A new world record has been set for the sale of a painting by John Kingerlee. Lot no 111 in the Sotheby's Sale dated 11/5/2006 entitled "Grid Composition" sold for a record price of £60,000 including fees. Once again, this newly established world record clearly demonstrates the growing demand for this leading world artist.
John Kingerlee was born in Birmingham, England in 1936. His Mother was related to Hogan's from County Cork and he was educated in a school run by the Marist Fathers. After living for twenty years in Cornwall in the far southwest of Britain, he moved in 1982 to an isolated farmhouse on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork, Ireland.
Whether by chance or design, Kingerlee's decision to 'go west', leaving behind a predominantly Anglo Saxon environment in preference for the wild scenery of Europe's most westerly shores, saw him following in the footsteps of the great Celtic Revival artists and writers of the early 20th Century, and just like his fore-bears, he has found this place of rocks, seas and majestic skies where nothing is static, to be a source of continuous spiritual invigoration.
A non-conformist at heart, John has turned his back on the traditional way of seeing and depicting landscape - as a series of parallel planes that are made to appear to recede from foreground to background by the artists manipulation of linear and aerial perspective. His work literally fizzles with energy as if seen through the eyes of a child creating friendly innocent like beings, goblins and animals from a cosmic world.