April Russell: What to consider when choosing art for your home

We’ve been chatting to April Russell from the British Institute of Interior Design who is buzzing to share with you her tips on how to use art to transform any room in your home. Don’t forget that April will be leading our Sunday Sofa Session on the 23 October from 1pm, where she’ll be discussing her tips in more detail. Definitely one not to miss!

How can art transform and enhance a room?

The subject, size and colour of the canvas can certainly set the mood of a room.  I personally feel colourful art can enhance a room. How the art is lit is a huge part of hanging and should be equally considered when choosing the piece.  

How do you decide where to hang a specific artwork?

Size is important and often dictates where the canvas should be hung. If you have a large canvas there may be limited places to hang and the decision will be made for you.  Important pieces should be hung at centre stage. I like to stage art and small pieces can find a perfect place in a niche or within a collage of works or even on an easel on a table.

Where do you find inspiration for choosing and displaying works?

Works speaks for themselves and within a collection the more important pieces will more than likely hang in places that will be seen frequently and appreciated.  Subject matter can dictate where the piece or pieces hang.  I like to hang the heavier pieces in reception rooms and entrances and leave the lighter pieces for bedrooms and bathrooms.

Do you collect art yourself? If so, what’s on your walls and what’s your most treasured piece?

I do collect myself and I have a fondness for British Modern Art. My collection however spans from as early as mid 19th century up to the present.

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Insider Tips: How to buy art for the home

Ahead of the Affordable Art Fair Battersea – Autumn Collection, we’ve been quizzing the experts at Decology, the bespoke (and affordable!) interior styling online service, about how to go about buying art for the home. Be it an original print or a blown-up family photo on canvas, Decology are firm believers that nothing beats a bright and beautiful piece. Not only does it provide a welcome injection of colour, but it is a fantastic way to personalise your living space. Decologist Steven Jackson shares his top tips for interior styling with an arty twist!

“Art is a personal reflection of the owner’s taste just as your overall interior should be. Adding pieces of art that you love to a space will reflect your personality and create an environment you enjoy spending time in. Art can also establish the basis for wonderful colour schemes, adding colour and providing an opportunity to layer the room by repeating the colours with different textures and objects.”  

Not an art buff? Don’t panic! Decology have rounded up their top tips when buying art.

Where to start?

You don’t have to be a pro to be interested in art – or want to incorporate it in your home. “There are many resources for art and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Events like the Affordable Art Fair show a wide variety of styles and mediums. Explore these and learn what you’re attracted to. The more you see, the more confidence you will gain and will know when you find the right piece for you and your home.”

And… where to buy?

“Art is completely personal. You need to explore, look around and be prepared to buy when something stands out to you” Found a piece you love? “Consider how the picture or objects links into other items you already own. Focus on a theme and this will help you build and add to your collection as you find interesting pieces as time goes on.”

Work with your space!

Gone for a large, statement piece? Naturally, you’ll need a vast, blank wall. “Scale is important” advises Steven. “Consider one large picture or a group of pictures from a series to make a strong impact.”

If, on the other hand, you’ve opted for something slightly subtler, use your artwork to help bring life to an otherwise small space which may not be able to accommodate additional furniture or accessories. “Wall colour, lighting and framing all contribute to the impact a piece of art makes” says Jackson. Therefore, if working with a slightly smaller room, go for the obvious – a light and bright colour scheme, effective lighting and an unobtrusive frame will help lift your chosen room.

Photography by Nathalie Priem.

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Five things not to miss at Battersea 2016

October marks our return to beautiful Battersea Park, Fair Director extraordinaire Luci Noel shares her five things not to miss at our upcoming Autumn edition:

New to Battersea for Autumn 2016

The Autumn Collection is bursting full of galleries and artists from the international community and we are thrilled to welcome a host of new exhibitors to our stable. American gallery Axiom Contemporary join us with their brand of contemporary pop art, while Galerie Calderone bring a raft of European artistic talent with them from France. If it’s art inspired by the East that you’re particularly interested in then be sure to visit Hanoi Art House, Lalanta Fine Art and ArtBlue Studio – all new to Battersea and brimming with contemporary works from across South East Asia. For something a little closer to home London-based JP Art Gallery and photography specialists The Print Room at Beetles & Huxley take the reins.

See the future of history with The Economist

We are hugely excited to welcome The Economist to our Battersea fair where they will be presenting ‘RecoVR Mosul: A Collective Reconstruction’. For its first venture into the medium of virtual reality, The Economist has collaborated with Rekrei, a non-profit group formerly known as Project Mosul, to recreate the museum and many of the lost artefacts using virtual reality. I cannot wait for visitors to the fair to be given a chance to experience this fascinating reconstruction!

Recent Graduates’ Exhibition

This year’s Recent Graduates’ exhibition is set to excite as we introduce Medeia Cohan as the new curator. Having worked in the London art scene for over a decade, Medeia has approached this year’s degree shows with vigor, presenting a vibrant collection of 2D and 3D works which for the first time will be located throughout the fair. With a keen eye for selecting the best of each year’s graduating class we cannot wait to see what Medeia has in store for us at this year’s fair – be sure to watch out for a few surprises along the way!

Samuel Eyles, Prisoners at the Dairy, acrylic on canvas, 170 x 239cm, £2,800.

‘Hey good looking!’ Win your portrait in oils

Continuing the theme of all things new we are thrilled to offer visitors a chance to win their portrait in oils by Recent Graduate artist Stuart Howitt. Fresh from his MA undertaken at the prestigious Chelsea College of Art, Stuart’s exciting work is featured in this Autumn’s specially curated Recent Graduates’ Exhibition. Sign up to our mailing list at the fair for a chance to be immortalised in oil by one of the art world’s rising stars.

Top tips on collecting art

Lastly, but by no means least, Own Art will be divulging their deepest, darkest secrets to starting a collection and spotting a future star on their daily tours starting at 3pm from the Info Desk. Make the most of their wisdom and be sure to quiz them on their installment plans!

And don’t forget that even if a gallery is not an Own Art member, they may well have their own installment plan available. So if you do fall for something a little over your budget, do ask the question and you might be able to spread the payment over several months!

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Recent Graduates’ Exhibition

With our Battersea fair opening just around the corner we thought we would take the time to shout about the selection of exciting new talent that will be a part of our Recent Graduates’ Exhibition. Medeia Cohan, our brand new Recent Graduates’ Curator, talks us through her thinking behind this year’s display and shares her top tips on getting started as an emerging artist.

‘For this years Recent Graduates’ Exhibition I wanted to take advantage of the evolving layout of the fair and present something ambitious and perhaps unfamiliar. I very much see this exhibition in two parts: In the atrium, right at the front of the fair, is my pick of the most exciting painters that were discovered at the last round of UK degree shows. In this section, I’ve focused on six artists and curated a series of mini solo presentations, each showcasing a number of works, many previously unseen. By doing so, I aim to provide a strong context and a deeper insight into the work of each artist.

‘As visitors explore the fair, they’ll discover four special commissions that make up the second part of the Recent Graduates’ Exhibition. For these sections, I have selected four artists – Jake Grewal, Bex Ilsley, Holly Muir and Tom Stewart – encouraging each to propose an experimental installation that stretches the established confines of an art fair. The results are engaging and interactive, challenging and thoughtful. I hope these provide an alternative experience, while emphasising the diversity of work emerging from UK art schools.’

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See the future of history with The Economist

On February 26th 2015, the militant group known as Islamic State posted a video online showing the destruction of antiquities in and around the city of Mosul in Northern Iraq. Statues and other artefacts in the Mosul Museum were smashed, and ruins around the city were broken up using hammers and pneumatic drills.

We are hugely excited to be working with The Economist to present ‘RecoVR Mosul: A Collective Reconstruction’ at the upcoming Affordable Art Fair Battersea. For its first venture into the medium of virtual reality, The Economist has collaborated with Rekrei, a non-profit group formerly known as Project Mosul, to recreate the museum and many of the lost artefacts, explain why they matter and examine how they were virtually reconstructed.

This pop-up VR experience from The Economist will be located in the Café area and will also include physical reconstructions of some items from the museum which were produced using 3D printing.

We cannot wait to be given the chance to put on those VR goggles and have a good look around this fascinating reconstruction!

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Autumn Collection Highlights

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? With the success of our Spring Collection fading in our memory and summer drawing to a close its time to start the countdown to the Autumn Collection. As we look ahead to welcoming over 1,000 artists from over 100 galleries to the beautiful Battersea Park this October we thought it would be handy to give you our top tips for the ones to look out for at the fair.

The Print Room at Beetles + Huxley

Brand new to the Affordable Art Fair, The Print Room at Beetles + Huxley was born out of a desire to make photography more accessible to first time collectors, instilling transparency, approachability and education at the heart of their work.

With a vast portfolio of artists and genres, spanning from the abstract and Americana to landscapes, fashion and photojournalism, The Print Room is perfect for those looking to break into the world of photography, learn more about the craft and for those wanting to start their very own collection.

The Print Room will be bringing a variety of photographers never before seen at the Affordable Art Fair including American Fine art photographer Paulette Tavormina, inspired by botanics and best known for her series, ‘Natura Morta’, and French born wildlife photographer Vincent Munier, who’s work captures the beauty and magnificence of nature.

One photographer’s work in particular that all of us here at the Affordable Art Fair HQ cannot wait to fall in love with is that of Parisian artist Laurent Chehere. Inspired by a poetic vision of an old Paris, Chehere’s stunning imagery challenges the viewer to look twice at the individual elements that combine to create his dramatic and dreamlike photomontages.

Laurent Chehere. Digital C-Type Photograph. 35 x 35cm, Edition of 7. The Print Room at Beetles + Huxley.

The Print Room at Beetles + Huxley will be exhibiting this year at Battersea at stand L8.

JP Art Consultancy

First timers at this year’s Affordable Art Fair Battersea, JP Art Consultancy specialise in sourcing emerging fine contemporary art worldwide – so if you’re looking for the next hot thing in fine contemporary art, then look no further!

Artists featuring on JP Art’s stand at this year’s fair include print specialist Kate Kessling. Best known for buttons laid out in grids, Kate uses an ancient woodcut printing technique to create an aesthetic and symbolic language from this repeated pattern of found objects. John Workman creates landscapes using bitumen and glass, portraying differing eras of the past using contemporary techniques and materials. His mixed media series ‘Lightbox’ produces a subdued glow like the embers of a fire creating that familiar, warm glow of nostalgia.

John Workman. Lightbox I. Kodack lightbox, bitumen and vintage wallpaper. 31 x 26 x 20cm. JP Art Consultancy. 

Find JP Art Consultancy at stand C3.

Olivia Connelly

Last but not least, we can’t wait to see what Olivia Connelly has in store for us with their wide range of contemporary artworks inspired by urban and pop influences to choose from. This year Olivia’s artists include female pop artist Jann Haworth – a rarity in a genre dominated by men. Haworth co-designed the Beatles ‘Sgt Pepper’ album cover alongside Peter Blake and creates impactful and eye-catching images for Connelly’s gallery. With the recurring motif of doughnuts in mind, Haworth’s work truly fits the bill for this year’s ‘Art for Every Taste’ inspired fair.

We especially love the colourful work of Latin American artist Gustavo Ortiz who will be exhibited at this year’s Affordable Art Fair. Ortiz is largely influenced by mythology and loves to develop his own visual world populated by imagined creatures and figures, particularly evident in his piece ‘Colourful Hair I’. These colourful characters are brought to life on canvas using intricate paper cuts embalmed in wax, varnish and metallic materials.

Gustavo Ortiz. Colourful Hair I. Mixed media. 30 x 30cm. Olivia Connelly.

Find Olivia Connelly and her artists at stand K6.

If you like what you see, then be sure to join us between the 20-23 October at Battersea’s Autumn edition and find the perfect piece to suit your taste and home. 

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Collect like an expert

At the Affordable Art Fair we’re firm believers that anyone can collect art. But, for those of us who aren’t au fait with the ways of the art world, dipping your toe into the market can feel like a daunting experience.

So, just how do you overcome the dreaded FOBRO (a.k.a. Fear Of Being Ripped Off), and how do you know, before you take the plunge, that the piece you’re purchasing is really the one for you? We’ve been chatting with some of our gallerists and have complied a list of things to do and questions to ask to help you collect like an expert …

1. Explore the options
Explore as much as you can at the fair and get an overview of the range of artworks on offer. As Mark Jason, of Mark Jason Gallery, explains, ‘do some research, take your time. See as much work as you can, and make a note of your top 5-10 pieces.’ Comparing works also gives you an idea of what’s available in your price range. Mark continues, ‘buy the best piece you can in your budget … sometimes it’s a case of buying a major work by a minor artist or if your budget is modest, a minor piece by a major artist.’

2. Get to know the artist
One of the most exciting parts of collecting contemporary art is discovering unknown and emerging artists, and it’s important to get to know as much as you can about their status and background. As Angie Davey, Creative Director of Eyestorm, points out reputation is key: ‘the first factor that effects artwork pricing is probably the artist’s name … ask where they studied, where they currently are in their career and where they’ve shown their work recently’.

Outline Editions, Malika Favre, Susie3. Embrace the unconventional   
Don’t buy an artwork because you think it’s what you should be buying; if an unusual work captures your imagination, go for it. As Mark Jason says, ‘on many occasions people arrive at the fair looking for something quite specific and leave with something completely different. You really don’t know what your reaction is going to be to an artwork until you see it.’ Who knows, you could have just spotted a future masterpiece!

4. Examine the materials
As Diane Tuckey of Outline Editons says, ‘an artwork’s materials can have a big impact on pricing. For example, we’ve sold pieces by an artist which command a considerably higher price than her normal works because they were done in gold leaf – the resultant art is priced to reflect these material costs.’

Eyestorm, Jacky Tsai, Chinese Floral Skull5. Be confident in the originality
At the Affordable Art Fair all artwork on show is original, so there’s no need to worry that your investment isn’t unique. However, for limited edition prints, there are certain factors to be aware of to give you confidence in your purchase. As Angie Davey explains, ‘a limited edition print from a run of five will be valued higher than a print in an edition of 50, even if it’s the same size and by the same artist. This is because there are fewer of that particular print and it’s therefore rarer – fewer people in the world will have it.’

6. Value your personal reaction
As Diane Tuckey concludes, ‘the best reason for buying an artwork is the obvious one: because you like it’. Collecting art is, ultimately, about developing and learning to trust your taste, and as Angie Davey declares, there is such a thing as ‘love at first sight when it comes to art!’

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It’s a gallery affair

At each edition of the Affordable Art Fair we welcome over 110 carefully selected galleries from across the globe to showcase the best of what their artists have to offer. Between them, these galleries represent an impressive 1,100 artists, and are dedicated to nurturing and showcasing their work to the widest possible art loving audiences.

As an organisation that champions galleries, we’re frequently asked why are galleries so important to the art industry? To get the lowdown, we’ve caught up with two Affordable Art Fair galleries and their artists to get the insider info on the crucial, fascinating relationship between artist and gallerist.

Caiger Contemporary Art
Amy Caiger heads up Caiger Contemporary Art, a nomadic gallery which represents a small, carefully selected, group of contemporary artists. Amongst them are Blandine Bardeau, who uses a variety of unusual media to create her semi-abstract works, and Rod McIntosh, whose material-driven works focus on the process of mark making.

What’s the selection procedure for the gallery?
Caiger Contemporary Art, Blandine Bardeau, Your Smile is Beautiful and it Makes Me HappyAmy: We spend a lot of time researching and going to see new artists’ work. We look for something that catches our eye, and then consider how it would fit with other works in our gallery. Sometimes artists also contact us directly if they think they’d be a good fit for our gallery. Either way, the work needs to speak to us, we have to love it. Then, once we’ve spoken with the artist, and are sure we’d have a great working relationship, we’ll ask them on board.

As an artist, how and why do you look for gallery representation?
Blandine: My meeting with Caiger Contemporary Art was through Twitter initially, in a typical 21st century fashion! After a few interactions online I looked them up and liked what I saw, so invited them to one of my shows – we chatted there and they asked me to come on board. For me, it was as much about the artists they represent as it was about the feeling I got from interacting with them; it’s important that something clicks, and that you’re on the same page I think.

Rod: I did lots of research initially and drew up a shortlist of galleries where I felt my work could fit. From there I started to build up relationships with the gallerists and it then became more of a mutual selection process between me, them and my work.

Other than representing artists work to clients, as a gallery, how else do you work with your artists?
Caiger Contemporary Art, Rod McIntosh, Never the SameAmy: We ask our artists what they are hoping to achieve each year – this may be a creative goal, or something more unusual – and we see how we can support them with this. We’re also always on hand to advise our artists whenever they need it, perhaps on a new body of work, trying out new sizes, framing or prices. We also like to plan projects that would be good for our artists to help them in other areas such as their CV or growing their reputation.

Blandine: We also get a lot of feedback from the gallery which I really take in to consideration. I like to hear how customers react to my work, as well as hearing Amy and her colleagues’ opinions on my new works. They understand my work very well and it’s great to talk through my plans for future pieces, as well as sizes and prices. I like that they are really approachable, that Caiger Contemporary Art is a family business – I was there close to their beginnings and there’s a real sense that we’re growing together.

Rod: Likewise, I meet with the gallery regularly to review and plan. It allows me to present new ideas, get feedback and throw ambitious, wild-card ideas at them and see how we could work together to achieve them.

Why do you think galleries are important?
Amy: I think they’re important for both the client and the artist. For the client, we’re knowledgeable about our artists and a trustworthy source they can go to. In effect we’re giving our artists a stamp of approval – as a gallery we endorse the high standard and value of their work. We’re also there to help and advise clients on artworks, especially if they’re new to collecting or aren’t sure what would best suit their space.

Galleries are important for artists as it means they can get on with what they do best, making art! We take the strain off them by marketing their work and showing it to clients. We’re also able to talk about their work with enthusiasm and without feeling self-conscious, as a lot of artists can when discussing their own work. And, of course, we’re here to help and support them in their work and career.

Gala Fine Art
Kate Bignold launched online gallery Gala Fine Art in 2015 and currently represents an exciting group of 11 British and Irish artists. Amongst them are Annette Pugh, who explores the relationship between photography and painting, and Clare Bonnet, who paints candid portraits of semi-abstract female figures.

What’s the selection procedure for the gallery?
Gala Fine Art, Annette Pugh, Riviera BayKate: There’s no set procedure; I spend a lot of time talent spotting at open studio events, degree shows and open submission exhibitions. I might stumble across a new artist when researching an existing gallery artist or when visiting their studio. The artists I represent typically juxtapose traditional painting or photography with modern or unconventional processes; I’m always on the lookout for work that boasts a very individual creative style.

As an artist, how and why do you look for gallery representation?
Annette: Kate saw my work at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol and got in contact. I then set up a meeting to learn more about Kate’s intentions for Gala Fine Art, and her stable of artists. Like Kate, I’m interested in the interaction between painting and photography, so I felt we had a strong common ground for a working relationship.

Clare: Kate also approached me initially, having seen my work at Jamaica Street Studios in Bristol. From the word go I could see Kate had a vision for the gallery that really suited my work. It also helps that we get on well, so can be completely honest with each other.

Other than representing artists work to clients, as a gallery, how else do you work with your artists?
Gala Fine Art, Clare Bonnet, Wallowing in the WaitKate: Essentially my mission is to support artists at all stages of their careers both on a practical level, by providing them with a platform to sell their work, but also on a personal and creative level, by offering encouragement and advice, and feedback about their work and its reception.

Clare: We talk … a lot! Kate holds a genuine interest in how work is made and developed, but she also respects the creative decision-making process, so will never impose an idea. Her diplomacy skills are impeccable!

Why do you think galleries are important?
Kate: Galleries, whether online – as we are – or bricks-and-mortar, play a vital role. Their support lends artists third-party credibility. Particularly in a social media age of self-publicity, gallery representation provides art collectors with a seal of approval. Galleries show their artists work to well-targeted interested audiences, and, of course, galleries shoulder the costs and administration involved in putting on exhibitions giving artists the chance to focus fully on the actual creation of the work.

Clare: Kate works so hard on our behalf! My paintings are relatively large, so I always admire the fact she transport them all around the country to show for me. I also trust Kate implicity, which is important for this kind of working relationship. Being part of a gallery that represents such talent is also an honour.

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Home is where the art is

The first two decades of the twenty-first century have seen more people than ever being given the opportunity to fall in love with, and collect, art. Investing in art was previously seen solely as the domain of the super-wealthy, confidently waving away millions in auction houses. However, the global explosion of art fairs and opportunities to discover work online, has presented a plethora of exciting new ways for art lovers, regardless of budget and background, to dip their toes into the market and purchase pieces for their homes.

Manifold Editions, Elizabeth Magill, HinterProviding people with the opportunity to become an art collector is at the heart of the Affordable Art Fair ethos. We’ve been chatting to some of our wonderful galleries and visitors to discover why collecting art has become such a popular activity, and to find out why having original art in your home provides such a unique pleasure …

Bath-based Rostra Gallery are well known for offering accessible original artworks, and are firm Affordable Art Fair favourites. For Gallery Manager Rebecca Darch it is the potential to personalize a home with art that makes collecting so appealing.

Rostra Gallery, Clare Halifax, Battersea Power StationRebecca introduced us to one customer, Isabel Morley, whose collection holds an intensely personal significance. Having bought three pieces from Rostra Gallery, Isabel recalls, ‘the first, by Trevor Price, reminds me of my youth – dancing around and having fun – and I see it as soon as I wake up in the morning, which instantly puts me in a good mood.’ Of the other works she says: ‘The second piece is a beautiful screen print by Graham Carter. It reminds me of the Scottish Highlands where I spent a long time working and soaking up the scenery; I could get lost in the detail of this work for hours. The third work is by Clare Halifax, of the gorgeous city of Bath where I live now. I couldn’t be happier to be surrounded by such amazing artworks every day.’

WAW, Jonathan Pocock, Glass of RosesFor another fair visitor, Honor Stanley, the process of buying the work was an integral, and exciting, part of becoming a collector. She recalls, ‘my husband and I bought our first piece of art at the Affordable Art Fair, having just moved in to our new home together in Battersea. We spent the whole evening at the fair, champagne in hand, going up and down the aisles looking for the perfect picture.’ She continues, ‘inevitably we found it on the last stand, as we were about the leave! The large abstract oil painting now hangs in our living room. I love it because it was the first picture (of many!) that we chose and bought together.’

Hadfield Fine Art, David O'Connor, Blue HillsSally Coelho, founder of Cotswold-based gallery Hadfield Fine Art, agrees that collecting art can serve as a beautiful, personal reminder of a particular time in our lives. Sally says: ‘It goes without saying that art can visually transform the appearance and atmosphere of a home, but one cannot assume that art is merely decoration. There is something far more subliminal in our choices. Art is more like a personal treasure that transcends the constraints of our four walls. It can be a marker in the passage of time following us from house to house; lifting the humble surroundings of our first flat, through to our family home, then on to our later years. It can be a reflection of our personality, tastes and memories.’

Sally concludes, ‘if we surround ourselves with these treasures, we transform our houses into environments in which we feel intensely comfortable, relaxed and, really truly, at home’.

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Meet the galleries: Contemporary Collective

Having made their Affordable Art Fair debut as part of the Project Space Collective last spring, we’re delighted that Contemporary Collective will be returning to the fair this March to showcase their exciting selection of early-career artists.

We’ve caught up with their Head of Creative Development and Sales, Chantelle Purcell, amidst their fair preparations to hear the gallery’s backstory and to get the low down on what we can expect to see from them next week …

1. So, tell us a bit about Contemporary Collective.

Mengyao Guo, City Plan Iceland 3Contemporary Collective was founded in 2006 by Elinor Olisa and Isobel Beauchamp to represent artists who have risen through the ranks of our other gallery, DegreeArt.com, and require representation at a new level for the increased benefit of their careers as established artists. All of our represented artists have achieved notable successes both through DegreeArt.com and in their own right.

We now champion the careers of emerging and newly established artists internationally, allowing collectors’ insider access to the most promising talent that exists today. 

2. How do you select the artists you represent?

Claudio De Giovanni, Spinning AbyssCurrently the artists are hand selected by the directors and curators of DegreeArt.com. We have an advisory panel, who are involved in the selection of new artists, meeting twice a year to provide feedback and guidance to benefit the direction and development of their careers.

3. Most exciting thing about working with contemporary artists?

Contemporary artists are constantly challenging conventions, it’s incredibly inspiring to be around innovators, you never know quite what to expect!

4. Most memorable moment for the gallery so far?

Harriet Horton, DawnNick Lord winning the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the year award in 2013 and Edward Sutcliffe winning the notable BP Portrait Travel Award in 2014. We also thoroughly enjoyed launching our brand at last year’s spring edition of the Affordable Art Fair Battersea where we were lucky enough to showcase an ambitious eight-metre wide installation piece within the fair’s Project Space Collective. 

5. Do you collect art yourself? 

Yes, I love working within the contemporary art sector and I’m constantly inspired by new art. I have quite a wide collection of artworks and I love pieces showcasing innovative processes and new techniques. My favourite piece is a recent commission by Claire Luxton, whose work we’ll be exhibiting at the fair. She created a stunning abstract painting made from epoxy resin, inspired by Avalon. 

6. Who should we look out for at the fair? 

Luke Walker, Work In Process VIII (In God we Trust)Our top three picks on our stand (A8) would be Chinese artist Mengyao Guo (whose fantastic painting was featured in the Affordable Art Fair campaign image for this spring) – her colourful geometric paintings are the perfect statement piece. Multi-disciplinary artist Claire Luxton, who explores the nuances of transformation and aesthetics will be displaying her new series of resin paintings and iconic fashion inspired portraits. And, last but not least, Luke Walker’s poignant, architectural paintings that capture the evolving nature of the city.

If you’re looking for inspiration around the rest of the fair my top tip would be to look out for artists who are not afraid to experiment and challenge their process of working.

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