If you have not yet been to London’s Affordable Art Fair, currently taking place twice a year, you may be unsure what kind of artwork to expect from a fair selling work anywhere from 100-6,000 pounds. Not only were prices reasonable, but also the art on display continuously changed in style and technique. Whether painted on canvas in the style en plein air, like the work of Sopho Chkhikvadze at PLEIN AIR Contemporary or transferred onto birch wood in the work of Patrick Lajoie at Lustre Contemporary, the range in variety was impressive for an art fair of this size. Although you could have found a piece that caught your eye from any gallery at the fair, here are a few of our highlights.
At The Contemporary London booth, lush landscapes were displayed with a contemporary edge, with each artist drawing you into their unique depiction of re-imagined nature. Artist Sue Williams A’Court’s graphite and collage work juxtaposes classic landscape drawings with bright patches of pastel blues and pinks that disrupt the composition. Her smaller works exhibited were on beautiful, delicate paper, creating a vintage affect, as if her drawings were found in an old book illustrating dream-like fables. Other exhibited graphite works included artwork by Jemma Appleby, whose drawings contrast the harsh edges of minimal design with meticulously rendered forest scenes. Showing nature in a different light, the stunning work of Suzanne Moxhay presents us an eerily beautiful, post-apocalyptic world with abandoned scenes of interiors overtaken by wildlife.
Making our way over to BEARSPACE Gallery’s booth, a hot intensity of oranges and magentas radiate from the poolside paintings of artist Lucinda Metcalfe. In the same booth, the emotional power of the women in Natasha Kissell’s paintings draws you in to her intimate world. The subject and style in Kissell’s art varies drastically, as some of her work portrays floral imagery with soft, whimsical hues, while others are highly architectural and defined. Completing this eclectic amalgamation of techniques and styles, the intricate compositions of Jane Ward redefine the cityscape. Bringing together traditional and digital methods of art making, she fractures and manipulates scenes of city and nature, breaking down visual structures and creating a new form of reality.
Lastly, we have Retrospect Gallery’s booth, from Bryon Bay, Australia. Traveling such a long way, there is no doubt they brought their most talented artists here for London to see. Showcasing her collage work as well as her thread and paper pieces, Hagar Vardimon’s artwork combines elements of design, photography, and embroidery to create her unique scenes of landscape and the home. Artist Lisa Krannichfeld’s watercolour and ink portraits break down traditional beauty aesthetics through their organic, fluid quality. Across from Krannichfeld’s work, artist Carley Cornelissen shifts the emphasis from people to animals in her mixed media paintings. Using layers of pattern and vibrant acrylics, she composes scenes of exotic wildlife, bringing our focus on the affects we have on our environment and those we share it with. Also exhibited at this booth is the work of Alberto Sanchez, whose technique combines photography, acrylic paint, and aerosol to create dynamic compositions full of movement.
The Battersea Affordable Art Fair was certainly filled with a wide variety of skilled artists, with a refreshing diversity of artistic styles brought by each gallery. Whether your taste is traditional or contemporary, or if you prefer painting or sculpture, there was something there for every art lover.
Review by Christina Nafziger for ArtMaze Mag.