Specialist Highlights | March Scottish Contemporary Art Auction


 Lot 516 – John Bellany – The Lass O’Barns Ness

Bellany’s strong connection with the sea stayed with him for his whole life, and he continued to paint coastal and harbour scenes in a variety of media, often with haunting yet humorous figures. The symbolic placement of the fish is a classic Bellany trope and this is a fresh and vibrant watercolour which will certainly prove popular with collectors. The Lass O’Barnes Ness carries an auction estimate of £1,500-2,500.



 Lot 536 – John Byrne – Uptown, Downtown

Collector favourite, John Byrne once again makes his appearance in our Scottish Contemporary Art Auction in this decidedly intense portrait of an effortlessly cool young man. Byrne’s work remains ever popular at McTear’s – last month an early watercolour sold for £5,400 hammer – and this oil carries an auction estimate of £5,000-8,000.




 Lot 574 – James Downie Robertson – Garden in Winter

James – or Jimmy – Downie Robertson strived to evoke the ‘feel’ of a landscape rather than simply document its appearance. This piece really draws you in and transports you to the crisp winter’s day captured so delicately with Robertson’s earthy palette. Garden in Winter carries an auction estimate of £1,000-2,000.






 Lot 698 – Nael Hanna – East Coast Spirit – and Lot 696 – Nael Hanna – Scottish Summer

The dramatic and expansive landscapes by Iraqi born painter, Nael Hanna echo Joan Eardley’s elemental depictions of Catterline and its surrounding areas. These lots are highly desirable pieces by the artist, as collectors of Hanna’s work are motivated by the rich textures and bright colour palettes. Lots 698 and 696 carry auction estimate of £2,000-4,000 and £1,000-1,500 each.


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Jenny MacLeod


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