Art collectors are on the lookout for precious paintings in the area

On the hunt: Jim Elder from Elder Fine Arts with two precious paintings they have collected.
On the hunt: Jim Elder from Elder Fine Arts with two precious paintings they have collected.

Following art sales of precious paintings around Australia, art collectors are on the lookout and the South Coast of South Australia is a top location.

In recent times it has become apparent to collectors that unique and ‘lost’ masterpieces are often being found in regional locations according to Jim Elder from Elder Fine Arts.

“Who knows what unknown treasures may be languishing in back rooms, dusty shops and old sheds.”

“An Ivor Hele, a Dorrit Black, a Norman Lindsay, a Horace Trenerry, a Boyd or a Namatjira?" He said.

Earlier this year a painting by Sir Hans Heysen was discovered and sold for a record price at auction.

The auction saw famous Bushman Jack Absalom and restaurateur Jason Duffield battle it out, Mr Absalom wanting to add the piece to his art gallery and Mr Duffield wanting to display the piece in Sir Heysens hometown, Hahndorf.

The auction ended when Mr Duffield ultimately came out on top, paying $110,000 to secure the piece.

Mr Elder said he is hopeful people will realise that the market for art is expanding greatly as is the love toward South Australian artists.

“A lot of paintings by South Australian artists are becoming popular on a national and international base.” 

“Heysens work in South Australia has become immensely popular but has always been popular ever since he started.”

One of Mr Elders favourite South Australian artists is Pro Hart, due to his close association with the man.

“He was a gentleman that people admitted not only because his work but because his personality and how he portrayed himself to the national public.”