Across the fair artist David Bellingham installed a programme of interventions and installations for curious art lovers of all ages to discover. Graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 1991, David Bellingham’s work uses text and objects to make thought-provoking pieces, which challenge our pre-conceptions through humour, encouraging the viewer to see things from a new perspective.
His collection for Affordable Art Fair Hampstead called Everyone Play Together featured a range of new and recent works placed in specific situations. David was born in South London and lives and works in Glasgow and Copenhagen.
Hugo Barclay, Fair Director, said:
“David Bellingham is one of art’s ‘best kept secrets’. An artist that has accumulated a vast catalogue of work in recent decades. My particular interest in his work is the way he approaches meaning; he uses language and combinations of words and timing, and he uses humour to ground us in the present and remind us that there is more to objects, place, colour, and – ultimately – to life than what’s on the surface.”
Art Fit for a King
To mark the Coronation of King Charles III, the fair also showcased its own ‘royal collection’ of affordable artworks, perfect for those looking for a specially creative way to mark this once-in-a-lifetime moment in history. Featured artworks included a limited edition print created especially to mark the Coronation by London based master draftsman Adam Dant (TAG Fine Arts) whose wonderfully detailed pieces have earned him the nickname ‘the modern Hogarth’, and a stunning still life composition by photographer Kate Woodman (S & P Gallery); bringing flashes of the Dutch Golden Age into the 21st century.
The Power of Words
Art and literature have always been happy bedfellows, with artists and authors seeking inspiration from opposing mediums throughout history. In this new display, Affordable Art Fair celebrated the power of words in art with a typographical collection of artworks all embracing the the written word, whether that’s in the cult-hit ‘hate plates’ of London based artist Dan Jamieson (Air Contemporary) which use witty statements to admonish their viewers, to beautiful text in Hindi by Natasha Kumar (Airavata Gallery) and dreamy 1950s inspired prints by Mr. Controversial (S & P Gallery).