A green statue with arms held outstretched in front with a golden mask in hand. Behind the statue shows part of an exhibition

The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia, 27 June – 2 July 2017

Celebrating its 45th edition, London’s longest running art and antiques Fair will showcase 160 of the world’s leading specialist dealers. Discover a diversity of periods and styles crossing a variety of disciplines including furniture, clocks, ceramics and glass to jewellery, textiles, sculpture and art. With over 55,000 pieces to explore, personalise your interiors with eclectic statement pieces and add irresistible treasures to your collection.

Returning as part of the Fair this year, the Sculpture Objects Functional Art & Design Fair – SOFA LONDON will present three dimensional contemporary artworks crossing the boundaries of design, fine and decorative art.

New for 2017, join the dedicated Interior Design Talk Series and learn more about the latest trends from leading international experts, including Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, Emma Burns from Sybil Colefax & John Fowler, Douglas Mackie and the BIID (British Institute of Interior Design). Listen to insightful and inspiring talks with a programme hosting speakers from leading museums and institutions including the British Museum and TATE.

Mosimanns’ Jazz Café will be serving a divine selection of dishes to enjoy for lunch and dinner, complimented by top of the range beverages for you to enjoy on your day out.

For lovers of stylish interiors the Fair is an unrivalled destination.

Simply click here to register for your complimentary e-ticket

For more information on the Fair visit olympia-art-antiques.com

2014 – A Good Year for Art (So Far!)

As far as years go, 2014 has so far been a particularly good one for the art market – especially for works by British artists. This year has so far seen several record-breaking sales including the most made at a single auction sale and the most expensive painting ever sold at a European auction.

Francis Bacon is the artist of the moment, having broken the world record for the most expensive painting ever sold at auction in 2013 when his triptych ‘Three Studies of Lucian Freud’ sold for $142.4million (nearly £90million) at Christie’s in New York.  Bacon was again the focus of a Christie’s sale in London in February this year with ‘Portrait of George Dyer Talking’ selling for £42.2million.

Art market aside, London has been the centre of several major exhibitions so far this year with highlights including The Sunflowers at the National Gallery, the reunion of two of Vincent van Gogh’s iconic paintings, The Cut-Outs at the Tate Modern, exploring the unusual and often misunderstood technique of the great Henri Matisse and William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain, the V&A’s interpretation of the work of the well-known Architect, landscaper and furniture designer. With a huge range of exhibitions – just mentioning a few block-busters at some of the major institutions – London is proving itself a more than worthy contender for the centre of the art world so far this year!

Among the exhibitions opening in the second half of 2014, I am most excited about the rival exhibitions that the V&A and Tate Britain are staging from September 2014 – January 2015. Rival exhibitions in terms of their star artists, Constable and Turner go head to head to attract visitors to the respective museums, a competitive nature that was very much present during the artists’ lifetimes. Constable: The Making of a Master at the V&A is set to reassess John Constable’s influences and lasting legacy on art – while exploring why he has, in the words of the V&A, become “Britain’s best-loved artist”.  Late Turner – Painting Set Free at the Tate Britain is set to be the first exhibition dedicated to the later work of J.M.W. Turner (1835-1851). Tate Britain rather than claim he is the best-loved British artist, claim he is the best, using art historian John Ruskin’s famous quote that Turner was ‘the greatest of the age’.

Also about to provide an injection of art buyers and enthusiasts to the UK (as well as provide interest for UK-based art lovers) will be the upcoming art fairs. British Art Fair, LAPADA, Olympia Art and Antiques Fair and Affordable Art Fair Battersea, just to name a few are all fast approaching and all have their individual draws and attractions. As part of our offering to our clients, we welcome arts enthusiasts to sign up to our VIP Art Club – which gives members the chance to request tickets to art fairs and exhibitions as well as talks and events taking place in London, and further afield, throughout the year. If this is something that would be of interest to you, please click here to find out more.

2014 has also had the landmark announcement that the National Gallery has lifted its ban on photography and has split the public into camps of those who fear that is will spread the rise of the “selfie” at the National Gallery and those who think that sharing art will widen the audience of this important national collection.

With 2014 having started well for the art market; I hope it continues, but look forward to what the rest of the year will bring!

Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair

The Preview Day of the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair is a day not to be missed, and this year proved no exception with an exceptional range of art and antiques on sale alongside a not-for-sale exhibition of work by the Art Nouveau artist and designer, Archibald Knox.

Walking around the fair, every category was represented, paintings and sculpture, furniture and textiles, jewellery and silver. The exhibitors had come from as far afield as South Africa, and included exhibitors from Italy, Portugal and the Czech Republic. The Olympia Exhibition Centre in London was transformed into an elegant space for the fair. Each exhibitor was naturally given their own space with some being transformed into elegant English country houses with beautiful 18th and 19th century furniture or stylish New York apartments complete with chrome accessories and Modernist paintings.

The not-for-sale Archibald Knox exhibitionBeauty and Modernity – a Designer Ahead of his Time, made a beautiful distraction from the mix of art and antiques on offer at the fair with a focused exhibition of art nouveau pieces, all by the designer Knox. Many of the pieces were his silver creations, ranging from clocks to candlesticks, made for the firm Liberty & Co. For a devotee of Art Nouveau, this 150th anniversary exhibition was a huge treat, bringing together many of his iconic designs from public and private collections, many of which we may never get the chance to see again.

Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair is open until 15th June, at the Olympia Exhibition Centre in London.