Barefoot Opera Art Auction

Lot 31: Three

Artist: Laetitia Yhap
Media: oil on board
Dimensions: oval 51 x 65 cm
Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000
Date: 1991

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“Three” comes from a period when I was moving away from the exclusive focus of 25 years; Fishing life on the Stade, Hastings.

Bottle Alley has a strange ambience, this half underground passage cum corridor links Hastings to St Leonards: you experience the view of the sea framed as it were, by the regular concrete supports of the promenade above.

~ Laetitia Yhap 2020

Artist’s links:

My Vital Life – Laetitia Yhap at 80 exhibition at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

Laetitia Yhap on Art UK

Artist’s biography:

Born in 1941 in the Blitz in London to an Austrian mother and a Chinese father.

1958-62 Studied at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts

1962-63 Travelled in Italy for a year on a Leverhulme Scholarship studying Renaissance art & Architecture.

1963-65 Postgraduate Slade School of Fine Art UCL

1968-73 Three Solo exhibitions at Piccadilly Gallery London

1988-89 Major Touring Exhibition ‘The Business of the Beach’: Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, Orion Gallery, Newlyn, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, Camden Art Centre, London, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

1992 Solo Exhibition ‘Elements’, Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

1993 Solo Exhibition ‘Life at the Edge’, Charleston Farmhouse

1994 Solo Exhibition ‘Bound by the Sea’ The Gymnasium, Berwick on Tweed

More recently:

2009 ‘The Catch’ solo exhibition; Memorial Art Gallery, Hastings, with biographical film by Mark French.

2011 Fishing for a Living in Hastings and Newlyn with Vince Bevan, photographer Stephen Lawrence, Gallery University of Greenwich

2013 Fishermen of Hastings Stade De’Longhi Print Room Pallant House

2015 All Hands: A Time Before Steel Boats, Tractors and Mobiles on the Stade 1974-1995

Works in many public collections: Arts Council of Great Britain, British Council, Contemporary Art Society, Government Art Collection, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Hove Museum and Art Gallery, New Hall Cambridge, Nuffield Foundation, Rugby Museum, South East Arts Collection, Tate Gallery, Unilever, University College London, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool and in private collections in UK, Switzerland & USA.  

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