The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea – Spring 2013

Fourteenth year of  The Affordable Art Fair at Battersea

The Affordable Art Fair is a much sought after setting for artists to exhibit, promote and sell their latest works. ‘Something for everyone’ [as quoted in the latest Affordable Art Fair brochure] is the perfect description for the latest affordable collections, bringing to our attention well established artists and newcomers, some of whom have never exhibited work before.

The highlights

Out of the hundreds of gems on display we have chosen a few select works to appreciate and examine in more depth.

Jane Perkins recycles everyday objects to recreate world famous paintings. The portraits of Mona Lisa, Marylin Monroe, Queen Elizabeth II and more recently, ‘Girl with a pearl earring – After Vemeers’ have all been realistically constructed from coloured baubles, jewellery and buttons.  Her work demands that the first viewing is appreciated from a few metres away and then by moving closer the viewer can marvel at the ‘pixel like’ details that make up the whole.

Itamar Jobani a sculpture installation artist works with a range of mediums from cardboard to wood. His latest work ‘The Scream’, made from hundreds of layers of plywood, feels disturbing in the way it realistically portrays the emotion of the subject. His gaping jaw seems to reveal a winding staircase taking the viewer to a mythological underworld.

Johan Thunell creates Raku [Japanese pottery] and stoneware sculptures, taking inspiration from Japanese and English culture. His most recent work, ’1000 heads’ is a man and beast collection of figure heads, some gargoyle-like in appearance, and others Kabuki inspired.

Christy Keeney’s figurative ceramics cleverly incorporate two mediums, sculpture and drawing. His work has been described as investigations into the human condition. A case in point is the expressive ‘Tall head’ that could also be entitled ‘Private concerns’.

Kate Richardson’s ‘Broken Angel’ reminded us of the quote by G.K.Chesterton, ‘The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly. Is this messenger feeling despair over the fact he may be grounded for ever, no longer to feel the freedom of flight?

Paul Kerr writes that his paintings are an attempt to reveal and peel back the truth of the painted subject to the viewer.  For us ‘Wounded Bird’ illustrates the process of loss. The sad girl appears to be fondly stroking the blackbird and comforting herself in the process.

Jennifer Watt has created a sculpture ‘Dove I’ that evokes a sense of joy and freedom. If this was a still from a film we wonder whether the next scene would see the girl casting the bird to the sky and watching its flight with wonder and admiration.

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