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450 examples of academic art set to sell Oct. 22

Turner Auction + Appraisal will bring to auction Oct. 22 a unique collection of academic artwork representing various mediums.

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present The John Pence Collection of Academic Realists & Abstract Art on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. Pacific time.

The sale will be featured on four platforms: LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable, and eBay. In addition, Turner Auctions + Appraisals’ new, free mobile app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Apps (“Turner Auctions”), is available.

Academic Abstract On Offer

Chocolate painting

"Chocolate" oil on panel by Christopher Pugliese ($300-$500).

John Pence is the founder and owner of the largest art gallery in San Francisco. Furthermore, he is also one of the premier academic realist galleries in the U.S. He recently retired from his eponymous firm after 44 years in business. The online auction Oct. 22 features artworks from Mr. Pence’s personal collection. Works from his gallery are also among the offerings The focus of Mr. Pence’s own assemblage and his gallery is works of academic realists. In addition, his acquisitions involve abstract works. Finally, his collection features significant works from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Pence Collection will be available in two auctions: Oct. 22 and in early 2018.

Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he attended Wabash College for men, where he graduated with a degree in Political Science and Economics. Most noteworthy, he served as a Navy officer for nine years, and a White House Military Aide to President Lyndon Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson.

From Saving to Selling

As a result of his friends and acquaintances admiring his art and his eye, he began selling on the side. Furthermore, in the early 1970s, he moved to San Francisco and decided to open his own gallery, seeking to fill it with works from artists who were local and from New York.

The John Pence Gallery opened in 1974. Throughout this career, his focus has been on artists starting out, supporting their efforts and showcasing their work as a patron, mentor, friend and admirer. He has now retired.

Feature Lots

In conclusion, artwork from his collection, including those by artists whose work exhibited at his gallery, featured in the auction include:
• “Green Light” oil on panel, James McVicker ($600-$800).
• Pastel “House Shadows,” John Worthey ($200-$400).
• “Chocolate” oil on panel, Christopher Pugliese ($300-$500).

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