A sculpture moulded by a beloved Vancouver funnyman sold for over $10,000 at the Vancouver Art Gallery's art auction.
Actor, comedian, cannabis enthusiast, and relatively new artist Seth Rogen donated an untitled vase with a pronounced texture and vibrant orange colour — showcasing a glaze he created himself — to the art auction.
Hosted exclusively online by Heffel Fine Art Auction House, the Vancouver Art Gallery 2021 Art Auction | Spring Forward held bidding until 1 p.m. on June 15. Prospective buyers were able to view the pieces online or at the gallery on the Fourth Floor during regular hours.
The final bid on Rogen's piece was $12,000 on June 15; the estimate on the piece was between $3,000 and $5,000.
The highest bid was $120,000 on June 15 on an untitled work by Cindy Sherman; the estimate on the piece was between $70,000 and $90,000.
Vancouver Art Gallery Auction
The auction also featured outstanding artworks by over 30 renowned local and international artists. The works are comprised of various paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, and media works which may all be viewed online.
Anthony Kiendl, Vancouver Art Gallery CEO and Gallery Director, noted that the gallery has been impacted by the "tremendous loss of visitors" and that "by supporting the Gallery through this auction, or even buying a membership, we are able to keep our doors open, support artists and support communities."
Seth Rogen and pottery during the pandemic
Rogen is a huge fan of handmade pottery, which he proudly showcases on his Twitter and Instagram accounts. However, he didn't pick up the artistic pastime during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
While countless people picked up new hobbies to beat lockdown boredom or keep the pandemic blues at bay, working with clay is something the Vancouver-born actor has long enjoyed.
Take a journey through the evolution of the funnyman's pottery prowess and the unique ideas he crafted.