Allow us to introduce our Class of 2021! Discover the ten need-to-know graduate artists showing at our Battersea Autumn fair.
Saturday 9 October, 2021
Our Recent Graduates showcase returns to the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park (21 – 24 October). For this edition, Seeing the Extraordinary, we’ve enlisted designer and artist Pascal Anson to hand-pick ten of the best emerging graduates from the UK’s top art schools. With past editions featuring works by Rana Begum, Carl Randall and Andrew Salgado, the showcase is well established as the place to go to pick up exciting work by future stars. Here we introduce you to the talented artists exhibiting at our autumn fair in Battersea.
Born in Aberdeen and now based in Shoreham by Sea, on the south coast of England, Amanda Gordon’s work transforms everyday materials and found objects into something extraordinary! By using photographic processes of magnification and isolation to examine the surfaces of objects she finds, Amanda alters their recognisability. In doing so the objects are changed into something ‘other’, prompting questions in the viewer on the intrinsic fragility of matter and being.
What are you most looking forward to about exhibiting your work at The Affordable Art Fair?
I am most looking forward to introducing my work to a whole new audience. I hope that I can make some new connections, both within the group that Pascal has selected and also with other exhibitors. Obviously, I would be overjoyed if I sold any of my artworks to the visitors of the fair too.
Where do you look for your inspiration?
Books form a large part of my initial and ongoing research, they not only inspire me but they assist me in the contextualisation of my work. Given that most of my work consists of the representation of the abject, Julia Kristeva’s Powers of Horror and Rina Arya are always close to hand.
With an undergraduate degree in Politics and Economics from the University of Bath and a Postgraduate degree in Conceptual Art from Goldsmiths, Bokani Tshidzu works across disciplines to explore our visual experience of nature. Her recent work combines computer imagery with contemporary abstract painting to offer new perspectives on themes of climate change and integral ecology. Be sure not to miss Bokani’s beautiful patterned works at the fair this October.
What motivates your work?
Telling a new story about integral ecology, how we are connected to the planet and to each other.
“Describe my work in three words? Vivid, Evocative, Abundant.”
– Bokani Tshidzu
Alex Jones is an artist based in Brighton, East Sussex. His work is primarily concerned with systems of language as methods of construction. Through both painting and drawing on canvas and paper, he utilises our understanding of how language is applied to create formal structures made of language and the space around it.
Daisy Iles’ joyful and colourful paintings celebrate the mundanity of the domestic interior. By isolating objects and depicting them as simple shapes in block colours, she creates a collage-like aesthetic in her work. This playful, direct approach to documenting interior spaces communicates Daisy’s own experience of the everyday and makes the small moments spectacular!
What is the importance of colour in your work?
I use colour as a tool to communicate my experiences. Colour plays an essential role in my practices – it determines the feeling of my work.
“My work communicates a joy in ordinariness”
– Daisy Isles
Created by pouring resin and acrylic paint onto primed wooden canvases, Fleur Simon’s captivating paintings are an investigation into the Romantic concept of the ‘sublime’ in nature – the paradox between the awe-inspiring and frightening. Fleur explores this idea through her abstract, vividly coloured landscape paintings. By pouring her materials, Fleur refreshes the Abstract Expressionist approach to painting and builds layers of paint within her work. The layering creates an illusion of endless space, yet also, an atmosphere of claustrophobia. The result is beautiful and evocative paintings that have a deeply psychological effect upon the viewer.
Slade graduate, Jack Twyford begins his works by using found imagery and drawing. He then paints in layers to obscure the initial image, focussing on emphasising the points in the painting where the flatness of the image meets the physicality of the paint. Jack develops the canvas from this starting point to create beautiful abstract paintings which he describes as offering a ‘space for the residue of thought.’
What is the importance of drawing in your work?
Drawing acts as a bridge between the conception of an image and making a painting.
Who are your biggest influences/inspiration?
I refer to historical and contemporary artists as well as literature, film and personal photography.
University of Brighton graduate, Sue Hicks, uses the theme of road repairs in her practice to explore digital and analogue realms. Her alluring artworks combine a variety of materials related to industrial production including concrete, plastics and fluorescents. Through her unusual choice of subject and material, Sue extracts the hidden beauty in the ordinary, everyday object and prompts us to consider themes of disorder, repetition and impermanence.
Who are your biggest artistic influences?
My work has been influenced by three artists: Frank Stella, David Batchelor and Barbara Kasten.
What does it mean to you to exhibit at the Affordable Art Fair?
I am truly thrilled that I have been given this opportunity to be part of the fair! It’s a gift and a fantastic platform for me to gain exposure, and hopefully make connections with galleries and future collectors.
Sachiko Oshima is a Japanese abstract painter currently based in Athens. Her work explores the simple accents and textures of our surroundings, often overlooked, yet rich in character. She is fascinated by the surface of old building walls and by natural patterns and shapes.
How do you capture a certain place or atmosphere in your paintings?
I travel a lot and have lived in many different locations in my life, I love absorbing a sense of place through landscape, old walls, stones, plants, temperature and smell. I then extract the beauty and the emotionally strongest parts of what I see and experiment with composition, colour and texture.
What does it mean to you to exhibit your work at The Affordable Art Fair?
This is my first time exhibiting my work in public and I am both excited and nervous. I am thrilled to be a part of this show with many other talents. It is a new door for me to open as an artist.
Harry Grundy is a West Yorkshire based artist working to reflect the natural world in an unnatural time. By examining the friction between familiar behaviours, Harry asks the viewer to look closely and critically at our relationship with this phenomenal world.
Through the use of geometry, colour and form, Megan Burns creates illusionary structured spaces that are open yet confined, and plays with the balance between the real and imagined. Using mostly household paint helps create a sense of the uncanny within her abstract architectural interiors.
Come and discover these inspiring artists’ work in person at our Recent Graduates Showcase, Seeing the Extraordinary, at the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, 21 – 24 October.