Laurens Legiers - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale Hong Kong Friday, October 6, 2023 | Phillips
  • Drawing from his signature use of nautical motifs, Laurens Legiers’s Ship in the Evening Light depicts a lone vessel sailing amongst a backdrop of repeating mountains. Drawing inspiration from the seascapes and atmospheric qualities of the Romantic period, Legiers employs rounded natural forms in his paintings to craft gentle, painterly visuals that veer into the realm of the surreal. Instead of relying on specific references, he fully embraces his memory and imagination during his artistic process to yield compositions that remain legible, even in the absence of specific details or geographically recognisable elements.


    To portray idealised representations of reality in his paintings, Legiers utilises a technique of delicately dabbing his brush numerous times, resulting in a nuanced texture. This is accomplished through a restricted color palette, which effectively hides any visible brushstrokes. Simultaneously, the artist purposely embraces brushstroke-dominant elements to highlight the presence of water and light, as evidenced in the present painting by the glassy waves atop which the ship with an undulating sail floats. Suspended in time, Legiers’ paintings meticulously balance the serene and ominous, and the familiar and mysterious.

    Legiers graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 2018. His first solo exhibition in the United States, titled if only, was shown at Nicodim Gallery from 16 March - 29 April 2023. The artist currently works and lives in Antwerp, Belgium. 


    In September of last year, Phillips set the artist's current top record at auction with the sale of Four Ships (2020) which hammered down for USD 44,100 with buyer's premium, against a pre-auction estimate of USD 5,000-7,000. His second top record at auction was set by Phillips in Hong Kong in March 2023. 

    The artist in his studio
    © PLUS-ONE Gallery
    • Provenance

      PLUS-ONE Gallery, Antwerp
      Private Collection
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Antwerp, PLUS-ONE Gallery, Soft Thoughts, 1 - 25 October 2020


Ship in the Evening Light

signed, titled and dated 'LEGIERS "SHIP IN THE EVENING LIGHT" 2020' on the stretcher
oil on canvas, in artist's frame
work 50 x 40 cm. (19 5/8 x 15 3/4 in.)
frame 52 x 42 cm. (20 1/2 x 16 1/2 in.)

Painted in 2020.

Full Cataloguing

HK$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for HK$88,900

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 7 October 2023