The Other Art Fair
The Other Art Fairs’ 6th edition was a rip-roaring success; with over 10,000 guests and sales reaching almost £200,000 it difficult see how another artist fair can rival this one. TOAF has a winning formula and with a small but dedicated team behind the scenes it’s clear this fair is ready to explode; if anything after 6 editions it now appears restricted only by the spaces it’s currently confined to.
Although the talent on show is mixed, there’s certainly something to cater to everyone’s taste. Each year there are always a number of artists whose work stays with you and this time I’ve decided to compile a top 5 TOAF list.
Although Damilola’s work debuted at the 5th edition of TOAF this time he was back with a vengeance; his space covered in incredible intricate and sometimes humorous pen and ink drawings. Damilola’s work was competitively priced ranging from £150 to a few thousand for larger works; his centerpiece a 3D printed Nike Air Force 1 sneaker that was made in collaboration with Modla, which was certainly stirring up a lot of attention. Damilola is our top artist of TOAF 6th Edition; we think he has a lot of potential, both with his technical drawing skills and creative mind we’re looking forward to see what he does next.
Rachel Ann Stevenson
Rachel’s work will not appeal to everyone (especially not the squeamish) but for me it offered something different, challenging and quite refreshing alongside all the painting, prints and photography that I’ve come to expect from TOAF. The characters from a dark world force you to stop and consider the work, quite effective especially when exhibiting alongside another 100 artists. My personal favourite was Little Lives Dream – a small white mouse dreaming on a red velvet cushion with gold lining underneath a burning lamp. In an edition of 101 and priced at £300 we believe Rachel’s work would appeal to those with a more eccentric style and perhaps not suitable as a centerpiece for your dining table!
There was no missing Daniele on the night! Dressed in an immaculate black and white patterned suit he appeared as one of his ink works, jumping from the paper. Daniele combines his Japanese style (adopted after studying out there) and his Italian artist background to create these remarkable paper and canvas based drawings, often using a mixture of materials including red wine! I’m sure Daniele becomes tired of answering the same Tim Burton-based questions and yet looking past the obvious similarities Daniele’s work has a charm of its’ own, possibly stemming from the Japanese influences and softer tones used in a number of the backgrounds.
We love Roy! We first saw Roy’s People at TOAF 5th Edition back in October 2013 at the Old Truman Brewery, since then he’s had a solo show with Curious Duke Gallery and we’ve seen him at the Affordable Art Fair Hampstead. Roy’s work always makes me smile and we were pleased to see him doing so well on the Private View evening! Offering photographs from as little as £95 and sculptures from £195 Roy’s work is affordable and adorable which means everything sells like hot cakes so if you see and you like it – BUY IT!!
Catherine Mackay Purves
It was the materials and textures that first attracted us to Catherine’s work; the patterned piercing of metal panels and the layers of paint applied, then removed and applied again. Catherine’s occasional use of sharp contrasting colours draws the viewers eye in a certain direction; she plays with scale, movement and colour and when these work together the results are quite beautiful. Substantial, one off works at around £1,200 could be the perfect answer to that blank space in your home or office.
So with the 6th edition of TOAF coming to a close it’s clear the fair has been another success! Although the opening hour of the Private View was over shadowed by a frenzy surrounding the Tracey Emin sales desk, the fair got back on track to do what it does best – provide a platform for artists to show and sell work to gallerists, curators, critics and collectors.