Modern & Contemporary Prints

Modern & Contemporary Prints


Launched in January 2017, Sworders Modern and Contemporary Prints department now conducts two specialist sales each year. The department is headed by Shane Xu who brings a wealth of expertise to a burgeoning market. Our Modern and Contemporary Prints sales are a culmination of years of work and study, building up detailed knowledge of artists and the market, while focusing on what buyers and sellers want on an international basis.

The sales are diverse, catering for all tastes and budgets, offering works by leading British and international printmakers such as David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama, Damien Hirst and Banksy. Realised prices reflect the growth in demand for Prints which are proving a hugely popular way to engage new audiences in art collecting due to their affordability and accessibility.

Highlights include Andy Warhol’s ‘Tomato-Beef Noodle O's, From Campbell's Soup II’ which topped the November 2017 sale achieving £13,000 plus buyer’s premium and Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Tulipe (I)’ which sold for £9,100 plus buyer’s premium.

To find out more about our forthcoming sales or talk further about potential consignments, please contact Shane on the email below.


Patrick Hughes "Reverspective"

British born artist Patrick Hughes invented the optical illusion coined “reverspective”. He constructs wedge-shaped blocks of wood painted with scenes of interior spaces, including this gallery scene titled 'JAZZ', hung with iconic works from the Henri Matisse Jazz Portfolio. As viewers move along the artwork, the compositions appear to move. Estimate. £2,500-3,500.



Our specialists

Our specialists hold regular valuation days. Please contact us for more information, or complete the form below to enquire about the valuation of your items. 

Shane Xu

Shane Xu

Shane came to Sworders in early 2017 with 6 years experience in the modern and contemporary prints department at a leading London auction house. Before immersing herself in the art world, Shane was a financial analyst for a Fortune 500 company in Shanghai.


T: 01279 817778

Request a valuation

If you're considering the sale of your items, we are happy to offer a free online valuation service. Please fill out the form and press the 'Submit' button below. Expect to hear from the appropriate valuer as soon as possible.

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