A look ahead at some of the galleries and artists at Ascot's Fresh: Art Fair
PUBLISHED: 15:27 03 September 2019
Fresh: Art Fair co-founder Anthony Wardle takes us on a tour of some of the galleries and artists you can expect to see at the Fair this September
Why on earth would anyone hold an art fair at a racecourse? Well, the answer in Ascot's case is because it's one of the most spectacular venues in the world, it's super-easy to get to by car or train, has unlimited free parking and facilities fit for a Queen.
Fresh: Art Fair is Britain's fastest growing contemporary art fair. We will be the biggest non-racing event ever held at Ascot Racecourse. Needless to say, there'll be no racing, just art… and coffee, wine, lunch, expert talks and artist demonstrations. Fresh: will host 53 leading UK and European galleries showing the work of 600 artists. There will be 6,000 original prints and paintings, sculpture, glass and ceramics from as little as £100 to £30,000, most of it well within most people's budgets. Among the artists will be exciting new talent, established professionals and Royal Academicians. Hockney, Hirst, Emin, Banksy and Blake will all be there.
Among these 53 galleries there are at least nine in and around Berkshire, of which more in a moment. From London there'll be Chelsea's Quantum Contemporary Art, Cube Gallery from Marylebone and Gallery Different from Fitzrovia. There will be no less than three galleries from Dublin - Gormley's Fine Art, The Doorway Gallery and Sol Art. Alpha Art from Edinburgh will be there and Bruno Dahl from Denmark. A rich cornucopia of galleries and art.
First up on our tour is Carina Haslam Art from Great Missenden. Carina specialises in oil paintings and bronze sculptures but will also bring the exotic stone sculpture of Rose Eva and the fascinating raku figures of French sculptor Alain Kurylo. As well as Ascot, the gallery exhibits widely in London, New York and Singapore.
Young Jamieson Fine Art in Marlborough represents a rich portfolio of artists combining collectable and investment works by contemporary and modern masters with a strong roster of progressive new talent. Among the artists they will show at Fresh: will be Elizabeth Waggett, Chris Levine, David Hockney and Tracey Emin.
Not far away near Hook lies the cool and dazzling white space of Amanda Aldous Fine Art. Notable among the artists they will be bringing are multi-award winning abstract painter Jean Noble MRI and the much-collected bronze sculptures of Philip Hearsey.
In nearby Surrey we have three galleries coming to the Fair. The Art Agency from Esher will bring the highly idiosyncratic work of Jo Quigley and the patinated copper and weathered steel outdoor sculpture of Ian Turnock. Among 11 artists from Godalming's The Wey Gallery will be the inimitable Maria Rivens and Will Rochfort. No Naked Walls, with galleries in Guildford and Chertsey, will bring the abstract landscape work of Celia Wilkinson (featured in August's Berkshire Life) and the hauntingly beautiful oriental figure studies of Shen Ming Cun.
Finally, South to Hove for the gloriously colourful floral work of Natasha Coverdale represented by FOUR-WALLS. From Wadhurst, Wing Art brings Dani Humberstone, a regular at the Florence Biennale and at The Royal Academy Summer Show; Gavin Roweth's striking indoor and outdoor Portland stone sculptures and the 'fantastic realism' or maybe surrealism of oil painter George Underwood. Forest Gallery from Petworth, after 40 years of dealing in art, has an extraordinary portfolio of art from traditional to avant garde.
As well as the art itself, there will be a continuous programme of artist demonstrations and talks on framing and art in interior design. The celebrated painter and print-maker Jim Starr will be demonstrating the intricacies of screen-printing throughout the weekend.
Fresh: Art Fair will be in the Grandstand Concourse at Ascot Racecourse from September 20 to 22, 2019 with a Private View on the evening of September 19. For more information, visit Freshartfair.net.