Fine Art

Leonard Joel’s Fine Art Department offers expertise and extensive market knowledge in traditional, modern, international and contemporary fine art.

Our quarterly, curated Fine Art auctions take place in March, June, September and November and regularly feature works by significant Australian and international artists including Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd and Jeffrey Smart, among many others.

In addition to our quarterly Fine Art auctions, Leonard Joel recently launched a new auction dedicated to Australian Women Artists. Taking place once a year in October, the auction has revealed rare works by artists including Erica McGilchrist, Florence Fuller, and Ethel Spowers, and is designed to shine a spotlight on female artists who were often not recognised in their lifetime.

If you have a single work of art or a collection you are considering selling, please contact us for a complimentary valuation.

Fine Art

Tuesday 19 March 2024

Fine Art Auction Highlights

Fine Art Specialists

Georgina Lewis
Acting Head of Art

Georgina has 20 years' global experience working in leadership and management roles in the fine art and luxury sectors. She started her career at Sotheby’s in Melbourne in 2003 where she spent six years working in the art team before moving into communications. In 2011, she moved to London with Christie’s where she spent a further six years in international communications and business management. Following her 12-year tenure in the auction industry, Georgina became the Managing Director of a leading contemporary art gallery in Mayfair before establishing her own consultancy.

She is a Guest Lecturer and Contributor at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Christie’s Education, Paris Dauphine University, Judge Business School and London Business School, speaking regularly about the global art market and career paths in the wider art and design industry. Georgina is on the Prince’s Trust UK Rise Ambassadors Board and the Bezalel School of Art and Design Advisory Committee. She has a double degree in Arts (Italian)/Business (International Business).

Amanda North
Art Specialist

Amanda's academic credentials include a Bachelor of Art History and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne. Amanda's interest in Italian art led her to study abroad in Italy throughout her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, where she lived in Prato, Florence, and Venice while studying Italian Renaissance, Italian language, and Museology.

Her professional journey features roles at notable auction houses and private galleries, where she developed a keen eye for art valuation and curation. Prior to this Fine Art Specialist role, Amanda was the Art Salon Manager at Leonard Joel since 2021 where she developed her skills and interest in art valuation, thematic auction curation and auctioneering. Her experience encompasses managing significant collections and auctions, including the Sidney Nolan Auction ‘Myths, Legends, Landscapes’ from the Estate of Lady Mary Nolan and the deaccession of the National Australian Bank’s (NAB) collection - notably, where Amanda secured a white glove sale for the curated Peter Trusler auction.

With a keen interest in Australian women artists, Amanda curated thematic auctions to highlight a collection of works by Anne Marie Graham and Florence Dearling. Amanda's broad expertise in art history spans across various periods, thus underlining her involvement in expanding Leonard Joel's fine art offerings.

Madeleine Norton
Head of Decorative Arts & Art, Sydney

Originally from Perth, Madeleine completed a double degree in Commerce and Fine Art at the University of Western Australia. From Perth she moved to London to undertake her master’s degree at Christie’s Education in History of Art and Art-world Practice. Following her studies she interned at the Peggy Guggenheim, Venice and Sotheby’s, London where she then worked for a further two years in the Contemporary Art Department on both auctions and private sales. Moving to New York in 2017 Madeleine worked at the blue-chip art gallery Sperone Westwater for two years before returning home to Australia.

In Sydney she has built her knowledge of decorative arts working on The Collector’s Auction, as well as the private collections of Dr Trevor Hyde, the late John Schaeffer AO, Trevor Kennedy AM and the Brans Collection. As a specialist in both decorative arts and art, her highly organised auctions in the Sydney saleroom highlight Leonard Joel’s multitude of strengths within the secondary market.

Fine Art FAQs

  • What is Fine Art at Leonard Joel?

    At Leonard Joel, Fine Art refers to high-quality works by renowned artists that are representative of that artist’s oeuvre and style. We offer three Fine Art auctions a year, covering various mediums, styles, and periods, featuring both Australian and international art.

  • Where does Leonard Joel hold art auctions?

    We hold regular art auctions in both Melbourne and Sydney. Melbourne presents our Fine Art collections and speciality sales, while Sydney presents The Art Collector once a year, offering a selection of collectable pieces.

  • How do I view upcoming Fine Art Auctions at Leonard Joel?

    Our upcoming Fine Art auction dates are listed online. Each auction listing will provide details about the date, time, location, and items included in that particular sale. Our Fine Art auctions are exhibited at Leonard Joel Melbourne to view in person ahead of the auction, and our specialists are on hand to assist with virtual viewings and additional images for those that can’t attend in person.

  • What kind of art can I buy at Leonard Joel?

    Leonard Joel presents works by significant Australian and international artists across painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography. Leonard Joel has become synonymous as an auction house that provides curated art offerings and speciality auctions uncatered to elsewhere. We remain the only Australian auction house to provide dedicated annual Contemporary Art auctions, Women Artists auctions, as well as dedicated triannual Prints and Multiples auctions.

  • Can I buy from Leonard Joel’s Art Auctions Online?

    Yes, there are multiple ways to bid with Leonard Joel. You can buy from our Fine Art auctions by bidding live online, by leaving an absentee bid, by bidding over the telephone, or attending the auction in person. Please visit our How to Buy page for more details.

  • Where can I get a printed Fine Art catalogue?

    Printed Fine Art catalogues are available to collect in person at our viewings, or can be mailed by request. They are also available to view digitally online.

  • How can I have my art appraised for sale at Leonard Joel?

    You can submit your art for complimentary online valuation on our website. Once submitted, one of our specialists will evaluate your piece and suggest its value at auction. If you prefer, you can also book an appointment with a specialist for a private consultation or join us at one of our monthly Valuation evenings​.

  • How can I sell Fine Art at Leonard Joel?

    We are always inviting entries for upcoming Fine Art auctions, and would be pleased to assist with a value estimate of your piece or collection. You can submit items for complimentary online valuation or contact us to book an appointment with one of our specialists. The specialist will work with you to provide a selling solution that meets your requirements.

Now consigning for auction. Submit items for online valuation here or contact us to book an appointment.


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