|Sarah Wimperis on the Beside the Wave Stand|
I was there via an invite from Sarah Wimperis (The Red Shoes) who is representing the Beside the Wave Gallery. She had some of her work on show which looked excellent. Interestingly I think her Gallery was the only one to be sporting the new QR code. People who buy the works can take them away straight away and I learned this means that she is also rehanging the stand every morning!
I also met David Paskett, President of the Royal Watercolour Society and we had a nice chat about his recent experience of taking the Entry to the Open Exhibition online. I learned that the artists are now selected and I'll be aiming to post who they are in the near future.
The Fair has an extensive range of galleries offering a complete range of works on paper from the very traditional to the very contemporary. I noticed that there are a lot of well known English landscape artists and I was picking out names such as Edward Bawden, Alfred Heaton Cooper - who work I love (He's the "NC Wyeth" in the Heaton Cooper dynasty), William Russell Flint, John Piper, Edward Seago, Edward Wesson
Sim Fine Art had a couple of art history based stands - one was devoted to watercolours and drawings by the Women War Artists (below) - such as Evelyn Dunbar and Rosemary Rutherford (see The Rediscovered Wartime Folios of Rosemary Rutherford)
|Sim Fine Art stand: Exhibition of work by Women War Artists|
|Sim Fine Art stand: Exhibition of work by Horace Mann Livens|
The Francis Iles Gallery had a fine display of the work of Rowland Hilder (1905-1993) and I discovered that they apparently have the largest stock of his work in the UK. Hilder is another landscape artist I remember from my childhood.
|Francis Iles Gallery: Artwork by Rowland Hilder|
So - that's a flavour of the art fair. I had a free ticket but a ticket normally costs £15 if you wait and buy a ticket on the door. I think it's definitely worth a visit.