London Art Fair & Photo50 Show Opens To Public

The London Art Fair is now open until Sunday 20 Jan in the Business design centre near Islington and Stuart Fawcett went along for ePHOTOzine on the first evening it was open to the public to see what it was about.

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Art shows and photography some time don’t seem to mix at all well, and this year's London Art Fair certainly seemed like a full-on battle between all the mediums of expression available to those with artist capabilities.


London Art Fair and Photo50 at the design centre near Islington


There are the old military generals with rich expressive and powerful oil paintings, the new captains of heavy and freshly scented oils. The bright young acrylic cadets looking amazing from a distance yet confusing close up. They are supported on their flanks by sculptors and fabricators with their bold designs. 


Photo of “The wilds of Lochaber, Ben Nevis and the Mamores. By Sir David Young Cameron”

Photo of 'The wilds of Lochaber, Ben Nevis and the Mamores. By Sir David Young Cameron'


Against them stand the photography purists with their perfectly sharp large format images printed on chromogenic silver halide substrates for blinding impact. In their ranks stood others with digital mastery concocting impossible feats of cunning with buildings and machinery guaranteed to bewitch the enemy. Still, other photos merged object within and without of the images producing disturbing 3D displays.   


Photo of 'Photo manipulations by Dionisio Gonzalez'Photo of 'Photo manipulations by Dionisio Gonzalez'


The traditionalists fought back with 3D upgrades to their images with burning charcoal and rocks to attack the flat photographs, while others tried a softer approach beguiling the photographers with feathers. Some photographers broke their images into parts and animated yet another art attack. In defence, the Oils almost jumped out of the canvas to repel the mobile newcomers.  Some Art left the wall entirely to act as floating projectiles against all others.


Photos of various Paintings and Installations in the London Art FairPhotos of various Paintings and Installations in the London Art Fair


I hope you get the sense that I liked the show a lot and found it almost entirely stimulating. The Fair offered up new ideas and perhaps showed how Art is more than ever becoming a tactile interactive adornment to our walls and surroundings. Personally, I found most of the really fascinating photographic art in the galleries of the more traditional exhibitors. But don’t forget the Photo50 wing of the exhibition, if you’re there you must go see it.

My Favourite photography exhibit featured beautiful photographs by Gillian Hyland called ‘The Author’ and ‘Look away’.


Photos of 'Photographs by Gillian Hyland called the Author and Look away'Photos of 'Photographs by Gillian Hyland called the Author and Look away'


What I also really liked about the gallery presenting these was that they look to offer far more than a sales outlet for artists; The also offered curation services for collections as well as producing an amazing looking magazine called ‘After Nyne’. It seems like a very interesting approach to artistic collaboration.  Another gallery of interest was Sitor who rather successfully match images taken decades apart to tell a brief story.

There is so much more to share, it took me over 90 mins just to whizz round the show as its spread over two and a half floors, and I avoided the free fizz and food outlets. There is a lot to see and I’d really recommend it for challenging new ideas and some really lovely artwork.

If you do go, see if you can find the ceramic camera and the free f22 photography magazines. 


ceramic camera C​ceramic camera 


For more information, visit the London Art Fair website or message me on ePHOTOzine.

Words and pictures (mostly of others images) Stuart Fawcett.

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JackAllTog Plus
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17 Jan 2019 12:50PM
There is also special focus on this for Photography on Friday.

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18 Jan 2019 10:51PM
Haa..! I like that ceramic camera..Smile

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