Modern ArtBuyer at Battersea Affordable Art Fair 2018

Free tickets for Battersea Affordable Art Fair, 17 – 20 October!

The Affordable Art Fair in Battersea is fast approaching and we’re delighted to be returning for our 6th year! We’ll be showing enticing paintings by Hatty Butler, Jane Emberson, Plum Neasmith and Jonathan Barber, bold new prints from Paul Minott and Rebecca King, and new to our Battersea portfolio are the dark, playful etchings of Jaco Putker.

 

In addition, we’re excited to announce that contemporary portrait painter Hatty Butler has been selected to hold a Live Art session at the fair where she will be painting in person on Friday 18th, offering a compelling insight into her practice.

 

As always, we have a number of free tickets to give away and we’d love to see you there, so please drop us an email if you’d like to come along. We look forward to sharing our artists’ sensational latest works with you all.

 

Where:
Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Queenstown Road, London, SW11 4NJ (sat nav: SW8 4NW)

 

The closest tube station is Sloane Square. From there complimentary shuttle buses leave Sloane Square approximately every 15 minutes.
Exit Sloane Square tube, turn left and the AAF shuttle bus stop is on Sloane Gardens.

 

When:
Wednesday 16th October : Private View 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Thursday 17th October : 11am – 5.30pm. Late View 5.30pm – 9pm
Friday 18th October : 11am – 7pm
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th October : 11am – 6pm

https://affordableartfair.com/fairs/battersea-autumn

Posted on: September 3, 2019
Headland South Hams by Elaine Jones for Modern ArtBuyer

Contemporary art collaboration in The Gainsborough Bath Spa

This summer we are joining forces with the wonderful Rostra Gallery for a one-of-a-kind gallery partnership. We will be showcasing a distinctive, co-curated collection of contemporary artworks from both gallery’s artists at the Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel for one weekend only in July.

 

Bringing together a selection of limited edition prints, original paintings and sculpture, new works will be on show from both local and national artists. Limited edition prints from digital artist Chuck Elliott will feature alongside paintings by established painters Paul Bennett and Elaine Jones amongst many others from our portfolio of artists.

 

Find us in the light and airy Chapel, with its beautiful tented ceiling and classic period architecture, in the stylish Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel which boasts an artistic heritage of its own, being named after the 18th-century Bath resident and celebrated artist Sir Thomas Gainsborough. 

 

We hope you can join us and take advantage of the opportunity to browse a beautiful selection of works from both gallery collections, brought together for the first time in this truly unique collaboration! 

 

Where

The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Beau Street, Bath BA1 1QY

 

When

Friday 26th – Sunday 28th July open 10am – 6pm

 

Posted on: July 3, 2019
Homes and Gardens featuring Modern ArtBuyer

See us in Homes and Gardens!

Earlier this year we were delighted to be asked to source some artworks for a stunning home in Bruton, Somerset. The interior scheme was being designed by the established and reputable John Law at Woodhouse & Law in Bath, and we worked with John to provide accomplished, elegant and suitable artworks for various rooms throughout the house. The result was stunning. Exceptional paintings by Hatty Butler, Jonathan Barber and Paul Bennett now adorn the walls in this beautifully designed space.

 

The finished home has been featured in the July 2019 issue of ‘Homes and Gardens’, including images of the artworks in situ and a lovely mention for us too! Thank you again to Woodhouse & Law and their clients Caroline and Frank for inviting us to be part of this exciting project.

Posted on: June 18, 2019
Modern ArtBuyer Open House June 2019

Browse, admire and enjoy at our Open House Pop-up Gallery

We’re excited to be gearing up for our next Open House pop-up in Limpley Stoke, near Bath, taking place on 8th – 9th June. The Open House will feature a carefully curated selection of works by artists including Maria Rivans, Bonnie and Clyde, Victoria Topping, Paul Minott, Paul Bennett, Rod Craig and Jane Emberson amongst many more.

 

We will be showing a collection of affordable limited edition prints, original paintings and works on paper in a relaxed setting, alongside elegant, handmade furniture from local craftsman Charlie Caffyn and beautiful jewellery from Aga Cook.

 

Join us to browse and admire the stunning pieces, have a coffee or even raise a chilled glass of prosecco with us. We hope to see you then!

 

Where:
Sylvan Lodge, 1 Cliffe Drive, Limpley Stoke, Bath BA2 7FY

 

When:
Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June, 10:30am – 5:30pm

Posted on: April 30, 2019
Milsom Place Bath popup gallery

Spring pop-up in Milsom Place Bath

It’s time for a show! We’ll be heading into central Bath for our fresh Spring pop-up from 17th – 31st March. As usual, we’ll be showcasing paintings and prints by our exceptional artists at 23 Milsom Place, Bath.

 

Bringing together local artists alongside more from across the UK, we will be showing a collection of affordable pieces representing the best of Modern ArtBuyer’s portfolio. The exhibition will feature a selection of works from our popular artists including Maria Rivans, Bonnie and Clyde, Paul Minott, Hatty Butler, Jane Emberson, Chuck Elliott, Trudy Montgomery and Paul Bennett, as well as our latest addition Victoria Topping, to name a few.

 

Opening the same day as the Bath Half, you could make a day of it and drop in after cheering on the brilliant runners! We will be on hand every day to answer any queries about artists, art-collecting or to share our know-how on everything from displaying your art collection, the best framing options, how to keep your works in pristine condition and demystifying artistic mediums.

 

Join us for a browse and to talk all things art…we hope to see you there!

 

Where
23 Milsom Place, Milsom Street & Broad Street, Bath BA1 1BZ

 

When
Sunday 17th – Sunday 31st March
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm

Posted on: March 1, 2019

Our 2019 must-see exhibitions across the South and London

The art scene across the South is flourishing and 2019 is shaping up to be a sensational year for art lovers with plenty of exciting exhibitions throughout the year in some wonderful spaces. And, of course, there will be some iconic works on show in London for those venturing into the capital city!

 

Here is our must-see list for creative inspiration:

 

1 / Visiting Masterpiece by Hockney
The Holburne Museum, Bath
Until 27 January 2019

 

One of the nation’s most loved paintings, ‘Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy’ (shown above) is also one of the great portraits of British art. The image speaks powerfully to the eighteenth-century conversation pieces in the Holburne’s own collection as well as to the portraits of singers, dancers and actors in Gainsborough & the theatre.

 

Where: The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath, BA2 4DB
When: Until 27 January 2019, Monday – Saturday 10am to 5pm | Sunday and Bank Holiday 11am to 5pm
Admission: £12.50 / £7 (includes a donation)

 

2 / On Paper: from the Arts Council Collection
Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Until 17 February 2019

 

All the artworks in this exhibition are made from paper, used as a material in its own right rather than merely a surface to be painted or drawn upon. Among the leading artists featured are Damien Hirst, Roy Lichtenstein, Bridget Riley, Gillian Ayres and Eduardo Paolozzi. Included are large three-dimensional objects constructed from paper such as Karla Black’s delicate and sensuous hanging structures and Brian Griffiths’ giant futuristic cardboard computer. Other artists, such as Roger Ackling and Cornelia Parker, have made art from burnt, torn and cut paper. Collage is represented with pieces by Roland Penrose and Eduardo Paolozzi, among others.

 

Where: Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge Street, Bath, BA2 4AT
When: Until 17 February 2019, Monday – Sunday 10.30am to 5pm. Last entry is at 4.40pm.
Admission: £4.50 / Concessions, 16 & under and Discovery Card holders free

 

3 / Matthew Day Jackson, Pathetic Fallacy
Hauser & Wirth Somerset
19 January – 6 May 2019

 

The title for Jackson’s exhibition ‘Pathetic Fallacy’ is a literary term used to describe the attribution of human emotions onto inanimate objects in nature. This is the starting point for the artist’s investigation in Somerset, where Jackson has been living with his family as artist-in-residence at Hauser & Wirth Somerset since August 2018. His continued investigation into society’s relationship with its natural environment haunts the exhibition, which is punctuated by collaborations with his family and the local community.

 

Where: Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0NL
When: 19 January – 6 May 2019, Tuesday – Sunday 10am to 5pm (March – October) / 10am – 4pm (November – February)
Admission: free entry

 

4 / Jeff Koons
Ashmolean, Oxford
7 February – 9 June 2019

 

In spring 2019, The Ashmolean Museum Oxford will stage a major exhibition of Koons’ career to date, from his early works of the 1980s to seven works from his celebrated Gazing Ball series, never seen before in the UK. Curated by Koons himself and guest curator Norman Rosenthal, this landmark show will trace Koons’ creative trajectory since exploding onto the contemporary art scene in the 1980s.

 

Where: Ashmolean, Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PH
When: 7 February – 9 June 2019, daily 10am to 6pm
Admission: £12.25 / Concessions £11.25

 

5 / RWA Sculpture Open Exhibition
The RWA, Bristol
16 March – 2 June 2019

 

In a change from their usual biennial open drawing exhibition, Drawn, 2019 will see an open-submission sculpture exhibition in the main gallery spaces of the RWA. The Sculpture Open will celebrate the diversity of form, medium and scale in contemporary sculptural practice.

This year’s selection panel comprises internationally-known sculptors Ann Christopher RA, Daphne Wright and Kate MccGwire, Artistic Director of New Art Centre at Roche Court Stephen Feeke and RWA Academicians Ian Middleton, Simon Hitchens and Dallas Collins.

 

Where: Royal West of England Academy, Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1PX
When: 16 March – 2 June 2019, Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 5.30pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm. Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Admission: Adults: £7.95 (includes 80p donation) / Concessions: £6.75 (includes 70p donation) / Under 18s/SGS, UoB & UWE students: FREE / National Art Pass holders: 50% discount on ticket price

 

6 / Olafur Elliasson
Tate Modern, London
11 July 2019 – 5 January 2020

 

Experience the remarkable world of this endlessly inquisitive artist.
In 2003, hundreds of thousands of visitors came together in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall to experience Olafur Eliasson’s ‘The Weather Project’ a glowing sun visible through fog. In 2019, he will return to Tate Modern for a major survey of his career so far.

Eliasson creates experiences that can be shared by young and old – the exhibition includes a selection of these captivating immersive installations. Some, like Beauty, recreate natural phenomena such as rainbows. Others involve reflections and shadows to play with the way we navigate or perceive the world. Within the exhibition will also be an area which will explore Eliasson’s deep engagement with social and environmental issues, such as his Little Sun project which has brought light and income to people around the world without electricity.

 

Where: Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
When: 11 July 2019 – 5 January 2020, Sunday – Thursday 10am to 6pm, Friday – Saturday 10am to 10pm
Admission: prices to be announced

 

7 / Tim Walker
V&A, London
Opening on Saturday 21 September 2019

 

An immersive journey into the fantastical worlds created by photographer Tim Walker. Take a backstage look at the creative process of one of the world’s most inventive photographers through his photographs, films, photographic sets, and special installations, including a new series of photographs influenced by the V&A’s collections.

 

Where: V&A, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
When: Opening on Saturday 21 September 2019, daily 10am to 5.45pm, Friday 10am to 10pm
Admission: prices to be announced

 

8 / Antony Gormley
Royal Academy of Arts, London
21 September – 3 December 2019

 

Acclaimed sculptor Antony Gormley presents his most significant solo exhibition for over a decade. A conversation between old works and new, it will span his wide-ranging practice and exploit the scale and light of the RA’s architecture.

This exhibition is intended as a form of adventure that invites both physical and imaginative participation. The body in Gormley’s work is not a protagonist in a narrative, nor an ideal, a portrait or a memorial, it is the body in and as space.

Early experimental sculptures, objects and drawings, often made using his own body as a primary tool, material and subject, are brought together with large-scale environments made especially for the RA.

 

Where: Royal Academy of Arts, Main Galleries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD
When: 21 September – 3 December 2019, daily 10am to 6pm, Friday 10am to 10pm
Admission: prices to be announced

Posted on: January 8, 2019

Join us at our next Open House Pop-up Gallery

As we start to enjoy crisp autumnal days and cosy evenings (and the festive season inches nearer!) we’re turning our attention to our winter Open House…

 

We’d like to invite you to join us at home in Limpley Stoke to view a handpicked selection of contemporary artworks alongside elegant, handmade furniture from local craftsman Charlie Caffyn and beautiful jewellery from Aga Cook.

 

Come along and admire a collection of limited edition prints, paintings, works on paper and digital works in a relaxed setting away from the Christmas shopping crowds! View, browse, have a coffee and a mince pie or even raise a sneaky glass of prosecco while we offer inspiration for displaying works large or small, as part of a collection or as standalone pieces. We’ll be on hand all weekend to answer any questions about our artists, art-collecting or queries about pieces in your own collection.

 

We will have a unique selection of works on show including collages from Maria Rivans and Bonnie and Clyde, graphic monoprints by Paul Minott and paintings by Caroline Hall, Jonathan Barber, Plum Neasmith, Jane Emberson and Paul Bennett. Alongside this, vibrant digital works by Chuck Elliott, quirky, playful etchings from Jaco Putker and contemporary watercolours from guest artist Rod Craig will also be on display.

 

Bringing together local artists alongside more from across the UK, we will be showing a collection of affordable pieces representing the best of Modern ArtBuyer’s portfolio and would love you to join us to peruse your favourites!

 

Where:

Sylvan Lodge, 1 Cliffe Drive, Limpley Stoke, Bath BA2 7FY

 

When:

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th November, 10am – 5:30pm

Posted on: October 24, 2018

Visit us at Battersea Affordable Art Fair, 18 – 21 October

We will be winging our way back to the beautiful Battersea Park for the Autumn edition of the Affordable Art Fair in October with a carefully curated edit of works from our wonderful artists including works on paper, limited edition prints, mixed media works and contemporary paintings.

 

We will be showing a selection of inspirational new works including bold splashes of colour from Jane Emberson’s paintings, graphic monoprints by Paul Minott, Plum Neasmith’s striking, abstract paintings, urban-abstract limited edition prints by Rebecca King, Jonathan Barber’s atmospheric, abstracted mixed-media works, unique burnt-paper works by Kelly O’Brien and Hatty Butler’s emotive portraits.

 

We’re especially thrilled that a handful of our artists’ works have already been singled out by the fair’s organisers! Kelly O’Brien’s distinctive works on paper ‘Playing with Fire’ and Paul Minott’s experimental prints were chosen by the Fair’s new Director, Lucinda Costello, as some of the top picks of the fair. In addition, Hatty Butler’s brilliant ‘Pink is for me too’ portrait will be used as part of the fair’s family pack given out to younger visitors, and as the basis for a children’s workshop exploring the fair’s theme of preconceptions of femininity, masculinity, identity and strength in vulnerability.

 

As always, we have a limited number of free tickets to give away, so please drop us an email if you’d like to come along. We’d love to see you and look forward to catching up with many of our art fair regulars, who make our time there so enjoyable!

 

Where:
Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Queenstown Road, London, SW11 4NJ (sat nav: SW8 4NW)

 

The closest tube station is Sloane Square. From there complimentary shuttle buses leave Sloane Square approximately every 15 minutes.
Exit Sloane Square tube, turn left and the AAF shuttle bus stop is on Sloane Gardens.

 

When:
Wednesday 17th October : Private View 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Thursday 18th October : 11am – 5.30pm. Late View 5.30pm – 9pm
Friday 19th October : 11am – 7pm
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st October : 11am – 6pm

Posted on: October 3, 2018
Modern ArtBuyer Autumn Pop-up Gallery, Bath

Autumn Pop-up Gallery, Milsom Place Bath, 3rd – 16th September

We are popping up once again in Milsom Place in the heart of Bath (hopefully without any snowy interruptions this time!) for two weeks in September to bring you a beautiful selection of contemporary artworks, including limited edition prints, paintings on canvas and works on paper.

 

We will have an inspiring selection of works on show including: Plum Neasmith’s bold, abstract paintings; limited edition prints from much sought-after artist Maria Rivans; Trudy Montgomery‘s compelling abstracts; urban prints and collages by Bonnie and Clyde; graphic monoprints by Paul Minott; surreal etchings by Jaco Putker; and urban-abstract limited edition prints by Rebecca King.

 

Whether you are interested in an affordable splash of colour, an investment piece or simply want to browse, we will be on hand to answer any questions about our artists, art collecting or queries about pieces in your own collection. We hope to see you there!

 

Where
Milsom Place, Milsom Street & Broad Street, Bath BA1 1BZ
Right next to Carluccio’s Deli

 

When
Monday 3rd – Sunday 16th September
Open every day
Monday – Saturday : 10am – 6pm
Sunday : 11am – 4pm

Posted on: August 14, 2018
Alexander Johnson studio

Meet the Artist : Alexander Johnson

Fresh from his recent showing in the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 exhibition in Bath in March 2018, we met with Alexander Johnson to learn more about his life as an artist, the evolution of his work into abstract form and his aversion to the slick digital images that encroach on modern-day life…

 

Alexander grew up in a rural setting in West Sussex, just outside Chichester in the 1960’s and 70’s. His formative years were spent in the shadow of the South Downs walking and cycling around with complete freedom. After finishing Art College in Cardiff, he spent the bulk of his adult life living in cities including London, Barcelona, Nijmegen and Brighton. But in 2015 he returned to the countryside where he grew up and rekindled his fond childhood memories of the old farm buildings and trees that were his playground as a child.

 

His work, even when abstracted, has always been about storytelling; setting down his own experiences and feelings, and and combining them with contemporary themes. Buildings, trees and pictorial elements climb into the canvasses to make their home amongst the abstract images. His work is a collage, combining memories from his youth with his new surroundings, as if time is elastic and the past can co-exist with the present. He aims to offer an antidote to the digitised age, asking us to relish the touch only a human can bring to a canvas and consider our own history and impact on the earth upon which we dwell.

 

DESCRIBE YOUR ART PRACTICE IN FIVE WORDS 

Strong, enquiring, risk-taking, dynamic, truthful.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST ‘ART’ MEMORY?

My eureka moment was in Antibes, in the South of France in 1975 when I was eleven. It was the first time we had been abroad as a family, my first time on a plane. We were camping under the Scots Pines and the intoxication I felt from the language, smells and food of France are clearly punctuated by a memory of standing on the stairs in the Picasso Museum looking up at his sculpture of a bull’s head made from a bicycle saddle with handlebars for the horns. It was a lightning bolt moment for me and I knew from then onwards that I wanted to be an artist.

 

WHAT IS THE MAIN INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WORK? ARE THERE ANY ARTISTS IN PARTICULAR THAT INFLUENCE YOU? 

I don’t wait for inspiration, I’m in the studio every day so new ideas surface during the working process and I develop them. I have kept daily sketchbooks for the last 35 years and this ongoing sketching and processing of ideas informs the larger work. Certain enduring interests influence me such as the contours from aerial reconnaissance photos that my father took in the war, which still thread their way through the work.

 

Contemporary artists need to be working outside of themselves to engage me, so artists like Rachel Whiteread, Jeremy Deller and Cornelia Parker are favourites.

 

In terms of art-history: Matisse and Picasso of course, also Philip Guston, Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Goya, Rembrandt, Hepworth, Sandra Blow. Early on I became interested in Dada and Surrealism through punk graphics (Jamie Reid and Linder Sterling referenced Dada in their work).

 

Graphic designers like Barney Bubbles, Peter Saville and specific LP record covers are still a big influence. I play records in the studio as I paint, so for example, A Love Supreme by John Coltrane or the Clash’s first LP are a constant presence and must influence my thinking. I occasionally look at one of my paintings and realise it reminds me of a record cover, or that the particular colour I’m using corresponds exactly with a colour from one of them (I recently had that with a teal-blue I was using, I checked and it was exactly the same hue as The Sweetest Girl cover by Scritti Politti).

 

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE PEOPLE TO INTERPRET YOUR WORK? WHAT DOES YOUR WORK SAY ABOUT YOU? 

I don’t know what my work says about me, it’s not really about me, it’s about history; the palimpsest of human life and tracks on the earth’s surface, the scars left by humankind on the earth. That in turn relates back to my father’s experiences as a reconnaissance photographer in the second world war. I may have an impetus to make work on that specific subject, but whether or not people pick up on it, or whether they just like the shapes and colours in the paintings I couldn’t say.

 

Ultimately art, like music, is instinctive and when people are choosing work to buy, I encourage them to listen to their gut instinct rather than their intellectual choice. Having said that, I’m not trying to make paintings that just look pretty, I am aiming for something that looks strong, that has a good underlying structure and has some truth. I don’t want them to be just wallpaper, it’s important to have a clear voice, a subliminal message perhaps.

 

EXPLAIN YOUR PROCESS, FROM CONCEPT TO FINISHED PIECE

I don’t tend to work in a rhythmic or formulaic pattern like that. I like to experiment so I find it best to approach each day afresh. I agree with Picasso’s quote that ‘inspiration exists, but it has to find you working‘. That is my experience too. I’m in the studio every day and I get bored easily, so I’m constantly looking for ways to keep myself entertained while I make my work.

 

I make oil paintings, but also original prints, etchings, silkscreens and lithographs and ideas surface during these processes. I go to a print studio in Brighton to make the etchings and it’s good to rub shoulders with other artists – most of the time I’m working alone in my studio in the countryside.

 

Knowing when a painting is finished is the most difficult part of the process, although I find it easier to make good choices as I get older. I used to be tempted to tidy up images or show off my technical skills, but you can kill the vitality of a piece with just a couple of strokes too many, so I’m cautious now to leave the rough edges, that’s where the energy lies and that’s the truth of humanity – rough edges.

 

My aim is to produce an antidote to the slick digital images that surround us on screens everywhere. I like paintings with fingerprints and brush marks that have been made by a human being rather than a computer programme. The early ‘modern artists’ (Cezanne, Matisse, Degas) were right to find a new way to express themselves when photography became popular in the 1800’s – I hope I’m continuing in that tradition.

 

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT MIGHT SURPRISE US…

I’ve been making art for nearly forty years and I’ve only just worked out what I’m doing.

 

 

Posted on: July 5, 2018
Modern ArtBuyer Open House June 2018

Our busiest Open House ever!

A huge thank you to everyone who came along to our most successful ever Open House earlier this month. It was a wonderful, sunny weekend – we loved seeing you all and meeting lots of new faces!

 

We had a beautiful selection of artwork on show including limited edition prints, paintings on canvas, works on paper and digital works from Bonnie and Clyde, Mark Jessett, Plum Neasmith and Jane Emberson amongst others. We really value being able to catch up with you all and it was lovely to spend time drinking coffee and the odd glass of prosecco, talking all things art!

 

Giving you the chance to view and buy leading, contemporary art in a simple, friendly environment is ultimately what we do. We choose artists who are both creatively and technically exceptional, and respected in their field or graduates who show considerable promise, giving you the opportunity to collect work by some of the world’s most talented artists. By the end of the weekend we learned that over half our visitors were new to Modern ArtBuyer so we’re thrilled to be introducing our artists to even more art lovers.

 

Thank you again and we’ll keep you posted with future Open House dates.

Posted on: June 21, 2018
Modern ArtBuyer Open House exhibition 2018

Visit our Open House Pop-up Gallery near Bath, 2-3 June

We are throwing open our doors in Limpley Stoke near Bath once again and hosting our bi-annual Open House in the summer sunshine (fingers crossed)! Join us and view a carefully curated selection of contemporary artworks, including limited edition prints, paintings on canvas, works on paper and digital works.

 

Offering a unique opportunity to view works available for sale in a home setting and providing inspiration for displaying works large or small, as part of a collection or as standalone pieces, we are on hand all weekend to answer any questions about our artists, art-collecting or queries about pieces in your own collection.

 

We will have an exciting selection of works on show (alongside a beautiful selection of handmade silver jewellery) including: limited edition prints from much sought-after artist Maria Rivans, urban prints and collages by Bonnie and Clyde, graphic monoprints by Paul Minott, Elaine Jones’ captivating abstract landscape paintings, large paintings by Jane Emberson and Paul Bennett, burnt-paper works by Kelly O’Brien and vibrant digital works by Chuck Elliott, amongst many others.

 

Bringing together local artists alongside more from across the UK, we will be showing a collection of affordable pieces representing the best of Modern ArtBuyer’s portfolio and would love you to join us to peruse your favourites! Come along, view, browse, have a coffee or even raise a sneaky glass of prosecco…

 

Where
Sylvan Lodge, 1 Cliffe Drive, Limpley Stoke, Bath BA2 7FY

 

When
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd June, 10am – 5:30pm

Posted on: May 10, 2018

Can one size fit all?

Displaying art in big and small spaces

Reason number one for buying any work of art should always be because you love it. Speaking on behalf of gallerists and artists, we want people to buy art purely because they have developed a real connection with a piece and, in an ideal world, art would be bought entirely out of love and not influenced by practicality. But let’s be realistic – we all need to live in comfortable, functional homes, which come in all different shapes and sizes, so practicality often comes into play and can creep into the decision-making process.

 

However we don’t believe being practical means you have to limit your choices – we offer up our advice on how to display art whether you have room to spare or your space is small but perfectly formed…

 

Look up!

If you are short on space, a great way to give the illusion of more is to accentuate the sense of height in your home. Displaying a collection of smaller artworks above eye level draws the eye up and a vertical gallery hang can suggest a higher ceiling – Jane Emberson’s works on paper would be brilliant for this, adding a flash of colour in a compact space.

 

Alternatively, placing a quirky piece above a door or within a set of shelves, something like Jaco Putker’s eccentric etchings, to catch the eye and draw the onlooker in, is a clever way of adding a sense of depth and extra space to a room.

 

Make a bold statement

Do you have the space to display one very large piece and go for maximum drama? Going with one single statement piece can help bring the whole room into proportion and balance the space. Be brave and opt for punchy colours and strong forms if you have a clean space to fill – something along the lines of Chuck Elliott’s digital works would create a real impact. Although that’s not to say bold has to be bright though – Kelly O’Brien’s paper works would be just as striking with their muted palette. If you do fall in love with the idea of a large piece and find the perfect artwork, hang it in plenty of space and keep the rest of the room minimal.

 

Anchoring your room with a statement piece creates a great focal point. It’s not impossible to do this in a smaller space too, as long as there is enough surrounding space for the piece to breathe and it doesn’t dominate. Art should help us create a harmonious and elegant living environment not overwhelm!

 

Multiply it…

An alternative to one large piece is to create the same drama using a cluster of smaller works, drawings and studies. These clusters can be extremely effective in both large and small spaces. The key is to have some kind of unifying theme, be that one consistent colour in all pieces or maybe a similar subject matter.

 

Keep the frames and styles varied and throw in a few unusual pieces like mirrors, plates, maps or postcards – anything that will demonstrate your personality and individuality. And don’t feel these works have to limited to prints and paper works – Plum Neasmith’s smaller paintings, for example, would bring great depth and texture to a salon hang.

 

At the end of the day we will always advise you to buy the art you love – be the work large or small, and your home stately or bijoux, your choice will bring atmosphere, character and meaning to the space and ultimately help make it your home.

Posted on: April 24, 2018

Spring Pop-up Gallery, Bath, 26th February – 11th March

We’re leaping into Spring with a vibrant pop-up gallery in the centre of Bath. What could be better than seeing some of our amazing artworks in person then enjoying the social buzz of cafes and shops in Milsom Place?

 

We’ll be showing a selection of exceptional paintings and prints from our represented artists including Maria Rivans, Bonnie and Clyde, Trudy Montgomery, Paul Minott, Paul Bennett, Jane Emberson, Chuck Elliott, Kelly O’Brien and Emma Cowlam to name a few.

 

Where
23 Milsom Place, Milsom Street & Broad Street, Bath BA1 1BZ
Right next to Carluccio’s Deli

 

When
Monday 26th February until Sunday 11th March
Open every day
Monday – Saturday : 10am – 6pm
Sunday : 11am – 4pm

 

Whether you are interested in an affordable splash of colour, an investment piece or just a browse, please pop in!

 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the severe weather conditions, we’re sorry to say the pop-up will be closed on Friday 2nd March. We’re hoping to be open again from Saturday 3rd March but will post updates onto social media @modernartbuyer. Apologies for any inconvenience and we hope to see you soon!

Posted on: February 1, 2018
Playing With Fire No. 53 (Edgy 7) by Kelly O’Brien for Modern ArtBuyer

Introducing Kelly O’Brien

We’re delighted to welcome Kelly O’Brien to Modern ArtBuyer. Kelly is an American mixed media artist who lives and works near Bath. Kelly is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Art at Bath Spa University with an expected degree award in 2019.

 

Kelly O’Brien has a clear and evident passion for her work, which gives her an exceptional drive to push boundaries and ask questions. We were immediately struck by the refinement and sensitivity of Kelly’s works which explore the volatile relationship between paper and fire, and the unexpectedly beautiful outcomes of combining the two. In her ‘Playing With Fire’ series, Kelly delves deeper into this relationship introducing additional elements : thread, gold leaf, spray paint.

 

You can see and read more about this series here.

 

Posted on: January 25, 2018
Ice Cream Plaza by Bonnie and Clyde for Modern ArtBuyer

Pop into our Open House Pop-up Gallery near Bath, 25-26 November

On 25th and 26th November we’re opening our doors once again for our Open House Pop-up Gallery in Limpley Stoke just outside Bath. We’ve curated a selection of artworks from our impressive artists including Bonnie and Clyde, Maria Rivans, Dion Salvador Lloyd, Jane Emberson, Mark Stopforth, Plum Neasmith, Paul Minott and Jonathan Barber amongst many others, offering a great range of styles and prices.

 

Where
Sylvan Lodge, 1 Cliffe Drive,
Limpley Stoke, Bath BA2 7FY

 

When
Saturday 25th November : 10am – 5:30pm
Sunday 26th November : 10am – 5:30pm

 

Whether you are interested in just browsing or looking to buy, please pop in for a glass of prosecco or a coffee, and please feel free to bring friends along!

Posted on: November 8, 2017
Oceanid AAF

Visit us at Battersea Affordable Art Fair, 18-22 October!

London here we come! The Affordable Art Fair Battersea is just around the corner so as always we’re curating an impressive showcase of artists to exhibit at the fair. We’re showing work by Jane Emberson, Emma Cowlam, Plum Neasmith, Paul Minott and Rebecca King as well as three of our newer artists Jonathan Barber, Caroline Hall and Mark Stopforth.

 

The fair is on 18th-22th October and, as always, we have a number of free tickets to give away, so please drop us an email if you’d like to come along. We’d love to see you and look forward to catching up with many of our art fair regulars, who make our time there so enjoyable!

Posted on: October 5, 2017
Modern ArtBuyer at Affordable Art Fair Bristol 2017

Creating a buzz in Bristol

Thank you to everyone who popped along to see us at the Affordable Art Fair Bristol in September. It was wonderful to see so many of our valued customers and friends there, as well as to meet so many new customers and art lovers. We hope you enjoyed the buzz and fun of the fair as much as we did and we’ll be back in 2018.

 

Affordable Art Fair Battersea, 18th – 22nd October is just around the corner so stay tuned for updates on our complimentary tickets.

Posted on: September 21, 2017

Visit us at Bristol Affordable Art Fair, 7-10 September!

Our latest newsletter gives a sneak preview of some of the fantastic artists we’ll be showing at the Bristol Affordable Art Fair, Temple Meads Bristol, 7 – 10 September. For more details on our exciting portfolio of exhibiting artists and to find out how you can get complimentary tickets to the fair, please read all about it here.

 

Posted on: July 25, 2017

Visit our Open House pop-up gallery in Bath, 13-14 May

We’re thrilled to be holding our third Open House Pop-up Gallery in Limpley Stoke, Bath.

 

The pop-up gallery will showcase an exceptional, vibrant collection of contemporary works by artists from across the UK. In addition, we will also be showing a selection of beautiful hand-made jewellery and some exquisite lamps cast in bronze.

 

Visitors to previous Modern ArtBuyer Open Houses found it inspiring to see our artworks in a home setting. It helps them to visualise how a work of art may look in their own home.

 

Where
Sylvan Lodge, 1 Cliffe Drive,
Limpley Stoke, Bath BA2 7FY

 

When
Saturday 13th May : 10am – 5:30pm
Sunday 14th Nov : 10am – 5:30pm

 

The Open House coincides with the fifth anniversary of the launch of Modern ArtBuyer so please pop in for a glass of prosecco or a coffee and a browse!

Posted on: April 11, 2017
Northern Edge III by Mark Stopforth for Modern ArtBuyer

The toast of Oxford

We’re proud to see Modern ArtBuyer artist, Mark Stopforth, shortlisted for TOAST’S National finals. As part of their ‘Works of the Heart’ project, 11 artworks have been selected to hang in the windows of 11 of their stores with Mark’s ‘Northern Edge III’ (shown above) chosen to adorn the window of their Oxford branch. If you’re in the area do pop along to see the spectacular piece in person.

 

Click here for more information on TOAST’s project.

 

Posted on: February 1, 2017

Open House pop-up gallery in Bath, 26-27 November

Just in time for Christmas, we’re delighted to be hosting our second Open House Pop-up Gallery in Limpley Stoke, Bath.

 

We’ll be showcasing an inspiring collection of established and emerging artists from across the UK, with many new additions to our previous Open House portfolio. Works for sale include original paintings, limited edition prints and digital art, and this time we will also be showing a selection of  beautiful hand-made jewellery and hand-painted silk scarves, from UK-based, art-led craftsmen.

 

Where
Sylvan Lodge, 1 Cliffe Drive,
Limpley Stoke, Bath BA2 7FY

 

When
Saturday 26th Nov : 10am – 5pm
Sunday 27th Nov : 10am – 5pm

 

Whether you are on the hunt for Christmas presents or pieces for your own home, please pop in.
We’d love to see you!

Posted on: November 7, 2016

Ticket offer for Affordable Art Fair Battersea, 19-23 October

If you’re planning to head to the Affordable Art Fair Battersea but haven’t yet organised your tickets, we are pleased to offer you unlimited half price tickets, valid on any day, excluding the Private View (each digital code admits one).

 

To redeem your half price ticket, you simply need to follow these step-by-step instructions:

 

– Visit the Affordable Art Fair ticket shop by clicking here. Click on the ‘Find Tickets’ button next to the date you wish to attend.

 

– Enter the digital code MODERNHP and click the ‘Use Code’ button for the discount to register.

 

– Select the quantity of tickets you would like and click on ‘Buy Tickets’. Fill in your contact details and click on ‘Buy Tickets’ again.

 

You will then be taken to the confirmation page and a printable e-ticket will be emailed to you. We look forward to seeing you at there!

Posted on: October 6, 2016
Art Lovers Guide in The Bath Magazine

The Art Lover’s Guide 2016 : The Bath Magazine

We’re delighted to see that our article on art as an investment has been published in The Bath Magazine (p49) and you can read more about our gallery and art consultancy on p56.

 

Click here to read the articles.

Posted on: October 5, 2016