START returns to the Saatchi Gallery from 14-17 September 2017 to showcase the best emerging artists from new art scenes and developing markets across the globe. Ahead of the fourth edition of the popular art fair, The Resident picks out the exhibitors to watch from four different continents
Courtesy of Yiri Arts, Taiwan, painter Chen Yun will be exhibiting a distinctive series of obscured, shrouded or fragmented faces, indecipherable and infused with emotional weight, as well as Lai Wei-yu’s Petit Romances series, which depicts daily activities heavily colored with social commentary. Meanwhile, JingLü Gallery, also in Taiwan, will be exhibiting work by Peihang Huang, whose colour-saturated, saccharine paintings examine the disconnect between daily life and how it is represented in the media.
Argentinian artist Bimbi Larraburu‘s vibrant oil paintings explore the spiritual potential of abstract art. Also on show will be Brazilian Paula Klien, presenting her distinctive works composed using monochromatic Chinese ink, which reflect her response to an increasingly transient world.
NG Gallery, based in Australia, will present work by Fiona White, whose cartoon-like portraits invite us into the personal lives of her characters. White, who is completely self-taught, has a penchant for creating stories which fuse real-life people with imagined narratives and scenarios, allowing her to address global concerns, particularly race relations.
California’s Art Unified has chosen a brilliantly eclectic selection of works for START, from Sarah Bahbah’s voyeuristic photo series, Sex and Take Out, to Johan Andersson’s portrait series, Toy Guns, which explores the glamourisation of gun culture.
START runs from 14-17 September 2017 at Saatchi Gallery , Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 4RY; startartfair.com