Some 70 art galleries from the UK and around the world are exhibiting at the 12th annual Art London
, which opens in the special marquee at the Royal Hospital in Londons fashionable Chelsea from Thursday 7 until Monday 11 October 2010. The eclectic mix of art on sale offers visitors works by internationally renowned names, as well as accomplished emerging artists. The art comes in many forms and media, including: paintings, drawings, glass works, sculpture and photography. These all sell from a few hundred pounds to six figures sums.
Art London 2010 sees a number of new international contemporary galleries exhibiting including Comodaa (Australia) and Villa Del Arte (Spain) as well as other galleries from France, Argentina and the Czech Republic. Returning exhibitors include Whitford Fine Art, John Martin Gallery and The Albemarle Gallery.
This year the fair sees an increased number of exhibitors showing and selling historical works, including Derby based Neptune Fine Art, a newcomer to the fair, which is bringing a Street Scene, 1953, and a River Scene, 1944, by L. S. Lowry and Still Life with Lemon, 1977, by Mary Fedden.
Whitfield Fine Art returns to Art London for the third time and is bringing a number of historical works including Head of Christ, a gouache signed and dated 51 by Dame Elisabeth Frink. Themes of Christs Passion were an enduring inspiration to Frink: her last work, unveiled at Liverpools Anglican Cathedral just a week before she died, was the bronze of `Risen Christ.
A highlight piece from Rountree Fine Art, newcomer to Art London, is a sporting scene by Alfred Munnings. They are also bringing works by Cecil Aldin and Graham Sutherland as well as an interesting watercolour The Downed German Zeppelin L19 adrift and sinking in the North Sea (English School, Early 20th Century, artist not yet identified). L19 was on route to bomb the port of Liverpool but drifted off course to Wednesbury, an industrial town in the West Midlands. It suffered engine trouble, landing in the North Sea, where it was spotted by a British trawler.
Daniele Pescali established Imago Art Gallery with his wife Elisabetta Tremolada in London in 2007, continuing his grandfathers tradition of supporting up and coming Italian artists and collecting the finest modern Italian art. Danieles grandfather was one of Lucio Fontanas first patrons and also knew Giorgio Morandi. Works by both these artists are for sale on Imago Art Gallerys stand, together with emerging sculptor Matteo Pugliese, who had a successful exhibition at Imago earlier this year.
The Court Gallery in Somerset is bringing two extremely rare items: an early Picasso drawing, Personnages et Deux Chiens from 1901, and a bronze by the celebrated English sculptor Frank Dobson Wading Female Figure, a study for Cornucopia, possibly a one-off cast relating to his most important carving, c 1925.
Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones Head Study of Margaret Drummond is an initialled pencil drawing, dated Oct 2 1879, selling for £9,500 with Campbell Wilson, which is also exhibiting for the first time.
Whitford Fine Art has works by Pop artist Clive Barker, and painters William Gear and Kudditji Kngwarreye. Landscape, Blue Element by William Gear, 1959, was painted at the time when this Scottish artist was curator of the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne. Aboriginal artist Kudditji Knwarreyes landscapes include My Country 06. In September 2009, Prue Gibson wrote in Australian Art Review, Although Kngwarreyes paintings are personal, they are also collective. They document the stories of an entire people. They are closer to narrative than traditional landscape scenes.
The Little Black Gallery, showing at Art London for the first time, is exhibiting a number of photographic works by Terry ONeill, Patrick Lichfield and Bob Carlos Clarke whose piece Fantasy Females Are Impossible To Satisfy is priced at £7,000.
The Kings Road Gallery is showing works by artists including Sacha Jafri, the official Olympic artist whose recent sell out show raised over $500,000 for the Elephant Parade Charity, and British artist Pip Todd Warmoth, whose collectors include Sir David Tang, Lord Puttnam and Sir Michael Caine.
The recently opened Apricot Gallery, the UKs first dedicated gallery for Vietnamese art, whose collectors include the HRH the Duke of York, is exhibiting at the fair for the first time showing a mixture of up and coming and established artists including Do Quang Em, a founding father of the Vietnamese Young artist association, and Le Quy Tong.
New exhibitor Josie Eastwood Fine Art is exhibiting two very strong young figurative artists, one of whom has been tipped in the Financial Times as an artist to follow - Emily Gregory Smith from Wales. The other Oliver Akers Douglas, has had three sell-out one man shows in London.
The Cynthia Corbett Gallery presents photography by Tom Leighton for the first time at Art London, as well as work by Klari Reis, light sculptures by Nicolas Saint Gregoire and paintings by Deborah Azzopardi. Tom Leightons deconstructed and digitally reconstructed urban landscapes are vibrantly transformed into unrecognisable architectural and metropolitan scenes.
Photographs by Mikael Lafontan are amongst the exhibits on Parisian gallery Envie dArts stand. He highlights natural textures and details of wood, water and leaves. Envie dArt is also bringing work by Edouard Buzon, Peter Hoffer, Peter Keizer, Yves Krief, Patrick Smith, Joseph and Robert Bradford.
Galerie Olivier Waltman, also from Paris, presents photography by Jean-Pierre Attal with his lambda prints mounted on aluminium, Spanish photographer Aleix Plademunt from Spain and Israeli Tali Amitai-Tabib, as well as paintings by Patrice Palacio and New York based Jérôme Lagarrigue. The Metropolitan Opera, in New York, commissioned a large painting by Jérôme Lagarrigue for their last production of Tosca and photographer Tali Amitai-Tabib was commissioned to do a series of photographs on the Camondo Museum in Paris, which were exhibited at the Museum of Jewish Art and History in Paris. She is having a solo show at the Tel Aviv Museum in February next year.
Stephanie Hoppen Gallery is showcasing artists Anne Penman Sweet, Ronald Dupont, Franois Bard and photographers Hendrik Kerstens, David Chow, and Patrizia Medial. Franois Bards dog paintings are rare and so sought after that they never usually make it to a gallery show. Stephanie Hoppen Gallery has managed to secure one to bring to Art London 2010. Hendrik Kerstens is self taught and only photographs his daughter. He has a photograph showing in the National Portrait Gallery. His work was included in an Alexander McQueen fashion show, who was the subject of one of his commissioned portraits for the New York Times.