A seminal painting by acclaimed artist Winston Branch will be featured in the Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art day sale on March 2nd. ‘When I need my Father’s Eyes’ (1998), acrylic on canvas, is lot 285 with an estimate of GBP 40,000-60.000.
The painting was previously exhibited at Oakland, Alta Bates Summit Medical Centre, Gift of life, 2010, and the provenance is the artist.
Details of the painting: WINSTON BRANCH (B. 1947) When I need my Father’s Eyes signed, inscribed and dated ‘Winston Branch 1998 Winston Branch 1998 Winston Branch 2010 Oakland USA’ (on the reverse) acrylic on canvas 46 3⁄8 x 69 1⁄4in. (111.7 x 176cm.) Painted in 1998
Varvara RozaGalleries Founder, Varvara Roza, who represents Winston Branch and has worked with him for the past five years, comments: “Working with Winston Branch is an experience of constant learning. His explicit talent, his humble character and his hard work it’s the combination of his success ! I am overtaken by the strong and vivid colours of his paintings every time like it’s the first time. He is more than an artist…he is The Art himself.”
The Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale will feature an exceptional selection of works by Post-War masters and Contemporary names including Winston Branch, Banksy, Stanley Whitney, Yayoi Kusama, Zanele Muholi, Andy Warhol and Günther Förg. Moreover, a wide selection of exciting and emerging talent will be offered with works by Jammie Holmes, Rafa Macarrón, Oluwole Omofemi and Isshaq Ismail.
“I am not about illustration, I am about painting.”
Winston Branch (born in 1947) is a British artist originally from Saint Lucia, the sovereign island in the Caribbean Sea. He still has a home there, while maintaining a studio in California. Works by Branch are included in the collections of Tate Britain, the Legion of Honor De Young Museum in San Francisco, California, and the St Louis Museum of Art in Missouri.
Branch was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1978, the British Prix de Rome, a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Fellowship to Berlin, a sponsorship to Belize from the Organization of American States, and was Artist in Residence at Fisk University in Tennessee.
He has been a professor of fine arts and has taught at several art institutions in London and in the US. He has also worked as a theatrical set designer with various theatre groups. Winston Branch was Born in St Lucia and moved to England when he was 15.
His immense talent as an artist was recognised at an early age and he accepted into the Slade School of Art. After graduating he was awarded the prestigious British Prix de Rome, which enabled him to travel and study in Rome for a year.
Branch’s abstract paintings are noted for their mesmerising and highly emotive surfaces, conjured from the interplay of bright colours that form an entangled web of rich pigment.
Branch’s paintings feature in the collections of many important institutions including The Arts Council of Great Britain, The Brooklyn Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and Tate Modern. As described by art critic Carlos Diaz Sosa, Branch paints “abstract canvases in cool, cloudy colours that have a quality which allow the viewer to explore the depths of the mind. Branch uses paint like a symbol, a purely aesthetic language, an illustration of spirit.”
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