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  • Eliasson draws inspiration from nature with elements such as light, water, fog and glaciers to create works that bring a greater sense of awareness in the way we engage with and interpret the environment. His watercolours are subtle illusions of space and light, created through the repeated application of thin, transparent washes onto a single sheet of paper. The effect of the artwork is intensified by this elusive dialogue between pigmented layers of paint and patches of empty space. 

    • Provenance

      Donated by the artist

    • Artist Biography

      Olafur Eliasson

      Danish-Icelandic • 1967

      Conceptual artist Olafur Eliasson was born in Copenhagen, Denmark to parents who had emigrated from Iceland. Characterized by a lack of traditional materiality, Eliasson’s work is typically quite simple and clean in appearance. Known for engaging with environmental issues, the artist often creates immersive works that activate the senses beyond just sight. Due to his consistent interest in light, Eliasson’s practice has been compared to both James Turrell and Dan Flavin. 

      One of his most popular installations, The Weather Project, 2003, saw Eliasson fill the entirety of Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern with light from an artificial Sun. Another project, New York City Waterfalls, 2008, became one of the most expensive public art installations ever, with a cost exceeding $15 million. The artist has been collected by institutions like the Guggenheim, the Kunstmuseum Basel and the National Gallery of Art, among others.

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Property Sold to Benefit the Yinka Shonibare Foundation


Spheres of power and care #2

signed and dated 'Olafur Eliasson 2016' lower right
watercolour on paper
31.1 x 41 cm (12 1/4 x 16 1/8 in.)
Executed in 2016.

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£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £11,340

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London Auction 15 December 2020