January had me back in my studio, thinking and planning for the year ahead. I enjoyed immensely the London Art Fair which is held annually at the Islington Design Centre. The organisers had put a lot into this show, and had been promoting it regularly for months. There was so much to look at, but I was looking for work that inspired, excited, and got me thinking, and I wasn't disappointed. I bought a couple of drawings by Saatchi newby Mona Osman who was being represented by Canvas and Cream of Forest Hill, and my friend bought a small drawing by the late Alan Davie.
The Ochre Print Studios in Guildford has a an excellent print facility, and holds regular workshops which attract leading printmakers. I thoroughly enjoyed a short dry-point printing course with Mai Osawa and her assistant Sara. We used acetate, and found objects for engraving, and some very good prints were produced by those attending.
The Newport Street Gallery at Vauxhall which is owned by Damien Hirst provided a super day out for me and three friends who are new to the art scene. We were not disappointed. We viewed Dan Colen's exhibition Sweet Liberty and discussed over lunch at the Pharmacy. The whole experience was very good and which I hope to repeat soon.
Last weekend 23rd and 24th of February, I took part in the Contemporary Art Fair at Sandown Park, Esher which was organised by Deborah James and Sarah McAllister the who arrange the Reading and Windsor Fairs. My main attraction to this Fair was that it was so near for me and I wanted to showcase my minimal work which had I had not done before. It is particularly rewarding to engage with people and to meet other artists. I particularly liked the prints by Isobel Walker: Isobel is new to instagram so I am following her on isobelwalkerprintmaker
Next week is the Spring edition of the Affordable Art Fair Battersea. I am so happy to be exhibiting with https://www.four-wall.co.uk to see a selection of my work please visit stand K9, and say hello to Sarah and Lara.
This last week felt like the end of the world as we knew it. The effects of the Beast from the East and dreaded Emma had me thinking of the book 'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy, how depressing is that? The Battersea Art Fair will make us think that Spring is here, and maybe it will be. There will certainly be lots of colour and images to spread cheer to everyone.