October 27, 2013 by hattersleysmith
The Cosmopolitan bumps speculative arse with The Denim-clad Creative, caught mid-pursuit for inspiration/controversy/curiosity in the bright aisles of Battersea’s Affordable Art Fair. Re-worked London tube maps, tiny men in glass box frames, flocks on bronze sheep, papier-mâché busts, washed out nudes & mock-Matisse practically fall off the walls as yuppies yomp sushi, renegotiate holidays & put the beach on hold to fill the gaping blank on the kitchen wall.
Wondering through this mass of colour, it’s easy to see why. With over 100 galleries selling original art for £40 – £4,000, the exhibition features works from a broad range of established artists & talented grads, allowing punters to follow favourites, or pick up a piece from the up-and-coming.
This has to be one of the most anticipated events in the art world’s calendar. Here’re a few of my favourites:
James Burke – Living Just Enough for the City (Bicha Gallery)
Mr Swifty – Spray Paint (See No Evil Gallery)
Stephen Johnston – Short Sighted (Gormley’s Fine Art)
Karin Beek – Sheep (De Kunstsalon)
Clinton De Menezes – White Field (Bicha Gallery)
Luis Morris – Posing (Bell Fine Art)
Mr Jago (See No Evil)
Vincente Esparza – Fauna Humana 3 (Balman Gallery)
Antonio Lopez Reche – Chairs (Kaleidoscope Arts)
Brendan Dawes – 2001 Space Odyssey (Richard Goodall Gallery)
Unfortunately, armed with a diet coke & a pre-payday debit card, I had neither the cash nor wall-space to justify a purchase. However, now I’m planning on living off oats & lentils for a year, I’ll definitely be returning in 2014 with a budget.