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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

London Art Fair 2012

Last week I went along to the 24th London Art Fair based at the Business Design Centre. Over 100 galleries from around the world took part in this year’s fair and I am pleased to say it was nice to see some refreshing, amazing and interesting work on show. Even more so, for an artist that uses a lot of paper and collage in their practice – I found it quite inspiring the amount of paperworks of all forms that were exhibited.

I was invited to visit the fair by Caroline Kha from the dalla Rose Gallery, whose work consisted of some beautiful collage landscapes. Caroline draws inspiration for her collages from her experience of travelling and living far away from her native Australia. She constructs fantasy landscapes and panoramas that seem t o represent a real place, but a close inspection unveils subtle variations that confuse the perceptive eye.

15 galleries exhibited in the Main Fair  - while 30 galleries presented solo shows and curated group exhibitions in the Art Projects section. Artwork could be viewed and purchased by artists including Barabra Hepworth, Bridget Riley, Damien Hirst, Peter Lanyon, Robert Adams, Diarmuid Kelley, Lucy Lui, Grenville Davey, Richard Lin, David Bomberg, Walter Sickert,, Adam Birtwhistle, Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossof ,Kenneth Armitage, John Monks, Tessa Farmer to name but a few. All work displayed at the fair covered the period from the 20th century to present day.
Here are a few of the pieces that caught my eye...

 Elizabeth Lecourt Les Robes Géographiques started as a series of studies and sketches in 2002.   As a cartographer depicts maps to understand the world we live in, Lecourt forces the maps to take the shapes of clothing, representing the wearer's habitat and identity, forming an intimate connection with the wearer.
 Anthony Green RA, "The Path III", 2003. Oil on MDF
 Tracy Stockwell, "Dance Hall" 2010, Photography and Mixed Media
 Salon Vert states -In Lucy Lui’s “Falling into Silence “ series embroidered and stitched skeletal totems sit alongside small found objects – wood, broken glass, butterfly wings or crumpled notes – in a monochromatic, minimalist field that is overlaid with criss crossing thread
 Jane Ward, "Garden City State" 2011. Digtal print on canvas with dissolved ink
The Cynthia Corbett gallery, "This is it, Sweet Compulsion" 2010-2011, romance novels, lottery tickets on panel, wood and chandelier.
Klari Reis, "Hypochondria", 2012. 150 piece installation, mixed media, petri dishes, tee nuts and steel rods
 Marcus Rees Robert, "Catalunya 22". Mixed media on canvas 2010-11
 Dale Devereux Parker. "The mysterious world of Dr Dog", 2011. Paper Sculpture
 Pierre Imhof, "Whizz," 2011. Mixed media on canvas 2011.
 Katharine Morling, "Case of Objects" 2011. Porcelain with black stain. 
 John Monks, "Atlantic Wall", 2011. Oil on canvas
 Zak Ove, "Heart of the Matter", 2012. Mixed Media
 Bridget Riley, "Series 12A, with its grey, in double reverse", 1979. Gouache and graphite on paper
 Damien Hirst, "Magnificent Cold Gold Sunset Head", 2011. Household on gloss on plastic skull.
 Grace O`Connor, " Winter Warblers", 2011. Oil on linen
 Peter Blake, "Paris Collage Series," 2010. Represented by The Paul Stopler Gallery
 Annie Morris, "Untitled Peg Piece", 2010. Watercolour on wooden pegs
 Close up of Annie Morris Peg Piece
 Side view of Annie Morris's Peg Piece

Andrea Mastrovito, "Gullivers Travels No 1", 2011. Collage and aniline, paper on canvas

To find out more about the London Art Fair, participating  galleries and artists have a look on the London Art Fair Website

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