Monday, 16 March 2009

Affordable Art Fair

The Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park, London, hosts commercial galleries from all over the UK. All the art on show is under £3000. I trundled into the big smoke early on Friday morning, finding my way to Battersea from Victoria. The fair was enormous. I wouldn't say these sorts of shows are highly inspirational, as a lot of the work seems to repeat from stand to stand. Over the course of the day I must have seen hundreds of seascapes painted in loose bright acrlics/ oils. But they do give a good indication of what people are prepared to buy. Occasional you come across a great commercial idea that is also works as a great visual set piece. One such artist had done a miniture oil painting everyday of the year as a kind of visual diary. They were all the same size, painted onto a square block of wood, hung in rows covering every inch of the stand. Costing £250 a picture, well healed yummi mummies were happily buying four at a time to be hung together. The picture you see below is my print of a London street scene, produced in one of the free demonstrations taking place at the show.

(above) The dry point print I made, of a London street scene, at a free printing demomstration during the Affordable Art Fair.


Renee said...

Under 3,000 pounds and even 250 pounds doesn't seem very affordable at all.

Maybe because I don't have money. But that would be more than double our money.


Renee xoxoxo

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