Ones to Watch at the Connect Art Fair

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    Ones to Watch at the Connect Art Fair
    29.01.2019 - 02.02.2019

The inaugural Connect Art Fair will open to the public on Tuesday, 29th January 2019 with a private view at the Mall Galleries and run until Saturday, 2nd February. It is the first dealer co-operative Fair of its kind in London and here the dealers share some of their favourite works which they will bring to the Fair. They explain why this chosen work is so special and would make a good addition to an already established collection or perhaps a great first piece to start collecting art.

Robert Tavener at Emma Mason Prints:
This linocut is one of series of linocuts and lithographs featuring the Horse Guards made by artist and printmaker Robert Tavener in 1967 - 1968. In 1966 Tavener received a commission from London Transport to design a poster, based on the Changing of the Guard in London. Each print was hand printed by Tavener on his cast iron Albion printing press at his studio in Eastbourne. They were made in small editions of 50 or 75. In recent years many of the Horse Guards prints by Robert Tavener have been acquired by both the Government Art Collection and the Palace of Westminster Collection and so can often be seen in the public spaces and offices of civil servants and Members of Parliament.

Emma Mason met Robert Tavener by chance after buying one of his linocuts at a local auction in Eastbourne. She started working with Tavener and now his work is as popular as it ever was. He was an exceptional printmaker and gave over fifty years to his chosen medium of printmaking. For anyone new to printmaking or keen on post war British art, the work of the generation of printmakers such as Robert Tavener, is an excellent way to get an understanding of both printmaking and of the history of art in the post war years in Britain. The prints are still relatively affordable compared to paintings and the prints are the original, not reproductions or later copies. Each hand made and often still with a faint smell of the artist’s studio and ink. They are a great way to either start a print collection or to add to one, with original prints that are growing in popularity but at the same time getting scarcer.

Rosie Sanders at Coombe Gallery:
Rosie is one of the gallery's favourite artists, best known for her large and expressive watercolour paintings of striking flowers. Rosie lives and works in Devon, not too far from the gallery and it is always a joy to watch her work come to live. She has definitely challenged the perceptions of contemporary botanical art and evokes a range of emotions. No collection with a nature focus should be without one of her works, but it is also a great starting point for a new collector.

John Minton at Roe & Moore:
Although dated 1947 this painting relates more to his later years of despair and addiction. As such it is not a pleasant subject - the ostensible jovial scene of dancing overwhelmed by the melancholy of the central figure. The fluidity of the line work overwhelmed by the crudity of the paint handling. For a Minton aficionado, however, this has all the required elements of tendresse and defiance. It hasn't been on the market for 20 years and as such will be a great addition to a collection.

Founding members exhibiting:
Connect Fair Director: James Manning of Manning Fine Art Connect Fair Administrator: Anna Wakerley of Oriel Fine Art Connect Fair Marketing Advisor: Matthew Hall of Panter & Hall Decorative Connect Fair Event & Ents: Freya Mitton of Freya Mitton 20th Century British Art Connect Fair Press Officer: Silke Lohmann of exclamation!pr Other exhibitors: Amanda Aldous Fine Art Andrew Bunce Fine Art The Art Stable Blondes Fine Art The Canon Gallery Coombe Gallery Elizabeth Harvey Lee Emma Mason Fairhead Fine Art Fine Art Consultancy Fox House Fine Art Francis Isles Galleries Gwen Hughes Fine Art Harry Moore-Gwyn Fine Art Horton London Japan Print Gallery John Iddon Fine Art Marcus Campbell Art Books Maritime Originals Michael Parkin Fine Art Neil Schofield Fine Art Ottocento Roe & Moore Saunders Fine Art Stamford Fine Art Stephen Lacey Gallery Ted Few Thompsons’ Gallery

  • 29.01.2019 - 02.02.2019
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    Tuesday 29 January         3.30pm -9pm Opening Preview
    Wednesday 30 January 11am – 7pm Fair open
    Thursday 31 January       11am – 9pm Fair open (late night)
    Friday 1 February               11am –7pm Fair open
    Saturday 2 February        11am –5pm Fair open

    Admission: £10 (£25 for Tuesday 29 January).

    Free for minors (no more than 4 per adult, no school parties).

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