Friday September 20 – Sunday September 22
Corn Exchange Church Street Brighton
We visit the Art Fair Private View:
Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the 2013 Brighton Art Fair launched today with the private view at the Corn Exchange. Well attended, and a buzz of interest as art lovers meet with artists for the first sight of their latest work.
Two girls are singing classic swing and there’s plenty of wine and a few canapes to enjoy.
Some familiar names, a wealth of work in paint, print, wire, ceramics, metalwork, wood – this is the real thing; accomplished work, elegantly presented heavyweight serious art, seriously commercial with a well organised credit card pay point.
It’s hot in here – be warned and dress cool.
As I move around the exhibition, quite a few artists’ work stands out.
My pick of the Fair:
Helaina Sharpley, wirework artist – stark black wire outlines on white, 3D ‘drawings’ that move as you do
Lesley Jones, fine artist – cool, mysterious skies, impressionistic and muted tones
Stephanie Ray, designer jewellery – tiny silver people pendants perched on intricate wood blocks
Samantha Bryan, craft & design – steampunk fairies
April Young, artist – both painter and ceramicist, presenting a match of mythical beasts and powerful paintings – loved the powerful oriental horse and a sad little minotaur figure
Diane Rogers, artist – handpainted silk beach pictures, closely observed detail of pebble and shell
Emmie van Biervliet, artist – striking gilded city scenes
Hannah McVicar, illustrator and printmaker – botanical illustrations, colour and line in deceptive simplicity
Francis Doherty, ceramics – tactile, exotic and alien botanical forms, stamens and petals, leaves and pods
Philip Hearsey, bronze – tactile and curvy small scale pieces, fluid gleaming bronze edges, rich turquoise surfaces
Blaze Cyan, artist – engrossing black and white drawings, gnarled ancient trees like Tolkien ents
Melanie Bellis, artist – monochrome architectural drawings, detail and shadow
Cardigan, knitwear for life – here showing witty sequinned fish pictures … dainty sushi and hefty fishy beasts, sparkle and texture
Daniel Ablitt, artist – thoughtful greenlit woodlands
Alexander Korzer-Robinson, book sculptures – fascinating 3D box scenes cut out of books, layers of theatrical little characters and images tell their own stories
Pack & Tickle Linsay and Mark Oliver, award-winning artisans – ‘quirky flat packs’ – layered landsapes and fantasy insects
Rose Dalban, artist – an angry Turner, swirling burning red skies and surging seas, light and dark on a grand scale
An engrossing fair, packed with detail and interest for the art lover
Exhibitors 2013 www.brightonartfair.co.uk/gallery
Tickets and information www.brightonartfair.co.uk/tickets
Celebrating its tenth anniversary with over one hundred of the best contemporary artists from the UK and abroad.
Brighton Art Fair is celebrating its 10th year and is bringing together over 100 of the best contemporary artists from the UK and abroad. Some have exhibited with us before, some are brand new to the event and their work is exciting and exceptional. 2013 is going to be a very special show.
Tania Corbett at iO Gallery
Here’s what some of last year’s visitors said about Brighton Art Fair…
‘Even better than last year!’
‘Keep doing this Art Fair – we love it!’
‘Keep it going please!’
‘Good atmosphere, great show, well done all!’
‘Lots of variety, good standard of work.’
‘Excellent art and variety, wonderful!’
‘Lots of unique pieces, thank you for a wonderful afternoon!’
‘No pressure, crowds, time to appreciate the art.’
‘Great art on display, excellent’
Brighton Art Fair is the largest annual art exhibition on the South Coast and enables artists across all media to sell their work to the public, building a relationship with buyers, potential buyers, galleries and curators. The fair selects the most talented painters, printmakers, photographers and sculptors along with artist groups and Sussex based galleries.