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David Rankin- Five Decades. A Single-Artist Auction Retrospective

BY artmarketspace Pty Ltd | 27-Oct-2020
Artmarketspace is delighted to be working with connections of New York based Australian artist David Rankin, in staging a new market concept: A Single-Artist Auction Retrospective. Auction being held on Sunday 29 November online at artmarketspace.com at 5pm AEST. This curated auction comprises 11 fine works that span each decade of the artist’s career starting in the 1960’s in Australia and ending up to the early 2000’s in New York, where David Rankin now lives with his wife, the celebrated author Lily Brett.
David Rankin- Five Decades.
David Rankin
Blue Saplings-1967
Acrylic on Masonite
61 cm x 76.5 cm

Estimate: $7,000 to $10,000
Each painting carries a sensible and conservative estimate, which will offer good buying opportunities. The auction includes rarely seen early and mid-career works that come direct from the artist’s own studio in New York. Each painting has been carefully selected from the artist’s studio, as not only an excellent example of the artist’s work, but also as representative of David Rankin’s thoughts, developments, growth and understanding, which are reflected in the paintings of each era.

The works are available to view now at www.artmarketspace.com

David Rankin will participate in a live video link event with Artmarketspace CEO Lee Steer on Wednesday 25 November at 11am AEST, where the artist will interact with art-collectors in Australia from his Shelter- Island studio in NYC.

In a series of personal and revealing videoed interviews, which have been filmed at his Shelter Island studio, David Rankin will discuss each decade of his career. These videos will be released each week by Artmarketspace leading up to the auction

About David Rankin:

David Rankin was born in England in 1946. His family migrated to Australia in 1948 when David was 2. He grew up in the semi-rural outskirts of Sydney. Of his childhood here Rankin once commented: “I grew up in Australia. It was all sunshine and Sao biscuits and I was blessed to have a teacher in my primary school who gave me a book and said, you draw very well, you should read this book. It was a biography of Leonardo da Vinci.”

From that point to this day, his life has always been about art and his achievements have been significant and far-reaching. Rankin has received many accolades including winning the prestigious 1983 Wynne Prize, the famous landscape prize in Australia, which he was awarded at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Rankin represented Australia in the UNESCO 40th Anniversary Exhibition. The exhibition began in Paris and toured the world for over twenty years. In one of David Rankin’s first exhibitions in New York, the New York Times said, “David Rankin is a gifted painter with something to say.”

In this auction we trace the five decades and chapters of Rankin’s working life from the 1960’s to the 2000’s, which are marked by his growing up in Australia, tracing his ancestry back to Ireland and that of his wife the well-known author Lily Brett to Jerusalem. Rankin moved to the US in the 1980’s as a very high-profile Australian artist and settled in New York, where he has continued to explore the emotional and intellectual themes that imbue his paintings. Now resident in NYC he paints at his studio on Shelter Island and continues to exhibit in Australia and Internationally on a regular basis.

Dore Ashton, the highly acclaimed New York art critic, in her book called “David Rankin The New York Years”, wrote that “David is an exceptionally intellectual artist who is extremely alert to many currents in the history of art, philosophy, and literature”

Media Interviews with David Rankin in NYC by arrangement.

Photo’s available on request.

Auction: Sunday 29 November online at artmarketspace.com at 5pm AEST

Public viewing; 409 Malvern Road South-Yarra, Melbourne. Friday 27 to Sunday 29 November 11am to 5pm or online at www.artmarketspace.com

Enquiries: Lee Steer CEO Artmarketspace 0414 471 537 lee@artmarketspace.com