Affordable Art?

I’m not sure what I was expecting… maybe affordable art? Maybe affordable art in MY price range? Affordable art seemed to be starting from $1,000 – I guess that’s fair, if I poured my heart and soul into something, I would like to think the value is on the upper of $1,000. But maybe some re-branding is needed. Accessible Art Fair?

Inside the beautiful Royal Exhibition Building

It was nice to spend a rainy afternoon browsing the stalls, some by galleries and others were the artists’ own. It was lovely being able to talk directly to the artists, finding out their inspiration.

I love art. I love staring at something and seeing something different each time. I love how a piece evokes a certain emotion and I am in awe of artists. A few friends of mine create some amazing art. One friend used string to create two round sculpture pieces (I’m sure she would explain the concept better) that sat on the ground. I’m not too pompous about art, as it’s rather subjective and I like to go with my first instinct. Does that mean I judge a book by the cover? Woah, I think that’s a whole other post… or blog even! Anyway, some standout art from the Affordable Accessible Art Fair for me were:

Emma Hack is a skin illustrator, photographer and sculptor, among other things. I fell in love with her Florence Broadhurst Mandala Collection 2010 that combines the much loved wallpaper designs in a collage background into which the muse is artfully blended in by body art. I love that her piece, such as Exotic Bird (see picture above), uses different mediums to create one piece. Her skin illustration is amazing. Check out the documentary video about the Wallpaper Collection.

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Chloe Planinsek is not a ‘typical’ artist, her desire to create art was born from not being able to find something for her home. Gee, I was I could whip something up like the Rhapsody (see picture below) from her Colour collection. This painting grabbed me because of its movement and texture.

Sarah Gully’s Friends and Parasites Collection at Red Gallery. I loved this quirky collection made up from drawings and miniature oil paintings with ornate frames. For this series, Sarah has taken inspiration from Old Master portraiture, but rather than focusing on the subject or the dark Renaissance interiors, Sarah instead looks past the figure to re-invent these landscape views with hybrid creatures. Each image is meticulously painted on specially prepared wood panels and worked in layers of oils and glazes.

There were soooooo many other artists, like Ian Penney and his astounding intricate paper-cut piece that was at least 100 x 39 cm in size. Overall, even though I came away empty handed, I had a wonderful time seeing so many different things under one roof.

Do you have a favourite style of art or artist?


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