Series 4: Art on a Postcard Winter Auction 2020

We are delighted to announce the return of Art on a Postcard’s (AOAP) Winter Auction. The last six months and the global pandemic have seen so many changes to the way we work but we are excited to bring back our most popular annual auction.  Out of the two hundred and thirty artists taking part this year, highlights include the Paraguayan artist Faith Wilding, known for her feminist performances and installations in the 70s, the Dutch polemical artist Erik van Lieshout, British Anj Smith whose intricately rendered paintings explore issues of identity, eroticism, mortality, and fragility; the critically acclaimed British artist Ryan Mosely who has recently taken part in the group show Radical Figure, Painting in the New Millennium at the Whitechapel in London and Saint Lucian born artist Winston Branch whose accolades include a Guggenheim fellowship and whose work is held in the collections of many of the world’s top galleries including The Tate. 
This auction will focus on The Hepatitis C Trust’s helpline which is staffed entirely by people who have had hepatitis C. The helpline has become a key component in the current Infected Blood Inquiry, the largest public enquiry in British history, which was launched to investigate why infected blood products were being used to treat NHS patients prior to 1992. Helpline manager Samantha May is providing supporting evidence to the Inquiry team based on statistics and common facts drawn out by the numerous calls to our helpline over the years. The number of calls from people who have received infected blood during transfusion and subsequently been misdiagnosed for years only to find they have cirrhosis or liver cancer have snowballed and keeping up is increasingly difficult. 

 

 

EPISODE 1: The Cause - The Hepatitis C Trust Helpline

This auction will focus on The Hepatitis C Trust’s helpline which is staffed entirely by people who have had hepatitis C. The helpline has become a key component in the current Infected Blood Inquiry, the largest public enquiry in British history, which was launched to investigate why infected blood products were being used to treat NHS patients prior to 1992. Helpline manager Samantha May is providing supporting evidence to the Inquiry team based on statistics and common facts drawn out by the numerous calls to our helpline over the years. The number of calls from people who have received infected blood during transfusion and subsequently been misdiagnosed for years only to find they have cirrhosis or liver cancer have snowballed and keeping up is increasingly difficult. ⁠ ⁠

Listen to the podcast to learn more about the helpline and their involvement in the Infected Blood Inquiry.

The Infected Blood Enquiry trial resumes 22nd September 2020. To get more information about the cause and read more about the inquiry, visit hepctrust.org.uk/information/infected-blood-inquiry ⁠

Episode 2: Winston Branch

Winston Branch (born in 1947) is a British artist originally from Saint Luci. 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. 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.

Episode 3: Graham Fink

Graham Fink is a multi award winning artist whose career has taken him to the top of advertising, film making and visual art. In this episode Rosa Torr speaks with Graham on his fascinations and motivations within his wide spanning artistic practise.
Multimedia artist Graham Fink is recognised as one of the world’s most respected, and highly awarded, creative minds. Fink is a multimedia practitioner working in the fields of photography, film, painting, drawing and technology. His career over the years has been defined by never being entirely satisfied with the status quo, whether in the world of advertising, or in the world of art. Fink has long explored ideas of the subconscious and creativity through works spanning video, installation, photography, and painting, he tries to understand the principles behind artistic practices and new creative expressions.

Episode 4: Magnus Gjoen

⁠In this episode Rosa Torr and artist Magnus Gjoen discuss his use of the skull motif, why he calls himself an 'accidental artist' and his experience working for some of the worlds' biggest fashion houses.

⁠Magnus Gjoen’s works examines how to change peoples relationship and preconceived notions of objects. Something which is potentially extremely destructive can be made into beautiful yet fragile objects of art. It’s this misconception of beauty which Magnus Gjoen wants us to see in a different light, be it weapons, animals or the human race itself. The latter is capable of creating immense beauty but also capable of destroying it all. Taking inspiration from street and pop art and juxtapositioning it with fine art, he creates new and modern takes on old masterpieces, manipulating something powerful and strong into something fragile but beautiful. He often questions the correlation between religion, war, beauty & destruction in his art. Magnus Gjoen was born in London to Norwegian parents and studied design in London and Milan and has worked as a denim designer and graphic designer before embarking on a career as an artist.

Episode 4: Eduardo Terrazas

In today’s episode Rosa Torr chats with Eduardo Terrazas about his 45 years of practise, his use of traditional mexican folk techniques, his architectural aims and about reconnecting with nature in the mexican countryside. 

Eduardo Terrazas’s learned practice spans architecture, art, and design, achieving a lively mix of geometric study and handcraft. Using an approach that marries South American folk art and European avant-garde influences, Terrazas has produced more than 600 works over 45 years. He first became interested in folk art as a museographer, later collaborating with the Huichol, a native Indian ethnic group. His series “Constellations” (2013) involves traditional techniques of yarn painting on wood board and fine beadwork in beeswax, processes that render brightly colored or monochrome mathematical patterns with the formal rigor of De Stijl. His architectural training has led him to develop many projects in Mexican cities, while his design background informed his work as a collaborator on the design of the logo for the 1968 Summer Olympics.

You can take a look at Eduardo's cards here.

Episode 6: John Illsley

In this week's episode of Art on Podcast, John Illsley talks about what he learnt being in one of England's biggest ever rock groups, his artistic practise, the importance of pubs and much more.

John is an English musician who rose to fame as the bass guitarist of the critically acclaimed band Dire Straits. With Dire Straits, John has been the recipient of multiple BRIT and Grammy Awards and a Heritage Award. As one of the founding band members John played a major role in the development of the Dire Straits’ sound.During their time together as Dire Straits they sold over 120 million albums and toured extensively across the world.

A creative force, John has always had a regular art practise, studying and developing his talent for drawing and oil paint. His abstract representations of landscapes and emotional moments come from the same instinctive and guttural place he works from with his music.

John Illsley's works are Lots 525-528 in the Art on a Postcard Winter Auction. Bidding starts at £50.