London Art Fair is the UK's premier Modern British and contemporary art fair, returning to Islington's Business Design Centre with its 30th edition from 17–21 January 2018. Annually launching the art world year since 1988, London Art Fair provides a supportive environment for collectors of all levels. With a large display of museum quality Modern British art alongside contemporary work from today’s leading artists, covering the period from the early 20th century to today, presented by respected galleries and private collections.
We are delighted to be exhibiting artists Sophie Derrick, Mark Beattie, Claire Luxton, Jin Eui Kim, Gillian Hyland and Rod McIntosh. Each of the artists have gained international success in their own right, selected for their exquisite use of materials, processes and ability to suspend the viewer in their rich narratives, concept and aesthetic technicality. You can find Contemporary Collective at Stand G33.
My work very much focuses on portraiture, but with the use of both painting and photography this genre is skewed and manipulated, and the transformative properties of paint are pushed to the limit. I photograph the act of painting onto my skin and then paint on top of the photographs, creating a layering of image of paint and painted image, blurring the boundaries between the two. My 'Self' is lost, buried beneath the paint and the notion of portraiture is questioned. The body becomes both object and subject within the work.
There is a constant shift between dualities within my work; painting and photography, absence and presence, and reality and fiction. The painting, photographic and layering techniques, and bold, vibrant colours used within the work become obstacles to reality, distorting and creating absurd and abstracted portraits.
I'm an emerging sculptor who lives and works in London. Working with various metals in all their contrasting properties of texture and finish, I enjoy the challenge of making the industrious material appear fluid, malleable and delicate.
After graduating from the European Arts Practice MA course at Kingston University I have continued to study different metals, looking at ways to manipulate and add movement to the material.
My work has been exhibited throughout the UK in over 20 shows; including locations like Burghley House (Lincolnshire), Great Fosters Hotel (Surrey) and Jean-Luc Baroni Gallery (London). Over the past 5 years I have had the honour of exhibiting alongside some of the worlds finest artists, including Helaine Blumenfeld, Jonathan Yeo, Tracey Emin and the late Lynn Chadwick.
In 2015 I was elected a member of The Royal British Society of Sculptors
My work is privately collected in the UK and the USA.
My practice primarily involves working within the realms of Painting, Photography, Sculpture, creating striking, large-scale works and installations. I am fascinated by the qualities and properties of the materials that I use and the way in which their physicality can occupy a given area. Often drawing inspiration from site-specific locations, my work aims to powerfully alter and interact with particular spaces or environments.
As well as my practice being centered on the exploration of space, my paintings and sculpture have a very direct symbiotic relationship with my photography. My photography is generally centered on the exploration of ‘self’, in the form of expression, transition, transformation and physicality. This in turn directly communicates with the rest of my practice, one informing the other, drawing form, from the nuances’ of aesthetic, energy and atmosphere.
I am constantly challenged and captivated by the way in which the materials and processes I use evolve differently through my practice and I relish the twists and turns in navigating these effects. The way I personally interact with my painting, sculpture and photography, involves me being very physical, and often uncomfortable and it is this dynamic and energy that is key to the development of my practice.
Jin Eui Kim is an internationally renowned ceramic artist. Originally from South Korea, he now lives with his family in Cardiff, UK. Whilst at Cardiff School of Art & Design Jin Eui studied the illusory effects of the application of tonal bands to three-dimensional surfaces. He graduated with a MA and PhD inCeramics. He was then accepted into Graduate Residence at Fireworks Clay Studios, Cardiff and remains a full time member. He is also a member of Contemporary Applied Art (CAA) and the Craft Potters Association (CPA).
Jin Eui’s work has been seen across the world, notably at ArtXchange in the USA, Galerie du Don in France, Puls Contemporary Ceramics in Belgium, Contemporary Applied Art, Manchester Art Gallery,Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Ruthin Craft Centre, Oxford Ceramics Gallery, New Craftman Gallery, National Centre for Craft and Design, Mission Gallery, Bevere Gallery, National Glass Centre, Bluecoat Display Centre in the UK. He has been taking part in fairs nationally such as Ceramic Art London, Art in Clay, Art in Action, Oxford Ceramics Fair and internationally Oldenburg Ceramics Fair, AAF in Germany and Art Elysees in France, Tresor in Switzerland. He especially took part in Collect 2015 at Saatchi Gallery with Ruthin Craft Centre. Industry and artistic recognition has led to selection for the AWARD exhibition in the British Ceramics Biennial in 2013, HOT ROOKIES special exhibition for the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale in Korea.
He has recently been awarded several prizes as winner for Homes & Gardens Designer Awards with China & Glass Category, selected for the Best Ceramics at Contemporary Craft Festival, the second Best Demonstrations at Art in Action and selected for the Valentine Clays Peers Award at Art in Clay. Manchester Art Gallery and The National Museum (Wales) have both purchased his works recently for their permanent collections. Exploration with tonal effects and spatial illusions by using gradient in tone, width of bands and interval between bands is Jin Eui's passion that results in works that are both visually and intellectually challenging.
Gillian Hyland creates supernatural staged images, presented as film stills or dramatic moments. Hyland’s unsettling mise-en-scene are full of sex and desire, sadness and nostalgia. Narratives that are psychologically evocative - at once sublimely theatrical yet poignant.
Like Richard Avedon and Guy Bourdin, the mix of fashion and art has challenged us to accept stylised new ideas of femininity and masculinity, innocence and sensuality. Hyland describes herself as an image maker and story teller. Her dramatic photographs are based on her own poems, and depict characters in human dramas and isolated emotional situations. Frozen in time, solitary and vulnerable moments are presented in glorious technicolor and timeless sets.
Encapsulating her memories and emotions in poems she then transforms these into images, offering a new perspective. The imagery plays with our notions of nostalgia, and taps into society’s cultural understanding of feelings and beliefs. The composition of each image suggests a larger narrative within a single moment. The photograph explores Hyland’s sense of self and society and aims to engage and trigger an emotional response from the viewer.
“It’s not about creating a pretty picture, for me it’s the intention that lies beneath it that is truly worthwhile. I’m drawn to the thinking mind behind the face, the subject’s eyes holding a story in their gaze, that is what I aim to capture through my photographs.”
Rod McIntosh is an artist with his studio in the midst of the English countryside of rural Kent. He works between Kent and London as an exhibiting artist and is represented by several galleries and consultants working together to build a national and international profile for his work.
He studied figurative sculpture in Sheffield, graduating in 1992. He maintained a dynamic practice alongside a successful Arts Management and academic career until 2009. When he returned fulltime to the studio.His current work as a mark-maker lies within the tradition of drawing. With his body, the breath along with materials, and repetitive often-obsessive processes, focuses an attention to the present. Observing and recording the moment of creation within a continuum.
He speaks of them as;
“Physical meditations, that offers himself, and the viewer,a moment to pause.”
Process is central within the painting practice of Rod McIntosh. His mark making has a fluidity and honesty that reveals itself through a muted pallet of monotones. This lends the work a striking and minimal appearance, which coalesces with the quiet sensitivity to his materials, time invested and action.
Through rehearsal, the mark-making is an embodiment of a gestural flow with the breath that is privately performed.
For McIntosh the provenances and particular characteristics of each material are of greatimportance. Following closely traditional eastern recipes for archival inks and pastes he works upon delicate Chinese papers that absorb every fluid movement as he accepts the brevity of a final committed stroke.
Presence and concentration is key to his practice in cultivating a meditative quality. Examining his temporal gestures, alongside ideas of mindfulness, permanence, attachment and acceptance.
Book Tickets here
Tuesday 16 January (Preview Evening): 6pm – 9pm
Wednesday 17 January: 11am – 9pm
Thursday 18 January: 11am – 9pm
Friday 19 January: 11am – 7pm
Saturday 20 January: 11am – 7.30pm
Sunday 21 January: 11am – 5pm
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