Artworks by Arthur Goodwin and John Edwards go under hammer in Diss

Private collections of work by two artists which rarely comes up for auction will go under the hammer in Diss next week.

TW Gaze will hold a sale of studio works by Arthur Goodwin (1922-1998) and John Edwards (1938-2009) at Diss Auction Rooms on Friday, August 3, at 11am, with viewing on Thursday, August 2, 2-8pm and on the morning of sale from 8.30am.

Goodwin studied at the Liverpool College of Art in the late 1940s and went on to teach, first lecturing at Hull in the 1950s before heading up the fine art department at the Exeter College of Art from 1962-1987 and rose to vice-principal under Clifford Fishwick.

He also undertook lecturing tours in America and Canada, Iran, Pakistan and India, a place he came to know during his war service. He grew to develop an interest in and become influenced by Indian art and culture until he died.

Edwards studied at the Hornsey College of Art in the early 1950s with further studies at Leeds University and in Brussels. He also went into teaching, becoming head of the Painting Department from 1980 and Sculpture in 1986, when the likes of Anthony Caro were at the school. Edwards also lectured, with tours to America, France and Russia.

In this sale, Goodwin's works span his artistic career, from simple drawings and paintings from the 1940s, through changing abstract styles of the 1950s and '60s to Indian influences and his increasing love of the mosaic form in paintings from the '80s until his death in 1998.

Although his works are held in private and public collections through exhibition sales and commissioned works, they have rarely come on to the auction market. Arthur himself deplored the arrogance of the art market; monies and politics meant little, so this may be why so few have appeared.

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Edwards' paintings and sculptures in the sale represent his artistic career, from the 1970s through to his death in 2009. Although of a very different style, his abstracts draw influences from his travels to representation of entertainments such as the theatre and circus.

Again his works can be found in private and public collections but very few have appeared at auction.

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