The Affordable Art Fair, currently running in Hampstead, has a balanced representation from both British galleries and galleries from European and elsewhere bringing new emerging contemporary artists, working in a wide range of media and styles, to the London art scene. In this modern international age, gallery representations cross country boundaries and it is amusing, but not perhaps surprising, to find the British glassmaker John Burton being shown in London by a Belgian gallery.
There is such a wide range of art to see that it is only possible to highlight a few of the many works on show. As is often the case with these fairs, the three dimension and sculptural work are of most interest, while, this year, holograms are an increasingly popular technique used by several artists (but impossible to photograph).
Among the British Galleries, Fflow in London is showing new sculptures by Carol Peace, alongside work by artists such as Keith Haynes and Russell West (who has a new exhibition opening this week) and, at the One Church Street Gallery in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, Lee Borthwick combines wood and steel in her naturalistic “mirror tapestries”.
Continuing with bronzes, Patricia Lozada’s stick-like men are climbing the walls and fighting the odds at StandArte from Madrid while the Colorfield Gallery from Paris has amusing colourful sculptures from ZED and pop/street art from Robert Sgarra who includes cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse, as does Joseph at Galerie Envie d’Art (Paris and London).
Galleries from Belgium and the Netherlands have work derived from geometric patterns with Olivier Julia at GalerieNummer40 in Doetinchem and Jerome Jasinski at the ArtUnityGallery in Brussells whose work is reminiscent of Brigid Riley’s early paintings, but executed in wood. GalerieNummer40 also has glass sculptures by the British artist John Burton and Stuart Hartley at the Mark Jason Gallery, London also uses wooden geometric shapes, this time different colours and sizes of balls trapped in a timber maze.
Also at the ArtUnityGallery, Paulo Ceribelli’s coke bottles give these symbols of western society new and sinister meanings.
Perhaps the most beautiful of all is the work of the leading contemporary American ceramicist Debra Steidel at Opper and Webb, London, with her timeless glazed ceramics with sculptural bronze caps which combine the heritage of traditional porcelain with contemporary techniques and style.
A wide variety of new and interesting international art on show, with something for everyone.