The Other Art Fair
So despite the flu we managed to get to the opening night of The Other Art Fair at the Old Truman Brewery East London. You should definitely pop in this weekend, it's a great opportunity to discover and buy art from 100+ of the some of the best emerging artists. Also live music, some rather tasty nibbles courtesy of chef Freddy Money (formerly of Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester), theatre by non zero one and a hidden absinthe bar and artist installation in the backstage of the fair.
The great thing about this show is it offers the you possibility of talking directly to the artists before they are snapped up by a mainstream art gallery and their prices doubled. Art is always best observed 'live' as you need to get up close to really appreciate the work, so if you're in London we highly recommend a visit.
Here are a few of our favourites from the show.
Karen Thomas is a British artist based in Montpellier, France. Her dynamic, painterly depictions of pop culture icons and characters such as Mickey Mouse and Jane Fonda are characterised by their thick, quick brush strokes. These new pieces rely on the paint to earn its place on the surface by giving it the freedom to tell much of the story with an energetic trust. She has shown both individually and in group exhibitions at the RA Summer Exhibition, The Other Art Fair and Art Below London, SELECT Art Fair, New York, and the Berliner Liste, Berlin. www.karen-thomas.org
'I draw my inspiration from the limits of our understanding, unseen phenomena so large and small that imagination is required to make sense of them or to give them anything close to a tangible form; reflecting an admiration of our standing within an age of discovery, scientifically, technically and above all artistically.'
'I am an artist in everything I do, it has greatly enriched my life, fulfilling a compelling need to create - an addiction to the fleeting sense of discovery it brings. It is this ongoing process of creative discovery that I try to share' www.stevemcginn.co.uk