Is your Father the techie type, or does he prefer getting caught up in the narrative of a good book? Or is he at his happiest pottering about his garden?
Every Dad is different, and to help celebrate our perfect papas we have an array of artworks, each as original and as unique as yours is!
Artworks to remind you of the special times spent together. Artworks to tell him truly how much he means to you, even when you can’t put it into words yourself. As well as that perfect piece to make your house a wonderful family home.
We caught up with our Founder and father of four, Will Ramsay, to discover which works on the Affordable Art Fair online shop he would love to brighten up his white walls this Father’s Day and to find out why each piece means so much to him. Here’s what he had to say:
“As a lover of Barry Cawston’s cinematic photography, I’ve selected this signed, limited edition archival c-type print, ‘Havana Pool’, from The Drugstore Gallery, because it gets me excited about diving straight into the swimming pool on my summer family holiday in the South of France. Art should inspire a reaction in everyone, help you get caught up in your own thoughts and memories, and this one does just that for me, no matter how many times I look at it!
As an amateur jockey I feel an affinity with the elegant animals depicted in Susie Nathanson’s pop art piece ‘First past the post’. Susie’s inspiration comes from cherished memories of her own childhood when she grew up surrounded by her father’s colourful collection of vintage toys. Men love dinky cars and toys! They enjoy anything that reminds them of happy hours playfully spent as a child creating their own fantasy worlds. Susie’s work harks back to these days for me. What’s not to like! And knowing a little more about the artist’s relationship with the work and with her father makes this piece even more enjoyable.
I’m a firm believer that the art world shouldn’t take itself too seriously, so I’ve picked Katie Edward’s handmade silkscreen print on paper, ‘Zebra Crossing II’, available from Wychwood Art, as one of my Father’s Day favourites. The title’s humorous play on words epitomises the idea that we should never be too serious. Art should be playful and accessible. Titles are a brilliant way to add an additional humorous dimension to a piece.
Martin Grover’s c-type print on paper, ‘North London Procrastination Club’, has made my top picks simply because men are very good at it! But it reminds the whole Affordable Art Fair team of seeing many happy families out enjoying the sun and the stunning views on Hampstead Heath when we’re setting up for our North London fair.
I have many happy memories of exploring the diverse Scottish landscape with my four girls. Rosanne Barr’s atmospheric oil on canvas, ‘Three Sails at Sea’, remind me of these idyllic moments. Represented by Signet Contemporary Art, Rosanne has established herself as one of the most successful landscape artists currently painting in Scotland, so for a proud Scotsman, it’s an apt choice for me!
Adam Oliver’s beautiful hand finished mono print on paper, ‘Giving dinner a head start’, humanizes the animals to create personalities that jumps off the page. I love Adam’s work because it reminds us all that no matter what we shouldn’t grow up! Available from my own gallery, Will’s Art Warehouse, it is the perfect example of my artistic taste and sense of humour.
I have a keen eye for an emerging artist and an enjoyment of artists using materials in unusual ways, so this piece, ‘Blue Mountains No.1’, by Matthew Spencer from Degree Art caught my attention. I was impressed by the way that Matthew cuts each piece by hand, and uses commonplace materials such as MDF and household paint to create a disenchanted landscape. Plus, it comes complete with an iconic red phone box which is right up my street!”
Will Ramsay, enjoying artist Tom Stewart's installation at our Battersea Fair.
Featured artworks from top to bottom:
Barry Cawston, Havana Pool, £ 1,350, archival print on diasec, The Drugstore Gallery
Susie Nathanson, First past the post, £ 1,500, Will’s Art Warehouse
Katie Edwards, Zebras Crossing II, £150, silkscreen limited edition print, Wychwood Art
Martin Grover, North London Procrastination Club, £180, c-type print on paper, Will’s Art Warehouse
Rosanne Barr, Three Sails at Sea, £695, Oil on canvas, Signet Contemporary Art
Adam Oliver, Giving dinner a head start, £340, mono print on paper, Will’s Art Warehouse
Matthew Spencer, Blue Mountains No.1, £2,500, mixed media, Degree Art