Monday, October 29, 2012

London Guide: Affordable Art Fair

I had a fantastic weekend full of art and cooking.
I went to the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea this Saturday,
and I was seriously impressed (and wishing I had a few more months
of work to prop up my bank account and fund a few purchases).
Unfortunately, the Fair is now over for this year, but I would
recommend checking it out next year to anyone interested in art.

As I said, I visited the Battersea location, but the Fair is also held
in Hampstead Heath, which I would assume would make for some
excellent surroundings and quite a nice fall day out.

I purchased my ticket online in advance (about 2 hours before arriving)
for £12 to avoid waiting in the queue once I got to the venue,
which was in Battersea Park - just past the boating lake and overshadowed
by the imposing, architectural wonder that is Battersea Power Station.

"Affordable" in this context means £40 to £4,000.  The Fair is set up
with different stalls for each gallery, exhibiting the artwork of a number
of different artists.  The Fair also featured a number of workshops,
activities for kids, coffee and cake stands and a wine bar.
Overall, the atmosphere was pretty amazing.

Being at the Fair felt like being at a gallery - but not a gallery
full of tourists, one filled with art lovers who were excited about 
what they were seeing and who were looking for something they loved.

The following are some of my favourites from the day. 
I've tried to include information about the artists and gallery,
and I've used my own photos were possible. I was in a bit of a hurry
taking the photos, so some of they certainly are not the best.

Nadia Tsakova:

Carla Vize-Martin:

David Eustace:

I have a bunch of names written down and still can't work out who this is, but I love it:

Richard Roberts:

I really liked these mixed media prints by Orson Kartt.
If I bought anything in my price range, it probably would have been one of these (£125 each).
I know these print-on-book-page prints are all over Etsy, but
Orson Kartt uses apt books and witty tag lines to create a cohesive print.

 I also really loved these book shelf prints by Phil Shaw.
He scans in the images of the books and then paints/prints over them.
If you look closer, the book titles are not what they seem (see more here).

This Kate Middleton painting was done on the pages of Romeo and Juliet,
with Anna Karenina hanging next to it.

Claire Brewster:

Emma Johnson:

Tobias Till's London A-Z:

Charlotte Farmer's Around the World in 20 Globes:

Cinema Redux of Jaws by Brendan Dawes:

Rob Ryan at TAG Fine Arts:

Movie posters by Brandon Schaefer:

Up with the Larks by Gail Brodholt:

Harland Miller:

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