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Interviews - 29 September 2015

Sarah Barrett: what's on my walls?

Emma Mansell

Photo of Programmes and Partnerships Manager Sarah Barrett.

Here at the Affordable Art Fair we’re firm believers that living with art not only enriches your home, but your day-to-day life, too. And, as an office full of art lovers, we’re all practising what we preach!

Our new ‘What’s on my walls?’ series gives you a sneak peek at the collections of the Affordable Art Fair team and the stories behind the artworks we have in our homes, starting with our lovely Programmes and Partnerships Manager, Sarah Barrett, who has a penchant for expressive and unusual landscapes.

Sarah Barrett Art Collection. 'Lights, Breaux Bridge 1' by Nick Bodimeade.

‘Lights, Breaux Bridge I’ by Nick Bodimeade

I saw this piece with St. Anne’s Galleries at an Affordable Art Fair in 2015 and was immediately drawn to Nick’s confident use of washes of colour, his sparing brushstrokes and the unusual colour palette he plays with. I think this piece looks like it was painted very quickly, and I’m amazed the artist’s ability to render such an evocative scene with just a few marks.

This piece is one of a series of paintings that Nick created on a trip to the States, and I love the romantic idea of the artists’ road trip! I’m also now coveting his recent paintings from a series on British B-roads …

Sarah Barrett Art Collection. 'Long Shadow' by Lucinda Metcalfe.

‘Long Shadow’ by Lucinda Metcalfe

I bought this piece from Bearspace who were one of the galleries included in the Project Space Collective at the Affordable Art Fair Battersea Spring 2015. I completely bought this piece on a whim because I knew I simply couldn’t not have it (thank goodness for the Own Art scheme!). I was immediately attracted to the intense, shimmering colour palette with fluorescent undertones. To me Lucinda’s paintings could be stills from travel brochures, selling us dreams of escapism, and I find them completely seductive. I’m a huge fan of Lucinda’s now, and I can’t wait to see what new work she produces in the future.

Sarah Barrett Art Collection. 'Hampshire' by Margaret Knott.

‘Hampshire’ by Margaret Knott

This is the latest addition to my collection, and I’ve realised that I have a bit of a thing for landscapes! I’m drawn to expressive painting, interesting colour palettes and intriguing places. I bought this piece from Will’s Art Warehouse.

It’s funny how when considering the pieces together there seems to be a pattern, but it wasn’t conscious at all. I’d love to create a cluster display of small landscapes when I eventually collect more pieces. I think essentially what I have are three paintings that really inspire me to pick up a paintbrush myself!

If you’re feeling inspired to start or expand your own art collection, check out our Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook pages!

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