Renowned artist to auction paintings in memory of friend who died of cancer at age 19


A renowned landscape artist is auctioning off 20 of his striking paintings to raise funds for people with cancer after a friend of his dies from the disease at the age of 19.

James Preston has published works appearing in private collections around the world, including in Tokyo, Zurich, Italy and Spain. His painting will now be auctioned off by Etwall Hansons Auctioneers.

Hansons Art Expert Faye Dodsley said: “Being a creative soul, James has for many years played lead guitar in various rock groups, both professionally and just for fun. “

Mr. Preston has decided to participate in this auction with a selection of works to raise funds for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.

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The money raised will not only support nurses who provide essential care to people with cancer and their families when they need it most, but will honor one of James’ friends who lost their life to cancer. at the age of just 19, she said.

Ms Dodsley said: “Sadly one of his roadies died of this devastating disease at a very young age many years ago. James never forgot and like many others wanted to support this important charity.

“He is delighted to donate these selected works of art for others to enjoy, knowing that all proceeds will go to a particularly good cause. Together, the paintings could sell for around £ 3,500.

“His work is inspired by Derbyshire, but the oil paintings on offer also include coastal scenes, a lazy river, water lilies, a forest scene with a squirrel and a Christmas cake. His work has an ethereal, peaceful quality. and calming and would suit any home.

“With estimates ranging from £ 40 to £ 100, people can potentially buy an original piece of art at a very affordable price – and support Macmillan cancer research.”

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Mr Preston, from Duffield in Derbyshire, says he is inspired by the countryside that surrounds him and aims to capture its beauty in every painting.

The paintings will be offered at the Hansons Auctioneers antiques and collectors auction at Bishton Hall near Stafford in Staffordshire on Wednesday 12 January.

Estimated Price Ranges for the Auction:

Lot 873, sailboats at Swarkestone Reservoir in Derbyshire, £ 40-100.

Lot 874, Bunker Hill, Quarndon, Derbyshire, £ 40-100.

Lot 863, water lilies, £ 400-500.

Lot 876, In the shade, £ 40- £ 100.

Lot 871, Lazy River, £ 100-200.

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