#2:Sussex Art Fair, 2021
I am currently getting ready to exhibit at the first major art fair of 2021. This will be the Sussex Art Fair held at Goodwood racecourse on 2nd-4th July. You can find me at stand 65!
If you're interested to have reduced price entry tickets or an invite to the VIP opening, drop me an email.
What is Sussex Art Fair?
"This art fair at Goodwood Racecourse is an event for both established and emerging artists, galleries and artist collectives, to exhibit and sell high-quality artworks directly to the public. There are Independent Artists, Galleries & Artist Collectives offering art lovers and collectors the chance to purchase both traditional and contemporary styled works from two main areas: the ‘Galleries & Artist Collectives’ Hall which will showcase a selection of work by their most popular artists and the ‘Independent Artists’ Halls, curated to include various categories of exhibitors: Painters, Digital Artists, Mixed Media Artists, Photographers, Ceramics & Glass and Sculptors."
You can read more about Sussex art Fair on their website.
What are you taking to the Fair?
I am creating a very special collection for the art fair. The emphasis is on joyful art to lift the spirits after lockdown. You can see my collection for Sussex Art Fair and from 3rd July you can purchase from this website.
#1: A Bit about Me
This is based on an interview with Fraser Renton of Sussex Art Fairs
Where did it all begin?
Three years ago, I began painting to escape the disabling pain and misery of a condition called fibromyalgia. What started as a hobby quickly became an obsession. Shortly after I had started, I went on a pain management course at my local hospital, St George's in South London. They encouraged me to have confidence in my art. It is no exaggeration to say that course changed my life.
When I started to sell my work, I jotted down a mission for myself: “in a world where there is so much anger and sadness, I try to seek out beauty in everyday things. I share what I’ve captured with the aim of making people smile… And to promote a conversation about pain, truth, and beauty.”
Do you have any formal training?
I have no formal training and identify as an outsider artist. I credit my father, an émigré designer, and his father, a celebrated Hungarian watercolourist, as my teachers. Although I never knew my Hungarian grandfather, he was present throughout my growing up through his many paintings.
From who or where do you draw inspiration for your work?
My subject is the beauty of nature as I find it in my everyday life in suburban London and rural Suffolk. I am preoccupied by the relationship between material structure, such as the neurotransmitters in our bodies, and emotional states. There are a few recurring motifs in my painting. First, the path, which represents my journey from being marginalised to being an artist selling my own work. Second, the boundaries between water and land. These interest me because they are neither one thing nor another. The chronic pain sufferer often looks well while feeling terrible so is neither one thing nor another. Third, the tenacity of trees. I am fascinated by trees in all their varied forms from majestic cedars that stand beside tower blocks that they predate, the relic of a previous land-use to the scraggly buddleia bushes that sprout beside railways and from roofs.
How would you describe your artistic style?
I would describe my artistic style as neoexpressionist. Or maybe naïve. I'm not very good at classifications. I think there's an innocence to it, and also a joy which resonates with people.
What techniques do you used to create art?
I love experimenting with different media and techniques, combining new and traditional methods. I started painting by doodling on my iPad. I often interleave photography and digital art in a way that enables me to explore the relationship between the physical world and emotions, for example, I found a piece of fabric from the 1970s while clearing out my mother's house after her death. The colours were so evocative of spring flowers that I used it as the background to a picture of daffodils.
I like to play around with different styles and ideas rather than feeling constrained to paint consistently in a particular style. This can be a bit confusing, I guess, when you see a stylised almost abstract digital artwork beside an acrylic landscape on canvas. The unifying principle is my particular quirky take on the world.
Which projects are you really excited about for 2021?
In terms of my plans for 2021, the most important event in my calendar is the Sussex Art Fair in July. I am thinking about how to curate the pictures I bring to the exhibition in order to create a consistent and meaningful experience for visitors.
I have just set up my own website and I’m really excited to find out where it will take me. It feels like a big step towards being a ‘serious’ artist. One of my challenges is to be serious about my work without taking myself too seriously, and to honour my original mission – to make people happy through art.