My participation in the second Roy’s People Art Fair, which took place at The Bargehouse, OXO Tower in London, is the last (for a few weeks at least) of a blur of constant creative and commercial activity this year.
“The Merry Wives of Windsor” published 1910
Robert Robinson is popular on the art fair circuit exhibiting his books and cut-outs, with subjects including superheros and Alice in Wonderland. He was my neighbour at the recent The Other Art Fair but we never had the chance to talk as were so busy. In complete contrast, Lucy Stevens combines sound and imagery in ongoing explorations into, as her website says, “the acoustic ecology of the natural environment”, specifically birdsong.
I didn’t have the chance to listen to her recordings but found the imagery intriguing so please visit her website to learn more.
I’m now looking forward to slowing down a little for a while.
It’s pretty obvious that I’m a rabid fan of The Other Art Fair, both as exhibitor and visitor with the recent event no different.
I love the exciting environment as well as the supportive community of artists and that you can see and buy fabulous art directly from the creators themselves. I really enjoy getting to know the artists and having that personal connection with the maker of whatever it is I admire or have bought. Anyway, I’ll stop eulogising and show you some photos of work I fell in love with this time.
Just round the corner from my stand was South Korean artist Cheolyu Kim who brought everything over in one suitcase. His fantastical and unsettling compositions are rooted in his childhood close to the border with North Korea.
Hildegard Pax ‘s dichroic glass sculptures are fresh and delicate yet powerful, influencing the space around them, even this small piece with paper.
More to follow in my next post.
I haven’t been out and about as much as usual as have been busy with tight deadlines so, as there’s now just a week to go till The Other Art Fair I’ve been exclusively focussed on the studio developing new work to exhibit. Here are a few snaps of a couple of pieces that’ll be on my stand (No. 48).
Energy (dark ground) 100 x 80cm
This canvas, tentatively named Energy (dark ground), is one of a pair finished only a few days ago during the very cold spell when the pipes in my studio froze. I’m a bit obsessed with a dark ground at the moment – it has something to do with an intensity of mood. I had planned to paint a series of three ( I have a thing for triptychs) but then received my stand layout (No. 48) which doesn’t allow for 3 large pieces in a row. Never mind, they work as single paintings too.
I work ideas out through drawing and studies: this one developed from the small piece below, itself one of a series.
Dark Study (1) 18 x 13cm
One of my nightmares is naming work so please send me any suggestions – they are always welcome and I look forward to meeting you at the show.
Artists and designers have and always will be, inspired by nature. These two makers, seen at Made London, are a case in point.
Bridget Bailey’s exquisite interpretation of bird eggs made from textiles and feathers caught my eye, quite a change from her earlier insects and moths (see a previous post)
as did the work of another textile artist, Amanda Cobbett, who is completely obsessed with nature. Her highly reflective display boxes didn’t permit decent photos of these fungi so please visit her website for better imagery
And those red dots below are from my camera, not some aberration on the mushroom.
To see more of Bridget’s work, visit Clockwork Studio’s Christmas Open Studios 8th – 10th December
The principle of this blog is to be read in less than a minute so my intent is for you to be able to look into the connections further at your leisure. Whilst events have already taken place, many will recur including this one next year (dates at the end)
The first Roy’s People Art Fair took place in September, only ten days after The Other Art Fair Bristol and had a varied selection of artists including the ubiquitous Rod McIntosh showing a wall of tonda
and Sarah Needham with her colour field paintings, so much more impressive in real life than on screen.
I’ll be exhibiting at the next Roy’s People Art Fair at the OXO Bargehouse London 12th – 15th April 2018.
This is the last of the group posts showing Abigail Bowen’s smaller paintings,
one of regular exhibitor Ali Yanya’s prints,
Clare Cutts‘ moody treescape print and
Elaine Kazimierczuk’s colourful garden paintings.
Still feeling inspired by artists I showed with at The Other Art Fair in Bristol. Here are more shots showing the wide variety of art as I whipped round before opening time.
Michelle Loa Kum Cheung’s landscapes,
Olivier Leger’s intricately detailed drawings, and Sara Dare’s suggestive abstract paintings.It’s not just me is it? The last post in this series follows next week.