Affordable Art Fair since the early days: Linda Blackstone

We can’t quite believe that the end of our second season of fairs is almost upon us! London based gallery Linda Blackstone is taking part in our last fair of the year in Singapore this week, and here she tells us all about how the gallery started and how she first became involved with the Affordable Art Fair.

Linda Blackstone Gallery at the Affordable Art Fair Singapore, Nov 2013. Image credit:  Sebastien Levigne

Tell us how you first started?
I always wanted to promote art, so in 1985, once my children were standing on their own feet, I found an almost derelict 18th Century Abattoir in North West London and set about turning it into a Fine Art Gallery. A friend who was an odd job man helped me and we found ourselves finalists in the Harrow Heritage Awards for transforming old buildings into places of beauty.

How did you first come across the Affordable Art Fair?
For some years I had been involved with the Watercolours & Works on Paper Fair and Rebecca Hossack, a fellow exhibitor, told me about Will Ramsay and his plans to start a new art fair. Always a supporter of innovation, I was determined to be one of the first to exhibit at an art fair that had the same ideals as my gallery. 15 years later and I am still taking part in the fairs!

What was your first Affordable Art Fair like?
Our first Affordable Art Fair was the most amazing experience. The organisation right from the beginning was excellent, the staff made us feel as if the fair had been running for years. It was so exciting. We sold more work in four days there than we did in the gallery in a month!

Which Affordable Art Fairs do you now do?
As well as the London fairs, we take part in New York, Singapore, recently Hong Kong, and have also exhibited at the Amsterdam and Brussels fairs.

Best thing about doing the fairs?
The fairs have introduced me to an audience I would never have reached from my gallery in North West London – they are a wonderful way to meet new people who love collecting art.

Funniest fair memory?
Owen Maguire of the Strathearn Gallery always dressed up in his kilt for the Battersea, Autumn Private Views and I would dress in a red chinese silk jacket. Our stands were opposite each other for 13 years until Owen’s retirement, so every year we would have a jig in the aisle between our two stands – a fun tradition.

What’s next for the gallery?
I will be exhibiting in Toronto next April for the first time at the Affordable Art Fair’s sister fair, Love Art. And the gallery will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary next September, so we are planning to hold a very special exhibition to celebrate 30 exciting years promoting our talented and eclectic mix of contemporary artists!

Art and interiors: where to hang art in the home?

Here at the Affordable Art Fair, we tend to compare buying art to falling in love. You see something you like, you can’t stop thinking it, suddenly you can’t imagine life without it and next thing you know wedding bells are a-ringing.

Which is fantastic, and something we couldn’t encourage more! But what happens after you’ve set up home together? It can be difficult to find the perfect spot for your beloved new artwork, so we thought we’d seek some expert advice from one of our galleries. Here, Art Angler’s Jason Dick explains how to place artwork within your home to maximum effect.

Art Angler gallery

How can art transform and enhance a room?
Art can transform a room in a variety of ways, but it all starts with what style you connect with. At Art Angler our first step is to discover the artists our clients like. Once we’ve narrowed it down, the next step is to determine the scale and orientation of the work the client is looking for. Often times, if we don’t have an exact size and shape available, we can present multiple pieces in a variety of layouts (for example diptychs, triptychs or stacked) to fit a particular space as needed.

A really vibrant and colourful palette, in a fun fresh style, such as the work of Xavi Carbonell, can bring a new level of energy to a space. Whilst a piece by Gloria Saez relays a strong sense of serenity and offers that feeling of “escaping” back to the quietness of nature, which a lot of people look for in art. They want a peaceful space to come home to after a long day of work.

Happy art buyer at the Affordable Art Fair NYC Spring 2014 edition

Can you use art to bring together the style of your home?
Art is a fantastic way to bring together themes and styles of interiors. People who are searching for specific colours to work with the palette of their home often come to the gallery. Perhaps it’s a tone, or a specific shade that will play off or complement other pieces within the space. Or maybe it’s a specific burst of colour or contrast they are searching for. Thought out properly, the right piece of art can transform and complete the design of any space. Although it’s important to also note that art can of course stand alone to great effect.

How do you decide where to hang a specific artwork?
This depends on whether you have any specific goals in mind for your interior space, but it always helps to consider the function of the room. What seems appropriate in terms of style and subject matter according to how you use the room?

Or maybe you have specific goals for the artwork itself – a strong statement piece, a pop of colour, freshness and power, or would you prefer the tranquility and calming effects of a more traditional landscape scene? And do you have a preference for palette – cool? warm? Are there particular colours you feel strongly about and want to highlight in your home?

And finally you have the basics, like how high or low to hang in a space based on visual perspectives. Typically works are hung with the centre of the work at eye level, but those rules can be bent to create a more harmonious overall environment.

Art being hung at the Affordable Art Fair NYC Spring 2014 edition

Why do you think we should hang art in our homes?
There are lots of reasons to hang art in your home as mentioned above, but the most important reason for me is that art speaks to us without words. When we connect with a piece it brightens our lives. It’s an endless story to explore and discover at our own pace, and in our own space. It can energize us, relax us, change our mood, and all that’s required of the viewer is a simple glance.

October Arts

Autumn has well and truly arrived, and although the evenings may be drawing in there are plenty of inspiring exhibitions on at the moment to draw you out. Here’s our pick of the arts this month:

Gareth Kemp, Tropic of Capricorn, Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40, £750

Threadneedle Prize: Figurative Art Today
Mall Galleries, London
Awarded for contemporary figurative and representational art, the Threadneedle Prize is one of the most prestigious annual art prizes in the UK. With over 60 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures, it gives an exhilarating overview of new directions in contemporary practice. Not to be missed is installation artist James Tailor’s striking acrylic awning installation, whose work will also be featured at the Affordable Art Fair Battersea in October as part of the Recent Graduates’ Exhibition. Make sure you remember to vote for your favourite piece to win the Visitor’s Choice Prize too!

Free entry
25 September – 11 October 2014, 10am – 5pm

Turner Prize 2014

Turner Prize
Tate Britain, London
This week sees the opening of the 2014 shortlist exhibition of the coveted and controversial Turner Prize. The four shortlisted artists include Duncan Campbell and James Richards, both of whom present challenging works in film, Ciara Phillips, who showcases her distinctive printmaking practices and Tris Vonna-Michell who develops intriguing stories through audio recordings and live performance. Always an exciting exhibition date for the diary!

£11 adults, booking advised
30 September 2014 – 4 January 2015

Deep Space Winner

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014
The Royal Observatory Greenwich
For the stargazers amongst you, the Royal Observatory is holding its annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition – showcasing incredible images taken by photographers from around the world. The exhibition really will leave you star-struck as you gaze upon images of eclipses, star trails, the solar system and planets as you’ve never seen them before.

Until 24 February 2015, 10am – 5pm

Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War

Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War
Imperial War Museum
On a blustery Sunday, what better way to spend an afternoon than wandering around the recently renovated Imperial War Museum? Newly opened after a lengthy sabbatical, the museum is now fresh and light, and its current exhibition marks the Centenary of the First World War. A thought-provoking combination of art and history, ‘Truth and Memory’ explores the dual perspectives of war art. Split across two galleries, the first tackles art produced during the war, the second art produced in retrospect. With work from well known artists such as Paul Nash, as well as from others you may not have come across, this exhibition takes an insightful look at the impact of war on the artists who experienced it.

Open daily, 10am – 6pm

Dynamic Suprematism 1915 or 1916 by Kazimir Malevich 1879-1935

Malevich: Revolutionary of Russian Art
Tate Modern, London
If you haven’t been yet, don’t miss your last chance to see ‘Malevich’ – the widely acclaimed blockbuster show at Tate Britain closing this month. In the first ever retrospective of the Russian artist in the UK, Malevich’s work is used as a visual map to trace the turbulent period of Russian and world history in the early-twentieth century. If you only associate Malevich with his infamous ‘Black Square’ – then think again – you’ll be amazed at the power, colour, and complexity of his artistic output. Definitely worth a visit!

£14.50 adults, booking advised
Until 26 October 2014

 Quentin Blake, Inside Stories

Quentin Blake, Inside Stories
House of Illustration, Kings Cross
Whether it’s the BFG, Matilda, or Esiotrot, everyone has a favourite Roald Dahl character bought to the life by the drawings of the wondrous Quentin Blake. An inspiration to writers and illustrators alike, Blake’s work is the centrepiece of this charming show where we see his early sketches take their recognisable forms. The exhibition also features his lesser-known, more recent collaborations with writers such as David Walliams and Michael Rosen, giving us an illuminating insight into the relationship between artist and illustrator, and the processes that link the first drawings to the final form. A brilliant show about a much-loved illustrator – highly recommended!

£7 adults, £4 child
Until 2 November 2014

Artistic Inspiration: Ann Kelson and Rosa Nussbaum – Recent Graduates Exhibition, Battersea Autumn Collection 2014

Ever wondered where artists get inspiration for their work?  For many, both the subject and form of their artworks can stem from something highly personal and identifiable – be it a life event, experience or sensory reaction to the world around them.

Two emerging artists, whose work has been selected for the Affordable Art Fair’s Recent Graduates’ Exhibition in Battersea Park 2014, have shared fascinating, moving stories with us about the inspiration behind their works.  Their reflections illuminate the contrasting ways in which internal and external experiences respectively afforded them their particular, personal perspectives, which are manifested in their unique creations.

Recent Graduates Exhibition. Ann Kelson. Be Careful What You Wish For.

University of the West of England graduate Ann Kelson crafts her intricate sculptural works from wishbones – fractured and painstakingly repaired.  Heavily autobiographical, Ann’s inspiration stems back to a single life-changing event of sixteen years ago, when her husband took a fall at work and was left paraplegic.

Ann described the inspiration behind her wishbone sculpture ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’:

‘Living busy, able-bodied lives, it was easy for me to wish that my husband and I could spend more time together.  Then, one day, my husband went to work and, having suffered a spinal injury, came home four months later as a disabled man.  Suddenly we spent all day every day together.  My wish had come true.  My husband’s spine, thanks to amazing surgery, has been stabilised but will never be fixed or whole again.  With these bones I am attempting to convey how I feel about the fallible, imperfect repairs.  My wishbone restorations will never reverse the devastating destruction, and some will only ever see damage.  The delicacy of the bones combines with the fragility of the repair to convey the insubstantiality of every certainty on which we build our lives.  I would like to recognise the way our lives have been reassessed and, although different, I can now see a new beauty and preciousness in the reconstruction.’

Where Ann’s artworks present a highly internal exploration of shifting priorities, values and viewpoints, Wimbledon College of Art graduate Rosa Nussbaum’s sculptural installations are inspired by a physical interaction with her external surroundings.

Recent Graduates Exhibition. Rosa Nussbaum. Living the Dream.

Rosa told us about the moment of inspiration for her lightbox ‘Living The Dream’:

‘When I was in Brisbane in December I was walking down the street.  It was a warm summer evening, the dusk a deep translucent blue.  I was thinking about Dave Hickey’s description of Las Vegas.  So pink and shiny and kitsch – so desirable.  The images of my inner and my outer eye overlapped just when I looked up and saw a cinema marquee, illuminated, hanging a few meters over the street.  And I felt that longing, that undirected desire for an unattainable and unspecified life.  The words came later, when I was about to walk through a door.  Someone had used the phrase earlier that week and it had struck me as funny – this tacit agreement on what the dream is – so universal, so established.’

Both Ann and Rosa’s work will be showcased in the Recent Graduates’ Exhibition, alongside a hand-picked selection of other exciting emerging artists from this year’s UK degree shows.

Affordable Art Fair since the early days: Colourbox

For the next instalment of our long-standing exhibitor series, we’ve been chatting to Christine and Tom of Yorkshire-based gallery Colourbox. As well as running the gallery, they are both themselves artists and they have been participating in the fair since 2002.

Tom and Christine of Colourbox gallery

Tell us how you first started?
We started out painting together in 1996 and did a lot of artists’ fairs, like the one in Battersea Town Hall and Teddington. We quickly realised that art fairs were a brilliant way to meet lots of new customers and a great way for them to discover new art.

How did you first come across the Affordable Art Fair?
We heard about the Battersea fair in the autumn of 2001 while we were at an artist fair. Everyone said Battersea was fantastic and we thought it could be exactly what we’d been looking for. The artist fairs were good, but we wanted something set at a higher standard with a more professional edge. We called Nicky Wheeler and luckily they were just about to launch a new spring fair in 2002 and had a few stands left, so we took one.

Colourbox studio

What was your first Affordable Art Fair like?
We had no idea what to expect as we hadn’t actually visited an AAF before we arrived for the March 2002 spring fair. We were totally blown away by the scale, the quality of the work and the level of organisation. We were extremely nervous as we had taken a leap of faith to take part, but it was brilliant. We sold about seven of our paintings on the first morning!

Which Affordable Art Fairs do you now do?
We do all the UK fairs and have done Singapore three times.

Christine from Colourbox gallery hard at work!

Best thing about doing the fairs?
It’s fantastic to meet new art buyers, and of course seeing our regular customers and getting the chance to talk to them about what we do.

Funniest fair memory?
Michael McIntyre asking for a discount on a small painting at the last AAF Hampstead!

What’s next for the gallery?
More of the same we hope. We’ve decided not to do the international fairs because, as we are also artists, other galleries are happy to show our work at those, so we will continue to do Battersea Spring, Hampstead and Bristol for as long as we can. It will be our 15th Battersea next March!

Affordable Art Fair since the early days: Woodbine Contemporary Arts

As part of a new series of interviews for the Blog we’re interviewing some of our exhibitors who’ve been with the Affordable Art Fair since the early days. Here, Rowan and Liz from Woodbine Contemporary Arts tell us about how their gallery began, and the last fifteen years with the Affordable Art Fair!

Tell us how you first started?
We met at Cardiff College of Art in the late 60s, whilst studying for Fine Art degrees. I was two years ahead and took up a teaching post in Peterborough after my PGCE – Liz joined me later having graduated and also undertaken a PGCE. Neither of us stopped producing art and for a number of years we were members of the 678 artist group, which exhibited throughout East Anglia. When the group folded we both continued to paint, and on moving to our present home in south Lincolnshire, we restored the small derelict cottage at the end of the garden as a gallery space- initially to show our own work, and also that of one or two artists we knew.

Where did the name Woodbine come from?
The name of the cottage was ‘Woodbine cottage’, due to the large honeysuckle bush at the side of it – woodbine being the country name for honeysuckle. When the galley opened in 1997, it was called Woodbine Cottage Gallery, although the name was later changed to Woodbine Contemporary Arts.

How did you first come across the Affordable Art Fair?
We didn’t find the Affordable Art Fair, the fair found us! In the early days we used to advertise in Art Review and we think Will, the fair founder, found us there. The first thing we knew about the fair was when a letter from Will arrived, explaining what he was planning to do, and would we be interested in applying. Although I’d not long left teaching and money was tight, we both knew it was something we should be involved in.

What was your first AAF like?
Our first AAF was exhilarating, stimulating and exhausting. Exhilarating, because suddenly we were part of a big London event, with a large footfall and a higher level of sales than we could achieve in our small and very rural gallery. Stimulating, because like the visitors, we could see in one event what 90 other galleries were doing and achieving. Exhausting, because fairs are tiring anyway, but as our two sons were still at school, we would drive down from Lincolnshire on a daily basis to ensure that they could see us, and we could see them, every day.

Which Affordable Art Fairs do you now do?
We now take part in Battersea, Hampstead and Bristol fairs, although we have also taken part in the Amsterdam fair.

Best thing about doing the fairs?
For us the best thing about the fairs is that not only do they give us the chance to be part of well organised and well publicised events, from which we have built up a large client base, but to be part of something which, at the same time as being groundbreaking, influential and now global, allows us to still feel part of the family.

Funniest fair memory?
There have been many funny moments, but one which stands out is when, a certain lady from a certain Bristol gallery, on a quiet Friday afternoon, decided to prove that she could to the splits, and did so in the middle of the aisle!

What’s next for the gallery?
What’s next? Immediately, it is the Bristol fair, but after that, to keep pushing up the quality of what we show, and how we show it, and also to look at the possibility of taking on another Affordable Art Fair.

August arts

With so much going on over the summer months, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start! Here’s our guide to the best arty activities around London this August.

Matisse cut-outs - Sunday lates at the Tate

Southwark, London
Catch the hugely popular ‘Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs’ before it travels to MoMA in New York this September, and benefit from the Tate Modern’s new later opening hours. Described as a ‘feast of dazzling dreams’ and a ‘joyous celebration’, this exhibition looks at the paper collages that Matisse created in his final years. Crowds during the late sessions are smaller, so spend a leisurely Sunday evening basking in Matisse’s amazing array of colours.

Tickets £30, free for members, booking essential
Sunday 24th August, 8pm – 10.30pm

The Serpentine Gallery, London
You have until the end of August to see this amazing one woman performance piece. Abramovic performs from 10am until 6pm, 6 days a week, using only a few props and unsuspecting visitors. Bags, jackets, watches, phones and cameras are all left at the door, you are quite literally leaving your baggage behind and entering the new artistic space to…well we don’t want to ruin the surprise, so you’ll just have to go and see for yourself!

SPAM by Lucy Sparrow, featured in her exhibition The Corner Shop

Bethnal Green, London
Here at the Affordable Art Fair we love a trip to the corner shop to stock up on afternoon snacks, so when we heard that Lucy Sparrow had created her very own corner shop made entirely of felt, we were understandably excited! Sparrow launched a kick-starter fund earlier this year to make her felt dreams come true, and the result is an amazing emporium of hand sewn treats – from tomato ketchup and cans of beer to The Times and tubes of fruit pastilles.

Running until the 31st August, 10am until 7pm

Primrose: Early Colour Photography in Russia exhibition at The Photographer’s Gallery.

The Photographer’s Gallery, Oxford Circus
If the crowds at the Malevich exhibition at the Tate don’t appeal, visit the brilliant Photographer’s Gallery just off Oxford Street for a fix of Russian art. The exhibition documents the rise of colour photography from the 1860s until the 1970s in Russia and the Soviet Union. Spanning from very early delicate black and white photographs to bright revolutionary red posters, the exhibition acts as a mini history lesson as it weaves its way through Russian photography.

Until 17 October

Notting Hill, London
A guide to the capital in August wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the biggest party of the year! Taking place in one of London’s prettiest locations, Notting Hill Carnival is a riot of colour, music, costumes and dancing. If you’re lucky enough to know a local, take a pew on their balcony and watch the world go by in a blur of feather headdresses, carnival floats and scantily clad dancers; or follow the fleet of floats winding through the West London streets, get stuck in to one of the many famous food stands, and enjoy soaking up the lively atmosphere.

24 - 25 August

Gallery life: AO Vertical Art Space

At our recent Hong Kong fair we spoke to Sarah Greene of AO Vertical Art Space to find out more about the gallery and what she loves about taking part in art fairs.

AO Vertical Art Space

What does a typical day involve?
It’s hard to define a typical day, every day is quite different and it depends on what’s coming up. In the morning I tend to reply to emails, the afternoons are reserved for meeting clients and speaking to new customers, whilst in the early evening, when it becomes dark and quiet, I tend to focus on matters that need my concentration like writing a press release, accounting, working out ideas…

Pivotal moment for your gallery?
The first exhibition I organised for AO Vertical Art Space – a major solo show with Ho Fan. It was the first important photography exhibition I staged and it struck a chord in Hong Kong. His beautiful imagery of Hong Kong in a bygone era attracted well over 1,000 visitors.

And on a personal level, the exhibition opened up a fascinating world of wonderful imagery and story telling to me and I totally fell in love with the medium of photography. I’m slowly working my way through every photography book I can find and this summer I am doing a course in photography at Sotheby’s in London. So you could say this exhibition changed my life!

Favourite part of your job?
I love to unleash my creativity when putting shows together – thinking about how best to bring the story forward and hang the artwork in an exciting way for the audience. I tend to organise exhibitions a year in advance and then spend months thinking about how to present them.

How do you find new artists?
It’s very personal and each case is unique, it can happen in many different ways. I discovered Anton Kusters one morning listening to an interview he was giving on the radio, I got out of bed and sent him an email straight away. Ho Fan’s work I encountered at an art fair in the US and I chased him and his agents for over a year. KC Kwan just walked into the bookshop one day and started telling me his story…the next day we started working on his book ‘Homebound’!

Hardest part of your job?
Administration! I don’t like spreadsheets but it’s part of the job…

Best thing about doing an art fair?
It’s a rollercoaster and gets the adrenaline going. I’m totally exhausted after a fair, but I love the madness and buzz a fair creates. You get to meet so many new people!

Most memorable moment of your career?
Every time I feel my efforts are being rewarded for all the hard work of promoting an artist – so this could be a sale, a nice review, or even just people coming far and wide to see an exhibition.

Artist you would most like to work with?
Oh there are many I’m looking forward to working with, but you’ll have to stay tuned to find out who!

Gallery life: Villa del Arte

We chatted with lovely ladies Michelle Frederick and Veronica Iacobelli, who were on the Villa del Arte stand at Affordable Art Fair Battersea to find out what it’s like doing an art fair from their perspective.

Villa del Arte gallery in Barcelona

What does a typical day at an art fair involve?
We try to get to the fair early so we can make any little last minute changes to the stand and grab some coffee, lots of coffee! Then we’ll re-assess the stand; is there anything we want to change? How did visitors respond the day before? Depending on how the day goes, we might have to replenish the artwork, but our time is mainly taken up with chatting to people.

How does that differ from the day-to-day in the gallery?
It’s not too different actually! There’s a lot more artwork and a lot more people at a fair, so you have to be quicker on your toes to keep up! At the fair you have more artworks in a smaller space to organise.

Pivotal moment for you gallery?
The gallery was split over a number of different locations around Barcelona before it moved, eight or nine years ago, to the one it’s in now. I think it’s been a really good move for the gallery, it’s in a beautiful location, the space itself is lovely and it’s a vibrant area so we have the opportunity to meet lots of new people.

Best thing about doing an art fair?
Seeing different cultures, wherever you go the way people interact with the art is always different.

Hardest part of an art fair?
You always think after a fair, could the stand have been better? Did we hang it right? Did we bring the right artists? Did we put the right artists next to each other? You do rack your brains wondering if there was something you should have done differently.

How do you find new artists?
We have just done an open call for the gallery, which means we put out calls on different websites asking people to submit work. The gallery owners go to a lot of open studios and art fairs to find artists they like, and sometimes our artists will recommend other artists they know.

Favourite part of your job?
It’s amazing just being surrounded by the art, it’s such a privilege.

Gallery life: Modernbook Gallery

Bryan Yedinak and Mark Pinsukanjana, directors of Modernbook Gallery in San Francisco, tell us a little bit about their daily lives as gallerists and what they love most about their work.

Modernbook Gallery's stand at Affordable Art Fair New York Spring 2014

What does a typical day involve?
Bryan Yedinak: Checking email, seeing who wants to buy something!

Mark Pinsukanjana: We do so many fairs, we do eight fairs a year, so we’re constantly getting calls about things people saw in LA, New York, London so dealing with that tends to make up typical day. We also publish books, our artist’s portfolios, so there’s usually plenty to organise for that too.

Pivotal moment for your gallery?
MP: In 2002 one of the artists we represent said to us that we should do an art fair and we thought yeah, that could be fun, so we did. We hadn’t done an art fair before and they were just getting going in the US then. So we did one, and then we did two, then three and it just grew and now we do eight fairs a year.

BY: It really was pivotal because it’s a big part of our business now, it changed the way we worked.

Best thing about doing an art fair?
BY: Interacting with people. You can do so many things online now, you can buy art online, but the face-time is good: they can see the piece, talk about it.

MP: For me, the best thing about doing an art fair is when we sell to the first time buyer. They just get so excited, you can see it in their eyes and they are just so happy. It’s so nice to meet the brand new collectors.

BY: Yes exactly. We were there once, it wasn’t so long ago that we were the first time buyers so now we love it when someone’s like “I just can’t stop thinking about that picture.” We often tell people, especially the first timers, if they’re thinking about a purchase to actually walk away and have a think, so when they do come back you know that it’s really in their head. And nine times out of ten they come back for another piece, because they had a good experience and we were nice. It’s great building that relationship too.

How do you find new artists?
BY: That’s a good question! Typically we get lots of submissions, and we maybe take on one from every 100. It’s a shame, but we just can’t take more, once you start you’re committed to the artists you’ve got. We have this one young artist, who’s Russian, and we saw her work at a show in San Francisco and called her up straight away we loved her work so much.

MP: Yes, actually, it was a show at a university which we found out about in a newspaper, so sometimes it can be entirely by chance.

BY: That’s the thing, we know what we like and we know our clientele so well that when we do see something it’s like right, let’s do this.

Favourite artist?
MP: I collect something a little bit quirky, I collect monkeys. So I can’t say I have a favourite artist, I’m more image driven. For me art is not about who it’s by, it’s about grabbing you, what the image says to you.

BY: He has a really good collection of monkeys by the way! I love photography, and of course that’s what we sell so that’s not surprising, but I really like Ryan McGinley, Uta Barth and Matthew Brandt.

Favourite part of your job?
BY: Mine is a two part answer, I like working with artists, I like choosing the pieces we are going to show and visiting their studios. Secondly, I like working with the people who take the art home. So the fairs bridge all that, we bring the artists we like, that we think will sell and then connect with the clients here.

MP: Yep same for me! I love building relationships with clients and see them come back year after year. It’s great when they come back to see us and say they’re still so in love with the piece they bought two years ago!