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Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones is a UK-based visual artist and illustrator, inspired by nature, landscapes and the human body.

After graduating with a degree in Art History & Visual Studies (2.1) from the University of Manchester in 2015, she applied her knowledge of the significance of art in contemporary society to a career as a freelance artist. 

Sarah uses gouache, acrylic and collage to create original artworks, ranging from A6 - A2 in size. 

Most recently, during a stay at a residency in Iceland, Sarah began to explore abstract and figurative compositions, concentrating on simplifying landscapes and figures to mirror the simplicity and slow pace of life in Iceland. She´s also experimented with merging representations of the human body with chaotic and free-flowing patterns and shapes, to illustrate the state of the body as a constant in times of motion and change. 

Evgenia Medvedeva

I am a Russian-born and U.K.-based artist and womenswear designer. I started drawing a year ago when I moved to London to do the fashion course. Ever since, drawing has been a kind of a meditation to me. When I started, I would take a fine liner and draw numerous lines, just following my feelings and a current state of mind and body. Then, it naturally turned into my signature style, along with random watercolor blurs on photographs. I am inspired by vibes and energy exchanges I get throughout a day. If I like it, I translate it through doodling or acrylic ink, which I put on top of a picture that better resonates with a moment. What I really like about my work is tiny details, a contrast of colors, textures, shapes, and the somewhat tribal feeling that it gives. My works tell different stories and leave room for a viewer's interpretation. It's indirect, not obvious. I like it.

www.evgeniamedvedeva.me

Studio Sundays: Clare Haxby

Born in Yorkshire, England, Clare completed her Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Chesterfield Art College in Derbyshire, then moved to London to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking at Kingston upon Thames University. During her degree, she was awarded a Stanley Picker Travel Scholarship to Venezuela and the Amazon Basin in Brazil. This eye-opening trip gave Clare an appetite for travelling and exploring other cultures, and this became a source of inspiration for her artwork.

Clare says, “When I was a child I was always drawing, painting and sewing things at home, and later I made one-off punk clothes for a shop in Sheffield called Hickory Dickory Shock to support myself through my early Art College years in Derbyshire. I have always been at my happiest when I am creating something and I find my inspiration through my environment nature and by travelling to new places'.

Hedley Roberts

Hedley Roberts makes ‘non-portraits’ of lovers, friends, family, acquaintances and strangers. He begins by working from photographic collages using source material found from social media sites or images sent to him by friends. Sometimes he begins with a photographic image of someone that he wishes to portray, more usually he begins with a collaged image or photograph of someone who looks similar to his subject. Occasionally he just begins. 

Hedley's  painting starts figuratively with recognisable features and representational composition, but as he progresses, elements are obliterated, layered over, removed or simplified. Works can be realised in a single sitting, across weeks or even returned to over years.  Throughout, Hedley ‘imagines’ his relationship with the person portrayed, creating an internalised dialogue between eye, mind, body and the process of painting. In this activity, Hedley ‘s painting aims to phenomenologically embody the dialogue between the artist and subject, to ‘make flesh’ of the interior of both, and render that which is invisible –  tangible. Eventually, the image is transformed and ‘becomes’ a ‘non-portrait’ of the person that the artist imagines.

Hedley Roberts lives and works in Margate Kent and London.  He is a graduate of Central Saint Martins BA Fine Art and the Royal College of Art MA Fine Art Printmaking, and also has a Doctorate in Fine Art from the Univesity of East London. He has been a Royal College of Art Fine Art Fellow and a Stanley Picker Fellow at Kingston University. He has worked for 20 years in Higher Education and is currently Head of Art & Design at the University of East London. He runs a number of artists Residency projects, including ‘Directional Forces’ which has has taken place in Germany, Serbia, Italy and Greece and involved over 60 artists since 2011. Solo exhibitions include ‘Hedley Roberts’, Wolo Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (2014), and ‘The Lovers’, Herrick Gallery, London (2014). Recent group exhibitions include Pravac Sila, Ozone Belgrade, Serbia (2014); Factual Nonsense, Red Gallery, London (2014) and Sunday in the Park With Ed, Display Gallery, London (2014).  His work has been presented nationally and internationally including at the International Symposium of Electronic Arts Japan, Superdeluxe Gallery Tokyo Japan, Artoll Germany, Annexe Gallery Malaysia, Nanyang Academy of Fine Art Singapore, Susak Biennual Croatia, Ozone Belgrade, APT London and Vyner Street Gallery London. His work is in several private collections in the UK, Europe and South East Asia.

David Wightman

David Wightman (born 1980 in Stockport, Greater Manchester) is an English painter known for his abstract and landscape acrylic paintings using collaged wallpaper. He studied Fine Art at Middlesex University (2001) and gained an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London (2003).

David Wightman’s solo exhibitions include EMPIRE, Long & Ryle, London (2016), New paintings + Akris collaboration, Akris, 30 Old Bond Street, London (2014), Redux, 10 Gresham Street and Halcyon Gallery (2014), Hero, commission for House Arts Festival (2013), Paramour, Halcyon Gallery, London (2012), Homage to Loreleia, Berwick Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland (2011), Secret Name, Sumarria Lunn, London (2010), Behemoth and Other New Paintings, Cornerhouse, Manchester (2009), and Aspirations, William Angel Gallery, London (2008).

In 2010, David Wightman was awarded the Berwick Gymnasium Arts Fellowship - a six-month residency in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland funded by Arts Council England and English Heritage. In 2013, he was selected by the curator of House Arts Festival, Mariele Neudecker, to make a site-specific painting for a disused pavilion on Brighton’s seafront. The commission was funded by Arts Council England. Most recently Wightman has collaborated with the fashion label Akris for their Fall / Winter 2014/15 collection. Wightman's work has featured in Harper's Bazaar, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Financial Times, and Money Week.

He lives and works in London and is represented by Long & Ryle.

"Furnished" Exhibition Featuring Tahnee Lonsdale

(London, U.K) - Roberta Moore Contemporary is delighted to announce ’Furnished’, a show of new works from LA based British abstract artist Tahnee Lonsdale at Herrick Gallery in Mayfair, London.

Fuelled by a quest for an empowered female voice and leavened with a mordant wit, ’Furnished’ mines the tension between familial expectations and creative expression. In this new body of work, Lonsdale explores why women are so affronted by social expectations and perceptions; gender roles often passed down by mothers which undermine female strength.  At the heart of each painting is not only a personal struggle but a universal one; it is about love and pain, repression and submission. 

Bemused with the archaic domestic expectations laid upon her, Tahnee randomly built balanced towers of dollhouse furniture, which she photographed and traced onto large canvases, removing them from their tiny origins. With paint, these vulnerable childhood artefacts blossomed into domestic scenes - figures emerge from abstraction; glitches become real. The paintings are raw and fleshy, clinical tones transformed into meaty pinks, tongues and phalluses, with the chair, and its domestic origins, omnipresent throughout. 

For Tahnee, process gives her time to develop an idea. Domestic objects take on figurative forms and sit centre stage. A chair begins as an object of singular value and evolves into an opinion. How can it be removed from its domestic purpose and become an archetype, possibly even an object of sexual desire?

Sex is a charged theme throughout- a domestic scene becomes an orgy, shapes transmute and sexual imagery delineates.

In this series, Tahnee made four small canvases titled “Mostly Thinking About Sex”, particularly the lack of it; the lack of sex, self and connection. Chairs, stuffed with bed sheets and plastic, are stacked and entwine; the installation figurative before its deconstruction.

Renowned contemporary arts moderator Joy Gidden referenced Matisse’s Harmony in Red in connection with Tahnee's previous work ‘Self-Portrait in the Kitchen’, which gave Lonsdale a new frame of reference to explore.

In her own words, Tahnee describes how she, ‘proceeded to borrow Van Gogh’s bed, above which there is a window with Matisse’s view; sex and commentary persist. The male artist seeks to claims his privilege but I have the last word. I’m not sure how and why these patriarchs belong in my personal world, caught up in the intricacies of angsty post-feminism, but… they somehow do.

When we marry, we essentially step into a foreign yet familiar role - we are born into it yet we enter an unknown terrain of adulthood, marriage and ownership. A union of love is at once binding and comforting; safe and restricting, it is push and pull. With children, it reaches fever pitch. How does one juggle being both a wife and a mother, at once sexual and maternal? 

I figured out early how to keep quiet, lips sealed, hands and feet tied, but still I am carrying the weight of our sum-of-parts. I cannot submit or fully resist; I paint instead.  The artist and mother archetypes housed within me may never merge in my life, but on the canvas they keep one another at bay.’

EDITORS NOTES:

About Tahnee Lonsdale:

Tahnee Lonsdale’s paintings represent the newest direction in semi-abstract painting. Whimsical figures and other objects populate vibrant fields of colour that suggest anything from domestic interiors to wild landscapes. Her compositions are inspired as much by her surrounding as her personal beliefs.  At once both detailed and dreamy, Lonsdale’s work leaves just enough to the imagination. A narrative, often involving a journey of sorts, is clearly implied, though it is up to the viewer with the aid of Lonsdale’s colourful titles, to piece together all the elements of the story being told. 

In 2012 Roberta Moore Contemporary started to represent Tahnee and the following year showed her collection 'waiting for entry into that holy place' followed by ‘Your Epoche’ in 2015. 

These collections garnered the attentions of Rebecca Wilson of Saatchi Art, who selected Tahnee as one of ’12 artists to invest in now’.

Tahnee Lonsdale holds a BA from the Byam Shaw School of Art in London. Since graduating in 2007, she has been short-listed for a number of awards including both the Dazed and Confused Emerging Artist Award and ‘100 Painters of Tomorrow’. Her work has been exhibited widely in her native Britain, as well as in the United States at venues such as the Orange County Centre for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, CA, and is part of collections globally. Lonsdale currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

About Roberta Moore Contemporary

Roberta Moore Contemporary (RMC) specialises in showcasing emerging and established international contemporary artists. RMC presents an annual programme of ‘pop-up’ exhibitions in unique and unusual spaces throughout London and the UK, in addition to a range of collaborations linking artists, audiences and brands.

10 - 16 May 2017

Herrick Gallery, 93 Piccadilly, London W1J 7NQ

Mark Liam Smith

Mark Liam Smith (b. 1973, Middlesbrough, England) developed an interest in art at an early age and spent much of his childhood drawing obsessively. After completing three bachelor degrees—Fine Arts (Painting), Science (Physiology), and Arts (Linguistics)—at the University of Saskatchewan, he moved to Paris to continue studying art in some of the world’s greatest museums. After some time, he returned to Canada to pursue a Ph.D. in Linguistics at McGill University.

Since moving to Toronto in early 2015, Mark has had several exhibitions, notably in Toronto, London, New York, and at the SCOPE Basel art fair in Switzerland. He has been granted the Emerging Artist Award by the Federation of Canadian Artists and featured by Hi-Fructose, Booooooom, and Bizarre Beyond Belief Magazine, among others.

Mark is represented by Galerie Youn (Montreal), Rouge Gallery (Saskatoon), and 19 Karen Contemporary (Gold Coast, Australia). 

Mark currently lives and works in Toronto.  

Statement

This series of paintings, A Day at the Met, examines the subjectivity of perception in art. When we view art, we filter it through our education, experiences, and emotions to derive meaning. An artist's intended meaning will thus have as many nuanced interpretations as there are viewers. This body of work is a meta-statement on the relationship between the artist, the art, and the viewer. 

This series was inspired by my observations of people at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. I wondered what these people brought to the art they were observing; specifically, how each interpretation was as unique as the viewer. In my paintings, I show what I imagine to be each viewer’s interpretation of the art they are observing by incorporating surreal elements and highly saturated color.

Because I am color-blind, I long had to rely on my knowledge of color-mixing formulas to recreate skin tones and other local colors. Later in my practice, I realized that local colors served only to restrict my expression. By viewing my color-blindness as a strength rather than as a weakness, I began embracing the use of non-local colors to develop my work. I use non-local colors to exaggerate the idea of subjectivity.

Charlotte Brisland

The paintings I make are always of the landscape, placid and most recently photorealistic. What is depicted figuratively within the composition is often a single building or piece of street furniture. Why are we looking at this house or this building or this tree? There is never a real response to that, nor do I want there to be. There is a building, that is all. But there is more, there is the sense from the viewer, their own ideas, the possible ideas of the artist and how it is positioned in contemporary dialogue.

The work has always been inspired from seeking new landscapes, placing myself in unknown environments, cultures and countries such as Japan, France, Berlin and Switzerland. It was never enough to simply visit these places, I lived and worked and engaged fully within all of these places. Only through that whole experience did I begin to see the strange and forgotten corners and spaces. Overlooked and secondary those spaces became important to me for that very reason. The lines and curves they offered gave me something to work with in paint.

Now I have returned to my birthplace by the sea and come to realise how the edge between the promenade and the water inspires me and the city. It is the space for contemplation, it is vast and peaceful during the winter months, crowded and full of life during the summer. The space transforms throughout the day, the year, the seasons and the weather and for each individual who walks, runs, plays, sits or swims through it. 

http://www.charlottebrisland.com/

"Art Beyond Borders" Affordable Art Fair Hampstead

ART BEYOND BORDERS

Affordable Art Fair Returns to Hampstead in Celebration of the Art World’s Internationalism

  • Fair will bring together more international galleries than ever before to celebrate the relationship between art and travel
  • Made in Arts London to curate unique exhibition of work from young graduates responding to cultural diversity
  • Artists will draw on their experiences from across the globe to celebrate internationalism in the city post-Article 50
Made in Arts London - Imogen Parry Q -KARMA

Made in Arts London - Imogen Parry Q -KARMA

The Affordable Art Fair will return to Hampstead Heath next month in an exploration of the impact of internationalism and travel on contemporary art – addressing the importance of celebrating cultural diversity in light of Article 50.

The fair will return 11th – 14th May with more international galleries than ever before - offering the opportunity to invest in global and home-grown talent at an affordable price.

Emerging talent from London’s top art schools will show works inspired by unfamiliar foreign landscapes and cultures as part of the Made in Arts London exhibition in response to Brexit.

Artists on show will include Imogen Parry, whose landscape photographs look at the concept of ‘paradise’, and Stefon Grant, a London-based photographer who looks at urbanism and the city’s changing faces and what that means for the historic capital.  

Elsewhere across the fair visitors will be able to browse works by hundreds of artists who’ve travelled the globe to find their creative inspiration. They’ll include British artist Dan Hillier, whose works have been directly influenced by time he spent with shamans in the Peruvian Amazon, as well as works from British-Indian artist Natasha Kumar.

Galerie Artima - Bruno Helgen

Galerie Artima - Bruno Helgen

Kumar’s pieces, inspired by 40 years of annual trips to India, reflect the impact of western culture on Indian traditions and challenge tourists’ preconceptions of the country.

Other artists to unveil new works exploring the theme will include Charlotte Keates, whose pieces have been inspired by a recent road trip through North America, and Alberto Sanchez who spends between 3-6 months every year capturing iconic global locations for his sci-fi style landscape pieces.

With more international galleries than ever before, the fair will show some of the best in global talent. Galleries include the likes of Aboriginal Art Galleries (Sydney, Australia), Artelite (Montpellier, France), Fousion Gallery (Barcelona, Spain) and Gallery AE (Korea).

They will be complemented by British galleries with an international outlook, including Bleach Box Photography Gallery (London, England) and Artshouse (London, England) who both show exciting artists from across the globe.

All works are available from £100-£6,000, suitable for everyone from seasoned collectors to first time buyers.

Visitors looking to get in touch with their creative side will be able to take part in a number of interactive workshops and informative talks from the likes of City Lit and JW3. For those wanting to immerse themselves in the art of other cultures, the Hampstead School of Art will also run workshops inspired by pre-Columbian American artwork, Indonesian artist Dolorosa Sinaga and the relationship between West African art and Picasso’s portraiture.

Raquelle Azran Vietnamese Contemporary Fine Art - Dinh Thi Tham Poong - Forest Ecstasies

Raquelle Azran Vietnamese Contemporary Fine Art - Dinh Thi Tham Poong - Forest Ecstasies

Affordable Art Fair Hampstead Director Luci Noel explains “As an international art hub, London has long been a place for artists from across the globe to develop their craft and share their voice through art.

“The art world truly is borderless and we are thrilled to be celebrating this relationship between art and travel at our Hampstead fair, giving a platform to exciting international and British talent in Europe’s art capital.”

A spokesperson from Made in Arts London said: “For centuries, artists have been travelling to unfamiliar places to be inspired by the cultures, traditions and landscapes of foreign countries.

“In the aftermath of the EU referendum vote, our exhibition at the Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead will aim to address the importance of internationalism and the significance of cultural diversity.”

Bleach Box - Richard Heep - Mother India

Bleach Box - Richard Heep - Mother India

The Affordable Art Fair has revolutionised and democratised the art market with its accessible approach, bringing art under £6,000 to its three UK locations: Battersea Park, Hampstead Heath, and Bristol – all complemented by a newly-launched ecommerce platform.

The Affordable Art Fair Hampstead opens its doors to the public on Thursday 11th May and runs until Sunday 14th May.

For tickets to all dates and further information, visit: www.affordableartfair.com/fairs/London-hampstead

Interview: Other Art Fair Founder Ryan Stanier
Karen Thomas

Karen Thomas

From the 30th of March to the 2nd of April 2nd, The Other Art Fair was in London, where visitors could see and purchase incredible art from around the world. The element that really sets this fair apart is the presence of the artists themselves, which provides an opportunity for the visitors to find out the meaning behind each piece, forming an exciting energy amongst the crowds. The fair’s objective is to truly support individual artists and create a community, which could be felt in the fair atmosphere. Visitors could find anything from elaborate installations by artists such as Carolina Mizrahi to the thought provoking, feminist photography and sculpture of artist Annique Delphine. There was even a virtual reality experience that led you through the hidden, Victorian tunnels under London, making the entire event immersive and unexpected. We spoke with Other Art Fair Founder and General Manager Ryan Stanier further about the fair’s unique qualities.

Annique Delphine

Annique Delphine

Can you tell me a little about the history of The Other Art Fair? How has the fair grown and transformed throughout the years?  

We’re coming into our sixth year now at The Other Art Fair and I can say it’s really gone from strength to strength since 2011. I didn’t come from an art background originally, but after talking to friends who are artists and seeing how they were struggling to gain recognition and representation from galleries and collectors, I saw the perfect opportunity to create a space for artists to do exactly this. In the last 6 years we have expanded across 3 continents , w eare now holding fairs in 5 different locations and are planning to expand even further next year. 

Unlike other fairs, The Other Art Fair does not have booths representing galleries, but instead individual artists, offering an opportunity for visitors to personally meet the creators of the artwork. How does this experience affect the relationship between artist and buyer/visitor?

Having visitors buy directly from the artists at the fair changes the buying experience completely. Buying a piece of art, whether it’s your first piece or you're a seasoned collector is such an exciting experience, and being able to meet the artist in person and have them directly be a part of the process makes the whole thing so much more personal. It’s so different than buying from a gallery. 

Laura Fishman

Laura Fishman

Established as an artist fair, The Other Art Fair embodies the importance and value of supporting emerging, new talent. Why is this so important in today’s art scene?

With the internet and social media there are so many more platforms for artists to be recognised and discovered. This is a great thing, but it also increases the amount of artists who are out there to be discovered, making it even more difficult for emerging artists in a way. The Other Art Fair’s selection committee handpicks the best of this emerging talent, we then showcase them at the fair and support them when they need it after the fair. We’re fostering this emerging talent because it’s so important to keep the art scene evolving and to support new artists. 

Helen Brough

Helen Brough

One of the many unique aspects of the fair is The Others Live, a series of performances that include dance, theatre, music and film. Tell me about this element of the fair and what we can expect this year?

This year we have another packed programme of fair features. We will have another virtual reality experience from The Guardian - ‘Underworld’, where visitors can explore the Victorian waterways underneath the streets of London. One of our fair artists Carolina Mizrahi has created an immersive art experience the ‘Ruby Room’ complete with a hidden bar. And we also have a pop-up restaurant from the Modern Pantry running the whole weekend. 

Ed Burnand

Ed Burnand

There will be an eclectic range of programing that you may not expect to see at your typical art fair, such as taxidermy classes, live tattooing, 3D printing and immersive theatre. What do you feel these programs add to the fair atmosphere and to the audiences’ experience?

I think it really changes the perception of an art fair. The extra features are there to inspire and challenge visitors and allow them discover more about the creative things that are going on in London now. We’re always looking forward to what we think is going to be the next big trend. 

What does The Other Art Fair bring to the table that sets it apart from the rest?

The Other Art Fair is providing a platform for emerging artists to show their work and be recognised by a wider audience, which is something they may not be able to do from a gallery. Combining this artist-lead experience with a whole range of extra features makes the fair a truly creative space for people of all ages. It’s a place for new art collectors to make their first purchases, for seasoned collectors to discover their new favourite artist and for general visitors to experience something they would never have the opportunity to try anywhere else.  

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Art & Wellbeing at the Battersea Affordable Art Fair

Including galleries from the UK, Denmark, and Australia, just to name a few, this season’s Battersea Affordable Art Fair brought talent from all over the world, showcasing diverse artistic styles, no matter what kind of artwork you were looking for. If you were searching to find a stunning still-life painting, you could find the bright magenta fruit bowl of artist Frans Mora at Strange Tracey Gallery. If you are in the mood for something more abstract, Four-Walls Contemporary exhibited the expressive paintings of Becky Blair. For photography lovers, Cynthia Corbett Gallery showed the grand and dystopian interiors of photographer Fabiano Parisi. Three-dimensional work could be found throughout the fair, a highlight being the organic, white and gold ceramic work of artist Mo Cornelisse at Galerie NUMMER40. Everywhere you looked you could find an art piece, installation, or activity filling the space. As part of the fair’s Platform Projects initiative, artist Sally Buchanan’s The Anthropocene Installation used embroidery, tapestry, and mirrors to create a dynamic piece that draws our attention to the damaging hand we have had in the current state of the environment. 

There was an impressive amount of interactive art activities at the fair available for both children and adults, generating an inclusivity that could be felt by visitors. Printmaking workshops were happening throughout the day, which included drypoint and monoprinting methods. At the Creative Studio space, children, along with their parents, gathered to learn how to make origami. Having so many different participatory activities not only created a welcoming atmosphere, but provided an important opportunity for the visitors to engage directly with their own creativity while being surrounded by so many inspiring artworks. This year’s theme focused on art and wellbeing, with a range of talks and activities during the fair that demonstrated the value of having art and expression as part of our everyday lives. 

We asked Affordable Art Fair Director Sam Gare about the unique aspects of the art fair and how it promotes the importance of bringing art into your life. 

How did the Affordable Art Fair first get started, and what was the intention behind creating a fair that showcases artwork that a wider audience can purchase?

The Founder of the Affordable Art Fair, Will Ramsay, first entered the art world in 1996 when he launched his own gallery, Will’s Art Warehouse, with the aim of making art more accessible. He wanted to help people enjoy learning more about art and dispel elitist misconceptions around collecting art – you don’t have to be a millionaire or an expert, you just need to trust your own taste. 

From there, he found that there was a real gap in the market for a place where new and seasoned collectors could find affordable, accessible art from galleries throughout the UK, not just those on their doorstep. He was inspired to go further in his mission to democratise the art market and make affordable art available to more people, in an informal and laid-back setting, in what was to be his next venture… the Affordable Art Fair.  

This year’s theme focused on the benefits of art and creativity on wellbeing. How will this be represented in the fair?

This Spring we are celebrating the relationship between art and well-being, with a specially curated selection of tours and workshops.

The fair’s programme partner, City Lit, will be running interactive workshops exploring different art mediums and their links to wellbeing, including mindful photography and how to ‘reveal’ your inner artist through drawing on your own creativity. Paint Jam London, an incredible pop-up art studio, will be running creative meditation sessions and communal canvas painting workshops for families inspired by Jackson Pollock’s expressive style and Yayoi Kusama’s hypnotic spot paintings.

Why do you think art and wellbeing is needed in today’s world?

We’re all so caught up in the everyday anxiety of modern life, surrounding ourselves with artwork we love can really give us something to escape into. To make the most of your favourite pieces, take a moment out of your busy schedule to sit back and enjoy them without distractions. This will give you the opportunity to remind yourself of the positive emotions you felt when you first found the piece and soothe away negative thoughts.

The Affordable Art Fair includes artwork priced between £100-£6,000, allowing for more people to purchase art. Besides the price range of the artworks, what makes this fair different from the rest?

One thing that really sets the Affordable Art Fair apart is the variety of work on offer, as a global fair we bring together works by household names alongside up and coming artists from around the world. We’re particularly proud to offer a platform for artists at early stages of their careers, and give visitors the chance to see works by some exciting emerging talent. The fair also has a heritage of showing artists early in their careers who then go on to great success, with the likes of Chris Levine and Anthony Micallef both having shown at the fair in its early years.

The Spring edition of the fair will also see the return of our unique Platform Project’s initiative, a series of installations and interventions throughout the fair, which allow our visitors to experience pieces that don’t necessarily sit within a traditional fair format – it’s going to be exciting to see the response!

For those who or can’t make it down over the weekend, we also offer a completely holistic fair experience through our online platform at affordableartfair.com. Hosting hundreds of pieces from exciting galleries from across the UK, those wishing to find the perfect piece can use the website to share images of works with their friends, make wish lists and follow their favourite galleries or artists as well as buy directly from the site.

What do you feel is the value of bringing artwork into your home?

Artwork has the potential to add something new or unexpected, so don’t feel like you have to choose a piece that matches an existing scheme exactly. A piece that complements the overall style of the room, or includes just a small amount of another prominent colour in the room, helps it to stand out and add personality.

In addition to the visual benefits of tying a room together and adding vibrancy and personality to your space, for a lot of people art makes a house a home. The benefits of living with art include reducing stress and engaging the creative parts of your brain. Research has also shown that when we look at art the parts of our brain associated with pleasure and reward are activated. Looking at artworks doesn’t simply make us feel calmer, but actually brings us joy!

An upcoming fair will be at Hampstead, which will be taking place between the 11th – 14th May and based on the theme of Art and Travel.

https://affordableartfair.com/fairs/london-hampstead

Affordable Art Fair Battersea set to explore links between art and wellbeing
Hicks Gallery: Amy Judd,  Bath White

Hicks Gallery: Amy Judd, Bath White

In a bid to dust off London’s winter blues, next month’s Affordable Art Fair plans to unearth the links between art and wellbeing as new collections, workshops and practical sessions turnBattersea Park into a hub of serenity.

Taking place from Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th March, it will host a selection of artists and interactive workshops which explore the benefits of art when it comes to tranquillity, mindfulness and mental wellbeing.

Offering a feast for the eyes and soul, workshops – hosted by the likes of Paint Jam and City Lit – will include meditation classes surrounded by peaceful artworks and relaxing practical sessions such as paper folding. Mindful photography will even encourage busy snappers to take stock and appreciate the thousands of images they capture and share on social media day to day.

Jonathan Hillson

Jonathan Hillson

Championing up and coming artists, the fair’s Platform Projects installations will include a piece from Jonathan Hillson, who’ll explore art’s influence on our perception of beauty. His video installation, ‘I AM HUMAN' will stack TVs showing parts of the human body to create one giant image – inspired by Da Vinci’s depiction of the modern man. An immersive light sculpture called ‘Flown’ by Esther Rolinson and Sean Clark will also be unveiled, using hundreds of illuminated LEDs to create a cloud-like effect that floods with colour in response to any environmental changes around it.

Frames: Lucy Campbell,  Flights of Fancy

Frames: Lucy Campbell, Flights of Fancy

The four-day event will see a diverse line up of artists showcasing a mix of contemporary paintings, editioned prints, sculptures and photography – each selling at accessible prices from just £100 - £6,000.

Many will have drawn on their own experience of using art to aid their own wellbeing – including Platform Project artist Zac Greening who began his career as a means of therapy to cope with the loss of his father, and Sally Buchanan who left her busy job as a GP of 25 years to follow her dream and use art to explore the links between arts and wellbeing.

Sam Gare, Director of Affordable Art Fair Battersea, said: “There’s no doubt that art has the power to impact our day to day lives. Whether it’s simply immersing us into a different world or as a means of therapy, our artists and creative partners coming to Battersea next month can all draw on the positive impact art has had on their lives. We can’t wait to show visitors the effects for themselves as we kick off our first fair of the season next month.”

This year’s Charity Private View on Wednesday 8th March will be in support of Barnardo’s. The children’s charity will be announcing the winner of its competition ‘I Am’ – which called on school children to answer key questions about themselves, and their potential, through art in a bid to celebrate and empower them. The winning entry will be announced by artist Anthony Burrill on the night.

Gas Gallery: Kate Banazi,  CurvedSpace1

Gas Gallery: Kate Banazi, CurvedSpace1

The March edition comes hot off the heels of the launch of the fair’s new online shopping platform, which will offer art fans an opportunity to purchase artworks they may have fallen in love with – but missed out on – at the fair.

The Affordable Art Fair has revolutionised and democratised the art market with its accessible approach, bringing art under £6,000 to its three UK locations: Battersea Park, Hampstead Heath, and Bristol – all complemented by the new ecommerce platform.

It offers first time buyers and serious collectors a unique opportunity to browse and buy a huge variety of art under one roof, and has become a global phenomenon with 14 fairs in 10 cities across several continents.

The Affordable Art Fair Battersea opens its doors to the public on Thursday 9th March and runs until Sunday 12th March.

For tickets to all dates and further information, visit: affordableartfair.com/fairs/battersea-spring

Emily Filler at Rebecca Hossack Gallery

Emily Filler is a collector – of patterns, colours, images and natural textures.

In a process she describes as ‘painterly collage’, Filler's gathering eye and hand are strongly present in each canvas. Precise dotting and checkered borders are juxtaposed with photographic transfers of herbaceous tendrils, blocks of primary colour and whitewashed backdrops, layered behind groups of bright gestural blooms and stencilled leaves.

Filler’s work relies heavily on the act of removal, scraping back layers of paint that have been steadily built up, bringing hints of new colour to the surface. This process of retrospection moves the painting forward just as Filler is looking backwards.

The contrast of precision and pattern with spontaneity only makes the clusters of wild flowers appear all the more free. And yet, by incorporating fragments of antique photographs, there is a sense of nostalgia in each arrangement. As Filler’s collected references are anchored in the stability of memory, each painting reveals a reading of the natural world influenced by many places and times.

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John Brennan

Finalist in The Contemporary British Painting Prize 2016 and 1st prize winner of the 2015 ArtGemini Prize, John Brennan has been exhibiting since 2013. He has been a finalist in many open call prizes and exhibitions including Creekside, Neo, Worcester, Ludlow, The National Open Art Competition and the ArteLaguna Prize. Brennan has also been profiled in The Oxford Times and his work appears in several jury selected publications such as the ‘State of Art’ series and the ‘Manifest International Painting Annual’.

Emotional and contextual contradiction underpins much of my painting. As an artist, I’m fascinated by a subtle sensation that I’ve come to recognise and regard as a visual paranoia of sorts. It’s something I experience momentarily, sometimes in everyday life, but crucially when I happen upon a potential source image. It can manifest itself in a wide range of subject matter, the common denominator being a sense of the uncanny or enigmatic.

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Caroline Pedler
"I class myself as a children’s book illustrator and have illustrated more than 50 books in about 23 languages. I illustrate other things too and lecturer on a BA Hons Illustration course and run workshops in various creative techniques, inc children’s illustration and collage. I have spent the last few years creating a new, authorial body of work that includes a daily collage project, a more fine art biased body of work for exhibition and my sketchbooks from life. I also love making my own small print, small run limited editions books.

Each of theses disciplines represents a different need in me as a creative and allows me to respond to life, and offers my view of the world to others. My sketchbooks are pre-prepared with paint washes and I then use different environments to respond quickly and honestly too, intuitively editing the information I place on the page as I go. My collage allows me to make quick-fire images that are fun and dynamic and that allow me to respond to my materials through fun and immediacy, letting textures and colours lead the way, and then there’s the more visceral release of energy and emotion in my paintings that are in direct response and contrast to the prescribed nature of my briefed, commercial children’s books, and serves as an antidote.

My collage project started in Jan 2015 and will finish in Jan 2016. I have around 100 collages to go and have made one a day for the past 263 days. I post them all on Instagram under Collage_365 and feel awkward when I post ones I don’t particularly like. It’s been hard to be creative every day while going through a lot of hard times, but I’ve done it and determined to finish it. It’s made me realise how important it is to be in the right frame of mind when creating work, and not to rush pieces. To sit with a piece, or an idea for a while, let it all seep in, so you are sure that it’s right. It’s made me want to focus and hide when I finish it."

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