Top 13 Picks From The Other Art Fair NYC

This week we had the pleasure of spending some time at The New York edition of The Other Art Fair and here our some of our favorite artists that participated in the fair. If you couldn't make it to the event, you can still shop for your favorite pieces on Saatchi Art

"Following seventeen successful editions across the UK and Australia, The Other Art Fair makes it's debut in the creative heart of Brooklyn on June 1-4, 2017 at Greenpoint's Brooklyn Expo Center, presenting 110 talented emerging artists to an audience of art buyers and enthusiasts. Each artist has been handpicked by a Selection Committee of art experts, so visitors can add to their collection with the confidence that they are buying from the very best and most promising emerging artists. 

Celebrated for its unique visitor experience, The Other Art Fair’s inaugural US edition in New York will delight and inspire art lovers with a tightly curated and distinctive program of fair features, creating a platform for the 'unexpected'."


1. Carl Grauer

"By painting the human figure/portrait, I explore the construction of identity, how to render the individvual identity and to the sense of presence in a portrait. I am interested in working with portraiture as art and how to push portraiture further. I have been focusing on rendering two aspects of the human being: the presentation of the self and morphology. Through these two aspects of the psychological and physical, I am interested in the nature of being. We physiologically and psychologically experience a constant metamorphosis. I am interested in the observation of that evolution, how it affects the artifice of the presentation of the self, how to document it; and finally, how by the act of creating a portrait, the art itself acquires an identity of its own."


2. Melissa Herrington

My aim is to create abstract paintings that are contemplative and evocative. The organic quality of my textured marks lends an ephemeral feeling, images imply fluidity. This “unfinished” surface represents an unfolding of possibility. I use the transparent stains and the opaqueness of color. I explore spontaneous, gestural marks and subtle forms through abstraction. I attempt to show the steps of picture making. Layers are integral to my imagery and process; I use underpainting, graphite lines and subtractive techniques to infuse a work with multiple surfaces. These pieces are about process, one mark leads to the next. My work examines the theme of transformation.


3. Karen Thomas

Karen Thomas (b.1963/UK) is acclaimed for her pop-culture figures and loosely dynamic painting style. While her infamous superhero collections reconstruct well-known characters’ identities with wild expressionism, her postcard collectibles transpose celebrities into small, but utterly enigmatic portraits. In doing so, Karen Thomas has created a distinguished style, recognisable for its thick and vivacious brushstrokes.


4. Patti Samper

My work represents on ongoing study of color and its relationship to patterns, lines, shapes and spaces concealed or overlooked within the distractions of daily life.

It is inspired by routines in social environments or from a singular aspect of life. From the mundane to more complex themes, I see patterns and spaces emerge from shapes and lines.  I explore color to create an alternate reality, to manifest emotion and individualism of the subjects, and for the balance of the whole. I continuously study the role of color within this relationship and its effects.


5. Phyllis Gorsen

In my recent paintings, I focus on how the commonality of shared patterns connects people together.

I explore this through a duality of abstraction and representation. The abstraction comes in the form of vibrant and dynamic geometric compositions that upon further exploration reveals elements of the familiar and commonplace. I consider these representational components; some are recognizable and others that are symbolic interpretations of various facets of the human experience such as language, technology, spirituality, environment, culture, etc. These components are surrounded and injected with the strong lines on the canvas which bridge and connect them together, illustrating how these elements form a shared, communal bond. 

6. April Zanne Johnson

“The paintings are developed through the process of amalgamating my own neurologically produced synesthetic forms, saturated chromatic plains and cipher threads, to create these dreamscape worlds of questionable existence” April Zanne Johnson paints portals into the possibilities that lie beyond our present technology. She is a visual artist who perceives color fields and patterns with sound. This juxtaposition creates the base for meticulously selected form development and colors. Her work melds neurological and landscape imagery. Although her visual parallels are based in science, these painted forms do not exist in the physical world. Rather, they enjoy being suspended in a synesthetic world of infinite possibility

7. Kwaku Osei

Kwaku Osei was raised in the Philadelphia area, he received his B.A. at Temple University and is currently attending Maryland Institute College of Art's M.F.A program. His work deals with satire, identity politics, and the art historical cannon.

8. Kennedy Yanko

Kennedy Yanko is a 3D painter-sculptor based in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Her multi-media genre showcases materials' natural tendencies and encourages their innate modes of expression. Kennedy believes that this kind of mature nurturing of material is fundamental to creating honest pieces of art. wi

9. Faatimah Mohamed-Luke

Faatimah Mohamed-Luke [FML] lives in Cape Town with the husband, the kid and 2 cats. In 2003 she graduated from Cape Technikon with ND: Fashion and also did a year of design encompassing Graphic, Interior, Industrial, Textile and Jewellery design disciplines. Faatimah is a founding partner of successful designer brand, adam&eve and has honed her skills, having participated in numerous fashion weeks and international exhibitions for the last 10 years. 

10. Andrea Marsiano

Painting feels as instinctive to me as breathing.  I paint to communicate, evoke, and inspire.  When working on a composition, I want to be as free and spontaneous as possible.  An improvisational approach, along with impetuous brushstrokes produces work that is honest to me.

Places impact who I am and what I create.  I have traveled to many parts of the world and I have spent years living in Italy, France, and Greece.  My grandparents were born in Sicily, and I live in New York City.  These two places in particular,  influence my paintings.  


11. Lauren Matsumoto

Nature and how we relate to it is the central theme of my work. I employ a hybrid form of painting, drawing and collage as a metaphor for the continual cycle of decay and regeneration on Earth. In each work, I carefully build its history as layers of paint, hand-drawn and printed vintage ephemera, toile, Victorian weaving patterns, barnacles, lichens, webs and other natural elements develop into an eclectic composition. Fauna and flora are protagonists interacting with what humans leave behind in the environment– ranging from a Louis XV chair to a muscle car or vintage radio. Paper scraps and fragments of what we leave behind as a civilization address the transience of our era. Old and new come together in my work, celebrating nature, memory and the cycle of life.

12. Dean West

A wide range of environments and character types are explored in the works of New York City-based Dean West. The Australian-born (1983) artist who studied at the Queensland College of Art, is best known for his intricate and highly staged photographs that take everyday occurrences beyond the realm of natural reality. Extraordinary in their tonal range, digital clarity, and artistic vision, West’s meticulously choreographed scenes, character studies, and atmospheric landscapes powerfully yet synthetically link needs to desires and documentation to invention.

13. Lisa Krannichfeld

Lisa Krannichfeld was born and raised in Little Rock, AR in an interesting cultural mix of a Chinese family living in the American South. Her experiences growing up in these two intermixing cultures and their traditions have greatly influenced her work, which primarily focuses on the woman as its subject. Growing up surrounded by women born of the mindset to serve – not indulge, be humble – not bold, and to suppress – not express, Lisa gives the women in her paintings a voice and an outlet. Her expressive portraits refute the traditional portrayal of women being passive subjects to gaze upon, evident in their disinterested and at times defiant expressions. Breaking traditions further, Lisa often uses traditional Chinese ink and watercolor materials in a nontraditional uncontrolled, free-flowing way often mixed with unconventional materials.