Damien Hirst rainbow print in Surrey sale

Works by world-renowned artists including Damien Hirst, Laurence Stephen Lowry and Louis Icart are to go under the hammer in a Surrey auction house next month.

Earlier this year, British artist Hirst launched limited-edition rainbow prints to support NHS Charities Together, and organisation The Felix Project, a London-based organisation which redistributes surplus food from the food industry to frontline charities, as the country faced the Covid-19 pandemic.

Two prints were made by Hirst, entitled Butterfly Heart and Butterfly Rainbow. Both were digitally made of bands of photographed butterfly wings.

A print by Damien Hirst, entitled Butterfly Rainbow
A print by Damien Hirst, entitled Butterfly Rainbow

The print going on sale at Ewbank’s is the small rainbow design, it is still in its original cardboard box, and has a pre-sale guide price of between £300 and £500. Initially sold through Heni Editions, the print is edition number 811/4150, is signed verso and measures 24cm by 50cm.

A signed print by British artist Laurence Stephen Lowry RA (1887 – 1976) entitled The Artist’s Father has an estimate of between £300 and £500. The print is from an edition of 300 and is numbered 54 in pencil. It is framed and glazed and measures 30.5cm by 23.5cm.

A signed print by British artist Laurence Stephen Lowry RA entitled The Artist’s Father
A signed print by British artist Laurence Stephen Lowry RA entitled The Artist’s Father

Lowry is one of the UK’s most collected contemporary artist and is most famous for his scenes of life in the industrial parts of north-west England, using his distinctive stylised “matchstick men” figures in urban landscapes.

Two etchings by French artist Louis Icart (1880 – 1950) are also going on sale.

Icart is best known for his often erotic or slightly humorous drawings of glamorous women, and his depictions of life in Paris in the 1920s. He was a prominent figure of the Art Deco period, and his work saw significant popularity in Europe and the USA in the 1920s and 1930s.

A signed drypoint etching by Icart, entitled Parasol, has a guide price of between £300 and £500. It is framed and glazed and has an embossed blindstamp from Le Graveur Modernes Paris.

A signed drypoint etching by Louis Icart, entitled Parasol
A signed drypoint etching by Louis Icart, entitled Parasol

Another Icart etching this time in colour, entitled Basket of Apples, also has an estimate of between £300 and £500. Dated 1924, it is framed and glazed and is signed lower right.

A signed ink drawing by British artist Louis Wain, (1860 – 1939) called ‘I Didn’t Steal Thee Chicken No!’ is on sale with a guide price of between £300 and £500. Wain was a popular commercial illustrator and is best-known for his drawings of anthropomorphised cats and kittens with large eyes.

He is also said to have suffered from schizophrenia, which can be seen in his works according to some psychiatrists. His fascination with cats developed when he began drawing his pet cat cat, Peter, to cheer his wife, Emily, when she became terminally ill with breast cancer.

His style developed over time, and the cats became more and more anthropomorphic; walking upright, wearing sophisticated clothing and smiling broadly.

Around the time of First World War, his work became less popular and he became more impoverished. This additional stress took a toll on Wain’s mental health and, in June 1924, he was committed to the pauper ward of the Springfield Mental Hospital, in Tooting, London.

A public appeal a year after his admission to Springfield, backed by high-profile admirers of his work including HG Wells, and a personal intervention by Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, saw him moved. He was first transferred to Bethlem Royal Hospital, or ‘Bedlam’ as it was colloquially known, in Southwark, London, and eventually onto Napsbury Hospital, Hertfordshire, where he stayed until his death in 1939.

Fans of street artist Banksy will be delighted by two lots going on sale which play homage to the reclusive figure’s work.

A limited-edition print, Police Kids, in the style of Banksy, which is stamped Banksy Copy and numbered 73/500 verso, is on sale with a guide price of between £300 and £500; and an exhibition poster from Banksy vs Bristol Museum, 2009, has an estimate of between £150 and £250.

A limited-edition print, Police Kids, in the style of Banksy
A limited-edition print, Police Kids, in the style of Banksy

The sale is taking place on October 8.

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