I really enjoyed the 29th edition of The London Art Fair last weekend, a cracking environment for collectors of all levels that uncovered a few hidden gems!
Top notch Modern British art was presented alongside contemporary work from 129 galleries and a range of artists from the early 20th century to the present day.
Not jealous in London but in admiration – one of my favourites! #jealousgallery
I was in London to check out a few of the 129 galleries that jumped out at me, shared the same vibe and well, could potentially make me feel welcome…
Original Warhols : 2 prints with a combined asking price of £170,000
I wasn’t expecting to see a couple of Picassos and Warhol screen prints from the late 1960’s close up and personal which were a real bonus having worked with that process in last years ‘Cereal$’ collection.
Signing screen printed CEREAL$ collection (Dubai April 2016)
A follow up run-around London is on the cards then, to visit the space ran by Jealous in the East End is on my hit list….
as is Islington based Tag Fine Arts….
along with Art Republic and the Lawrence Alkin Gallery in Soho.
Own Art : Making Art affordable
Then the icing on the cake, enter Own Art a finance mechanism Live with the art you love…
Valentines around the corner : “Love & Cheri$h’ limited editions
It’s easy and affordable to buy and collect contemporary art by letting you spread the cost of your purchase over 10 months with an interest free loan.
With over 250 galleries around the UK, you can choose from thousands of original works of art. Own Art Plus loans allow you to borrow from £2,500 up to a maximum of £25,000 for the purchase of artwork by artists born in the 20th century. These loans are repayable over 10 months.
Own Art Twenty loans also allow you to borrow from £2,500 up to £25,000, however these loans are repayable over 20 months.
The great thing is if you see an Artwork you like by a living Artist there’s a good chance it will increase in value as you pay the loan off whilst enjoying it on your wall from day one!
I’ve sold a couple of £8,000 + originals in the past and on occasion has to take the risk to spread payments over a 14-16 month timeframe but without any protection or anything in writing!
Rare FRO$TIE$ Risograph print : Greeeaaaaat when paid off monthly but can be a risky business!
People are keen to invest in prints rather than go all out with the original so more affordable limited editions are being launched this year as part of an affordable ‘Gorilla’ range. Whilst I’m in London I plan to get to know more about the scene here with a view to tieing up with a gallery, ideally part of the Own Art scheme, as they’re easy to deal with, lovely people and as they embrace the topic of money could help make my work more accessible!
Money & Art – The elephant in the room?
With a sound interest-free mechanism to help make art more affordable, it reassured me how seriously people are taking investment in Art. People don’t shirk at a car loan or mortgage and prior to scribing $ signs, I’d pretty much assumed Art was paid for in full, there and then!
One can’t buy class but now one can afford Art
So, it’s my quest to dig deeper into these warm, friendly galleries here in sub-zero London before returning back to the sands of Dubai! Brexit aside, when in London, eat FRENCH! It wouldn’t be the same without a regular visit to the Soho eatery, L’Escargot where Dollarsandart residency continues…
L’escargot residency : best snails ever!
In the next weekly article I’ll be running through a recent commission entitled ‘Pounding your ear$’ recently presented to Sunderland A.F.C.
Meantime if you’d like to get amongst it with a creative and change workshops don’t hesitate to drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org, by pigeon carrier, telegraph, fax, phone, postcard, linked in message, billboard, loudspeaker or through channelling intentions of the highest order on your rich journey of self-acutalisation as in reality, all we need is….