I had a lovely time at The Other Art Fair yesterday eve. It’s quite a trendy affair, presented by Saatchi Art and located in Victoria House near Holborn. On display are 130 of ‘the best emerging artists handpicked by a committee of art industry experts’.
With an edgey London pop-up vibe, there was a huge queue to get in, loud music and a trendy bar. The only difference is that the lights are VERY bright (all the better to see the art), so I recommending donning a fun outfit (colour block jumpsuits seem to be in vogue) and applying your make-up carefully, you will probably bump into all your ‘arty’ friends, and girls you went to school with a long time ago.
It’s a manageable size and everyone is super friendly, and there is an exciting collection of artworks on display most importantly. It is a VERY colourful year, which I was quite surprised by, lots of neon and bright pinks. I loved chatting to Ruth Mulvie whose oil paintings in radiant colours of LA-esque scenes are dreamy, and I really liked Adam Robinson‘s cut-out vintage postcard works displayed in satisfyingly symmetrical arrangements. I was particularly taken with Oilver Marc Thomas Leger’s detailed ink on paper drawings, they are really quite special.
I was pleased to see Tim Fowler‘s amazing psychedelic portraits again and Nadia Attura‘s stunning perfectly composed photographs. I sometimes get an inkling that some artists are all too aware of ‘instagrammable’ images, one lady even told me her art looks great on instagram – I won’t name names, but really I like your art because I want to put it on my wall, not because it makes a great instgram pic…. And I just can’t decide about D1£EGO Art’s pop art inspired commentaries on every day life (I am secretly delighted by them, so blatant and so fun), but do I need one for my wall…
The great thing about the fair is that it is a chance to buy original artworks from emerging artists at affordable prices.
I definitely recommend popping in this weekend if you have a chance, and I reckon go in the morning to beat the queue!! Below are some of my favourite pieces, have a look at the medium of each, you might be surprised.