It’s soon time for Affordable Art Fair Stockholm (10 – 13 October, Nacka Strandsmässan) to open up the gates to the most bustling and art-filled event of the year. This Autumn, our returning family galleries exhibit side by side with newcomers from all over the world, creating our most exciting mix of artists and artworks yet!
As a visitor, stepping into a room with thousands of sculptures, paintings, prints and photographs can be slightly overwhelming, so to help, Fair Manager Elsa Wedendal guides you through her top 10 pieces she can’t wait to see at the fair. Read on to find out more and let this blog by a steppingstone to your own art journey during the fair…
TOP 10 ARTWORKS AT AFFORDABLE ART FAIR STOCKHOLM
1. Kristjana S. Williams, Calm at Sea
I’m often drawn to the colour blue when it comes to artworks, and Kristjana S. Williams’ wonderful print combines the serenity of the colour blue with a vivid, quirky motive. Depicting a scene that is enchanting at first glance and even more so at a closer look, this piece is a pretty as it is fun. Who wouldn’t want to have an animal armada creating lovely chaos above the living room sofa?
2. Rachel Ann Stevenson, Nocturnal Devotion
Every home needs a conversation starter – and Stevenson’s white coated bronze figure is certainly that. Provocative and graceful, this sculpture will undoubtedly make sure every visitors eye will stray in its direction. I also like the contrast of the motive and the pure white colour – it’s a witty and powerful piece that I would love to place centre piece on a contrasting style table.
3. Swetlana Kowal, Sonnenaufgang
Some pieces of art are just creations of sheer beauty. Kowal’s waterlilies are a pleasure to the eye that bring to mind Monet's impressionist works. There is a light and a serenity that together with the incredible technique of the artist makes this work extraordinary. We’re very happy to welcome this talented newcomer to the Stockholm fair!
4. Volken de Vlas, Portrait of a young woman
I adore renaissance art and the motive and colour scheme of this portrait certainly channels old Italian masters. The classical style meeting the playful, innovative technique (a mosaic made from tiny squares cut from children’s books!) makes this artwork feel like a mix between church art and pop art – a match made in heaven, apparently.
5. Marta Leyva, The Bar
Talented Marta Leyvas is one of our seven Hidden Talent artists this year. She creates figurative works in a colour blocking style with colourful themes which always depict strong female figures. The lady featured in “The Bar” looks confident and cool as she sips her glass of red wine with her feet up – I just love the energy in this piece!
6. Noh Hye Young, Fluffy Forrest Travel
Yet another blue beauty! This depiction of paragliders floating over a background of luscious, indigo coloured clouds is pure escapism. It takes the viewer away to a dream world for a moment – the magic of art indeed. I am probably not the only one who would like to take a step into this painting and soar amongst the clouds for a while, admiring the view!
7. Jockum Klenell, La Lutte
This is black and white photography at its best! Klenell’s photograph of two men wrestling (main image) captures a frozen moment of stillness in the middle of the struggle – making the picture both enigmatic and peaceful to watch. Simply beautiful!
8. Kristiane Semar, Punky Deeple
Charming, unique and full of expression – that’s Kristane Semar’s artistic style in a nutshell. This artwork showcases her signature colourful world of characters – each one unique and full of personality. I look forward to seeing more of her work in real life and I’m sorely tempted to snap up one of her works for my wall!
9. Kristin Andreassen, Break up
Sculpture is having a moment, and no one is happier about it than I am. This beautiful clay duo is so dynamic and really brings the power of the medium to life. I really like how the theme of breaking up and separation is visible as well in both the medium and the techniques used – the slightly cracked clay underlines the fragility of the moment between the couple.
10. Brandy Kraft, Lilium Asteraceae Hybrid No. 12
It’s difficult to believe that this spectacular piece is not a photograph but is painted in oil. The vivid colours, the perfection of the details and the flowery theme brings the Dutch still life masters to mind. Artist Brandy Kraft paints flowers that she has hand-constructed, petal by petal, creating fantastical new plants which make the viewer appreciate the beauty of transformation, and creating simply breath-taking artworks in the process.
We hope you’ve enjoyed Elsa’s artwork picks. By now you must be itching to see these and 1000s more in person. So why not snap up a ticket and join us at Affordable Art Fair Stockholm, Nacka Strandsmässan 10-13 October!
Jockum Klenell, La Lutte, photography, 120 x 80cm, 14,500 SEK, A2 Collective
Featured art from first to last:
Kristjana S Williams, Calm At Sea, 85.3 x 118.9 cm, 11,800 SEK, Dawni Limited Edition Prints.
Rachel Ann Stevenson, Nocturnal Devotion, 50 cm high, bronze sculpture, 34,400 SEK, Galleri Ramfjord.
Swetlana Kowal, Sonnenaufgang, Oil on canvas, 45 x 65 cm, 29, 800 SEK, ARTgallery-Keller.
Volken de Vlas, portrait of a young woman, paper mosaique, 50 x 50 cm, 10 000 SEK, Waarkunst Gallery.
Marta Leyva, The Bar, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 70 cm, 8500 SEK.
Noh Hye Young, Fluffy Forestt Travel, Oil on canvas, 162cm x 130.3cm, 60,000 SEK, Art JB.
Jockum Klenell, La Lutte, photography, 120 x 80cm, 14,500 SEK, A2 Collective.
Kristiane Semar, Punky Deeple II, collage monotype, 70 x 90 cm, 10, 300 SEK, Dreipunkt Edition.
Kristin Andreassen, Break up, clay, 55 cm high, 50,000 SEK, Galleri Mats Bergman.
Brandy Kraft, Lilium Asteraceae Hybrid No. 12, Oil, 61 x 61 cm, 17 000 SEK, Artely Fine Art Gallery.