London Art Fair, Islington at the Business Design Centre has been a vibrant host for both gallery owner, artist and art enthusiast again in 2019.
On display are a smorgasbord of contemporary works from some of the most influential artists around. London Art Fair - January, is the springboard event in the Art Fair calendar and kick-starts a confidence campaign throughout the year setting the tone for follow-on art events around the world.
The show has always proved popular but this year visitor numbers have dropped, notably due to the threat of a general election which stifles consumer confidence. Keith 'Kitt' Athay's work proved evermore popular with the London crowds, which were notably attended by the likes of Karen Brady, Griff Rhys-Jones, Nicole and Natalie Appleton and Martin Lewis, no less.
However, at Athay Gallery we have noticed a change in the tide when it comes to art buying. Art enthusiasts want 'The Real Deal', and by this we mean they want the human element, the journey, the history, the technique, the essence and most of all...they want local art and to know it was actually painted by the artist..the artist who is reachable, obtainable!
The appreciation of owning an original, 'no other like it anywhere' artwork excites the viewers senses. What else in this world can we buy that nobody else owns that is unique and cannot be replicated?
No longer a case of "Art for Arts Sake" more importantly now for the creative buying conscious "Art for Hearts Sake" has much more appeal. Wouldn't you agree?
The Battersea Park Affordable Art Fair 2018 was another huge success this October. With artworks priced at an affordable £600-£6000 it’s a wonderful chance to see work by famous artists plus an abundance of newcomers and Graduates.
The event was extremely busy and for the first time visitors were able to bring their pets, attracting a wider audience due to the abundance of dog-walkers and families visiting the park, not to mention the clear blue sky and sunshine.
Kitt has exhibited there for the past few years and has always had a strong following. This year was also without exception, he sold five paintings by Saturday evening and had to dash back to his studio for more! A tremendous achievement.
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"Thank you for your kind invitation to your event. Maria and I enjoyed the evening, and the exhibits on display have left us with a lasting impression of the many extremely talented local artists.
It was most pleasing to learn that you have invested and chosen Portland to locate your gallery and wish you well in your venture. Portland has so much to offer for those wishing to express their creative skills in all manner of different materials." Mayor & Mayoress of Portland
Thank you, thank you, thank you for such an incredible Athay Gallery Launch party here at Portland Marina upstairs at The Boat that Rocks restaurant in September! An extra big sparkly thank you to all these wonderful people who helped to make it a big success, we couldn't have done it without you:
Family and friends...Harriet Athay-Knight, Tess and Camilla, the collaborative effort of the artists, in particular Lyn Kirkland, John Davey, Brian Freelander, Carol Cruickshank, Karen Toleman, Tracey Whalley, Caroline Nairn and Stephen Yates. Portland Marina, The Boat that Rocks restaurant, Dorchester Timber, Artwey, Julie from Whyboats, Fiona Penny florists, Resort Marketing and Dorset Echo!
We had a fantastic weekend, despite the weather, and the Mayor and Mayoress of Portland were wonderful.
Do come and visit us as we have new artworks in from many talented local artists.
We look forward to meeting you soon...
Alexandra and Kitt