The work, titled Poverty Over was unveiled at Southwark Cathedral in January 2011 by Christian Aid Director Loretta Minghella, after which it toured Britain's cathedrals in a three-year journey to provoke debate about how Christians can meet the demands of their faith by challenging poverty around the world.


It was designed and created in 2010 by renowned architectural glass artist Mel Howse, who lives and works from studios in Chichester. The sculpture's message is in the juxtaposition of two huge spun steel vessels, the glass enamelled interiors of which represent inverted human eyes. The surreal and evocative piece draws the viewer in with its elevated and conspicuous eye representing society's conscious. As the viewer approaches, the second eye, the eye of poverty, looks up from the deep interior of the lower bowl.

Mel Howse, who was present at the unveiling, said the work was intended to explore the gap between people who are living in poverty and those who are not. "The juxtaposition of the two vessels implies that one vessel brings attention to the other. In essence they are the same. Poverty is staring at us and can be uncomfortable to witness. But once we have seen, the challenge is to act," she said.

Ms Howse is an experimental glass artist who pushes the boundaries within her commissions. Her largest work is a 500m2 glass façade hand made in fired enamels for a flagship Sainsbury store. Her most unusual piece is the Artbath, a domestic bath with an interior design in vitreous enamel.

Ewbank's will waive its usual commission to further benefit Christian Aid.


One of the most valuable pieces in the sale is an an abstract composition by Emily Kame Kngwarreye (1910-1966) an Aboriginal artist who became one of the most prominent and successful artists in the history of contemporary indigenous Australian art. Emily was born in Utopia, a remote desert area 150 miles north-east of Alice Springs. For virtually two-thirds of her life she had only sporadic contact with the outside world and it was not until she reached the age of about 80 that she started to paint. However, she became an artist of national and international standing almost overnight, producing more than 3,000 paintings in the course of her eight-year career, an average of one per day. Her art was inspired by her cultural life as an Anmatyerre elder, and her lifelong custodianship of the women's Dreaming sites in her clan Country, Alhalkere.

The work in Ewbank's sale was purchased from the Barry Stern Gallery in Padington, New South Wales, 1996 and has been consigned by the executors of the owner's estate. Created with synthetic polymer paint on canvas, it is signed on the reverse and is estimated at £15 000-25 000.


Cosmic Rhinoceros by surrealist Salvador Dali (1904-1989) number 307 of a limited edition of 350 will be going under the gavel with an estimate of £600 -1 000.

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