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Cavaliero Finn at the London Art Fair – January 17th – 21st 2018

JANUARY 17TH – 21ST 2018

London is one of the main hubs to all kinds of art all over the world, whether you have been paying attention to blogs like Art Of The Country and take advantage of going to art museums like Tate Modern or whether you are strolling along all of the art fairs throughout the city. The point is London’s art fair is coming and this is one of the most exciting times of the year! Cavaliero Finn is delighted to have been invited to exhibit once again at The London Art Fair, the UK’s premier modern and British contemporary art fair. Come and visit us at Stand G44 at the Business Design Centre in Islington from January 17th – 21st to see ceramic sculptures by the latest addition to the Cavaliero Finn portfolio, Ashraf Hanna whose work is featured above, work by sculptors Matthew Chambers and Annie Turner and a selection of paintings by Angela Charles, Catherine Knight, Helen Ballardie, Joseph Goody and Holly Frean.

Showing for the first time with Cavaliero Finn is Egyptian born, British artist Ashraf Hanna.

Working from his studio in Wales, Ashraf uses a hand building process to create both individual and groups of vessels, in both ceramics and glass, concerned with exploring lines and spaces.

Ashraf attended The Royal College of Art between 2009-11 gaining an MA in ceramics and glass. He received a major Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales and received the main award at The British Glass Biennale 2015. In 2016 he obtained the ‘Crossover’ Award at the Emerge 2016 ‘Awards in Portland, Oregon, United States. Cavaliero Finn will be showing a variety of Ashraf’s ceramic vessels at the fair.

Many of Cavaliero Finn’s long standing clients will remember the playful artist portraits of painter Holly Frean when we exhibited her work in the gallery’s early days, so we were delighted when Holly agreed to exhibit some of her work at our stand at this year’s London Art Fair.

Holly began her formal training as an architect and draughtsman but painting portraits soon took over. Her studio practice has since grown to include picture-making in all its forms, typically oil paintings on canvas and gouaches on paper, also printmaking and 3D work. Infused with wit and humour, Holly’s work draws on the lives of artists and uniquely documents the subtleties in their daily lives; a face, body or movement. Over the past decade she has evolved a highly personal and technically accomplished style. Holly’s work has been exhibited extensively in the UK and America.

Holly has won numerous awards including the 2012 National Open Art Competition Painting Prize (awarded by Grayson Perry) and regularly shows at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the ING Discerning Eye at Mall Galleries in London. Commissions include those from the Duchess of Northumberland, designer Betty Jackson, comedians Russell Howard and Ricky Gervais, hotelier Kit Kemp, actor Russell Tovey and retailer Johnny Boden. Holly’s imagination and versatility have recently led to a number of collaborations in the retail sector with Anthropologie, Burberry, Andrew Martin and Paul Smith.

With two solo shows lined up already for 2018, it’s safe to say that the work of ceramic sculptor, Matthew Chambers is in much demand. Having worked with Matthew for many years we are were really pleased to have secured two separate bodies of work for both the London Art Fair and Collect at the Saatchi Gallery (opened by the well-known Charles Saatchi, for those unfamiliar with it) in February (more of this show in our next post).

Matthew’s influences and inspirations for his beautiful circular sculptures include, geometric and optical art, constructivist themes, and modern architecture and design. He pursues these interests in an abstract sense by exploring shape and making mathematically constructed pieces in clay, each built up of many different wheel-thrown sections. On completion each form conveys different and individual properties of space, light, and colour, and sustains an expression of abstract and rhythmical beauty from its pattern of shape.

Matthew’s sculptures are made using either an earthenware or stoneware clay, with colours added directly into the body. When each form has been constructed, several weeks are allowed for slow drying to minimise shrinkage and warping problems. Once dry the piece is sculpted to achieve a finer shape and then low fired. It is sanded and then high fired again. Once fully fired each piece is polished once again, this time with diamond abrasives to help achieve a very smooth overall finish.

Matthew discovered his love of clay during a six year apprenticeship with potter Phillip Wood in Frome in Somerset. He went on to study ceramics at the University of Bath, completing an MA at the Royal College of Art. He has won numerous awards both in the UK and overseas and his work can be found in public collections in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, National Museum, Scotland and the Musee National de Ceramique de Sevres, France and private collections worldwide. One of Matthew’s sculptures was recently acquired by the Swiss national museum of ceramics – the Musée Ariana, Geneva.

For Cavaliero Finn at the London Art Fair Matthew has created a series of three beautiful sculptures.

Helen Ballardie’s paintings explore ideas concerning truth, fiction, perception, and identity. In her latest series of paintings, The Gossips, the figures depicted are playing a game of Blind Man’s Buff but they have been taken out of their original contexts, rearranged, and made to look as if they are doing something different. Helen has long found inspiration from figures in an engraving of Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841) titled Blind Man’s Buff.

During the last year, artist Helen has worked on two projects for Mat Collishaw, a key figure in the important generation of British artists who emerged from Goldsmith’s College in the late 1980s. Along with a small number of other artists she helped paint an elaborate zoetrope for his exhibition ‘The Centrifugal Soul’ at Blain Southern in May 2017 and for a further show at The Vatican in September 2017.

Helen studied Fine Art Painting at the Kent Institute of Art & Design, (Canterbury College of Art). She was artist in residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company & won the Dulwich Picture Gallery’s Open Exhibition in 2014. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Germany, Belgium, Italy, France and the UK, and is held in private collections in Europe, UK, and USA.

We’re delighted to have a series of new works by Angela Charles, who is exhibiting with us at The London Art Fair for a second year.

The lure of the coast from Dorset to Cornwall is constant for Angela. Working on spray-primed aluminium and wooden boards, Angela’s works evolve from rudimentary pen sketches and written notes about the landscape, the light and the sea. These records act as a catalyst for her paintings which, rather than a direct response to a certain place, represent a memory of a location and the felt experience of being there. However, in some of the works she becomes so absorbed by the painting process that little is recognisable from the original sketch.

Angela studied for a BA Hons in Fine Art (Textiles) at Goldsmiths College, University of London, graduating in 1989. Her first one-person show was at Sherborne House, Dorset in 2003 and since then she has exhibited consistently throughout the UK including regular solo shows at the Porthminster Gallery, St Ives.

Many of Cavaliero Finn’s clients collect Angela’s work including actor James Nesbitt.

Catherine Knight has created a new body of work entitled “I’ll be your mirror” especially for Cavaliero Finn for the London Art Fair. These new paintings are based on photos the artist took of Loch Goil in Argyllshire, Scotland, several years ago that have been stored in the back of her mind ever since. She was drawn to the symmetry of the reflections and the minimalism of the compositions and we love each and every one of them.

Catherine thinks of the paintings as a set of opposites: Spoken/Unspoken, Above the surface/Below the surface, Remembered/Forgotten, Conscious/Subconscious. The horizon line is the balance point and you can go either way- into the real or into the depths. As you look at them you forget what is sky, what is reflection, what is solid, what is liquid.

Continuing to be inspired by islands, woods and remote cabins, Catherine hope to capture the feeling of light, isolation and the landscape as metaphor for internal states as the title of the series suggests.

Abstract painter Joseph Goody graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2011 with the Neville Burston award for painting. He then studied at the Prince’s Drawing School (now the Royal Drawing School) where he won The Patrons Club Prize in 2012.

The inspiration for Joe’s work derives from the tension between the spontaneous and meditated actions in painting, and explores how painting provides this opportunity for something wonderful and authentic to result from such disparate activities.

His compositions of painterly geometric forms and often broad kinetic curves seem restrained by a tension that exists between the ambiguity of painting and the appearance of something systematic. Forms are built up through the painting so they appear dependent upon one another, creating a grid-like connection visible across and underneath the surface. The constituent forms dissipate into the layers of paint, and the viewer is left to consider which are the contrived and which are the coincidental marks. Working in an experimental palette adds a depth of beauty to the paintings and the finished works sit in a serene space, luxuriating in colour and encouraging the viewer to meditate on the underlying complexities that brought them into being.

Joe works in his studio in South East London, he is currently assistant to leading British painter, sculptor and printmaker, Christopher Le Brun (PRA).

We are pleased to once again have a series of pieces by British ceramic artist Annie Turner for the London Art Fair. Annie’s ceramic sculptures are very closely linked with the river Deben in Suffolk and its surrounding environment where she grew up. Annie’s sculpture is imprinted with the river Deben’s past and present, the cycles of nature and the interaction of man. These are, as she puts it ‘objects that trigger the memory’, as much collective memory as personal recollection. These encrusted forms – families of Ladders, Sinkers, Drifters, Sluices and so on – reveal the particular texture and weather of this water land the character of its beds and inlets, the colour of its reflected sky.

Annie trained at Bristol Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. In 1984 she set up her first studio in London. She has exhibited widely and teaches at The City Lit.

Annie Turner has exhibited in Britain, Germany, Austria and Spain and at several art fairs in America. In 2016 her work was part of Material Language: New Work in Clay, an exhibition curated by Sarah Griffin and Alun Graves at The New Art Centre, Roche Court. The show also included works by Neil Brownsword, BBC Women’s Hour Craft Prize 2017 winner, Phoebe Cummings, Richard Deacon, Keith Harrison, Nao Matsunaga, James Rigler, Marit Tingleff and Jesse Wine.

The London Art Fair takes place at:

Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street
London N1 0QH

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Opening times are as follows:

Wednesday 17 January: 11am – 9pm

Thursday 18 January: 11am – 9pm

Friday 19 January: 11am – 7pm

Saturday 20 January: 11am – 7.30pm

Sunday 21 January: 11am – 5pm

Juliana Cavaliero and Debra Finn look forward to seeing you at the fair.