It's not all about exhibiting and selling my work at the Brighton Art Fair but also having a look round and meeting other artists and seeing their work. Everyone has personal tastes and this is what makes an art fair a great place to visit, the diversity. I often find it surprising as to what draws me to certain paintings and sculpture. Here are my 3 criterion for choosing; the work must communicate to me in some way, a bit like a conversation, secondly the artist must have gone through the stages of getting technique right and convey meaning through their skill of using media and thirdly it should display their own unique way of communicating and present a strong case for its existence, e.g. do I get a sense of passion from the work? Of course there is also my own personal preference mixed in with this but this is usually how I react to artwork.
So here are 3 artists with their work that I met for the first time which stood out and grabbed my attention for different reasons.
First up is Chinese artist Dong Li-Blackwell
Dong was on a stand just along from mine, I love her freedom with watercolour, it is such a tricky medium and she has such a brave hand when tackling the figure. Dong's figures are confrontational, explicit and carefree, baring all in a loose way. Having had a very rigorous and classical training of the figure in China it is almost as if she is rebelling in every possible way. Love it!
Sam Lock with his paintings
Sam's abstract paintings drew me in, they are layered, scraped, built up and almost slippery with a high finish. They have such depth in colour and a careful, experienced, balanced use of colour I think they are paintings that would sooth and calm me. He won the Peer prize last year at the Brighton Art Fair and this year his mum won it!
Sue Barnes with her fabulous collages
I am a fan of collage and when I saw Sue's work it really drew me in. Her collages are dark and mysterious and beautifully created from earlier paintings. She has a mastery of dark shapes and contrast in such a subtle way and a few wry comical pieces which I love in artworks. We shared a similarity of both having sprained ankles at the fair!
With such a busy 3 days my sales were in the first day or two. Here is 'Equilibrium' which has a new home in Hove to go to this week. Frances and I loved sharing the larger size stand, it was great to have much more space and therefore show our work off to best advantage. Frances sold lots and lots of her fabulous ceramics and so we were happy (and exhausted) by the end of the day on Sunday. We met lots of lovely people and received such good feedback, all in it was a lovely September Art Fair.