It is the season of the London fairs; just like a high performance car, they revved into action with 100% Design where the talented Ben Mosley created hand painted chairs of streetscapes from the South Bank and Venice. This talented artist is also using his talents to draw and enthral at Marie Curie events. Ben loves sports and London; his art reflects this interest. Check out his work at http://www.benmosleyart.com.
Goldsmiths Fair, which is now in its 33rd year, showcased the work of the finest contemporary jeweller makers in the sumptuous surrounding of Goldsmiths’ Hall, where 149 jewellers and 39 silversmiths presented their collections. The Fair gives the visitor the opportunity to buy directly from some of the most talented designers.
Under the leafy trees of Berkeley Square, LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, (thank you to Delancey for sponsoring the Fair) over 20,000 people visited to see antiques and decorative arts for sale. John Robertson sold an important Laura Knight; Lucas Rarities’ stand was buzzing with buyers; while Sandra Cronan, as always, had jewellery from the 17th century to early 20th century. A visit to Sandra’s stand always encourages me to buy a lottery ticket.
And the ‘big whopper’ roared into town – the 13th year of Frieze Art Fair took over Regent’s Park. All the big guns were out with magnificent displays of breath-taking art and some extremely mad and edgy work. Gagosian, who have just opened behind Phillips in Berkeley Square, had an enormous stand. I am indebted to Caroline Douglas of the Contemporary Art Society for a run through of this massive fair, no wonder everyone was wearing trainers.
The highlight of the month was a visit to secret and a very special gallery tucked away in Lees Place just off Grosvenor Square. Gallery Elena Shchukina has given Xawery Wolski an opportunity to display his sculptures, drawings and installations. This very talented Polish artist, who travels the world in search of inspiration, has created installations which are full of space and light, My favourite was White Shawl, a three-dimensional work that returns to nature by creating beads of clay cascading down the wall. Unfortunately, it is now sold! The gallery’s next exhibition (opening 4th November) ‘Impermanence: The Art of Microbiology’ includes sculptures from Luke Jerram and photography from Seung-Hwan Oh. Inspired by elements of microbiology, Seung-Hwan and Luke bring together the opposites of science and art.
On a more commercial level, Chanel’s Mademoiselle Prive exhibition is open at the Saatchi Gallery in Duke of York Square in Chelsea. The exhibition showcases the world and work of Coco Chanel. It is a traffic jam away for the happenings at Regent’s Park but it is a ‘must see’ to understand how Chanel shocked and enthralled a straight-laced society with free falling knits and male inspired fashion. The exhibition runs until 1st November and the good news is it’s free to attend.