Have you ever thought of buying art but firstly thought it was too expensive and secondly didn’t know where to start?
Well this week in London sees the return of the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea, where from 20th-23rd October the fair will have over 100 galleries and 1,000 artists exhibiting, with each piece priced between £100 and £5000, making buying art accessible to everyone. Exhibiting is a wide range of artists from the likes of established street artist Ben Eine, who counts Barack Obama as an owner of his work and Jann Haworth, co-creator of the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper album cover, who will be debuting a brand new series of works at the fair. The Affordable Art Fair also supports emerging artists through its Recent Graduates’ Exhibition and curator of this years show Medeia Cohan has scoured the degree shows of the top art schools in the UK to select Britain’s most promising emerging talent for the exhibition.
To give you a taster of what’s on offer, here are my top 5 picks all under £500.
1. Mon Ami Brilliant by Richard Levine. Print on Somerset Velvet, 80x80cm, edition of 50. £500 at Ingo Finke Gallery at the Affordable Art Fair Battersea.
2. Every Cloud has a Silver Lining by Magnus Gjoen. Giclee with 24k gold leaf, edition of 50. £475 at Liberty Gallery at the Affordable Art Fair Battersea.
3. Charming by Ben Eine. Screenprint with varnish overlay, edition of 100. £350 at Jealous Gallery at the Affordable Art Fair Battersea.
4. Dutch Vogue by Joe Cruz. Screen print, 57x76cm, edition of 25. £250 at Print Club London at the Affordable Art Fair Battersea.
5. Angelique by Maria Rivans. Screenprint and giclee, 89x64cm, edition of 50. £390 at Liberty Gallery at the Affordable Art Fair Battersea.
Luci Noel, Affordable Art Fair Director shares her top tips when looking for art pieces, whether from an established artist or new, she says:
“When you find a piece you are drawn to think about the next steps. Talk to the gallerist at the fair to find out more about the piece and the artist. There are a few key questions you can ask that will give you a good idea of whether the piece might be a good investment for the future:
•Where the artist studied and how widely they have exhibited since graduating – an artist who is really committed to their own career will have the tenacity to keep going through the tough years.
•Whether they have been picked up by significant collectors/collections.
•How well their work has sold or if they have won any prizes – a piece by an artist whose work is already in demand is far more likely to bring you a good return on your investment”
The fair will also have numerous workshops including gastronomy inspired drawing sessions, drypoint printing workshops and drop-in and draw sessions in the Creative Studio. As well as a talk from Battersea-based London Fine Art Studios exploring the representation of wine throughout the history of art, with wine tastings from drinks partner Dark Horse wine.
I think I’m ready to buy my first art piece, what about you?
To buy tickets to all dates and for further information, visit affordableartfair.com/battersea.