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

Introducing Our Partners: Jealous Gallery

Jealous is a Contemporary Screenprint Studio, Gallery and Publisher based in Crouch End and East London’s creative hub of Shoreditch.

Established in 2008, we are known for our collaborative approach to producing high quality limited edition prints with many illustrators, graduates and established artists. Our editions can be seen at many of the art fairs we attend including The London Original Print Fair (LOPF) at The Royal Academy, The London Art Fair, Moniker and the AAF internationally.

Our diverse educational programme includes working with primary schools on site-specific art projects whilst the Jealous Prize invites MA’s from London’s art colleges to make an all expenses paid edition with Jealous. These editions are then shown at the many art fairs we attend and form part of the V&A’s permanent print collection.

Our client work includes White Cube, Saatchi Gallery, The Fine Art Society, Pentagram, Why Not Associates, Graphic Thought Facility, The British Film Institute and the V&A, to name but a few.

See Jealous exhibiting at stand E1 Affordable Art Fair Hampstead 11th – 14th May.

Caiger Contemporary Art

Caiger Contemporary Art at Affordable Art Fair Battersea Spring

The 2017 art fair season continues this week with the Affordable Art Fair Spring edition. This is great fair for first time buyers or seasoned collectors.

Getting that spring feeling and wanting to purchase some great artworks, then this is the fair for you. There is so much amazing, wonderful original art out there, for prices that won’t break the bank, so why buy posters and cheap reproductions that you will find on any Tom, Dick or Harry’s wall?

Caiger Contemporary Art, one of our gallery partners is exhibiting this year. Find out a bit about them and their artists.

Caiger Contemporary Art says ‘Buying art should be fun, which is why we have already done the hard work for you, and have teamed up with some fantastic artists to show you how awesome it can be to buy art for your home. We want to tell you all about them and their work as we think it is great to know how something is made, why and by whom. It gives it that extra story to make you fall in love with it even more! Also by sharing with you these fantastic artworks we get to support the wonderful artists too so they can focus on what they do best – making some beautiful work for us to put on our walls!’

Here are some of the fantastic artists you will see on our stand this year at the fair.

Rod McIntosh

As a mark maker Rod lies within a tradition of drawing and recording his experience of the world, his travels, relationships and sense of self.

McIntosh’s process and methods developed as rules that slowly became a habit or creative ritual. The choice of materials evolved through this journey. His desire to maintain a strong integrity within his work directed him to learn the recipes for gesso, where he found the physical, tactile, step-by-step method reassuring. Continued research into the history of mark-making pointed to an honesty that he chose to draw with.

Rod McIntosh - The Moment Within II 2017

Rod McIntosh – The Moment Within II 2017

Corinne Natel

Her work is abstract based contemporary paintings inspired by landscapes, nature, cities, travel, fashion and media. Her work investigates colour, form, space and texture. She often explores seasons or nature based environments with colour, how colours work with one another and the colour relationship with the season or environment.

Corinne Natel - Elektra

Corinne Natel – Elektra

Laura Benetton

Laura’s work is influenced by the structure of birds’ wings and butterflies. Their movement and uniqueness have been a big source of inspiration. Focusing on the movement, on the stretch, Laura abstracts the actual shape and colours and to obtain a very energetic skeleton of line. The colours’ blend and the intensity of the butterflies never stop piquing her curiosity.

Laura Benetton - Infra 12

Laura Benetton – Infra 12

To find out more about their artists visit www.caigerart.com or find them on Facebook, twitter and Instagram @caigerart.

Fabiano Parisi, Il Mondo Che Non Vedo, 2016 featured at the young masters exhibition

Young Masters Art Prize Launch

On 2nd October, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery launched the fourth edition of the Young Masters Art Prize which Brownhill Insurance Group were proud sponsors of.

The exhibition, held at Royal Opera Arcade Gallery in Pall Mall, showed works from previous Young Masters artists together with guest artists.  In various ways these talented artists’ reflect on the history of art through a variety of media. These include ceramics, painting, photography, multi-media and video.

Commanding great skill, each artist takes an aspect of art history, such as genre, technique, subject matter, reinventing it in a contemporary way.  The standard of work seems to be of such high quality at each event. It is always a delight to be involved with Young Masters. We would like to congratulate the artists for the fantastic works displayed and also to Cynthia and the team for such an enjoyable evening.

(above picture: Fabiano Parisi, Il Mondo Che Non Vedo, 2016)

Silent Quarter - Tim Lane

Tim Lane Hits Kickstarter for Round 2

Following a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014 with nearly 150 backers pledging over £17,000, Tim Lane is back with his second Kickstarter campaign.

Silent Quarter is a short story and drawing bookwork told through a combination of writing and drawing.

Silent Quarter is a darkly beautiful, illustrated short-story. It is an emotional and philosophically reflective journey through the mind of an old man – who is both a mask-maker and a barber – as he comes to the end of his long life of love, service, ceremony and creativity.

With 7 days left (as of 2nd June) of his second Kickstarter project, Antlers Gallery and Tim Lane are looking to emulate the success of the Anima Mundi project of 2014.

Anima Mundi – The limited edition five metre long concertina book, which folds in to an A5 book and slipcase was successfully funded on 10th May 2014.

The book’s physical form provides a portable and tactile way to enjoy the whole virtual experience.

The title – Anima Mundi comes from the Latin for ‘Soul of the World’ and is according to several thought systems, an intrinsic connection between all living things on the planet.


To back Tim Lane’s Silent Quarter – visit the Kickstarter Campaign page – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/antlersgallery/silent-quarter-tim-lanes-short-story-and-drawing-b. The project closes on 9th June at 3:00PM (BST).

For more information on Anima Mundi – please visit – http://www.antlersgallery.com/project/anima-mundi.

Chris Gollon – ‘Incarnation, Mary & Women from the Bible’ English Cathedrals Exhibition

Already an established name in British art, Chris Gollon is having a phenomenal year. What started as a solo exhibition in Guildford Cathedral in his home county of Surrey in 2014 has snowballed. ‘Incarnation, Mary & Women from the Bible’ is such a hit with both secular and religious audiences, with the clergy, and draws huge media attention that it is now a major national touring exhibition to English cathedrals. Sponsored by Brownhill Insurance, this year it has travelled to the cathedrals of Norwich and Chichester, is now in Durham Cathedral (2nd Oct – 2nd Nov) before travelling to Hereford for Advent. The exhibition focuses on the complexity of women’s experience of the Biblical narrative and also sheds light on women who are nameless or forgotten like Job’s wife, the first woman to question God’s actions. For each cathedral Gollon adds a new work. At Chichester, partial inspiration came from Chris Gollon reading Carol Ann Duffy’s book ‘The World’s Wife’, which lead to him painting the first ever image of Judas Iscariot’s Wife. His image of her imploding with grief as she holds her husband’s suicide note, whilst also hearing news of the forthcoming Crucifixion is heart rending. Although not particularly religious himself, Gollon’s gift is to bring these women and their stories back to life, drawing us into the human drama of the Biblical stories and making them relevant today. The exhibition has been featured in The Independent, on BBC Radio 3 and drew the attention of Clare Balding, who interviewed Chris on her BBC Radio 2 programme Good Morning Sunday. The price of Gollon’s work is rising steadily and more national media attention is in the pipeline.

Chris Gollon has enjoyed many solo museum shows in the UK and has works in important public collections including the British Museum. The latest book on his life and work is ‘Humanity in Art’ by art historian Tamsin Pickeral, and is endorsed by Bill Bryson OBE. Gollon is currently working on a new series of paintings that are an artistic collaboration with acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy, which will be unveiled in a solo exhibition at IAP Fine Art in London in January. Eleanor McEvoy will launch her new album in the exhibition. Details on Chris Gollon and his future exhibitions are on his official information website: www.chrisgollon.com.

Article courtesy of IAP Fine Art.

For more information on read: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/artist-chris-gollon-puts-women-10185009

Burghley House

Restoration of Burghley House Fountain

As a way of introduction to our most recent Art Partner, Anthemion Crowther, I was looking for the right way to introduce both the company and the work that they do. Very rarely do I get the chance to write about my home county, but Anthemion Crowther’s work at Burghley House presented the perfect opportunity to write about both at the same time.

Burghley House is situated in Lincolnshire, in the south of the county, and is a magnificent example of 16th century architecture. Constructed, and largely designed, by William Cecil who was Lord Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, sixteen generations have called this beautiful residence their home. The House is currently lived in by the cousin of the current (and eighth) Marquess of Exeter, who also holds the titles of 17th Earl of Exeter and 18th Baron Burghley.

Burghley House

Although an essay many time as long as this blog post could be written about the architectural importance of Burghley House, it is the gardens which provide the backdrop to my introduction of Anthemion Crowther.

The formal South Gardens were conceived and planted in the late 1800s as a contrast to the rolling landscape created by Capability Brown in a century earlier. It was in the 19th century then that James Marriot Blashfield was commissioned to produce four urns to adorn the newly formalised gardens. In 1960s, under the direction of the 6th Marchioness of Exeter, these urns became the centre piece to four fountains. In subsequent years the fountains were removed and replaced by flower beds, however in 2014 it was the decision of the Burghley House Preservation Trust that the necessary restoration of the vases should be undertaken, and the fountains be re-commissioned.

Burghley House - Image 2

Anthemion Crowther are a specialist company of architectural restorers who also specialise in restoration and installation of panelling and the brokerage of antique items. It is because of Anthemion Crowther’s specialism and experience that the Burghley Trust commissioned them to undertake the restoration of these urns using materials and techniques that would be sympathetic to how these historically important pieces were first created and that the original character as created by James Marriot Blashfield would not be lost.

Burghley House is just one example of the amazing work that Anthemion Crowther execute, for those interested, a visit to their website is recommended, to gain a full insight to the extent of their skills.

I look forward to hearing about what project they begin next.

Affordable Art Fair – Bristol

Having never been to Bristol I was quite excited when I was invited to go to the Affordable Art Fair there last week. Located in Brunel’s Old Station, Temple Mead, AAF Bristol drew a wide variety of people, with families alongside couples and young people all in the search for something they liked. The stream of people with art wrapped up in the distinctive branded packaging leaving the fair when we arrived was encouraging and gave us confidence we were not going to be disappointed by the selection of work on display.

With some familiar galleries alongside a few new faces, we were offered sculpture, landscapes and the more unusual. Antler’s Gallery – based in Bristol – had a great selection of works by Charles Emerson and Geoff Diego Litherland. We had a chance to see some of Tim Lane‘s drawings we were even treated to a viewing of Tim’s ‘Anima Mundi’ which was the focus of a Kickstarter campaign we wrote about earlier this year in May – the work printed up and bound certainly didn’t disappoint.

Also at AAF Bristol was DegreeArt.com who had a selection on display including work by Sophie Derrick and Rogan Brown. Chantelle had enjoyed being in Bristol – and DegreeArt.com are off to Manchester next week for Buy Art Fair and then up to Edinburgh for Edinburgh Art Fair! Another familiar face at AAF Bristol was One Church Street who had a selection of works by Barry Stedman who is a recent addition to the gallery and whose three dimensional pieces perfectly compliments the abstract work of Chris Sims.

The fair was accompanied by live music, which helped create an atmosphere in which to spend a perfect Sunday afternoon. With a variety of 2D and 3D works on display, there was a variety of work to see, and buy. In a city famous for Banksy and street art, we had hoped to find some work inspired by Bristol and we were not disappointed. We had the pleasure of meeting artist Tom White whose paintings are inspired by the graffiti art around the city. On display on the Clifton Fine Art stand was his painting, Keep on the Grass , which is a painting of the Star and Garter pub which is covered in graffiti art.

The feeling of AAF Bristol was very different to any of the Affordable Art Fairs in London, having its own unique atmosphere and set of galleries which was great to see ahead of the AAF Battersea in October. Thanks for all the galleries at AAF Bristol for being so welcoming and telling us about their artists and their home city!

Bristol was a success, maybe Affordable Art Fair New York next year?

 

Header Image Comprises Highlights from Affordable Art Fair; Barry Stedman, Sophie Derrick and Georgie Woolridge (of The Paragon Gallery)

Villa by Gina Soden

Review: Emergence at Eye Like Gallery

Very few galleries get the chance to have such an amazing artist as Gina Soden hold a solo show so early on in the artist’s career, let alone so early on in the gallery’s life. However last night Gina Soden and the newly established Eye Like Gallery (run by gallerist Saro Brindley) proved that they made the perfect team to present Emergence to the world.

I cannot adequately convey what standing in front of a work by Gina Soden is like. Her photography captures far more than the shell of the buildings she photographs, she seems to have perfected photographing their personalities and their characteristics… and what is more, she absolutely loves doing it. Hearing her speak at the opening of her show at Eye Like Gallery in Beaconsfield last night, I was struck by how much she genuinely cared about the spaces she had photographed for this series, and how closely she felt she had to guard their secrets in order to protect the hidden architecture she had discovered.

Emergence is a celebration of Gina’s work and her distinctive style of photographing abandoned architecture throughout Europe. Although Emergence quite rightly describes Gina as an artist at the very beginning of her career, she has already won the acclaimed National Open Art – Emerging Artist of the Year Award and it was announced last night that she has been awarded a prize again this year – the full details are to be announced later in September! The collaboration with Saro at Eye Like Gallery seems to be the perfect match of personalities and approaches to the artworks that are displayed as part of Emergence. Saro, and her gallery manager Mollie, have done a superb job of cleverly hanging over 20 works and manage to create relationships between pieces by contrasting colour, shape and perspective to fantastic effect. Never have I been so impressed by a collection of architectural photographs – the effect of a whole gallery hung, very well, with Gina’s work was mesmerising. The derelict spaces somehow manage to seem both serene and evocative of the action required to save them from total decay.

'Krankenhaus' by Gina Soden

‘Krankenhaus’ by Gina Soden

The highlight of the show, and the one piece above all I was so eager to see, was ‘Krankenhaus’. Part of Gina Soden’s Emergence series, ‘Krankenhaus’ is a photograph taken at a “sprawling sanatorium” (the tantalising description of this German building whose location Gina wouldn’t reveal) which, as a clue, can claim that Adolph Hitler was treated there. The monumental photograph is complemented by the equally monumental production of the piece that is an impressive 1.5m by 1.5m. ‘Krankenhaus’ is the direct result of the collaboration between artist and gallery to create a centrepiece for the show. As an edition of only 3 (with two artists proofs) I have no doubt that the collaboration will be successful in more than one way.

Eye Like Gallery have combined works from Gina’s Emergence series with some pieces from her series ‘Decadenza‘ and ‘Retrogression‘. The three series compliment each other so well it is difficult to spot in the hang which pieces are from the earlier two series. Each piece has in common Gina’s love of the spaces she photographs, her sympathy for the architecture and her overall defining feature – (and her self professed obsession) a sense of symmetry. The symmetry found in her work is not just a symmetry based around a vertical axis, or through mirrored spaces, but through careful composition and balance. Take ‘Krankenhaus’ for example, perfectly balanced and symmetrically composed, yet one need not look very long or hard to see that the photograph is asymmetrical in its architectural composition.

The highlight of the evening and of the opening of ‘Emergence’ was being able to hear Gina speak so frankly and honestly about her work and about a passion that has (so far) consumed 4 years of her artistic career, and being able to speak to the gallery that had made the show possible, and to the incredible team at Eye Like Gallery.

Visit Emergence at Eye Like Gallery in Beaconsfield while you have the chance to see a solo exhibition with Gina Soden, an artist I know is just going to get bigger and bigger, and I can’t wait to see what she produces next!

Click here for details of the exhibition.

'Krankenhaus' by Gina Soden

Emergence at Eye Like Gallery – A Solo Show by Gina Soden

Eye Like Gallery presents Emergence’ – the first solo show of the acclaimed artist, Gina Soden. Not only does Emergence put on display iconic pieces of the artists work alongside work being displayed for the first time – but a collaboration between Gina Soden and Eye Like has resulted in a newly commissioned piece ‘Krankenhaus’. This monumental work, in terms of impact and size (160cm x 160cm) will no doubt be the highlight of the show and propels the artist further into recognition.

Gina Soden has been the subject of must press interest recently having won the prestigious ‘Emerging Artist of the Year‘ award from National Open Art in 2013 and subsequently being short-listed for the same award in 2014. This young Reading-based photographic artist is also to appear on BBC One’s ‘Inside Out’ later this year.

Emergence shall give Gina a chance to explain how her photographic works of often derelict and decaying sites provide a new sense of life and beauty as well as providing a perfect description of her own development as an artist furthering her already developed style. Aside from Gina’s emergence towards international fame, Emergence seems the perfect exhibition title for a gallery that, only just opening in Beaconsfield earlier this year, has been going from strength to strength gaining recognition from collectors and artists alike as the collaboration with Gina Soden has proved.

We are really excited about this collaboration and look forward to hearing how gallery owner Sarojini Brindley and gallery manager Mollie Philpot get on. For the chance to see Gina Soden’s work at Eye Like Gallery, the exhibition is open from 5th – 26th September 2014 at their Beaconsfield space with a Private View on Thursday 4th September from 18:00 – 21:00.

For more information, or to RSVP to the Private View, click here.