Category Archives: Fairs

Artists at The Other Art Fair Bristol – 3 of 4

Still feeling inspired by artists I showed with at The Other Art Fair in Bristol. Here are more shots showing the wide variety of art as I whipped round before opening time.

Michelle Loa Kum Cheung’s landscapes,

Olivier Leger’s intricately detailed drawings, and Sara Dare’s suggestive abstract paintings.It’s not just me is it? The last post in this series follows next week.

Artists at The Other Art Fair Bristol – 2 of 4

There really is something for everyone at The Other Art Fair as, I hope, the following images and posts will show. It’s well worth a visit wherever it is.

From oil painted landscapes by Dawn Reader, another stand neighbour in Bristol,

to a new series of paintings by John Hainsworth ;meticulous still lives by Hisham Echafaki and large abstracts by Kate Williams More artists to follow…

The Other Art Fair Bristol – 1 of 4

Writing this as it rains outside, The Other Art Fair Bristol with sunbathers outside the Arnolfini Gallery now feels a long way off.

Every TOAF event has its communal displays with the ones here including The Colours of Bristol, an Instagram project created over 7 weeks with Bristol 247, @porthjess and @joyfulbristol – I saw it before opening time as you can see from the frenzied activity below. Next to my stand was the I,the Poet. You, The Poet project by Biba & Laurie Cole which was consistently busy as visitors drew images and thoughts with outsized pens and brushes.

New Designers Part 1 – Katy Gillam-Hull at One Year On

It always surprises me when I see work at this show that I never noticed at a previous New Designers exhibition which just shows what visual overload can do.

Katy Gillam-Hull is one such maker whose loving recognition and restitution of old fragments and tools were, for me at least, quite moving. Her interventions encourage us to look again at items which have been forgotten and discarded, and she gives them a new incarnation whilst retaining a connection with their previous life.These ceramic fragments are a case in point.The top to this old bottle has been made taking into account all the irregularities, ensuring a perfect fit.as does this stopper Apologies for some of the slightly blurred shots here, my macro setting went a bit weird on me.

Gosho No Niwa: No Wall; No War Japanese garden at Chelsea Flower Show

Given the weather I thought an outdoor post would be appropriate for this week.

Nestling under the mature trees we discovered this gem designed by Ishihara Kazuyuki, a regular gold medal winner in the Artisan Garden category (plot sizes 5 x 4m or 7 x 5m) at the Chelsea Flower Show.

This year he kept his gold medal record and deservedly so with his inspiration the Kyoto imperial garden which has no defensive moat or wall as it was inconceivable that it should ever be under threat.What I found staggering here was the level of detail with all sides of the plot carefully considered. Here is a photo of the back

and the sides

Known for his trademark use of moss seen here in a detail on the sides

and along the front.The scale is deceptive, giving an impression of generous and mature landscape within such a tiny space

Art seen at The Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead

Now that galleries are increasingly moving online, art fairs and pop-ups are the main shop windows for many.

This time the Affordable Art Fair was at Hampstead, on the heath, a pretty location where you can almost feel you’re out of London.

Galerie Nummer 40 showed these porcelain polyhedron sculptures by Mo Cornelisse . I so wanted to touch them.

VC Art showed several of  David Cottingham‘s  dancer life drawings vivid with their immediacy of gesture.

These paintings shown by Jordi Alcaraz on Galeria Miquel Alzueta’s stand  were quite different from the work he is otherwise known for to the extent that I wasn’t even sure it was the same person. He works in monochrome and these charmingly look like colour tests.

London Print Fair at the Royal Academy – part 2 of 2

Some fairs offer a great deal in terms of learning opportunities and this was one of them.

I love the fact that this exquisitely drawn and detailed print by Hugo Wilson at Pratt Contemporary is contemporary. The title “Goodbye to Monkeys” is so apt for the expression on the creature’s face.

A completely different approach is this huge screen print by James Nares at Durham Press. I can see the appeal of reproducing this type of mark-making as it can take an awful lot of time to get the expression just right and true.

I admired the silver oxide and silver in this print by Mario Palacios Kaim at  Arroniz given my ongoing experimentation with the changes over time that happen with silver gilding.

Anish Kapoor had 4 prints at Lindsey Ingram – I’m sure the anxious expressions were fleeting though if I had a blank behind me I’d be worried (just a trick of my camera – there was one there – really).

I wonder if Glenn Brown’s energetic mark-making at Paragon was influenced by the work of Jean Joseph Bernard, featured in a previous post.

This etching on plaster by Till Verclas at ARS, -TIS, F looks to me as much like a reclining figure as a landscape

London Print Fair at the Royal Academy – part 1 of 2

The London Print Fair takes place at the Royal Academy in London every year and is always worth a visit for either buying or browsing. Here are a few of the pieces that stood out for me this time.

If you’re over 50 years old this may remind you of your youth: “Unknown Pleasures” a sensual print by Peter Saville seen on the Paul Stolper stand.


Pratt Contemporary showed these Alison Lambert monotypes. When looking at her portraits it’s easy to forget that they are not of a particular person.

Alan Cristea showed a series of polymer photogravure etchings by Cornelia Parker, the glass imagery flat reminding me of her steamrollered silverware pieces  

Dublin gallery Stoney Road Press had a huge Donald Teskey print as the centrepiece of their display; so heavily textured and painterly it did make me want to see his painting.

This intaglio print by sculptor Ellis O’Connell on the same stand from an MRI scan intrigued me as it’s like a cyanotype of a piece of coral. 

Korean Craft & Design Foundation KCDF at Collect

Korean craftsmanship is deservedly famous throughout the world and you can see why from some of the ceramics shown on the Korean Craft & Design Foundation stand at Collect, the annual international makers’ show in London.

Lee Jong-Min can produce no more than 10-12 of these delicate pieces per year. To be honest that sounds like a lot to me given the complexity of the work.

Park Sungwook hand moulds, glazes and fires each element to create these composite pieces of great subtlety. I couldn’t find a weblink so for more info please contact the Foundation.