This beautiful figure painting recently sold at an important LGBTQ+ Art auction held in New York City. The painting sold for 3 x more than its estimated auction value. Thorough research and contact with the proper venue, and the painting was sold.
A watercolor painting on paper created by British artist c, born on March 12, 1936 in Dublin, Ireland. Patrick Prockter attended the Slade School of Fine Art, (UCL), London, UK. He exhibited his work at the Redfern Gallery and the Whitechapel Gallery, both located in London. Patrick Prockter is currently represented by the Redfern Gallery. Prockter is noted as a painter of portraits and figures, with some city and landscapes included in his works. He is especially known for his body of work focused on the male figure, such as the model who sat for the painting. Patrick Prockter travelled to the Middle East and China and then to the United States, where he was an art educator at Iowa State University. Prockter is a contemporary of many important Modernist artists such as David Hockney, Keith Vaughn and Bryan Robertson. During the early 1990’s Patrick Prockter was elected as a member of the Royal Academy. The painting that is the
subject of this appraisal was completed before his election to the academy and does not bear the monogram, “RA” after his name. The painting that is the subject of this appraisal may be one that Prockter completed as a reflection of his experience as an art therapist working with patients who had physical disabilities. The watercolor painting includes a nice personal note to the model, Robin. The personal note is located at the lower left hand corner of the painting. The artwork is signed by the artist at the lower right-hand corner as “P.P. ’67”.
Patrick Procktor’s personal life: Procktor lived on Manchester Street in a flat formerly occupied by William Coldstream, where he socialized with artists Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and David Hockney; photographer Cecil Beaton and filmmaker and gay rights activist Derek Jarman. Several of Beaton's photographs of Procktor are in the National Portrait Gallery. Patrick Procktor appeared, as himself, in the 1974 David Hockney biopic, “A Bigger Splash”.
About this print!
I know this image by Dali. The print is a woodblock engraving created after the original watercolor painting by Salvador Dali. The print was created as a woodblock engraving and it is a print that is one from Dali's "Divine Comedy Suite" (1963). Dalí’s series regarding Dante's Divine Comedy was originally published in six volumes – two each for Hell, Purgatory and Paradise or Heaven – with a total of 100 (or 101) of Dalí's wood engravings. The original artworks, created by Dali in watercolors, were then reproduced as woodblock plates by the designers Raymond Jacquet and Jean Taricco. Dali's images were to correspond with the 100 cantos in the "Inferno" which was a poem written by Dante Alighieri (1265-1321). This particular woodblock print is titled “The Thieves” or “The Punishment of Vanna Fucci” and is Canto #24 from the Hell section of the suite. The first publications were produced in German, Italian and French editions and there are quite a number of the sets, perhaps around 9,000 of the original editions. The print that is offered at auction has a current retail market value of approximately $500.00 and an auction value that ranges between $200.00 to $300.00. Dali’s signature on the woodblock is written in red and enclosed in a red square at the bottom center of the print. This signature is a part of the print and not a hand-written signature of the artist. I have a few prints from Dali’s Inferno suite and I decide to bid on the print. I find a seat in the back of the room and hope the two gentlemen do not notice me or the print being offered for bids. Lucky for me, the auction house employee who catalogued the works did not do much with the print. It was offered as a pencil drawing and the auctioneer did not mention the artist’s name or signature. Two bidders beside myself got the print to a high bid of $80.00. The two bidders drop out at $80.00 and I get the print for $80.00 plus a 10 percent premium.
I will remove the Dali print from the mat and frame that it is presently in and place it in an archival-grade mat and add it to my print collection.