London Art Fair VIP Preview Business Design Centre

26/01/2015

London Art Fair opened with a VIP preview on 20 January drawing huge crowds at the 27th edition.  UK based and international galleries exhibited displays of contemporary art at the Business Design Centre Islington from 21-25 January 2015.

Pallant House Gallery showcased a special display ‘The Figure in Modern British Art' from its permanent collection featuring abstract and impressionist works. The Gallery based in Chichester is renowned for its great British modern art collections along with art by internationally acclaimed artists. Pallant House Gallery was the museum partner to London Art Fair this year.

There were some lovely works on display and whilst browsing I saw Jeremy Hutchison being presented with the Art Projects Artist Award at the Division of Labour exhibition stand.

50 contemporary photography works with many different aspects and styles of photography were captured in various forms including installations, mixed materials and LED lighting at Photo50.

Particularly liked Gary Betts' sculptures Bronze Lady Panda, Gold Dog Man, Deer Woman and Golden Forest.  His playful bronze sculptures featured animal masks that could be removed to reveal a human male or female head. Arusha Gallery in Edinburgh represents Gary and a number of dynamic artists whose work I've seen at other contemporary art fairs.

Also liked the ‘Voodoo Bells' a sculpture by African artist Pascal Setondji at Jack Bell Gallery.

The Cynthia Corbett Gallery showcased a diverse collection of artists' work including porcelain objects, Perspex mounted digital prints and oil paintings.

One of the most appealing oil paintings was ‘Tea Drinker' depicting a humble Indian man by artist Tomas Watson at Jill George Gallery.

The avant-garde ‘Enignum Two Seater' a cleverly designed sculpture by Joseph Walsh could also be used as a piece of furniture.  His sculpture at Oliver Sears Gallery was made with olive ash & suede.

Pertwee Anderson & Gold showcased a gold plated hippotamus skull inspired by the illegal activities of Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar who smuggled hippos.

There were an astonishing amount of visitors at the LAF preview and ideally one would need to spend an entire day absorbing art works and attending talks & tours.  I was at LAF for a considerable time viewing exhibits and thought the Fair was well organised and curated.  It was an intriguing insight into what's hot on the modern art scene.

Thanks to the team at Four Colman Getty

© Article and photos by Gina Chrysanthou

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Jeremy Hutchinson (centre) winner of the Arts Projects Artist Award at Division of Labour exhibition stand

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