Art’s rising stars
Fancy filling your walls with art, but the budget doesn't extend to a Hockney or Hurst? Then you'll want to know about these cool, collectable artists, all showing at the Contemporary Art Fair in Esher on 3-4 Oct.
As much as we would love to have a Hockney hanging on our wall, the Muddy budget doesn’t quite stretch. So here are 10 artists who are hot right now and available to buy at the Contemporary Art Fair at Sandown Park on from Fri 2 to Sun 4 October.
They’re among 130 curated artists, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists, plus some of the best UK galleries, offering up the best in contemporary art. Prices range from £40 to £4,000 – so no need to sell a relative to afford a piece that catches your eye. There will also be workshops and demonstrations throughout the weekend.
Keep an eye on this lot…
Wildlife artist, Kerry Edwards, is married to a South African and its the many trips to South Africa – and the colours of the place and the people – that has influenced her style. Her animal portraits are vibrant, colourful, contemporary and energetic.
A member of the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen, Alan Wallis has been working with ceramics and clay since the 1960s when he was a student at Guildford Art School. Based out of his Farnham studio, he works with specialist clay to to push the boundaries of what can be achieved in ceramics.
Surrey-based artist, Carol Gillan specialises in original and unique oil paintings of cows, dogs, horses and wildlife. We’re big fans here at Muddy – her portraits are dramatic, humorous and fun. She paints from a studio in her Ashtead home and her work has been exhibited widely across the UK and Europe.
Originally trained as a graphic designer, Christine moved on from that career to study and train in jewellery design and making. She’s inspired by nature’s landscapes and textures – and her designs combine precious and semi-precious stones in unusual cuts and colours with gold and silver, to create subtle colours and flowing shapes.
East Horsley based photographer Kate Lloyd has a self-confessed obsession with horses, and these are her main artistic focus, although she also creates images using water and other natural subjects. Through these images, Kate produces limited edition prints, acrylic images and luxury silk scarves.
Max Kerly is a London-based artist and illustrator specialising in architectural drawings. Inspired by architecture and a real passion for drawing, he intricately depicts scenes and buildings with a focus on the minute details, mostly using very fine pens.
Sculpture artist, Michael John Crook is inspired by the simple line and movement of a subject matter – utilising the unique qualities of both wood and stone to capture its fundamental beauty. Based in the south-west, his work is as sensual as it is beautiful.
One to watch is John Afflick. His work – predominantly inspired by renaissance painters – has been shortlisted for and received many awards. It’s immaculately finished using traditional techniques, often concentrating on fascinating and alluring figures sometimes with a humorous or hidden narrative.
Ceramic artist Sarah Dalton creates beautiful and intricate hand-glazed pieces, inspired by the north Pennines, where he lives and also from her time living in China.
Specialising in landscapes, especially bluebell woods, Sarah Ollerenshaw’s is intense, vibrant, evocative and beautiful. She paints mostly from photographs, with creating an effect between abstraction yet achieving a photographic edge – something emotionally painterly yet real. With a background in fine art restoration, she is largely self-taught, and works out of her studio in Wimbledon.
Sue Cook is a watercolour artist based near Farnham. Her subjects are primarily seascapes, cityscapes and still life, painted in places as diverse as Scotland, France, Morocco, Cuba and the USA. Sue is a frequent exhibitor at the Farnham Art Society and the Surrey Artists Open Studios.
Tess Chodan creates artworks using insect specimens from historical collections – butterflies, moths, beetles – and gilded bees. Her work celebrates the tradition of collecting, reflects on memory and preservation, fragility and time and is inspired by a deep connection with the natural world. All specimens are non-endangered and sustainably sourced.
The Contemporary Art Fair is at Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Rd, Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ from Fri 2 to Sun 4 October. contemporaryartfairs.co.uk