A RARE opportunity to snap up paintings by Merseyside artist George Jardine takes place at an auction next week.
A total of seven artworks are going under the hammer with estimated prices starting at £300 and rising to £700.
Royal College of Art-trained artist Jardine was born in 1920 and lived in Wallasey for his entire life.
He was greatly influenced by the Surrealist movement of the 1930s, developing a unique style drawing on the female nude, natural creatures and landscapes to create a highly personal vision of the world.
Jardine taught graphics at Liverpool College of Art for 37 years.
He died in 2002, at the age of 82.
The paintings have been put on the market by Angela Baker, whose late dad Brian Blades was a friend of Jardine’s.
Angela, of Woolton, said: “They would exchange pictures they liked which is how we ended up with the Jardine paintings which are now being auctioned.
“ They have been in the family at least 30 years.
“They have become difficult to store without them deteriorating.
“We felt they should be out there being enjoyed by people who are aficionados of George’s work.”
Richard Hopkinson, head of paintings for Bonhams northern region, said: “Jardine was very much his own man.
“He was a Surrealist painter and his art doesn’t look like anything else that was being painted in Liverpool at that time.”
The paintings are included in an auction of artworks at Bonhams Chester saleroom on Wednesday, March 6, starting at 11am. Full details at www.bonhams.com/auctions/21120