Today’s post comes from having enjoyed a lovely weekend in London a few weeks back when I visited the ‘London Art Fair’ in Islington. I’ve not been before so I was really looking forward to seeing a lot of modern and contemporary wall art under the one roof. The event, which houses art works from almost 100 galleries, was the 26th edition and received 30,694 visits, up 22.6% on last year.
On arrival, I paid the £17 entry fee, was handed a guide and proceeded to enter the event via the lower pavilion where The Hepworth Wakefield had been invited to exhibit works on British Modernism. To say their pieces were not to my taste would be an understatement and I immediately began to worry if my attending was going to be a mistake. However, on walking up onto the main mezzanine floor, any fears I had soon vanished as I found more and more exhibitors with amazing pieces on show.
My favourites included:
Gallery: Flowers Gallery – Artist: Patrick Hughes
This image probably does not do the piece justice. When you stand in front of it and move, the perspective of the room changes. It’s only when you get right up close that you realise the painting is actually three dimensional. Seeing this was worth the entry fee alone: the technical aspect to this art was stopping many a visitor in their tracks.
Gallery: Cynthia Corbett Gallery – Artist: Tom Leighton
Being a keen photographer who likes to dabble with digital editing, this piece really impressed me. The artist deconstructs cities and then recreates surreal fictional landscapes out of hundreds of photos which are then mounted to Perspex. The results are amazing.
The next couple of pieces are based on the very popular use of maps. I’ve seen stenciled maps made from splashes of paint and maps that are constructed using typography. These were unique in that they used media that represented the countries being depicted. The first uses money and the second uses passports.
Gallery: Tag Fine Art – Artist: Justine Smith
Gallery: Tag Fine Art – Artist: Yanko Tihov
I noticed that some pieces were priced rather high, some in excess of £20,000, though it didn’t put off some buyers (Mason’s Yard dealer Alan Wheatley reported the sale of a large 1950s painting in excess of £100,000). If you’re looking to procure some art and feel that most would be well out of your price range, then I have been advised by a friend that the ‘Affordable Art Fair’ is the place to go: with all exhibited pieces being priced from £40 to £4,000, most people should be able to find something that fits within their price range.
All in all, I thought the event was great and am already looking forward to the next edition on the 21st-25th of January next year. More examples of pieces I enjoyed, can be viewed here.