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Past Sales

The Bay
Tasmanian Landscape, 1988
Tasmanian Landscape, 1988

Sales by Medium

Sold 68 works for
Works on Paper
Sold 7 works for
Prints & Graphics
Sold 6 works for

Where to buy or sell art works by John Rigby

Auction Houses

Leonard Joel
Sold 15 works for
Sold 15 works for
Aust. Art Auctions
Sold 8 works for

Born in Brisbane in 1922, John Rigby was educated at Central Technical College in Brisbane and then went to work for a signwriting company in Brisbane. However he longed to be a fine art painter, and his first public showing was in 1941, with the Royal Queensland Art Society, exhibiting in the junior section. That same year he joined the AIF and served until the end of World War II. After the war he worked as a freelance commercial artist and also as a sports cartoonist for the Brisbane Sunday Mail.

In our database, 112 works by John Rigby are listed as being offered for sale, the earliest in 1974, of which 81 (72%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $7,364 for Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas 1997 sold by Leonard Joel in August 2022. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2023. Works by John Rigby are held by the National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery and a further three major public national galleries (see list below).

John Rigby is listed in the following standard biographical references:

  • McCulloch, Alan McCulloch, Susan McCulloch, Emily McCulloch-Childs. The New McCulloch's Encyclopedia of Australian Art. 4th Edition, Aus Art Melbourne & The Miegunyah Press, 2006. Page 826
  • Germaine, Max. Artists and Galleries of Australia, Volumes 1 & 2, Third Edition. Craftsman Press, Sydney, 1990. Page 577
  • Dictionary of Australian Artists Online, an online resource for biographical data about Australian artists, designers, craftspeople and curators.
  • Australian Prints + Printmaking, a database listing printmaking artists from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region based on the print collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

Artists' Resale Royalty

Could the second and subsequent works by this artist sold after June 9, 2010 for over $1,000 be liable for the Artists' Resale Royalty? More info…

Yes, eligible, subject to the artist satisfying the residency test. The artist is alive or has been deceased for less than 70 years. Contact the Copyright Agency for information on the residency test.

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