We are delighted to announce that we have joined forces with prominent figures from Melbourne’s art world and beyond to present The Bushfire Relief Auction. The auction includes extraordinary donations from artists, collectors, gallerists and jewellers and will take place in Melbourne on Sunday 16 February.

The auction will be available to view online on Friday 7 February. You can bid online, in real time or by Absentee Bidding. You can also bid in person, in the room.

There will no Buyers Premium. 100% of proceeds will be donated to The Victorian Bushfire Appeal

Leonard Joel Managing Director, John Albrecht said, “like many others, we feel a sense of deep shock and sorrow at the devastation caused by the bushfires. When we were approached by like-minded artists, collectors and friends we decided, collectively, to create a major fundraising event. I am delighted to provide the resources and infrastructure for what is an incredible collection of donations and contributions. Leonard Joel will waive all transaction costs and all proceeds will be donated to aid vital bushfire recovery projects.”

AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS

Once Upon A Time by Vincent Fantauzzo
Artist Vincent Fantauzzo has generously donated Once Upon A Time (Guide Price $100,000-150,000), initially painted for his upcoming exhibition addressing climate change and extinction. Fantauzzo is one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists; a recipient of the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the Archibald Packing Room Prize, and the Archibald People’s Choice Award four times.
He and his wife, Asher Keddie decided that, rather than wait for the exhibition, they wanted to contribute now and donate this piece to auction.
Once Upon A Time depicts the now extinct Tasmanian Tiger as an almost mythical creature, displaced, with its natural environment painted over in white; a poignant reminder that we often do not appreciate beauty until it’s gone forever.
Fantauzzo said that “although the bushfire devastation is desperately sad, the response to it is incredibly inspiring.’ And, ‘amongst the sadness there is hope that the next generation, who are faced with a realistic fear about the climate, will create change.”

Street Art
Sandra Powell and Andrew King (‘SANDREW’) have been enthusiastic supporters and collectors of Street Art for over a decade. Their personal collection comprises some of the most recognised international and Australian street artists alongside those emerging. The couple are fervent champions of what they describe as “the sleeping giant of undoubtedly the most visible and popular art movement ever.”
Almost 100 works of art have been donated by artists including Shepard Fairey, Rone, Swoon, Anthony Lister, D*Face, Adnate, Ron English, Dabs Myla and Hush, with prices ranging from $500 to $20,000, forming an exciting stand-alone section of the auction.

Kozminsky Studio
A Melbourne icon and a much-loved family jeweller, the name Kozminsky has been synonymous with beauty, individuality, rarity and craftsmanship for over 150 years. Now, Kozminsky Studio, an elegant atelier in the heart of the city on Collins Street, offers rare and contemporary jewellery collections, design commissions and restorations.
An exquisite, Marquise cut diamond ring is among the pieces generously donated by Kozminsky Studio, who have also designed a limited-edition brooch, Renewal, the first of which will also be offered as part of this auction.
The ring was gifted to Kirsten Albrecht, of Kozminsky, by her mother, Jan. Kirsten said that her mother, “wanted me to have something beautiful to remember her by. But I have so many beautiful memories of her that I hold in my heart, and my mum was an extraordinarily generous and caring woman, I know that she would want to share her love of her birthplace, Australia at this challenging time.”
And, “we are honoured to join with Leonard Joel and some of Australia’s most generous and creative people to raise much needed funds to help relieve, rebuild, replenish and restore.”

The Journey by David Bromley
Another of this country’s most popular artists, David Bromley’s paintings are instantly recognisable and adorn the walls of public and private collectors all over the world. His unique aesthetic, however, extends far beyond the canvas. He and his wife and creative partner, Yuge, bring their passion, imagination and creative vision to life in a range of projects from interiors to fashion, exhibitions to events via Bromley & Co.
David was one of the first to contact Leonard Joel, and he has generously donated his painting, The Journey.

Fox Galleries
Established in 1998, Melbourne based Fox Galleries presents exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, with a focus on conceptually driven and visually compelling works.
Director, Michael Fox said, “Watching the ongoing bushfire disaster unfold during the summer holidays, I was moved, and the artists of Fox Galleries were moved, to make whatever contribution we could to assist the affected communities and the injured wildlife populations.”
And, “In the last year, Fox Galleries has held several shows addressing climate change, most recently Emilie Heurtevent ‘Nature’, which opened two weeks before the New Years’ Eve disaster at Mallacoota. Emilie has donated a painting from ‘Nature’ to the auction. Other donating artists include Mark Schaller, Victor Rubin, Christine Johnson, Esther Erlich, Mark Davis, Chonggang Du, Shannon Smiley, Eddie Botha and Wayne Fogden. I will be donating artworks from my private collection, including a piece by Anthony Lister from the early 2000s, Clean up the air and treat the animals fair. The title says it all really.”

THE BUSHFIRE RELIEF AUCTION Sunday 16 February, 6pm
Viewing Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 February, 10am-4pm
Enquiries kim.clarke@leonardjoel.com.au
Leonard Joel, 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra VIC 3141

For more information about this auction, please click here.

IMAGE: Vincent Fantauzzo | Once Upon A Time | Guide Price $100,000-150,000