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)
We are extremely pleased to announce that The Cambridge Art Book will be participating at Cambridge Art Fair this year.
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 this incredible city. The images for the book were chosen by a panel of art and city experts.
A selection of original paintings and prints featured in the book, as well as other work by those artists, will be available to view and buy at Cambridge Art Fair along with copies of the book. Head on up to the stage to see the fruits of this wonderful project for yourself.
Click here to visit the website
We are pleased to announce that London Row International from Baldock, Hertfordshire, will be participating in Cambridge Art Fair for the first time in 2017.
The team at London Row International aim to make art easy and accessible. If you are looking for something special for your home, office or loved one then lose yourself with over 80 international artists forming their eclectic mix of talent from around the world.
They offer art consultancy and a home approval service, along with specialist art insurance and finance packages making your purchase safe and an affordable reality. By working closely with you they can offer a range of artwork and bespoke commissions – ensuring you find the perfect piece of work.
They will be bringing a small selection of Artists to Cambridge Art Fair, one of whom is the Bedfordshire-based painter Jasmine Rae who creates beautiful, passionate landscape paintings in oil, full of texture and atmosphere.
Find London Row International on Stands G4 & G5 in the Small Hall and look out for the paintings by Jasmine Rae!
Matt Forster started painting in watercolour as a 13 year old, selling his first painting at 14, participating in local amateur group shows throughout his school years and eventually holding his first solo exhibition in 1993. After completing a science degree he opened his first studio gallery in a disused nightclub in Hexham.
In 2001 he decided to travel and spent a 2 year period abroad, with extensive periods in Mexico, North America, and Asia before settling in Otago, New Zealand. During this period, Matt immersed himself in painting and sketching and reading art history.
He returned to the UK in 2003 with a wide body of work and opened his second studio galleries in Newcastle upon Tyne between 2003 and 2009. He then returned to Back Street in Hexham where he firmly established the M J Forster studio and gallery.
He participates in many art fairs around the UK, bringing a small portfolio of represented artists with him. We are pleased to welcome him to Cambridge Art Fair for the first time in 2016.
You'll find M J Forster Gallery on Stand G5 in the Small Hall. In the meantime, click here to visit their website.
Neville Contemporary Art will be bringing the work of Jamel Akib to Cambridge Art Fair in 2016.
Jamel Akib was born in Leigh-on-sea, Essex, in 1965 to mixed English and Malaysian parentage & moved to Sabah, North Borneo at the age of five, returning to England to pursue further education at the age of 13. He gained a BA Honours Degree in Illustration in 1989 at Maidstone College of Art, where he learned from Gerald Rose.
He began working for the London Observer newspaper while still a student at art college and has since become an award winning artist involved in many exhibitions and commissions in the UK & abroad. He has so far illustrated the covers for three Booker prize finalists.
1992 Maxwell Business Publishing ‘Best Editorial’ Award
1993 Victoria and Albert Museum Awards for Illustration ‘Highly Commended’ Award
1994 Victoria and Albert Museum Awards for Illustration ‘Best Editorial’ Award
1996 Creative Review Magazine ‘Best Editorial’ Award
2004 ‘Marion Vannet Ridgeway Award’ for Best Children’s Book for ‘Monsoon’
2009 Honor Book in the Picture Book Category of the 2009 American Libraries Award for Literature
2010 Americas Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature
He was also included in the shortlist for the David Shepherd wildlife artist of the year in 2015 Awards Exhibition at the Mall Galleries
2015 Mall galleries, RSMA exhibition. ‘Charles Pears’ Award
2016 Mall Galleries, RSMA exhibition.The Artist magazine’ Award
Make sure that you visit Colin & Sara at Neville Contemporary Art on Stand B1 in the Large Hall at Cambridge Art Fair 2016 to see Jamel's beautiful paintings for yourself.
In the meantime, visit their website here.
'Nocturne In Orange'
Mel Fraser is a Cambridge-based artist of immense creativity, sensitivity and natural ability. You will be able to see her work first-hand when you visit Cambridge Art Fair 2016 on the Sheridan Russell Gallery stands (C3, C4 & D4) in the Large Hall.
Completely self-taught, Fraser has honed her skills to a level where she has now been commissioned for work to go into Frank Gehry’s first residential block of flats in Hong Kong, residences in China and the USA as well as large scale work in international hotels. She has just completed a 3 year project to carve a figurative sculpture for the new headquarters of the GMB Union in Euston. Having just had work in the prestigious ‘On Form’ exhibition at Astell Manor in the Cotswolds Fraser is starting to make a mark on the art scene. Truly someone to watch out for.
Her abstract work is sublime and uses perfection of line and surface to play with light and shadow. Works that use glass-like alabaster that you can see your hand through; white carrera marble pieces that have lace edges and perfect balance; geometric forms of such precision it is hard to believe they are cut by hand. All of these form part of her abstract collection.
Her figurative pieces show such sensitivity and understanding of human forms and emotion. She is not afraid to push the boundaries of the stone and achieves with keenness of eye what many of the world’s leading stone carvers would envy.
Sheridan Russell Gallery discovered her at her Open Studios 15 years ago and have been her main gallery ever since. “We realised that we had stumbled across a rare talent and an incredibly dedicated and beautiful person. We have seen her grow and are expecting great things in the future.”
We look forward to seeing Mel's new work at the art fair.
Click here to visit the Sheridan Russell Gallery website.
We are very pleased to announce that Tom & Christine from Colourbox will be returning to Cambridge Art Fair this year and will be taking over the A1 corner, to the right of the main entrance into the Large Hall.
Christine Relton and Tom Marine have been painting collaboratively since 1996 under the name Relton Marine. They also run their gallery Colourbox to showcase their own and other artists work at art fairs in the UK. Christine studied fine art at Leeds and Lancaster and Tom at Byam Shaw and Chelsea School of Art and both have been involved in painting and printmaking for over 30 years.
Relton Marine have become widely known for their original style and have paintings in permanent collection at the House of Lords, are listed in both "Who's Who in Art" and "Artists in Britain since 1945", have done many commissions for public buildings as well as private buyers and exhibit and sell their work through art fairs and with galleries throughout the UK. They are based in West Yorkshire and welcome visits to their studio there.
Click here to visit their website
We are very pleased to announce that Jim Woodman Fine Art will be participating in Cambridge Art Fair for the first time in 2016 with his small portfolio of wonderful painters.
A painter himself, Jim has selected artists offering a wide diversity of work from the calm life studies of Angela Kilenyi painted in watercolour, to the vibrant energetic seascapes of Beverley Waller.
Jim brings together the work of artists from London and the southeast with those from the northwest of Scotland- reflecting his own lifestyle, working as he does in both locations and offering something for all tastes from the very contemporary to the traditional.
The artists are all professional painters with well-deserved reputations in the area where they work and who exhibit regularly in solo and group shows- each of the artists work can be viewed on this site together with a link in each case to their own website.
Find Jim on Stand A5 in the Large Hall. Check out his website by clicking here.
We are pleased to announce that Rourke Van Dal has created a special release for Global Art Traders which will be available to buy exclusively from their stand at Cambridge Art Fair 1-4 October. The title of the work is 'Andy's Girl' and refers to 'It Girl' Edie Sedgwick, one of Andy Warhol's 'Superstars' and girl of the year in 1965.
'Andy's Girl' is a special edition of 7 on canvas. Every canvas is a hand sprayed original by Rourke Van Dal and each one will be slightly different. The special Price is £795, exclusively available from Global Art Traders at the Cambridge Art Fair on Stand G3 in the small hall.
Rourke Van Dal,
Spraypaint on Canvas
61cm x 61cm
Ed of 7, each having a unique element
If you have any questions about this release, please email David on firstname.lastname@example.org or find him on Stand G3 at the fair.
Our VIP Press Launch & Reception took place on Tuesday 9th September at the wonderful Hotel Du Vin in Cambridge. More than 50 VIP's, dignitaries, artists, sponsors, press representatives & exhibitors attended the event. Our thanks to all those who came along to support Cambridge City Art Fair. Special thanks go to Charlotte from Hotel Du Vin for arranging such a fabulous evening for us and to Simon Denning for taking such wonderful photographs.
We are thrilled to have new sculpture in the gallery by the talented animal sculptress, Laura Pentreath. Elegant lurchers in bronze & bronze resin. For the horse lovers, a handsome Irish hunter, mounted on Italian slate & the graceful Andalusian horses with their fine features, mounted on Portland stone.
Being an animal lover, Laura sculpts her sculptures from live animal models in her studio, creating tangibility & accuracy. Prices range from £195 - £1,500. These beautiful sculptures make the perfect 'special' present, come in and take a look, we would love to see you! Sara & Bill
See more of Laura's work & read her biography - click here
The Saffron Walden Gallery can be found on Stand B7 in the Large Hall at the forthcoming Cambridge City Art Fair.
Camburn Fine Art, based in Loire, France, specialises in the work of British Artist Alan Halliday primarily, and also Anthony Murphy, and the French ceramicist Francois Peyrat.
Alan Halliday, (b. 1952) is an internationally established British artist, (see The Dictionary of British Artists since 1945). Writing in The Times, the art critic John Russell Taylor said, “Halliday paints what obsesses him. His style is boldly calligraphic. Even his large-scale oil paintings depend largely on the definition of effective line while his smaller works in ink, gouache and pastel are built on a structure of amazingly fluid, spontaneous strokes of the pen; but they are in fact more than that. While the line may define the form, it is the colour which gives it form and life.”
Halliday has been a successful professional artist for more than 30 years, holding more than 100 exhibitions in the USA, Europe, India and the Middle East. His paintings are in the collections of the following London museums: Victoria & Albert Museum; the Theatre Museum, The Museum of London as well as several Oxford colleges and the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, USA. His paintings are also acquired by collectors worldwide.
Camburn Fine Art will be exhibiting at Cambridge City Art Fair for the second time this year. Find them on Stands C7/C8 in the Large Hall.
Click here to visit the website.
We are very pleased to announce that the Josephine Harpur Gallery, from Bury St. Edmunds and Aldeburgh, will be showing art and sculpture at the fair for the first time this year with a selection from their wonderful portfolio, including sculpture by Adam Binder (see image below).
The Josephine Harpur Gallery will be on Stand B2 in the Large Hall.
Click here to view their website.
The Saffron Walden Gallery is a light, airy, tranquil space displaying work by an eclectic mix of contemporary artists, sculptors and ceramicists. A serene environment conducive to the appreciation of fine art.
We exhibit internationally renowned, established artists, but also give wall space to the up-and-coming. With regular solo and group exhibitions there is always something new to see - if you would like to receive an invite to forthcoming events and Private Views please sign up to our newsletter below - we would be pleased to see you!
The Saffron Walden Gallery will be on Stand B7 in the Large Hall.
Click here to view The Saffron Walden Gallery website.
Image credit: 'Morning Reflection, Thornham Quay' by Paul J Gunn.
Ragged Sails (1925)
by Earnest S. Lumsden RE 1883-1948
Lumsden was a landscape and portrait painter and etcher. He travelled widely in India and the Far East. He was elected to the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers (now the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers) in 1915. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Scottish Academy and elsewhere.
The artwork above is available to purchase at £325 from The Victory Gallery. Contact Shaun for more details.
The Victory Gallery will be on Stand A9 in the Large Hall at this year's event.
We are very pleased to announce that Primavera Cambridge will be participating in Cambridge City Art Fair for the first time this year. Primavera is situated opposite King’s College in the heart of the city. A small sister gallery can be found on the corner of Magdalene Street and Northampton Street, opposite the Folk Museum.
The gallery and shop, located over three floors, bring together a refined and well-researched exploration into some of the finest art and crafts in Britain today. Primavera has a unique selection of paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewellery textiles and more.
Primavera will be on Stand E2 on the stage in the Large Hall.
Click here to visit their website.
(Image below by local Artist Sonia Villiers)
Cobbold and Judd Fine Art was founded in 2005 by Richard Cobbold and Emma Judd to showcase the work of artists living and working in Suffolk and East Anglia.
Since then Cobbold and Judd have held over 30 exhibitions featuring work by artists such as Maggi Hambling, Annabel Gault, Patrick George, Jill Barthorpe, Jason Gathorne-Hardy and Luke Elwes. Exhibitions have been held in the magnificent picture gallery at Hintlesham Hall near Ipswich, the Minories Ballroom, Colchester, and other locations in Suffolk and London.
In March 2014 Cobbold and Judd exhibited five new works by Maggi Hambling, and collages by the writer and art critic Andrew Lambirth in the Minories Ballroom. This exhibition was covered by the national as well as local press, including The Sunday Telegraph, The Spectator and Galleries magazine.
Cobbold & Judd will be participating for the first time this year on Stand G2 in the Small Hall.
Image below: 'Tilia' by Emma Buckmaster & Janet French, limited edition etching on lime leaves
We are very pleased to announce that we have agreed a contra-deal with The Apex in Bury St. Edmunds. The Apex is an award-winning music & entertainment venue in Bury St Edmunds which offers a wide variety of music events, from classical to pop, rock, jazz, blues, world, country and folk, plus comedy, dance and many free events throughout the year. The contemporary art gallery and coffee bar are open every day for visitors to enjoy a drink and relax in the comfortable sofas and beautiful surroundings.
Alongside the extensive entertainment programme, The Apex is also available for hire. This beautiful state-of-the-art building provides a unique and attractive backdrop, and can be tailored to suit you, whatever your requirements. For more information see www.theapexconferencing.co.uk
They currently have a large and very wonderful exhibition of paintings by the Littleport Artist and Poet, John Lyons. The exhibition is called Mythlore and runs until 11th November. It's well worth a visit. John Lyons (image below) will be represented at Cambridge City Art Fair 2013 by Blue Contemporary on Stand L19 in the Large Hall.
Sylke Claridge is a German Expressionist painter now living in Australia. Sylke has been painting for over twenty years and has studied in Germany, Austria and Australia. She lived in Germany (Munich) and in France (Paris) before moving to England (Cambridge) in 1996 and then to Australia (Sydney) in 2004.
Painting in both acrylics on canvas and watercolour and mixed media on paper, her subjects include landscapes, cities, people and life scenes as well as uplifting flower paintings. In addition she also incorporates into her paintings the principles of Feng Shui, with her very popular ‘Guardian Angel’ series. She has exhibited her art in galleries in Munich, Berlin, Zurich, Paris, Cambridge, Harrogate, London and Sydney.
The Darryl Nantais Gallery is now Sylke’s sole distributor in the United Kingdom. We hold in stock a wide selection of her paintings and are delighted that we are able to receive her new work from Australia. A selection of her paintings can be viewed on our website. We are delighted to stage major exhibitions of her work every two years (even numbers) with Sylke attending the Private Views.
Brigitte Williams studied at The Slade School of Art where she graduated in 2006 with distinction. She won the inaugural Catlin Art Prize in 2007, and her reputation and practice has continued to grow ever since. Her work is now widely exhibited and purchased for public and private collections in the UK and abroad
The principle of the work examines the relationship between linguistic and visual patterns underlying our unconscious understanding of the world, and how the recognition of these systems fuel our ability to make predictions and form expectation. To this metaphysical concept, structured rules are applied, which lead to the creation of intricate maps, geometric patterns or organic shapes.
These rules often contain an ambiguity which allows humour, poetry and chance to coalesce with the cerebral and clinical nature of the imagery.
My Life In Art on Stand S08 will be showing Brigitte's work at this year's fair.
Luis Marzoratti was born in Mar del Plata, Argentina, a descendent of Italian immigrants. He has a great love of his land and the Argentine people. Marzoratti brought his passion and ideals to his art and worked as a political artist. Much of his work incorporates imagery that is symbolic to the struggles of the Argentine people.
In his latest series Los Códigos del Sol depicts a beautiful beach with the blue sea and an sun umbrella. Behind the umbrella are silhouettes of people. For Marzoratti this represents the need to hide your thoughts and opinions that differ from the political over-culture. Each peaceful and relaxing scene belays the undercurrents that lay beneath the veneer.
In his El Mar Cercano series, The Ceibo which is the national flower of Argentina is the main focal point. The Ceibo is a familiar symbol that appears to float through his work along with other cultural icons like pottery and sculptural artifacts. The Ceibo represents hope and the 'best' of Argentina and offers a reminder of the natural beauty of his country and the pride of its people.
Luis will be represented by Blue Contemporary on Stand L19 in the Large Hall.
Born in Lund, in Southern Sweden, Elisabeth Lindstedt lives on the beautiful island of Oland, off the east coast of Sweden. She trained at the School of Arts in Stockholm and at the Fine Arts Academy in Gothenburg.
Over the last 20 years, Elisabeth has become one of Sweden's leading painters, exhibiting at most of that country's leading galleries. Her deceptively simple, sometimes bleak, landscapes have a haunting quality and capture the character of Oland with real depth. Composition is a strength, and so is an understated, perhaps typically Scandinavian, strength of purpose.
Lime Tree Gallery of Long Melford, Suffolk, and Bristol, is Elisabeth’s sole representative in the UK, and her works have been consistently well received, in the galleries, and at major art fairs in London, including 20/21 International at the Royal College of Art.
Elisabeth's work can be seen at Cambridge City Art Fair via Lime Tree Gallery on Stand L07.
The VIP Reception at Hotel Du Vin on 17th September went really well and we were pleased to welcome many interesting people, some connected with the fair and others from in and around the city. Our sincere thanks to all those who attended, including (but not limited to)- the Mayor of Cambridge (Cllr Paul Saunders), Antoinette Jackson (Chief Executive of Cambridge City Council), Andrew Nairne (Director Of Kettle's Yard), Louise Cummings (Editor of Style Magazine and The Cambridge Magazine), Stuart Hay (Head of Commercial Business at Addenbrookes Hospital) and Caroline Biggs (Organiser of EAT Cambridge).
We were also very pleased to see so many exhibitors at the event- Richard Chapman of Sheridan Russell, Aleksandra and Lyndon Ristic of Fine Art Escape, Rowan and Liz Yorath of Woodbine Contemporary drove down from Leicestershire, Ros Clevelly from Byard Art, Kathryn Bell from Fine Art Consultancy came all the way from London, Marlo Gilbert from Blue Contemporary, Stephen Edwards from Lime Tree Gallery came from Bristol and Sara Horncastle came from the newly opened Saffron Walden Gallery and booked a stand at the Reception!
It was lovely to spend time with some of the artists that will be featured at the fair in November too, such as- Sarah Dodkin Rush from Soham, Laurence Broderick from Waresely and John Lyons from Littleport. We were also joined by the lovely Cambridge Sculptor Mel Fraser and her daughter Ros.
Huge thanks also to Aimee and the team at Hotel Du Vin for making our VIP Reception such a wonderful event. We would highly recommend Hotel Du Vin for a function of any kind.
Photos courtesy of Cambridge News (c) 2013
Sarah Dodkin Rush is an Artist based in Soham, Cambridgeshire. Her artistic practice focuses on an engagement between the natural world and mankind. A skilled wood carver and abstract painter, her current work is predominately sculpture.
Using natural, recycled or discarded materials highlights man's ambiguous relationship with the environment and the natural world but from an apolitical standpoint. She draws attention to forms shaped by both man and nature creating a dialogue between the form and the medium.
By framing and abstracting natural forms Sarah challenges viewers to observe the minutiae of colour, form and texture in her materials. Working organically, play and chance influence the ongoing variables of colour and form with space and time. Many of her sculptural works challenge the preconception of sculpture as a predominantly floor-based art form.
Sarah's sculptures will be featured by the Aceo Gallery on Stand 30 in the Large Hall.
Noted for his organic style which, at times, contains echoes Graham Sutherland, Cyril Wilson is regarded as a Scottish artist/teacher although he was actually born in High Wycombe, Bucks.
He studied art in Reading and taught at new Abbey College of Art Summer School for many years. From 1948 Wilson lived near Dumfries in Scotland, although later he spent part of each year in Ibiza. Wilson’s exhibitions included those at the Scottish Society of Artists as a member, RSW, Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts & RSA. One-man shows included - Dumfries Arts Festival in 1983, 1986 and Compass Gallery, Glasgow in 1988. He was also included in The Compass Contribution at Tramway, Glasgow and at The Gallery, Cork Street, London in 2005.
Collections where his work is held include: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and Dundee Art Gallery.
You can see and buy Wilson's work at the Cambridge City Art Fair 2013 via Edge Fine Art on Stand 10 in the Small Hall.
Cambridge Art Fair 2017
The Guildhall, Market Hill, Cambridge CB2 3QJ
VIP PRIVATE VIEW on Thursday 9th November 5.30 to 8.30pm
Friday 10th November 11am to 6.30pm
Saturday 11th November 11am to 5.30pm
Sunday 12th November 11am to 5pm
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9 Caxton House
Cambs CB23 6JN
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