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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE GORDON HOUSE, LONDON
My father, Gordon House, was primarily a painter. In the late fifties and early sixties he used his creative and experimental work to further understand and expand an original concept of design, which came to influence the post-war regeneration of the British art scene, but fundamentally, he was a painter. By the late sixties, as well as painting, he was designing for most of the leading contemporary art galleries in central London, one of which was Marlborough Fine Art, where he first met Sidney Nolan. He seldom encountered anyone with a passion for visual imagery and design to match his own and immediately a lasting friendship was made.
Sid seemed to have achieved an almost Zen like quality in his painting that allowed him to consider the cerebral qualities of his subject matter, then execute his painting with all the enthusiasm and excitement of a child, and still retain all the intellectual integrity of the original concept in the finished painting. They admired each others talents and as a child I remember many of Sid's works hanging throughout the house.
Both Gordon and Sid were system painters, in that they would create a system for making an image and then execute it many times, endeavoring to achieve a resemblance of the original intent, which is why they were both so prolific. In my own artistic endeavors, when I was having problems and would consult my father, he would always quote Sid saying "just finish it, turn it to the wall for six months, and then decide." A work ethic that has not failed me yet.
Probably partly inspired by the view from Sid's penthouse apartment in Whitehall court, Dad made a series of etchings of London bridges. In his memoirs "Tin-pan Valley" he writes: "Today, every time I cross over Blackfriars Bridge, to the amazement of other drivers, I wave a salute to the twin black towered building on the embankment at Whitehall Court in memory of my friend and our times together" I like to think they can now continue their daily talks and have many more times together.
Ceri House, London, 2005