Angel Christmas Fair

I have three recent paintings on show at the Angel Christmas Fair this year.

The Angel Christmas Fair is an annual affordable art and design fair featuring the work of various artists and designers. The event will take place in December 2016 and will comprise all creative disciplines; painting, photography, illustration, fashion, textiles, jewellery, glass, ceramics and furniture.

Islington Art and Design Fair

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I will be exhibiting a couple of painting at the Islington Art and Design Fair, held at Candid Arts Trust in central London. Below is a detail from one of the paintings.

 

The Islington Art and Design Fair is an established showcase for Artists and Designers to promote and sell their work in one of the largest independent contemporary art spaces in central London.

Preview night is on Friday 25th November, 5-9pm, open 26-27th November 11-6pm. Candid Arts Trust, 3 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ

“The Nude” Exhibition

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I will be showing five paintings at the forthcoming “The Nude” exhibition, at Candid Arts Trust. Amongst them will be my “Feast of Venus – A Re-imagining”, for its first excursion outside of my studio. It will be interesting to get some feedback on this particular piece, having worked on it for so long.

I’m looking forward to seeing them all on display together. Four of these paintings are the major works that I have been working on over the past year. Hanging them together, in a gallery environment, will help give me a clearer view of how my work has evolved.

Candid Arts have their gallery at 3 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ. Preview night is on Thursday 29th September, 6-9pm. The exhibition is on from 30th September-9th October, open every day from 12-6pm.

SHE

I will be showing my painting “Arrangement on Red Carpet” for the first time at the upcoming exhibition “SHE”, which will be held at 47/49 Tanner Street, London, on the 30th-31st July.

This show has been organised by Sweet’Art, who always do a great job at promoting their shows. Their website can be found here.

detail - arrangement on red carpet
detail – arrangement on red carpet

24WA Studio Show

I shall be showing a couple of paintings at the forthcoming 24WA Studio Show in Southend on Sea, which opens at the end of May. Being an Estuary Fringe event, it will be free, and there is sure to be some live entertainment for the opening night.
Since moving into my London studio, I’ve mainly been using the studios at 24WA for my life drawing sittings, as it’s more comfortable for the models than a draughty Fish Island warehouse. But I worked on these two paintings there over the Christmas period, when I first moved in. They were started over a year ago, and I think they mark a defining moment in my art, when I set out to explore different ideas in my compositions, and introduced some classical elements into a few of them. The photos below just show details.

detail - arrangement on red carpet
detail – arrangement on red carpet
detail - the three graces
detail – the three graces

The 24WA Studio Show is an Estuary Fringe event.

“The Estuary Fringe was created with the aim of taking art back from the pretentious art elites who have somehow insinuated themselves into the borough, and hand it back to the local community, to everyone, where it belongs.

The first festival in June 2013 was incredibly successful. Organised in just 7 weeks with no money and no idea what we were letting ourselves in for, we were blown away by just how well it all went, so we have decided to keep doing it.”

Hand Maid

I will be showing my painting “Maxine – The Three Graces” at the upcoming exhibition “Hand Maid”, which will be held at Hoxton Arches, London E2 8HD, from 5th-9th March. This exhibition has been organised by Sweet ‘Art, and is in aid of International Women’s Day.

‘Hand Maid’ will take place at the Hoxton Arches Gallery in Shoreditch and will showcase the work of local and international artists exploring the themes of femininity, feminine identity and women’s day. Works will celebrate, critique and reflect notions of femininity in our society and internationally, created by artists identifying as any gender.

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New Artist Fair

Being in the middle of a studio move, I’ve not had time to post anything about the New Artist Fair, in which I showed some work earlier this month.  This was the first time I have taken part in an art fair, and it was quite an education. After observing how the crowds interacted with the works, and seeing how the more experienced exhibitors displayed their work, I soon learned some valuable lessons about presentation and “product placement”.
As for this particular fair, I found it to be very well organised – the organisers are very friendly and obviously interested in Art. The pricing is reasonable, and at no stage did i feel that I was being ripped off – there were no hidden extras to surprise you on the day. The fair was very well attended on each of the three days, which shows just how well the organisers promote the event.

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Despite all my praise, I am not sure if I would take part in it again. When I booked, I was told there were only 2m spaces left, which is more suited to smaller works. The biggest problem with having such a small space was that I couldn’t sit or stand in front of my work without obstructing the view of half my paintings. The fair enjoyed a healthy number of sales over the three days, but most of them will have been for lower value items under £250. The only piece I sold was a smaller portrait at under £200 – I feel that the £400-£500 prices of most of my work are not that attractive to impulse buyers. I would only consider taking part again if I had a larger selection of smaller works that I could offer at more affordable prices, and perhaps some prints and drawings.

My lasting impression from this event was the pleasure of meeting such a nice group of artists, who were all so friendly and helpful, and helped make the fair such an enjoyable experience. A special thanks to Sam Gare, Precious Murphy, Pete Fraser, Frances Bloomfield, Tolu Magbagbeola and Ruby Lewis, who have restored my faith in the artistic fraternity.

Figure and Portrait

Figure & Portrait exhibition

I will be exhibiting three paintings at the upcoming “Figure & Portrait” exhibition at BAR gallery, from 12th-25th September.

The gallery says “This exhibition is dedicated to figure and portraiture. Showcasing work in a variety of mediums including painting, print, photography and sculpture. All work is for sale and affordably priced.”

More information about Brent Artist Resource and the events that they organise can be found on their website here.

Hanging arrangement

layout for blogI’ve been working on a few different hanging arrangements for the forthcoming New Artist Fair. The organisers had mentioned that they prefer the displays not to be too crowded. Well, if they had any of their larger spaces still available, I would gladly have left more white space around each canvas. As it is, I’m trying to fit the bare minimum number of works in 2m of wall space, that will fairly represent the range of my work.

Relationships Series No.3, Peter D'AlessandriLast night I delivered my “Relationships Series No.3” painting to the Espacio Gallery on Bethnal Green Road, for the upcoming “Punch” exhibition – part of Sweet ‘Art’s Summer Art Festival.
I’ve only shown this piece once before, in an unfinished state, at the first Cork Street Open exhibition. My reluctance to show it since has largely been because I became uncomfortable with the personal nature of this piece; it was just too stark a reminder of a very difficult time in my life.