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Davson the artist ..... $5.2 million record…... A 1985 painting by Davson has changed hands for $5.2 million (US $5.4m). It was a major career work from almost 30 years ago……… The sale of Davson’s painting “Points of View” marks the highest value for a painting by a living Australian artist..… With a solid 3 decade professional Australian and international art career to her credit, anyone interested in art as an investment need to seriously consider what this sale could mean for them and their acquisitions of smaller and more recent works. For around three decades, Davson’s art has been consistently rising in value. Yet, it is still possible to obtain small works for $30-50,000……. “Points of View” was originally commissioned by Norman Hepburn for his then Central Coast resort in 1985 as three continuous canvases created by Davson. It has changed hands several times over the decades…. Since the early 1980's, Sharon Davson has represented herself through her professional art gallery and studio complexes; which are predominantly open by appointment. Thus, with assistance from her staff and agents, she has remained outside of much of the standard commercial art gallery limelight…. The owners of her art and those who have participated with her work read like a ‘Who's Who” of the celebrity and corporate worlds, yet she has maintained a rather private life…. Boyd Nelson of Whitehead Gupta Lawyers, issued the following statement on behalf of the new owner Macquarie Trustee NZ. "Points of View is an iconic Davson work lavishly themed with her signature jig-saw puzzle pieces, and includes subtle personal motifs woven into the expansive canvas. It is an opportune investment in this leading female artist's work….. "This 1.37 x 5.5 metre (4.5 by 18 foot) painting was Davson's second major art commission. We regard it as a significant work in Davson's career, as well as an important work in the history of Australian art…. "Given the comparatively small out-put by this remarkable internationally accredited artist, and with much of Davson's art sold before being created, it is very rare to have the opportunity to acquire such a major early painting. Macquarie Trustee NZ regards the purchase price for ‘Points of View' as an excellent buy."…. Internationally, this $5.2 million (US$5.4m) sale places Davson third in the world ranking by value for a PAINTING by a living female artist. (Marlene Dumas currently holds this record with a sale value of US$6.3 million for her painting The Visitor; a US$5.8 million work by Yayoi Kusama from Tokyo is second. Cady Noland takes the overall value record for art by a living female artist for a US$6.6 million sculpture.)…. Achieving the highest sales price for a living artist within a country is predominantly a male domain…. Davson is currently the only female holding this title…. Davson said, "I am delighted about the sale of 'Points of View'. It's testimony to all those who have believed in my work over the past decades. I trust it will also be of encouragement to women artists everywhere that in this 21st Century the ‘glass ceiling' in the arts is finally being shattered. I am also elated that the sales value reflects that art doesn't need to be confronting or shocking to be considered of high worth. It is time for works that inspire and uplift to have their ‘turn in the sun'. All the best. Thank you."…. Davson’s art is represented in public collections including in the Hikaru Memorial Museum in Takayama, Japan, the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin and 40 public art gallery, city or university collections. Her art is also represented in 2 Royal collections and over 60 corporate collections in Australia, the USA, Japan and New Zealand…. From 1999 to 2002, Davson’s major retrospective exhibition “With Gratitude For The Light” toured 14 public regional art galleries throughout Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. It showcased 63 artworks dating from 1972 to 1999. “Points of View” featured in this inspirational touring exhibition…. The majority of these exhibition pieces were borrowed back from public, corporate and private collections, including the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Coro Corp. New Zealand & Hawaii, Cathay Pacific Airways, Konica Australia, the Rooty Hill RSL Club & Resort, the Win Davson Art Gallery & Museum and the private collection of James Fairfax AO…. 2008-11 saw another retrospective exhibition “Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment” tour. This featured art works from 1973 to 2007 which were mainly borrowed from superannuation fund collections…. Davson currently resides in Newcastle NSW. Her art and its benefits to the immediate and broader communities are held in high regard. Davson has recently been supported as the creative leader of a new Spiritualism in art and is readily identified as a Personal Globalist. She established two charities, assisting endangered species and promoting world peace, and continues to participate in benefitting other community organisations…. Over 300 world-renowned leaders have supported her work. From cultural, entertainment and sporting arenas, they have included Sir Edmund Hillary, Neil Diamond, Paul Newman, Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Joan Sutherland, Sir Nigel Mansell, Mario Andretti, Pete Sampras, Linda Evangelista, the Hon. Pat Farmer, Layne Beachley, Cathy Freeman, Andre Agassi, Bon Jovi and many more…. Davson was recently a significant sponsor of Pat Farmer’s epic run from the North Pole to the South Pole through the Americas as documented in his book “Pole to Pole” run. Pat Farmer was visiting Davson’s studio gallery to discuss the progress of a major painting she is creating as the official artist to the Pole to Pole event, when the Fairfax news photographer arrived recently. Both athlete and artist have received comments such as “can’t be done”. Both are major achievers in their respective arenas…. A realistic visionary, Davson is … the artist world leaders follow…. Are you ready to consider investing in Davson art (from as little as $5,000 and upwards) and secure your cultural legacy and investment futures.
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