The first big art event of 2017 has graced the Capital - the 29th London Art Fair. I popped over to see what was occurring and found the Business Design Centre buzzing with arty stuff. 129 galleries from 17 countries were packed inside and there was a size-able crowd perusing the stands.
Overall, there was a large variety of good works on display, along with the usual sprinkling of pieces that shouldn't have been there and the odd comedy piece thrown in for light relief. Generally though, I enjoyed my 4 hour ramble around the galleries, looking for trends, spotting some vintage gems and muttering under my breath at a few choice items.
Personally, I wanted to find my place within this smörgåsbord of talent - would my work hold its own in this market and who could I approach to represent me and my paintings? I made notes, chatted to reps and took business cards. In due course I'll follow these up and see where it takes me.
There were many highlights in the show but as usual the sculptural elements stood out for originality and often, humour. The most topical of these had to be 'The Wall' by David Cotterrell, showing President Trump's favourite project as an oversized ping pong net.
Image- wise there were few favourites to choose from, but for an artwork that you could spend hours looking at, Emily Allchurch's 'Sic Transit Gloria Mundi' was hard to beat. It was a backlit digital image fusing classical statuary with a London skyline and I felt as though I could just climb in and explore its fantasy world.