The Canterbury Auction Galleries To Stage Studio Sale Of The Works Of Colin Colahan (1897-1987) On April 16-17 The Canterbury Auction Galleries, Kent, will conduct the Studio Sal of Australian artist Colin Colahan (1897-1987), consigned by his widow, Monique, who llives in the UK.
News-Antique.com - Apr 05,2013 - In October last year at The Canterbury Auction Galleries, a small group of paintings consigned by the Kent widow of Australian artist and sculptor Colin Colahan (1897-1987) prompted two collectors to travel specially from their Melbourne homes to compete for the prizes on offer. It was an expensive trip as they sought to repatriate works by their country's forgotten artist.
One paid £14,000 - a world auction record - for an oil titled "Ballet of Wind and Rain (Holland '45)", the artist's personal copy of this most famous work, which depicted Second World War fighter pilots walking away from their planes on a windswept runway.
That sale tested the water. Now, encouraged by the outstanding results, Monique Colahan has instructed the auctioneer to disperse the remainder of her husband's studio collection, which has been in her safe keeping since his death in 1987. None has been offered on the open market before. The Colin Colahan Studio Sale will be held as part of the auctioneer's Two Day Sale on Tuesday and Wednesday April 16-17.
The 105 lots of oils, watercolours, charcoal and ink sketches and pencil drawings will be offered in a separate sale catalogue . Estimates start at £50 and rise to the high hundreds, making the sale a unique opportunity to purchase works from this talented artist at price levels to suit all pockets.
"Colin was always very kind and careful with models. He made the whole thing fun,
always making sure that they were comfortable and had breaks from posing.
It is very tiring and Colin understood that very well." - Monique Colahan
In addition to portraits of Monique, the collection includes ballet dancers; male and female sitters; Lily Ernst (Lady Anthony Hornby) and self portraits.
"Colin's genius was to be able to depict different aspects of my personality,
even if that persona hadn't appeared yet" - Jenny Truman, model
"Arriving at La Mortola, that paradise on earth, Colin, a slight man with a shock of
white hair swept back greeted my father." - Jenny Truman, model
In addition to views of the Italian estate at La Mortola, landscapes include views of Venice, Elba, Chartres, Province and other continental scenes, together with a number of English landscapes and coastal scenes of such places as Devon, Lyme Regis and Shoreham.
"Colin loved showing others art and getting involved in discussions about it" - Monique Colahan
The sketches are the most accessible of the 105 lots. They include numerous studies of portraits, nudes, landscapes and drawings made on the artist's travels, notably in India
"The Indian trip…was in early 1955 (Jan - March), he [Colahan] went with Ursula, his
second wife, they travelled to (then) Ceylon and India, he sketched but didn't paint, they
stayed part of the time with friends, and it was an extended holiday. They wrote letters back
to their two daughters, Rachel and Mimi, who were children at the time, chatting about the
trip and about Indian culture and