rock Legend

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The versatile artist and illustrator, Louise Cobbold, is already acclaimed for her striking watercolour portraits of football players and other sporting personalities.

Her vivacious approach is ideally suited to capturing the likeness of West Bromwich born rock superstar Robert Plant, lead singer with Led Zeppelin and Vice-President of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Graham Blaine Orange Boat

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The painter and silversmith Graham Blaine is renowned for his atmospheric landscapes and coastal scenes. Each painting is the result of numerous studies and sketches done on the spot.

Trained at Birmingham School of Art in Industrial Design he was a professional product designer until he retired and devoted himself to painting. Here, the sleek lines of the beached yachts contrast with the little boat in the foreground as the skies herald changing weather.

Wayne Atwood Birmingham Cathedral


Born in Birmingham in 1970, Wayne Atwood is one of the leading exponents of the modern urban landscape.

He works on the spot, producing beautifully finished pen drawings like this which demonstrate his mastery of the medium.  He was commissioned as artist in residence for the New Street Station and Grand Central redevelopment 2013 – 15 creating a remarkable record of the project.

This little drawing of St. Phillips Church is a fine example of his dexterity and powers of observation and his affection for the squares and buildings of his native city.

Robert Perry Great Stickle Summit, Dunnerdale Fells, The Lake District

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Famous for his panoramic views of his native Black Country, Robert Perry has always been drawn to the rugged and majestic mountain landscapes the French Alps, Wales, and the Lake District.

Working directly on the spot from his custom-built mobile studio he captures the spirit of the place in all weathers and rapidly changing light. Great Stickle, shown here with its summit silhouetted against a tumbling sky, is one of the outlying fells above the quiet and beautiful valley of the River Duddon.

Hilary Paynter The Republican Candidate

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Known for her visionary figure subjects and images of the English landscape, Hilary Paynter has an international reputation as one of our greatest wood-engravers.

Here, she adapts the time-honoured format of the prize animal portrait to take a swipe at recent political events. Demonstrating her mastery of the medium, this limited-edition print will be the collector’s item of the future!

By Brendan Flynn, RBSA Art Historian

RBSA Auction flyer. web

The RBSA Charity Auction, run by Bonhams Auctioneers, takes place on November 20, 5.30pm at Deutsche Bank, 5 Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2BL. Doors open at 5pm for the viewing of artworks and networking.

You can purchase your ticket for £10 by:

  1. Paying by cash in person at the Gallery

  2. Calling the Gallery on 0121 236 4353 to pay by card over the phone

  3. Sending a cheque payable to ‘RBSA’ to RBSA, 4 Brook St, Birmingham B3 1SA

  4. By paying via our website

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The auction catalogue, with images and information about each artist and artworks can be downloaded from the RBSA website Images of artworks can also be viewed at Flickr

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