Creighton-Davis Gallery

1440 Grand Ave. Ste. A, San Marcos, California 92078

About Auction House

Creighton-Davis Gallery is currently located in San Marcos, California. We receive, research, catalog and photograph fine works of art in this facility and in other satellite locations when appropriate. Creighton-Davis operates primarily as a auction gallery, liquidating estates, dealer overstocks, collections and other fine works of art from a variety of sources. Creighton-Davis acquires art from estates, private collections, museums, and other secondary sources and is always looking to purchase fine individual works or distinctive collections. Among the artists whose works are frequently ava...Read More
ilable are Rembrandt, Durer, Corot, Renoir, Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Miro, Chagall, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rouault, Magritte, Marsh, Bearden, Motherwell, Warhol, Stella, Lichtenstein, Dine, Hockney, Clemente, Dubuffet, and Chia, and probably well over 100 other artists.Read Less

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    Thanksgiving Sale

    Tom Wesselmann was an American Pop artist who gained popularity during the 1960s for his figurative style of painting. Creighton-Davis Gallery offers the work of Tom Wesselmann in their upcoming Thanksgiving Sale. The available lot is a still life of objects such as a framed picture and several flower vases. “The prime mission of my art is to make figurative art as exciting as abstract art,” he once said.  Among other pieces of fine art, a drawing by a French-Russian artist, Marc Chagall, is highlighted. Created in 1946, the framed artwork entitled Yizkor - The prayer of remembrance is scribbled with brown ink on paper. The auction also highlights multiple works of Pop Art such as Mel Ramos’s set of three color lithographs. The works of Ramos often combine female nudes with the concept of capitalism. Depicting the figure of Marilyn Monroe, the lithograph set is rendered in yellow, pink, and purple. Explore more of these items and register to bid online on Bidsquare

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    November Close Out Sale of Fine and Decorative Art and Photographs

    The November Close Out of Fine and Decorative Art and Photographs auction offered by Creighton-Davis Gallery is anchored by paintings and prints by well-known and anonymous artists alike. A lithograph by American pop artist Tom Wesselmann titled Still Life with Liz is particularly featured. Another of his works, Monica Sitting with Mondrian, can also be found in this sale. Other key artists in this auction include Marc Chagall, Damien Hirst, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, and Pablo Picasso. Several photographs by Ansel Adams are highlighted, as well as two sets of movie star photos by American photographer George Hurrell. These sets include photos of stars such as Jean Harlow, John Crawford, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, and Greta Garbo. One scandalous photo in the collection is Jane Russell in the Hay, which became one of Hurrell’s most recognized pictures as a pin-up. View any of these lots and register to bid on Bidsquare.

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    September Fine and Decorative Art Sale

    The Creighton Davis Gallery September Fine and Decorative Art Sale features over 270 paintings, sculptures, and photographs from some of the most recognizable names in modern art.  Containing several delicate pen and ink drawings by luminaries like Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall, the auction offers a rare chance to compliment important collections with works that show the artist’s creative process as well as unmistakable hand.  It is interesting how unmistakable a Chagall sketch is, with broken lands and swirled pen, especially when placed next to a Picasso continuous line drawing. These quiet pieces are juxtaposed next to bold screen prints and lithographs, as well as works of landscape, sculpture, and photography in this highly eclectic auction.  Instantly recognizable in artistic style as well are two bold and vibrant screen prints from Tom Wesselmann, notably his 1993 Still Live with Liz.  This inclusion is a testament to recent interest in late 80s and 90s pieces, en vogue once again.  There is a Damien Hirst Minnie from his “Mickey Mouse” Portfolio, a Mel Ramos lithograph series of Marilyn Monroe, and a complete set of ten important movie star photos signed by George Hurrell and numbered.  Complimenting this modern theme of celebrity are beautiful pieces of contemporary art, including several Arthur Secunda etchings, Rufino Tamayo lithographs, and Tie-Feng Jiang hand-pulled serigraphs.  There are also 19th and 20th century fine oil paintings, including many landscapes and portraits, as well as sculpture from this era, mostly of the female form. And the auction remains within reach for many collectors, with bids beginning from $40-$35,000.  For the complete auction catalogue and to register to bid go to Bidsquare. 

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    Mid-Summer Fine Art and Photography Sale

    Modern art’s influence within the last century has been infectious, to say the least. Classical realism began to fade with the rise of impressionism, opening the floodgates to an entirely new generation of artistic forms and styles. The 20th century and contemporary art are on full display in the upcoming Mid-Summer Fine Art and Photography Sale presented by Creighton-Davis Gallery.  Leading the way in this auction are three coordinating pieces from the pop artist Tom Wesselmann, a founder of the international pop art and screen-printing movement. Depicting a still life in one massive painting and a modernist nude in two others, Wesselmann’s style established a precedent for the following decades of modern art. International art also plays a significant role in this auction, with a series of serigraph works from Jiang Tie-Feng, a Chinese artist whose layered paintings walk the line between abstraction and realism.  Photography from Ansel Adams, abstract sculptures from Helen Finch, and countless other imaginative works are contained within this auction. With estimates ranging from $100 to $60,000, this sale has pieces perfect for both the casually interested and the established collector. View the full catalog and register to bid on Bidsquare. 

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    Not Just an Auction but Experience with Creighton-Davis Gallery

    Imagine being a part of an auction so huge that includes great artworks of eminent artists ranging from Marc Chagall to Charles Bragg. The exquisite pieces of art, photograph and sculpture being auctioned by Creighton-Davis Gallery on 10th April, 2019 will guarantee an experience into the world that transcends time and space. Creighton-Davis comprises a collection of artworks from fine individual works and rare collections. So you might ask… Who are the artisans behind the brush strokes of these beautiful artworks? What is the history carried by the paintings? What are the most intriguing items among the catalogue? These are a few questions we’d love to help you out with in this review: Walking Cat from the "Cats" suite This painting is a creation of an influential Dutch painter, Karel Appel. The painting illustrates figurative abstractions. In broader term, the painting is an abstract art that holds elements of the real world as their focused subject. This extraordinary item in the collection employs eloquent colors and forms. Unlike many other painters, ‘children’ where what inspired the artist. He found his voice through denying the sophisticated and strict rules in the painting. He believed that painting is an emotion full of truth and to paint is to sabotage what existed in the past, rather than just fill colors in a paper. He strove to build a piece of life. He loved the way kids don't spend too long thinking about picture or what colors they're going to use and just use their instincts. You might even interpret that the painting looks somewhat childish. But that’s the whole point. It is free of any constricted boundaries that the world generally expects to see. Karel Appel liked his paintings to be a space where he could simply express through colors. He implies that everyone should use just their instincts. What do you think of the peculiar creatures he has painted? Crawford, Earl Stetson, American 1877-1965 Similarly, the above astounding piece of art is the work of Earl Crawford. We can see that the artwork consists of a woman and child on Village Street moving along with their everyday life. The artist has drawn this piece with pencil colors. Although, if we look closer, he has added a touch of…