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Rare paintings restored at Trinity House

Two rare paintings are back on display at Trinity House maritime museum in Leith after essential conservation work.
The Trinity House collection includes four paintings by Sir Henry Raeburn. Most notable is a portrait of Admiral Duncan, who led the British fleet to victory against the Dutch at the Battle of Camperdown in 1797. This critical engagement in the Napoleonic wars made the admiral a national hero. Trinity House awarded him the Freedom of the Incorporation and commissioned Raeburn to paint his portrait for the walls of their headquarters.

Photogold featured artist – Suzan Wolters

Suzan Wolters .Suzan is a full time artist and has been for the past 25 years. Suzan:”My love for working in clay is one of my most vivid childhood memories, I have been growing up with paint and clay, it was almost inevitable that I was being drawn to dedicate my live sculpting and painting. From my early twenties up to now I have been sculpting and painting, at first reproductions of antique dolls in porcelain, after that I sculpted infants in polymer clay and later my well known and recognizable happy plus-size woman in their full form. I have always been enchanted with sculpts and paintings of big woman, in particulair happy ones, they are often so much more buoyant and graceful than thinner…

Damien Hirst sale beats the credit crunch

Damien Hirst’s new auction of art works has broken all the estimates to bring in a record total of £70.5m ($125m), with still more works for sale.Hirst has proved that the credit crunch has had no effect at the top end of the art market . His auction has caused a feeding frenzy amongst dealers and collectors . The British artist has used the auction house Sotheby’s instead of the traditional art dealer. It is the first time an artist has sold a substantial body of work this way. Sotheby’s say the sale has set a new record for a sale dedicated to one artist. The works for sale include The Golden Calf – a bull in a tank of formaldehyde, with its head crowned…

U2 sell "Untitled (Pecho/Oreja)" by US artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Rock superstars U2 could make up to £6m when their painting “Untitled (Pecho/Oreja)” is auctioned in London this week . The painting, which originally attracted the attention of band bassist Adam Clayton, will be auctioned at Sotheby’s. Basquiat, originally a graffiti artist in New York, died from a suspected drug overdose in 1988. The current auction record for a Basquiat work stands at $14.6m (£7.4m). In 1996, director Julian Schnabel directed the film Basquiat, based on the artist’s life and starring Gary Oldman and David Bowie. Basquiat’s paintings continue to influence young artists.

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