Friday 25 October 2019

"Accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days you are the statue"


We are thrilled to be selling this incredible artwork in our Antiques and Interiors Sale Wednesday 30th October 2019.

Lot 278

'Day to Day' by artist Graham Short

The oak box has a Single Stem Display Microscope 250x and contains an engraving on the end tip of a Paper Clip.  The engraving reads "Accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days you are the statue".  The quote is taken from the character David Brent in the mockumentary series The Office.
Estimate £20,000 - £25,000

Known as the "world's smallest engraver" for his miniature art masterpieces, master engraver Graham Short has dedicated more than half his life to engraving.  In 1974 after a six year apprenticeship he set up a one man engraving business and soon developed a prestigious list of clients including Rolls Royce, the National Gallery and Vivienne Westwood.

Graham Short's creative methods are unconventional to say the least.  When he works he straps his arm down to ensure that his controlled movements are as precise as possible.  Graham is a dedicated swimmer and pursues an active lifestyle to keep his heart beating as slowly as possible.  Due to the vibration that the traffic causes during the day he works only at night and often meets the dawn as it rises.  Each piece of artwork can take up to eight months to complete.

After a national newspaper discovered this incredible gift the demand for work was immediate, his first exhibition was a sell out and he became known as "The Hands of Genius".  From pens to coins, paper clips to razor blades Graham Short has inscribed these items with quotes ranging from the literati of the last couple of centuries to the sometimes irreverent soundbites of contemporary songwriters.  Producing around four pieces per year he is now regarded as one of the most talented living artists in the world today.

This is an opportunity to purchase something truly unique.  
Come and see for yourself.  
Viewing is on Saturday 26th October 10am - 1pm and Tuesday 29th October 2pm-6pm and morning of Auction from 9am.

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