Sarah Raphael in David Inshaw mood
Bonhams London sale of Modern British & Irish Art coming up on September 16 has so many lovely things (with estimates to match), including several pieces by Alan Reynolds and this outstanding acrylic by Sarah Raphael (1960–2001), A Member of the Family (1990). Michael Glover wrote about this work in the Independent in 2013, comparing Raphael’s vision to those of Samuel Palmer and Stanley Spencer. Some of her gorgeous landscapes undoubtedly have a superficial Spencerian ring about them, but this makes me think more of Paul Nash (the lines of poles, the clump of rounded bushes and the Silbury Hill-like cone – the top of a half-hidden hay rick?), and particularly David Inshaw: all those landscape elements – a little Italianised at the top – with one male and three female figures caught in a critical moment of fraught engagement, to us completely mysterious. And it’s only £6,000–8,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium).