$269.6 Million Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Sale Led by Record-Breaking Chagall

This will be my paintings soon hehe 🙂  Watch out Sotheby’s, here I come!

Tuesday evening’s sale of Impressionist and Modern art at Sotheby’s brought in $269.6 million, a 71% rise from the prior year’s sale but well short of rival Christie’s $479 million Monday night haul.

Nearly all of the 64 works at Sotheby’s found a buyer (often in Asia), for a 92% sell-through rate by lot. But many of the works sold after just a few bids and for below their low estimates, including some of the bigger-ticket items.

“[Sotheby’s] bidding is a lot more thin than last night,” said Morgan Long, senior director at The Fine Art Group, referring to Impressionist and Modern evening sale at Christie’s on Monday. “A lot of works are being sold to their guarantors or one bid above.”

The total before the buyer’s fees, which both Sotheby’s and Christie’s increased this fall, came to $232.1 million. The result still marks a substantial rise from the $157.7 million notched in the fall of 2016 on a 42-lot sale, and suggests the market is loosening up. Both buyers and sellers are more comfortable trotting out their wallets or their merchandise and rolling the dice than they have been in the past few sales cycles…..d7hftxdivxxvm.cloudfront.net

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On Top Again

One of my favourite quotes by Jackson Pollock

“If people would just look at the paintings, I don’t think they would have any trouble enjoying them. It’s like looking at a bed of flowers, you don’t tear your hair out over what it means.”

This is so true when looking at many works of art, if you like something you just like it, if you don’t get, you just don’t get.  It’s like when you eat a sticky toffee pudding, you don’t know why but you’re just in heaven and then some people may not be.  I don’t understand those people, but that’s the way we’re all different.

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Triple Trouble

I’m really hitting the canvas lately, I have definitely found my creative mojo again.  I want to do it all the time and it’s great.  This is one of my latest creations and boy did I enjoy doing it, it just lets me express all my feelings in a sitting.

Anyway, I hope this spirit stays alive in me so I just keep going on.



Fun to Splash! Flip if I don’t Drip!

Here’s my latest pandemonium, which I call ‘Clarity’.  I call it Clarity, because I’m clear in what I’m doing.  For some it may be pandemonium, but for me it’s just pure clarity.  I have done some closeups too so you can have a look and see the amazing patterns and feelings of clarity I have created.



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Clarity – By James Presley

Pandemoniumwild and noisy disorder or confusion; uproar.

Claritythe quality of being clear, in particular.

Maybe I am a mixture of both, you decide.



Abstract Expressionism Lives!

I found this article over at The Art Story where it mentions that abstract expressionism finished in late 1960s, I would like to think it’s still going strong.  I think maybe their just talking about the movement, which in my opinion was one of the best periods in art history.  Although, there are many periods in the history of art which may be said to be the best.  So lets just not risk the cause of a debate and say, abstract expressionism was one of MY favourite periods in the history of art. 🙂

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Revival – Transformation By James Presley 2017

“It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academic painting. However, there is no such thing as good painting about nothing.”

Mark Rothko Signature


“Abstract Expressionism” was never an ideal label for the movement, which developed in New York in the 1940s and 1950s. It was somehow meant to encompass not only the work of painters who filled their canvases with fields of color and abstract forms, but also those who attacked their canvases with a vigorous gestural expressionism. Still Abstract Expressionism has become the most accepted term for a group of artists who held much in common. All were committed to art as expressions of the self, born out of profound emotion and universal themes, and most were shaped by the legacy of Surrealism, a movement that they translated into a new style fitted to the post-war mood of anxiety and trauma. In their success, these New York painters robbed Paris of its mantle as leader of modern art, and set the stage for America’s dominance of the international art world.

Key Ideas

Political instability in Europe in the 1930s brought several leading Surrealists to New York, and many of the Abstract Expressionists were profoundly influenced by Surrealism’s focus on mining the unconscious. It encouraged their interest in myth and archetypal symbols and it shaped their understanding of painting itself as a struggle between self-expression and the chaos of the subconscious.
Most of the artists associated with Abstract Expressionism matured in the 1930s. They were influenced by the era’s leftist politics, and came to value an art grounded in personal experience. Few would maintain their earlier radical political views, but many continued to adopt the posture of outspoken avant-gardists.
Having matured as artists at a time when America suffered economically and felt culturally isolated and provincial, the Abstract Expressionists were later welcomed as the first authentically American avant-garde. Their art was championed for being emphatically American in spirit – monumental in scale, romantic in mood, and expressive of a rugged individual freedom.
Although the movement has been largely depicted throughout historical documentation as one belonging to the paint-splattered, heroic male artist, there were several important female Abstract Expressionists that arose out of New York and San Francisco during the 1940s and ’50s who now receive credit as elemental members of the canon.

The Art of Venezuala

Recently, I have noticed through looking at my statistics and analytics on my blog and my galleries that I am getting a lot of traffic from South America.  Countries at the top are Bolivia, Paraguay and what sticks out the most is Venezuela.  I can’t understand why I get so many visitors to my galleries, especially, from this country.  So I thought I’d pay a little Muchas Gracias to my South American followers. 🙂

I Googled some artists and was pleased with the results that came up and there were a few that leapt out of the page at me.  Street art seems to big in Venezuela and here is a little sample from an artist featured in STREETARTNEWS.  It’s actually by a Brazilian artist Known as L7M, I think it’s quite amazing, especially when you zoom in and open up a world of other surprises.

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Mural in Maracay, Venezuela L7M

I found the beautiful painting below Flowerbird by Aramis Fraino who also has beautiful digital works.  Aramis lived and studied in Italy for a number of years, but now resides in Venezuela.

Jacobo Borges, I guess to me, I thought at first, is like a Venezuelan Braque in style.  I immediately thought cubist when I saw this painting, but then I read a little more and had a look at some of his other works and saw that he was an open window, and not really fitting into any particular “style”, and he is a man of many talents in all areas of the arts..

Finally, I thought I’d also like to mention an artist, whose work I found most enjoyable.  I just looked at it and thought, how does she do that?  It is the most amazing geometric art, so colourful and when you look at it it just goes on and on.  The artist’s name is Tatiana Mantilla.  I could only find a link to her blog, but I think you’ll agree it’s quite fantastic work.  Bravo Tatiana!

Work By Tatiana Mantilla, Venezuela

If anyone from Venezuela or anywhere, or anywhere in South America can tell me why you think my Gallery site is visited so much please tell me.  But Muchas Gracias!