Memories from Albion Barn

Memories from Albion Barn

Collector and gallerist Michael Hue-Williams shares insights and stories about some of the key artists he's worked with over his long career.

Collector and gallerist Michael Hue-Williams shares insights and stories about some of the key artists he's worked with over his long career.

Albion Barn, Oxfordshire, England. 


Tony Bevan

Lot 10: Tony Bevan Wall (PC982), 1998. Estimate: £30,000 - 50,000. 

“This series of works are all loosely based on self-portraits - we showed them to great acclaim and published three books for Tony - who remains a friend to this day.”


Sir David Adjaye

Lot 18: Sir David Adjaye Type I - Giza (from the Monoform series), 2007. Estimate: £12,000 - 18,000.

“I commissioned David to make a pavilion - entitled Horizon and a group of granite furniture sculptures. His source material was ancient historic sites - Giza, Galilee, Petra. We showed these together in London - but also in Rome, Kubich, Moscow and Chicago. We are currently building a small house in London with David’s practice.”


Grayson Perry

Lot 2: Grayson Perry Selfie with Political Causes, 2018. Estimate: £6,000 - 8,000.

“Grayson cannot be ignored. Funny and with a uniquely British sense of humor: he never ducks the issue or lets you off the hook. We have a number of his works that always draw a wry smile.”


Jaume Plensa

Lot 4: Jaume Plensa Sun-Moon, 2001. Estimate: £12,000 - 18,000.

“Jaume and I started working with each other 30 years ago and we hung his first shows together. I am not very good with a power drill. His work incorporates his fascination with language, transparency and materials.”


Ian McKeever

Lot 5: Ian McKeever Assumption (appearance), 1997-1998. Estimate: £12,000 - 18,000.

“lan is one of the finest abstract painters in Britain. His work comes from his love of landscape and of the poets Blake, Donne and Milton.”


Douglas Gordon

Lot 12: Douglas Gordon Monster Reborn, 1996-2002. Estimate: £10,000 - 15,000.

“Douglas is a friend and an artist I greatly admire. Duality is a fundamental part of his practice; good and bad, left and right, Jekyll and Hyde. Transformation is central to his thinking.”


Edmund de Waal

Lot 13: Edmund de Waal Two works: (i) Porcelain Pot; (ii) Porcelain Pot. Estimate: £4,000 - 6,000.

“Ed and I were at Cambridge together and his fascination with Japanese culture runs deep. His ceramics and his writing have now found a massive audience.”


Richard Long

Lot 8: Richard Long Rock Drawings: An Eight Day Walk in the Rimrock Area of the Mojave Desert Southern California, 1994. Estimate: £2,000 - 3,000.

“As a group of images, I always admired these works, and Paragon Press is simply the best print publisher in the UK.”


Susan Derges

Lot 20: Susan Derges Twelve Works, 2000. Estimate: £2,000 - 3,000.

“Susan to me is part of the long tradition of British photography experimentation, that begun with Fox Talbot. Made at Kingswood in Kent these images are made without the use of a lens.”


Andy Goldsworthy

Lot 32: Andy Goldsworthy Two works: (i) Untitled; (ii) Untitled, 1989. Estimate: £2,500 - 3,500.

“One of my longest and closest artist relationships. His work is so subtle and beautiful, and, for me, connects to Yves Klein and Lee Ufan. A fascination with the transitory nature of all states of being.”

Lot 55: Andy Goldsworthy Cold wind | work partly collapsed | difficult day | looty encouraging me on, Grise Fiord, Ellesmere Island 5 April 1989, 1989. Estimate: £2,000 - 3,000.

“Made during his extraordinary 'Touching North' series in 1989 in Greenland and at the North Pole. These works were a starting point for my long fascination with Andy's work.”