Fresh: Art Fair co-founder Anthony Wardle takes us on a tour of some of the galleries and artists you can expect to see at the fair this September
Fresh: Art Fair is Britain’s fastest growing contemporary art fair, and is soon to become the largest non-racing event ever held at Ascot Racecourse. Needless to say, there’ll be no racing, just art… and coffee, wine, lunch, expert talks and artist demonstrations.
Fresh: Art Fair will host 53 leading UK and European galleries showing the work of 600 artists, with some 6,000 original prints and paintings, sculpture, glass and ceramics priced from £100 to £30,000.
Among the artists will be exciting new talent, established professionals and Royal Academicians. Hockney, Hirst, Emin, Banksy and Blake will all be there, and from London there’ll be Chelsea’s Quantum Contemporary Art, Cube Gallery from Marylebone and Gallery Different from Fitzrovia.
There will also be are at least nine artists and galleries from in and around Berkshire, no fewer than three galleries from Dublin (Gormley’s Fine Art, The Doorway Gallery and Sol Art), as well as Alpha Art from Edinburgh and Bruno Dahl from Denmark.
It’s going to be a rich cornucopia of galleries and art. So, where to start?
1. Carina Haslam Art
Carina Haslam Art from Great Missenden specialises in oil paintings and bronze sculptures but will also bring the exotic stone sculpture of Rose Eva and the fascinating raku figures of French sculptor Alain Kurylo. As well as Ascot, the gallery exhibits widely in London, New York and Singapore.
2. Young Jamieson Fine Art
Young Jamieson Fine Art in Marlborough represents a rich portfolio of artists combining collectable and investment works by contemporary and modern masters with a strong roster of progressive new talent. Among the artists they will show at Fresh: Art Fair will be Elizabeth Waggett, Chris Levine, David Hockney and Tracey Emin.
3. Amanda Aldous Fine Art
Near Hook lies the cool and dazzling white space of Amanda Aldous Fine Art. Notable among the artists they will be bringing are multi-award winning abstract painter Jean Noble MRI and the much-collected bronze sculptures of Philip Hearsey.
4. The Art Agency
The Art Agency from Esher will bring the highly idiosyncratic work of Jo Quigley and the patinated copper and weathered steel outdoor sculpture of Ian Turnock.
5. The Wey Gallery
Among 11 artists from Godalming’s The Wey Gallery will be the inimitable Maria Rivens, a contemporary British artist known for her mash-up of Surrealism and Pop-Art, and Will Rochfort, who has has developed a truly individual style of narrative painting.
6. No Naked Walls
No Naked Walls, with galleries in Guildford and Chertsey, will bring the abstract landscape work of Celia Wilkinson and the hauntingly beautiful oriental figure studies of Shen Ming Cun.
7. Natasha Coverdale
The gloriously colourful floral work of Natasha Coverdale, inspired by 17th Century French textiles and Japanese woodblocks, will be represented by FOUR-WALLS from Hove.
8. Wing Art
From Wadhurst, Wing Art brings Dani Humberstone, a regular at the Florence Biennale and at The Royal Academy Summer Show; Gavin Roweth’s striking indoor and outdoor Portland stone sculptures and the ‘fantastic realism’ or maybe surrealism of oil painter George Underwood.
9. Forest Gallery
Forest Gallery from Petworth, after 40 years of dealing in art, has an extraordinary portfolio of art from traditional to avant garde.
As well as the art itself, there will be a continuous programme of artist demonstrations and talks on framing and art in interior design. The celebrated painter and print-maker Jim Starr will be demonstrating the intricacies of screen-printing throughout the weekend.
Fresh: Art Fair takes place in the Grandstand Concourse at Ascot Racecourse from 20-22 September 2019, with a Private View on the evening of 19 September. See freshartfair.net