Review of the Affordable Art Fair Melbourne
Attending the Affordable Art Fair was a perfect opportunity to discover new talent in the search for art affinity.
I don’t walk around and analyze the why or why not of art. My style is more “no, no, no, YES!” I love the rush of an instant connection, whether due to subject matter, colour, rhythm or a combination.
At the heart of the Affordable Art Fair is a desire to make contemporary art accessible to everyone. They claim to make it attainable for “whatever your taste and budget.” I didn’t find this to be true given the average cost of the art, however, I was impressed by the talent, quality and scope presented. Of eleven pieces with cost listed below, the average calculates to $4,600. Affordable?
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Faves in no particular order
To follow is a list of my favourite pieces from the Affordable Art Fair in Melbourne. This selection is, of course, in correlation with the Jimmy Hornet vibe of energy, pop, colour, and modern culture.
C J Green
C J Green (Christopher Green) is an English Artist whose domestic still life collection is described as “hyper-realism.”
This piece is aptly titled “Pink Eggcup with Salt and Pepper” and is oil and acrylic on board. This piece is 66 x 80 cms with a cost of $5,500.
Jisbar is a Paris-based pop artist with a “street” style. He has been creating works of art for ten years and mixes elements of drawing and painting.
A well know Artist on a global scale, the cost was not marked. If you have to ask, you can’t afford it – so I didn’t.
Gina Fishman (Australia) studied textile design and has a background in the fashion industry. Her many years as a colourist/designer and past experiences as a fashion retailer, stylist and designer is often evident in Fishman’s paintings. Subject matter depicts observations of everyday life, events, and people.
The title of this painting is “Madison Ave,” and the cost is $2,500.
Charles Uzzell-Edwards (Australia) is a graffiti artist known as “Pure Evil.” He is known for work rooted in repetition art and showcasing his trademark eye drips. He is inspired by skateboard culture and the west coast character graffiti of Twist.
Title “Audrey Mouse Club.” Stencil spray paint on canvas 100 x 100 cm.
Cost is $5,500.
Charles Wilcox (Australia) is a hunter of images and objects and creates collages from vintage aesthetics. His work reflects his love of the sea, adventure and travel.
From a young age, a hunter-gatherer ideology has influenced his life and work, and he reinstates old junk to new glory. These pieces are created with ink on 1940s newspapers.
Title (above) The Melbourne Swimmer – $2,400
Title (below) The Melbourne Diver – $2,400
Sang-he Koo (Korea) works in three-dimensional multi-panels. She uses a mirror-reflected image to distinguish between the space shown in the panel and the target. Self-created text is added and appears inverted.
This piece titled “Trace on Sans” was created by using acrylic on panel with resin. The cost is $4,600.00
Isabell Heiss (Germany) describes herself on Instagram as “Mountain child living by the sea.” and is now living in Byron Bay, Australia.
Whilst studying Art in Munich, Isabell discovered her fascination with photography. Now she combines photography with digital graphics, ink, and acrylics to produce interesting and unique works of art.
These art rounds were created using hand-painted photographs, archival pigment print on fine art paper, mounted to a birch panel and then coated in resin.
Cost $180 or set of 2 for $330.
Ben Tankard (Australia) reimagines the Penguin Paperback with nostalgic humour, distorting clean lines and chaotic brushwork. He manages to retain the essence of the original books whilst creating something new.
You can commission your own piece, choosing the book title and colour. The cost of a commissioned piece is $660 (76 cm x 51 cm) or $940 (91 cm x 61 cm).
Shin Koyama (Japan) works across various media, including printmaking, ceramics, and acrylics. Shin deals with contemporary themes while drawing on traditional Japanese iconography and methodologies. His artistic roots lie in the traditions of Japanese emaki and anime.
The cost (range) per Arita porcelain sculpture is $4,300.
Se Han KIM
Se Han KIM (Korea) specializes in using “Bunche” and “Sukche” paint (traditional Korean pigment processed from grinding rocks with ink) on layered paper. Kim uses vibrant colors to express diversity and culture, alongside traditional Korean ink and paper.
This large piece (130cm x 90cm) titled “Dot city – lights” is priced at $12,000.
Max Steven Grossman
Max Steven Grossman (Columbia) originally studied engineering before discovering his passion for photography. These two diverse studies are combined in in order to create his “Bookscapes.”
From photos of different bookshelves, he reorganizes them into a creative digital composition of a new thematic “Bookscape”. The relationship each viewer experiences is almost immediately personal depending on the theme of the particular assembled library and the viewer’s relationship to the content. Some examples of “Bookscape” themes are Hollywood, Rock and Roll, Fashion, Architecture, and Art.
The cost of a piece 94 x 190cm is $12,000.
My favourite Australian painter Steve Rosendale brings a sense of nostalgia to his images. His vibrant scenes evoke both glamour and grit. I’m a huge fan of his work and couldn’t decide which of three paintings to highlight. I loved them all!
This oil on board piece titled “Red Couch” is priced at $950.