Hundreds of artworks by John W. Hatch (1919-1998), beloved artist and teacher, will be sold Oct. 1st Hundreds of artworks by the late Regionalist-Modernist painter and former University of New Hampshire art professor John W. Hatch (1919-1998) will be sold Oct. 1st at a church outside Durham, N.H.
News-Antique.com - Sep 07,2016 - DURHAM, N.H. – Hundreds of artworks by the late Regionalist-Modernist painter and former University of New Hampshire art professor John W. Hatch (1919-1998) – a beloved figure who instructed more than 5,000 art students over the course of his 36-year teaching career – will be sold at an exhibition, sale and auction of Hatch’s work on Saturday, Oct. 1st, at 12 o’clock noon.
The event will be held in the Fellowship Room of the Community Church of Durham, located at 17 Main Street, just off the UNH campus, on the road leading into and out of the university. It is timed to coincide with UNH’s Homecoming weekend and football game, giving students, alumni and art collectors a rare opportunity to acquire an original artwork by John Hatch while in town.
A preview, sale and reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 30th, from 5-8 pm, where guests can examine the many artworks Hatch produced beginning when he was just 16 years old, in 1935, through his student work at Yale University, then into his World War II US Army service in the Philippines and Australia, and concluding with his tenure at UNH (1949-1985) and retirement. There will also be a Saturday morning preview, from 9 am until the start of auction at 12 noon.
The collection, which has been in the hands of Hatch’s family since the time of his death and has never before been offered for sale or auction, will include figure studies and portraits, scenes of the South Pacific from his time in service during World War II, Modernism, mural studies, still lifes, abstract works, landscapes and more – hundreds of works, executed in multiple genres.
Some of the pieces in the collection will be offered for sale, at a fixed price that will range from just $25 to around $200. These will include sketches, drawings, portfolios, sketch pads and a few watercolors. The subjects will mirror those being sold in the live auction, slated to begin around 3:30 pm, with estimates there ranging from $40 to $6,000 – a price point for nearly every budget.
“October 1st will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to choose from over 245 drawings, watercolors, collages and oil paintings by this truly gifted artist and educator,” said Jay Williamson of John McInnis Auctioneers, the Amesbury, Mass.-based firm handling the auction component, and himself a UNH graduate (Class of 1986). “This event will be interesting and not to be missed.”
A lecture preceding the auction, from 11:30 am until noon on auction day, and from 7-7:30 pm on the evening prior (Friday, September 30th), will be given by Sam Cady, a former student of Mr. Hatch’s. “He was a wonderful mix of jokester and sage,” Cady said, “a man who loved people and loved teaching. Many artists teach by necessity, and resent what they see as a drain on their creative energies. But John found great fulfillment both as an artist and a teacher.”