Looking back at the artists whose works caught my eye at the London Art Fair, I can only think that I was hankering after a bit of time in some wide open spaces. For me, there certainly is no place like home – the sights, sounds, smells of the North York Moors. The relative lack of people, and the abundance of natural activity that always leaves me with a clear head, and a healthy dose of heavy-handed perspective. I just love it. Anyway, after starting the year with five days back home, I can only think that my interest in the below listed artists had something to do with how much I enjoyed my time there, and how much I get out of the experience of being alone in wide, open spaces…
I hadn’t come across the work of Ruben Brulat (above) before. He’s a young French artist represented in the UK by Lamb Arts, and his large-scale photographic works are simply breathtaking. Such tremendous physicality dwarfed by all-encompassing natural landscapes… and more often than not it is actually him in the photo.
I found some scribbles about his work on thisispaper.com that may be of interest…
“Ruben Brulat’s approach has something romantic to it, romantic in the nineteenth century sense. His work ist that of a lonely, fanatic and mystic person, who’s thrown himself into a quest that confronts him to the limits and that opens the doors to a new apprehension of the world.”
At the other end of the scale I also really enjoyed Gill Rocca‘s miniatures – quietly dramatic experiments in scale.
Probably the work that I enjoyed the most at the fair was that of Leonardo Drew, represented by Vigo Gallery.
This image does his fantastic wall-based sculpture no justice at all – check it out in person if you can.
Again, this image does very little justice to the work, but Andrew Mackenzie’s woodland scenes resonated with me, with their flashes of glaring neon, that I guess either act as warning beacons or lure the viewer in – they made me want to adventure inside them, and clamber through Mackenzie’s invisible yet tangible bracken beds in clarty clay-clad boots.
QUARRY EDGE 3, Oil on panel, 50 x 32 cm, 2010 by Andrew Mackenzie
Have a read of this interview that I found with Andrew Mackenzie here.
Heading to the opposite end of the country to North Yorks I found myself looking out to sea admiring the mystical, painterly work of Cornwall-based Gareth Edwards, and also the late Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Karl Weshke, two great artists who also made their mark in/on Cornwall.