The name of charity auction Art on a Postcard gives away a key criterion: the artworks must be 6in x 4in. But while the pieces up for grabs are small, the event has attracted some big art-world names since launching in 2014. The fun part is that viewers don’t know whose artwork is whose, as the mini masterpieces – some 600 this year by over 250 international artists, including Turner Prize-winner Jeremy Deller and acclaimed Haitian artist Florine Démosthène – are displayed anonymously.
Last year this meant that all three Marina Abramovic artworks went for around £600 – despite speculators being sure they knew exactly which pieces were hers and bids flying through the roof. The highest price achieved thus far was £7,000 for a Harland Miller, while in 2016 a bidder after a Damien Hirst ended up with a stick pig drawing by an unknown artist – for £2,000.
This year, however, all the pieces are by gallery-accredited artists and are being shown in London at WeWork’s Spitalfields space from November 12 to 14, as well as online at Paddle8. Funds raised go to The Hepatitis C Trust campaign to eliminate hepatitis C from the UK by 2025. But can you spot the stars of the show? Is the Untitled neon scrawl of “Rave On” a Deller? We asked Paddle8 consultant Edita Zulic to select her top five – and take a punt on who they are by.
1. Lot 27: Such Great Heights
“This image evokes my curiosity to explore the unknown, travel the world and embrace a path of adventure. It also represents friendships formed along the journey. I wonder if it’s a collage by Steven Quinn?”
2. Lot 99: Dancer
“A beautiful composition, graceful movement and subtle earth tones that flow in harmony and rhythm. Possibly Florine Démosthène?”
3. Lot 130: Link III
“The play of form and colour challenges our perception in this work. I could look at it for hours, day after day, and never get bored. Although it’s abstract and painted on a flat surface, it speaks volumes and dimensions. It could be by British painter Vanessa Jackson.”
4. Lot 224: Fruit Safari
“I can imagine passing by this artwork and smiling every time! It’s humorous and happy. It would brighten my day to the point where I’d want to feel like I am sporting a pair of aviators and a pineapple-print shirt, while surrounded by palm trees. It reminds me of the humorous paintings of Alan Fears.”
5. Lot 471: Untitled
“The combination of precision and imperfection is what intrigues me about this artwork. In charcoal and ink, it could be by Marco Reichert?”