At CultureLabel we are always excited when The Other Art Fair comes to town and have just spent the loveliest of afternoons exploring all that's on offer!
The Other Art Fair always brings together a great selection of seriously strong contemporary artists and is an amazing opportunity to discover and buy art directly from the very best emerging artistic talent.
What we love:
The quality of the art - Read on and see for yourself in our top 5 picks.
The breadth - Whether you are a first-time buyer looking to start your own collection or a seasoned collector searching for a new direction, there's art to cover all mediums, styles and budgets.
The interactivity - It's always an amazing opportunity to meet with the select group of artists themselves and find out everything you need to know before you buy.
Laid back shopping or browsing experience - Live music and a delicious restaurant and bar area make it a lovely day or evening out even if you're not looking to buy.
The Best Of:
There are over a 130 artists exhibiting at the fair - a lot to see! So we took the time to chat to the artists that really caught our eye to find out more and bring you our top 5 must sees:
Catches your eye as soon as you come around the corner with his bold yet detailed work.
D13EGO is an Italian born painter based in London (and quite a charming character!). Drawing from his background as a trader in a leading investment bank, his recent work celebrates the unavoidable emotions people have towards money. His intricate multi-layered images and techniques simultaneously reflect and elaborate the complex and yet simple nature of the financial world.
His artistic process involves spray paint and painstakingly hand cut stencils that are voluntarily destroyed after just one use.
2. Fei Alexeli
While studying architecture in Oxford, Fei found her passion for visual arts. Her practice involves a combination of different and mixed media. Fei uses photography, photo-montage and digital collage. In her recent project, 'Interrupted places', Fei is interested in mixing real elements to create surreal environments and situations.
We are big fans of this surreal style of collage, her work being reminiscent of some of our best sellers, Sammy Slabbinck and Steven Quinn.
3. Michael Wallner
We are unashamed London Lovers here at CultureLabel, so Michael (who seems to love London as much as us!) and his work was a definite yes!
Michael specializes in aluminium and reclaimed wood prints as well as neon and l.e.d. installations.
His latest work celebrates the beauty of the city through the shapes and outlines that define its landmarks and character. Whilst the beautiful cityscapes of London caught our eye, New York, Hong Kong, Paris and Singapore all feature in his latest collection.
Michael, works out of Wimbledon Art Studios in South London and tells us there is an Open Studio 12th-15th May, which we will definitely be checking out.
4. Alun Rhys Jones
Alun Rhys Jones is an Australian-based artist, whose practice focuses on themes related to identity, commodity, media, and popular culture. Recent work has investigated the use of the body, gender, celebrity, form, language and colour in a post internet, late capitalist, consumer society.
His series of super realistic drawings really caught our eye. Alun explains, in his delightful accent, that pages have been ripped out of fashion magazines featuring celebrity endorsements then torn, scrunched, folded and drawn in their new form to highlight the divide between the perfect, vacuum packaged world they inhabit and the reality of today.
5. Kristjana S Williams
Kristjana S Williams is a rapidly rising star, and one we suggest investing in NOW.
In the last year alone she has lent her designs to Fortnum & Mason and Christian Louboutin and now you can add her signature style to your home with her delectable limited edition artworks.
Icelander Kristjana is fascinated with maps, mythical creatures and Victorian engravings, which she samples, mixes and matches to create mystical images that take hold and won’t let go.
Her latest collection is available to shop here.
The Other Art Fair is open until the 10th April at Victoria House, Southampton Row, London.