Cambridge Art Fair 2017 launched last night with a fantastic, well attended Private View. Our huge thanks to all those who attended and especially those who bought art.
Don't miss the new paintings by the enormously popular and highly rated Artist Steven Lindsay at this year's Cambridge Art Fair.
Most of Lindsay's work is figurative and focuses on light, structure and composition. He believes that painting is a process of mark making and as such these marks should be evident and you can see the painterly quality throughout his impressive portfolio.
Estelle Lovatt, the art critic for the New Radio 2 Arts Show, said:
“Like revisiting Vermeer in the Dutch Golden Age of painterly skill against the Colour Field of Rothko, all intertwined with an aesthetic twist of contemporary, complex-simplicity. Lindsay using his paintbrush eloquently, capturing painterly conversations between the art history giants of a bygone age and a bygone art.”
You'll find a selection of new paintings by Lindsay with Lime Tree Gallery on Stand E3 up on the stage in the Large Hall. Click here to visit the gallery website
Alison McWhirter BA MA, born in Dumfries, Scotland in 1975, attended Bath Academy where she trained as a painter gaining a BA in Fine Art in 1998. She continued her studies to gain a Postgraduate MA in Visual Culture 2000. Bath Academy of Art has produced such luminaries as the colourist Howard Hodgkin.
After establishing a career in publishing, as well as teaching art, McWhirter returned to South West Scotland to pursue her career as a painter; her raison d’etre. Since moving to Glasgow in June 2012, McWhirter has had work accepted by the Royal Glasgow Institute to exhibit at the Annual RGI show in 2012 and 2013.
McWhirter’s studies of flowers are intimate compositions which evoke a mood through their vibrancy of colour and loose bold brushwork. Her paintings are instinctive responses to her subject, often mixing paint directly on the canvas, so creating a sense of spontaneity which is prevalent in all her work.
McWhirter has had exposure in The Scotland on Sunday in 2011 where she was described as ‘The new Scottish Colourist’. In 2012 Homes and Interiors Magazine deemed her to be one of the top Contemporary Scottish Colourists making waves in the art world. McWhirter’s instantly recognisable work is held in private collections throughout the UK. Her first solo London show in February 2016 was a major success.
You will be able to buy paintings by Alison McWhirter on the Carina Haslam Art stand B5/B6 in the Large Hall. Click here to visit Carina's website
Eight of the contributors to the fantastic Cambridge Art Book will be featured on Stand E2, up on the stage in the Large Hall at this year's Cambridge Art Fair.
The Cambridge Art Book showcases the city of Cambridge through the eyes of its artists. Over 120 pages of vibrant contemporary images, 51 artists who have all been inspired by this incredible city, show Cambridge in a new and exciting way.
A map within the book will allow people to see the images on the page and then visit the building or place for themselves to see how the artists has interpreted them.
The book has been created by local collage artist Emma Bennett. Emma has lived in Cambridge for 12 years where she works as a commercial artist constantly inspired by the incredible city. The book was published in 2017 by UIT/Green Books.
Head up to the stage at this year's fair to see for yourself the wonderful art produced by this talented group of Artists.
We are very pleased to announce that Norton Way Gallery will be participating for the first time at Cambridge Art Fair in 2017.
Situated in the rural arts and crafts town of Letchworth Garden City, Norton Way Gallery is a specialist independent gallery dealing exclusively in fine and contemporary, original art. Established in 2007, the gallery represents both internationally establisted and immerging artists.
With a continually changing exhibition of paintings, drawings, ceramics and sculpture they are particularly proud of their excellent collection of original printmakers, including Phil Greenwood RE, Rob Barnes, Flora Mclachlan, Colin See-Paynton and Morna Rhys, contributing exquisite etchings, linocuts, and wood engravings.
In addition to selected solo exhibitions and guest artists, we permanently represent over ten resident artists from around the south-east of the country, including our home county Hertforshire. From the well established to talented newcomers, all are chosen for their passion and commitment.
Head over to Stand C3 in the Large Hall to take a look at their portfolio or click here to visit their website.
We are very pleased to announce that White Court Art will be returning to Cambridge Art Fair in 2017.
White Court Art is a specialist online gallery based in Brecon, Wales since 2006. It has grown organically from a private collection started many years ago to its present size, with distribution centres in both the U.K. and the USA.
Their main selection criteria is that they love the pieces themselves. They sell mainly to collectors in the USA and pride themselves on a quick professional friendly service.
Head over to Stand B7 in the Large Hall to take a look at their portfolio or click here to visit their website.
We are very pleased to announce that Norfolk-based Capital Culture Gallery is participating for the first time at Cambridge Art Fair this year.
Capital Culture Gallery is run by artists Rachael Dalzell and James Sparshatt in Coltishall, Norfolk. The Gallery champions art that represents culture, landscape and diversity. They welcome all art lovers, whether they are seasoned collectors or possible first-time buyers to enjoy looking at their diverse collection of art in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Capital Culture Gallery was founded in 2005 by photographer James Sparshatt and businessman Ken Climie with the aim of working alongside a small group of successful artists from around the world. After a decade in London, Ken founded Exposed Gallery and Centre for the Arts in Moscow and James and Rachael moved Capital Culture Gallery to a new space close to their home in Norfolk.
As well as gallery exhibitions they take part in numerous art fairs across the world. Over the last dozen years they have exhibited at art fairs in London, Los Angeles, New York, Singapore, Paris, Milan, Stockholm and Hamburg among others.
James works in London most weeks and he is happy to visit your home or office with work if you have seen a piece at one of their London events and wish to see it again.
Head over to Stand B3 in the Large Hall to take a look at the Capital Culture Gallery display or click here to visit their website.
We're very pleased to announce that the Cambridge institution Primavera Gallery is returning to Cambridge Art Fair in 2017.
The gallery and shop, located over three floors on King's Parade facing King's College, bring together a vast range of the finest quality handmade British art and craft. They continue a 70-year history of exhibiting the highest quality ceramics and the most eclectic collection of glass art in the region.
As a gallery, their aim is to offer artwork at a range of prices and to display and contrast makers’ work in a physical way so that each piece can be touched and felt, rather than maintaining an ethereal online presence through websites.
You'll find Primavera Gallery on Stand A9 in the Large Hall and can visit their website by clicking here.
We are very pleased to welcome back The Art Hound Gallery to Cambridge Art Fair.
The Art Hound Gallery carefully source and sell pieces by some of the greatest 20th century and contemporary artists. They enjoy showing their clients that great art by the luminaries of the 20th and 21st centuries can be genuinely affordable.
Alongside the works of their internationally recognised artists, such as Tracey Emin, Sir Peter Blake, Damien Hirst, Pure Evil and Banksy, they aim to promote some of the most talented and promising emerging artists from London and around the country to showcase their works alongside the greats. Their stock knows no boundaries of genre and you’ll see the works of contemporary urban artists sitting next to the abstracts of the St Ives School.
Established in 2012, The Art Hound began on the King’s Road in London, selling at the major art fairs of the UK and to private clients. They opened a permanent gallery space in 2016 in Cambridge in the beautiful setting of Burwash Manor, a hive of independent British business and retail.
They scour the country - and the world - looking for the latest talent from the contemporary art world and each piece is hand-selected with care by their expert buyer. The gallery is open 7 days a week, so they are always able to answer your queries and handle your requests - and they promise no pretentious answers.
The Art Hound himself is Mick, a rescue greyhound. They love dogs, so take along your own hound to Burwash Manor and see the new gallery for yourself.
You'll find The Art Hound Gallery on Stand A2 in the Large Hall. Click here to visit their website.
We are very pleased to announce that London-based Julian Hartnoll will be participating at Cambridge Art Fair for the first time this year. Julian is the pre-eminent dealer and specialist in the works of JOHN BRATBY. Julian will be bringing his archive of Bianchini-Férier and the art work of a jobbing designer Louis Lang.
The Lyon-based silk manufacturer Bianchini-Férier was known for its innovative and lively fabrics in bright colours. In 1909 Charles Bianchini, one of the partners in the firm, had visited Vienna, a leading city for textile design. He subsequently established an office in Paris. This enabled him to cultivate good relations with the top Parisian couturiers, such as Lanvin, Patou and Poiret, who all bought dress fabrics from him. He also employed chic illustrators like Paul Iribe (1883-1935), Charles Martin (1848-1934) and Georges Barbier (1882-1932) to design textiles for the firm.
Louis Lang was one of a group of freelance designers who worked in Paris between the 20's and 50's. They would make their designs in the morning and then tour the fabric houses, selling in the afternoon. Many of his designs were used in the manufacture of scarves and dresses for the Parisian fashion industry.
Julian will be showing an impressive collection of work, all dating from mid to late 20th century, in designer gouache on paper. Make sure you visit Stand D2 in the Large Hall to see the collection for yourself and click here to visit Julian's website.
20th century specialists Granta Fine Art will be participating at Cambridge Art Fair for the first time this year and we are very pleased to have them
Granta Fine Art focuses on the development of a British tradition in the 20th century. As such they have not restricted themselves to the narrow categories of 'Modern British' or 'Contemporary' but are fascinated by the sweep and breadth of the century. They have included works in the collection from the highly influential European Impressionist and Expressionist schools, without which (arguably) British Art could not have flourished as it did.
The result has been an eclectic mix of paintings and drawings spanning the 20th century from its roots in the 19th century to some of the more extreme expressions of the 21st. Their aim is to make good art available to the collector at an affordable price and to advise their clients as they build their own unique art collections.
Make your way to Stand A8 in the Large Hall to take a look at the Granta Fine Art collection or click here to visit their website.
We are very pleased to announce that Cambridge Art Fair is the sponsor of the 5.15pm final race of the last mid-week fixture of the 2017 season at the Rowley Mile at Newmarket Racecourse. This is a tremendous opportunity for us to reach an affluent new audience for the art fair and we are looking forward to presenting the trophy to the winning owner!
Fancy coming along? Enjoy an autumnal afternoon of racing at the Rowley Mile with the seven race card featuring some potential stars of the future. This is the last mid-week fixture for the 2017 season and, as the name suggests, is all about the youngsters with the juveniles looking to gain valuable experience on the racecourse before next season.
This is a fantastic meeting for racing enthusiasts and punters; it’s also a lovely autumnal day out to enjoy with colleagues, family or friends. Children under the age of 18 are welcome FREE in all enclosures and there are a number of different added-value packages and hospitality options available to suit all budgets.
Click here for more information
We are very fortunate to have been supported by Cambridge Plants over the last few years at Cambridge Art Fair. Every year Lizzie, Ruscha and the team make Cambridge Art Fair look green and lush with their stunning plant arrangements.
Their mission is to bring plants into the workplace to breathe life and wellbeing to everyone around them. They offer a full service of design, installation and aftercare from their experienced plant technicians. They source their pots and plant containers from around the world and work with you to find a scheme that suits your office interior. Green plants are transformative to the working environment and have proven benefits both in health terms and in productivity and employee retention.
They hire plants and floral displays to major events including the Cambridge May Balls and deliver fully decorated Christmas trees to offices in December.
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Ruscha, Lizzie and the team for their fantastic displays and their continued support.
Click here to visit their website
We are excited to be able to announce that the Bristol gallery Clifton Fine Art will be participating at Cambridge Art Fair for the 4th year in a row.
Clifton Fine Art is a highly respected gallery specialising in modern and contemporary art from the South West of England. The gallery is at 12 Perry Road in the heart of Bristol's Christmas Steps Arts Quarter. They boast a fantastic portfolio of Artists that are always very popular at Cambridge and we are really looking forward to seeing what they bring to the fair this year.
You'll find Clifton Fine Art on Stands B4 & B8, on a very large double stand around the steps up to the stage in the large hall.
Click here to visit their website.
We are pleased to announce the return of Stephen Walton Fine Art to Cambridge Art Fair 2017. Stephen has participated with us for a couple of years as one half of Walton & Bovill. Due to personal circumstances and after two very happy and successful years the duo have closed their gallery in Long Melford. This allows Stephen to run his business in a much more flexible way. He will stay true to his to commitment of sourcing and selling a range of quality pictures sold at fair prices.
Stephen's specialism is what could broadly be described as ‘Modern British’. He champions the work of a small number of artists and stocks a wide selection of paintings, prints and sculpture.
He specialises in working with designers and individual clients in creating bespoke collages of pictures. His holistic approach to each project is rooted in his historical knowledge and an 'eye' for originality.
"We believe that buying a work of art is a very personal business and in those mysterious moments leading up to a purchase we are there to help rather than to sell."
You'll find Stephen on Stand D5 in the Large Hall. Make sure you pay a visit to his stand to discover the treasures he's bringing this year.
Click here to visit Stephen's website.
Cambridge Art Fair will feature it’s very own Champagne Bar again in 2017, thanks to an ongoing partnership with Cambridge Champagne Company, exclusive UK suppliers of Champagne Dominique Boulard.
Craig Kerrecoe, Managing Director of Red Dot Events Limited, the organisers of Cambridge Art Fair, said-
“We are very pleased to be working with Paul and the team at Cambridge Champagne Company again for 2017. The Cambridge Champagne Company brings an exclusive product that will appeal to the discerning visitors that come to the fair. We look forward to hearing what our visitors think of their fabulous Champagne.”
Dominique Boulard’s family have been tending their vines for over 200 years. Every grape is picked by hand, so neither fruit nor vine is damaged. Each of the three classic champagne grape varieties are grown on Boulard family land. His vines grow on a perfect south-facing slope of the Vallée de la Marne, in the Grand Cru village of Mailly, and in a hamlet called – aptly – Paradis.
This hasn’t gone unnoticed by the prestigious wine guides Hachette des Vins and Gault & Millau. Indeed Dominique’s champagnes have beaten in blind tests many of the more famous brand names.
The Champagne Bar will be in the Large Hall, between the doors through to the Small Hall, right the very centre of fair.
Click here to visit their website
We are very pleased to announce that Signet Contemporary Art is returning Cambridge Art Fair for the second year running.
Signet Contemporary Art, established in 2013, occupies a space in Chelsea, Kings Road- one of London’s most prestigious art districts. Signet Contemporary Art specializes in British and international contemporary painting. The gallery caters for both established and new collectors working in a wide variety of styles and genres, ranging from the semi-abstract to the impressionist, including Robert E Wells RBA, Garry Raymond-Pereira, David Poxon RI & Paul Treasure, to name a few. The mission of Signet Contemporary Art is to provide its artists with greater exposure to new markets.
Make sure you visit them on Stand B2 in the Large Hall.
Click here to visit their website
We are very pleased to announce that Strange Tracey will be participating in Cambridge Art Fair for the first time this year.
After graduating with a degree in History of Art, Tracey McNee studied Connoisseurship and The Art market with Christie’s in New York. Discovering a passion for dealing directly with artists Tracey joined Perter Hay Halpert Fine Art based in New York’s Chelsea. This helped cement a love for contemporary art and building relationships with artists.
On returning to the UK, Tracey set up her first gallery in Glasgow in 2000, quickly expanding to a second space in Mayfair, London. A major part of the business was attending art fairs in the UK and Europe and these ‘adventures’ quickly became the main focus of business.
Make your way to Stand B1 in the Large Hall to find the Strange Tracey stand.
Click here to visit the website
We are very excited to announce that Fernando Mario Paonessa, the internationally-acclaimed Italian sculptor, will be participating at Cambridge Art Fair 2017.
After graduating in Industrial Chemistry, Fernando moved to Rome where he obtained his diploma in sculpture at the School of Ornamental and Plastic Arts. He also attended the faculty of Art History at La Sapienza University in Rome. He is an intense activitist and cultural operator, founding and directing art magazines, such as 'Controcampo Culturale' and 'InformArti', publishing critical essays on Alberto Giacometti, Auguste Rodin, Francesco Mochi and many contemporary artists.
In 1997 he founded the artistic movement 'Concrezionismo' followed by the publication of the book on the movement published by IEDA of Rome. Fernando's works are in domestic and foreign public and private collections, with particular market penetration in Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland and Japan. He has also won numerous public and private competitions for monumental sculptures for squares, public and private institutions and religious institutes.
The following text is an extract from the 'Paonessa'-La concrezione della materia. Copyright IEDA 2011 by Maurizio Marini.
"Paonessa has always been characterised not only by the technical and material qualities of his work and his extreme honesty of expression, but also by a common denominator of conceptual rigour and 'form' in the Latin sense - that is, beauty. Although his artistic language is as complex as the man and artist himself, which interpenetrate, they are complex to an analogous extent...
So, in his bronze works, Paonessa presents the sense of his own life and culture. The molten, magmatic material solidifies and opens into draped forms which in turn become ravines, without however losing their etymological characteristics as aesthetic communication, engrossing even on the most reduced scale of their images...
Paonessa invites the observer to enter into and at the same time rationalize his peculiar concept of 'form', is what he defines as 'Concretionism'. The process of creating and forming in Concretionism is no other than the realization of an empirical-theoretical process, derived from the Latin term 'concretionem' Indeed, 'concretionem' means, literally, the mineral incrustations deposited by superficial sea or subterranean waters or hydro-thermal action, in a radial or concentric structure.
Concretionism, as Paonessa himself reminds us in his book, 'Concretionism', is matter that calls out and moves us to call out: it is harsh, unadorned matter, forced and overforced, marked by the dramatic contrast between volumes and empty spaces, fixed and forced to co-exist in destructed and de-composed structures, in precarious, precipitate, dynamic and indifferent forms of equilibrium."
Fernando lives and works between Edinburgh and London. You will find The Paonessa Gallery on Stand F1 in the Small Hall.
Click here to visit his website (in Italian)
A wonderful collection of artists, exhibitors, sponsors, partners, advertisers, VIP's and representatives from the press gathered at Hotel Du Vin on Trumpington Street on the 27th September for the 5th annual VIP Press Launch for Cambridge Art Fair. A few of our guests were fortunate enough to be provided with a very special chauffeur service for the evening, courtesy of Porsche Centre Cambridge.
The Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr George Pippas, was in attendance at the event which takes place every year in the Library and Ruinart Dining Room at the Hotel Du Vin. Representatives from our sponsor Mattioli Woods Wealth Management came along, as did Samantha Sherratt, Head of Supporter Engagement at Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust, our charity partner for 2017. Alice & Dawn from Iliffe Media represented our media partners Velvet Magazine and Cambridge Independent and we were also joined by Caroline from Cambridge Magazine.
It was wonderful to see so many friends and supporters of Cambridge Art Fair attending the VIP Press Launch and we must extend our sincerest thanks to Michelle and the team at Hotel Du Vin for providing such a superb event again.
Thank you so much to all those who came. We look forward to seeing you at Cambridge Art Fair in November.
We are very pleased to announce that Scottish gallery Art Exposure will be joining Cambridge Art Fair for the first time this year.
Art Exposure is Scotland's premier showcase for new contemporary painting. They represent new and established Scottish artists at Art Fairs throughout the UK. Since 1989 they have been at the forefront of Scottish contemporary art and have a strong reputation for discovering and fostering new artists.
Director, Frances Lowrie, has a great passion for painters, particularly figurative works and it is this strong belief in her talented, exceptional artists which has driven the gallery forward.
“Our Gallery has been a significant part of the Glasgow and Scottish art world for the past 25 years, working with artists quietly to help put them on the right career path, introducing young (and not so young, painters) to collectors and galleries".
You'll find Frances and her Art Exposure portfolio on Stand C7 in the Large Hall.
Click here to visit their website.
We are very pleased to welcome Mayne Gallery from Kingsbridge, Devon, to Cambridge Art Fair for the first time this year.
The Mayne Gallery regularly holds events and exhibitions and exhibits at art fairs across the country. In addition to showcasing a range of contemporary art the gallery also provides a completely tailored range of framing solutions along with expert advice on how to make the most out of the art you own.
You will find them on Stand A4 in the Large Hall at this year's art fair, but if you can't wait until then click here to visit their website.
Huge thanks to The Velvet Magazine team for a fantastic 4 page spread in this month's issue. The article, written by our very favourite editor Alice Ryan, shines a light on five of our new exhibitors for 2017.
Click here to view the article in Pagesuite.
We are very pleased to announce that specialist shippers The British Shop will be providing their exceptional Wrapping Station services again this year. They will also be on hand to offer a delivery service for your purchases should you require it. Whether you have a single painting or an entire art collection to transport, The British shop can cater for all your needs.
Moving irreplaceable artwork demands exceptional skill and experience. That is why, when it comes to transporting and storing the world's most precious contemporary art, many of the UK’s leading galleries, auction houses and collectors rely on The British Shop. Their specialist art shipping division is proficient in the packing and international transportation of traditional and contemporary works of art, sculptures and items of architectural merit.
Click here to find out more about the services The British Shop can offer.
We are very pleased to be welcoming back the highly regarded 20th Century specialist Oriel Fine Art to Cambridge Art Fair, after a two year hiatus.
Oriel Fine Art has been actively showing 20th century British art since 1982. Established in the University City of Cambridge, this fine art dealership focuses on noted painters of the twentieth century including East Anglian painters, St Ives School, women painters and good Modern British artists of the pre and post War years.
You'll find Oriel Fine Art on Stand C5 in the Large Hall. Click here to visit their website.
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