Among the recognisable catalogue of artists in the International Art Centre Collectable auction is George Henry Johnson. Born in New Zealand, Johnson is known as one of Australia’s foremost modern artists. A protégé of Theo Schoon, the artist moved to Melbourne in 1951, and his early paintings reflect the post-war scarcity. Inexpensive and available materials like burlap, house paint, and Masonite board lend these works their characteristically textured surfaces as seen in Johnson’s work, Clipped Blue Triangle Study I (Lot 53 ).
Other auction standouts include a collection of John Edgar works, Light Stones (Lot 2 ), From the Calculus Series (Lot 3 ) & Saltire, 2006 (Lot 5 ). A central figure in New Zealand stone carving since the early 1980s, Edgar’s works are renowned for their formal and minimalist qualities. Central to his practice were strong links to the environment, bringing into balance the elements of concept, material and process within his works.
Of the 131 lots on offer, there are a range of affordable works on offer for the astute collector, including works by Greer Twiss (Lot 6 ), John Pule (Lot 15 ), Theo Schoon (Lot 36 ), Sam Leitch (Lot 60 ), Patrick Hayman (Lot 76 ) and Dick Frizzell (Lot 130 ).