Christie's upcoming sale of Modern British & Irish Art next week has three Peter Howson pictures for sale, including the above, entitled St George, (from where I have taken the image). It references the xenophobia and fascism evident in some elements of British society. Howson painted in the early 1990s. It occurred to me that there were similarities in the styles of this artist and Yue Minjun, whose iconic smiling faces belie his intent, following as he does the Cynical Realism movement.
Whereas Howson's angry faces express his hatred of bigotry, Yue's happy faces express his anger at the vacuity of modern China and its materialism, and obviously in this picture Execution, his anger and disgust at the events of 1989. It's interesting to me that both painters began their styles at about the same time. Howson's picture is estimated at USD15,000. Yue's canvas, above was sold in 2007 for USD5.9m. There's an interesting story related to the purchase.
Much more up my street in the Christie's sale are several pictures by the Scottish Colourists F C B Cadell, and Samuel Peploe. But even they are what technically we might call a lot of dosh.