RECOMMENDED: I visited yesterday and enjoyed seeing a range of watercolours, drawings and prints - on paper. In fact the best bit of the show is the sheer variety of works on display. It makes a change from some of the other exhibitions I cover!
The Fair is organised in a series of rooms with each exhibitor having a decent sized stand. It's busy without being silly - although whether it's probable it will get busier at the weekend. There were a lot of people arriving after work last night to take advantage of the fact it went through to 9pm!
|The Long Gallery had a diverse bunch of exhibitors|
|The Pavilion provides a taster - some of the stands provide a sample artwork|
|The Hall - where a number of more traditional works can be found|
- very traditional - and old - watercolours by past masters who include David Cox, Alexander and John Robert Cozens, Gainsborough, Samuel Palmer, Francis Towne, Thomas Girtin, J.M.W. Turner and Edward Lear in the display of a number of fine watercolours which form part of the collection of Eton College
- traditional watercolours by a variety of watercolour artists on various stands. I spotted some watercolours by the famous Lakeland painter Alfred Heaton Cooper including one impressive one of a view in Norway.
- contemporary prints by Japanese artists using a variety of methods
- it was a joy to see a painting by the late Leslie Worth Past President of the RWS who died in 2009. I'd be ecstatic of I saw works like this in their exhibitions now. The thing is when you rate an artist and then they die is you can never ever be certain when you will see their paintings again - so it was wonderful to see this one
|Early morning at Budleigh Salterton by Leslie Worth (£1,500)|
Exhibited by Charles Nugent
- Ilaria Rosselli del Turco is exhibiting a monotype of a seated figure on the Fine Art Consultancy stand - alongside prints by Frink and William Scott
|Ilaria Rosselli del Turco and Seated Figure (monotype)|
- There were a number of pencil drawings by artists in the show. Examples included (see photos below)
|Coloured pencil drawings of birds by Alan Woollett|
on the Francis Iles Gallery stand
|Hall Garden Artichoke (July 2015 to July 2016)|
graphite and charcoal on paper 59x42cm
|Luke Elwes - an oasis of a small collection of art by the same artist|
Rosie Sanders has a stunning and luminous watercolour painting on a full sheet of paper on the Coombe Gallery stand. I tried but couldn't find a way to eliminate the lights! Rosie had a book published of her paintings last year - which I got as one of my Christmas Presents and it's a great dose of colour for the middle of winter!
Watercolour and charcoal, 77 x 102 cm
Indian Bean Tree (Catalpa bignonioides). Belicena, Granada, Spain by Jess Shepherd
Watercolour on 100% cotton rag paper, 76 x 56cm