One of the best things about launching a new Affordable Art Fair is being able to grow our family of galleries, discover a new and exciting roster of artists and connect both our expert galleries and their 1000s of artworks with a new art-loving audience. It’s the ideal recipe for love at first sight, just call us Cupid.
Our upcoming Melbourne fair (5 – 8 September, Royal Exhibition Building) is no exception and we’re delighted to have some fabulous exhibitors lined up, who can’t wait for the doors to open in a few months’ time.
Of course, when art-matchmaking, it’s only polite to make some brief introductions before setting up a date. To ensure that you have the best chance of falling in love with that perfect piece here is a sneak peek at just a few of the galleries that will be at Affordable Art Fair Melbourne.
SNEAK PEEK AT A HANDFUL OF OUR AUSTRALIAN GALLERIES
Fox Galleries, Melbourne
Local powerhouse Fox Galleries specialises in artworks that prompt a dialogue around societal issues and what it means to be a modern Australian. Expect conceptually driven pieces selected by proprietor Michael Fox, who not only has leagues of experience working for art institutions stretching from Brisbane to Collingwood, but is driven by his true belief in the vital role art plays in our lives.
We believe that our expert gallerists are the perfect people to connect art-lovers with the greatest artists and artworks to grow their collection, and with all Michael’s experience in modern Australian art, we are sure that his stand will not disappoint. We’re particularly looking forward to this this hyper-real painting by Jason Moad we just love Moad’s mastery of paint.
The Gallery by Fenton and Fenton, Melbourne
Interior design experts, Fenton and Fenton, will be gracing the Melbourne fair with their touring art exhibition titled The Gallery. With an aim to introduce their roster of affordable contemporary artists to new audiences around Australia – we’re delighted that alongside their vibrant selection of works, the team will be able to provide advice on where best to hang and how to accessorise your new artwork.
The collection is impeccably aesthetic including works from popular Australian artists Ali Wood, Anna Placidi, Carly Williams, Casey Burrill, Jasmine Mansbridge, Jai Vasicek, Kristen Daniels and Megan Grant. We're drawn to this dapper piece by Stan Piechaczek.
West End Art Space, Melbourne
Established in 2016, the contemporary works West End Art Space will bring to the Melbourne fair are selected by Director, Anna Prifti, and have an emphasis on sculpture. The gallery keeps the local art scene on its toes with an ever-changing exhibition programme, supporting both Australian and International artists. Expect to see works by Cezary Stulgis and Monique Lacey amongst others at the fair.
Anna aims to help nurture the art practices of the artists the gallery supports, providing an impressive gallery space, marketing and sales, while letting them focus on what they do best; creating beautiful contemporary artworks. Galleries are an integral part of the art ecosystem, connecting art-lovers with their artists work – and it’s usually because the gallerist is a passionate art lover themselves!
From their Collingwood space, to their online gallery – much like our founder Will Ramsay, brothers George and Ed Hartley founded Bluethumb with the aim of disrupting the overly-stuffy art world. Inspired by their painter father and a love for entrepreneurship, their aim is to connect collectors, art-lovers and interior designers with their community of emerging and established artists. They are super proud to have supported 100 artists careers to the point that were able to quit their day jobs in order to focus on their practice full-time.
At the fair, their exhibition will include works by Sally West and Kim Leutwyler, with pieces ranging from super-affordable limited-edition prints, to stunning original paintings like this this one by Liliana Gigovic.
Project Gallery 90, Sydney
Located on Sydney’s iconic Oxford Street, Project Gallery 90 is owned by painter and curator, Kate Hopkinson-Pointer, who has over 20 years’ experience and a serious passion for curation. Having exhibited works by over 50 artists since the gallery’s inception, Kate has worked with artists groups and rising-stars alike, carefully selecting affordable, contemporary works for her clientele.
We are super excited to see paintings by colourist Simon Palmer, Peter Berner's emotive portraits (below and main image), plus Kate’s layered landscapes on her stand.
With dozens of independent galleries exhibiting under one roof, there is no easier way to fall in love with art than visiting Affordable Art Fair Melbourne – and we can’t wait to welcome you for three days of art-filled fun. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram channels, where we’ll continue to introduce our gallery partners, plus follow the link to sign up to our newsletter for exclusive ticket offers and hot-off-the-press news.
Peter Berner, His sideways glance - brutal, Acrylic on marine ply, $2,900, Project Gallery 90.
Featured art from first to last:
Michael Fox, Gallery Director, Fox Galleries.
Jason Moad, Thought Form V Monster, 2019, Oil on linen, $9,000, Fox Galleries.
Lucy Fenton of The Gallery at Fenton and Fenton.
Stan Piechaczek, Rojo Oro, acrylic and gold leaf on canvas, $8,000, The Gallery at Fenton and Fenton.
Anna Prifti, Director, West End Art Space.
Monique Lacey, Sturdy Little Bugger, 2018, West End Art Space.
George and Ed Hartley, founders of Bluethumb.
Liliana Gigovic, Bunch Of Love, 2018, oil, $1,160, Bluethumb.
Kate Hopkinson-Pointer, Gallery Director, Project Gallery 90.
Peter Berner, Green Head, Acrylic on marine plywood, $1790, Project Gallery 90.