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A Pandemic Art Auction Across the Pond

Updated: Apr 29, 2021

By Frieda Hughes / Wales

Dear Insiders,

Hello there, and I hope this finds you all well! I’ve been rather quiet over here for a while, working on the renovation of my new studios. But I really want to share this with you, although I realise we are on separate landmasses (there is always DHL 😊). I’m trying to let as many people know as possible!

My exciting news is that four paintings I sold many years ago are being offered at auction at Woolley and Wallis in Salisbury (UK) on 12th May, together with a child’s chair that my mother, Sylvia Plath, painted for me and my brother. If you know anyone who might be interested, please point them in the right direction! Links below.

Thank you so much!

I’m also having an exhibition at the Chris Beetles Gallery in London for the week of 26th October. If any of you happen to be in the UK then, and are at a loose end, just let me know and come and join me:


YELLOW SKY 20/9/96

oil on canvas

4ft x 6 ft.

(121.5 X 183 cm)

Sunset over the West Australian desert with a couple of lovers walking through it, to the bottom left.


Oil on canvas over board

19 x 15 inches (approx.)

(49.5 x 39.3 cm)

Sunset over scrubland in Western Australia


Oil on canvas over board

19 x 15 inches (approx.)

(49.5 x 39.3 cm)

Cloud forming over the West Australian bush


40 x 32 inches (approx.)

(102.2 x 82.2cm)

Oil painting of a moonlit hillside of sheep

The child’s chair that my mother, Sylvia Plath, painted for me when I was a small child

18 ½ x 11 x 11 ½ inches (approx.)

(47 x 28 x 29cm)

For current paintings and prices, please visit my website:

And if you would like to hear me reading my poems, please visit my YouTube channel:

I think that’s everything! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Frieda X


Born in London in 1960, Frieda Hughes is a poet and figurative and abstract painter. She was the U.K. Times Poetry columnist from 2006 – 2008, and has also written a number of children’s books, and numerous articles for magazines and newspapers over the years, about poetry, motorbikes and gardening among other things.

Her poetry collections to date include Wooroloo, Stonepicker, Waxworks, Forty-Five, The Book of Mirrors, Alternative Values and Out of the Ashes. Alternative Values became her first illustrated collection when Frieda used the subject of her poems to inform the accompanying abstract images.

One of Frieda’s recent exhibitions was in Chichester Cathedral, and included paintings from Alternative Values, and a mammoth project, ‘400 DAYS’, an abstract visual diary of 400 consecutive days painted in oils on 400 canvases. The finished work was approximately 13 feet high and 29 feet long, but is now being sold as individual pieces.

Frieda’s most recent poetry collection, Out of the Ashes, is a selection from four of her earlier collections, and was published in 2018 by Bloodaxe Books UK. She is currently working on two new collections and an art exhibition that is scheduled (coronavirus permitting) for the week of November 16th this year, at the Chris Beetles Gallery in London.



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