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Favorite Art From The Affordable Art Fair, Fall 2018!

Drums for Peace By Ringo Star $1390
Drums For Peace Knotted Gun By Ringo Starr ($1390) For The Non-Violence Art Project

Life is better with Art in it: it’s just a fact. Whether you are a seasoned collector, someone looking to start a collection by investing in a single piece for your home, or an art lover who just enjoys the inspiration and joy of browsing, the Affordable Art Fair is a great place to expose yourself to (and purchase) art of almost every tangible medium. Held in a dual-floor space inside the Metropolitan Pavilion, AAFNYC gathers contemporary galleries from across the globe in the spring and fall each year for a three-day event that’s always both educational and lots of fun. This season’s fair boasted the most diverse collection of high-quality, original art that l’ve noticed for as long as I’ve been attending. Let me turn you on to some of my favorite pieces spotted at this year’s fall fair!

Non Violence Project Booth

This year’s lead booth was sponsored by the Non-Violence Art Project. The Non-Violence Symbol, also known as the Knotted Gun, was originally created by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd as a memorial tribute to John Lennon after he was shot and killed in New York City in December 1980. The Non-Violence Project Foundation is a non-profit organization promoting peace and social change through education.

One World Knotted Gun
One World Knotted Gun, $950

Imagine By Yoko Ono
Imagine Knotted Gun By Yoko Ono, $1390

A portion of the revenue from the sales of these Limited Edition sculptures goes to the Non-Violence Project and contributes to social change and bringing increased peace to the world. Art for Peace!

I Need This Wilderness For My Heart to Beat
I Need This Wilderness For My Heart to Beat By Adam Bridgland ($300,Limited Edition Print)  

At every fall edition, Affordable Art Fair NYC releases a Limited Edition Print in collaboration with an artist commissioned by the fair. Established in 2013 with minimalist artist Chad Kouri, Affordable Art Fair has since worked with artists specializing in a variety of mediums, from large scale woodcuts to mixed media collage pieces, with each artwork incorporating the fair’s signature color, pink. Limited to an edition size of 10, the prints are exhibited and available for sale at the fall fair.

This season, the Limited Edition Print series featured the above artwork by London-based artist Adam Bridgland (of Jealous Gallery). The screen print with spray paint overlays is a love letter to the urban wilderness that is New York City, and a thematic continuation of a sculptural work that Adam created earlier in 2018.

Van Gogh Vodka

Before I get any further, I must give a shout out to deliciously smooth Van Gogh Vodka, who sponsored this year’s open bar! In case you didn’t already know, the bar is hidden way in the back on the second floor of the fair. I always make sure to hit that acton as soon as possible!

Joan By Jean-Luc Almond

Let’s kick off this recap with some art featuring lovely ladies! This abstract portrait is entitled Joan and it is by Jean-Luc Almond ($7500), who is represented by Art Unified Gallery of Venice, California.

I Love Plastic By Brett Goldstar
I Love Plastic By Brett Goldstar ($4400) at Tag Fine Arts of London

This collage of Marilyn Monroe’s face is created from hundreds of smaller images culled from vintage magazines.

Sister With Hat By Mart de Brouwer
Sister With Hat By Mart de Brouwer ($6,000) at Chiefs and Spirits, The Hague, Netherlands

Angele By Keymi
Angele By Keymi ($4250) at Artered Gallery of Barcelona

I love this pop art portrait that looks like the pieces of a puzzle. Keymi (slang for Mickey) is the pseudonym of French painter and graffiti artist Stephan Raymond.

Three Jumpers By Moto Waganari

Sadly, I only managed to capture two of the Three Jumpers, a thread-based hanging sculpture by Moto Waganari ($9,300) at Connect Contemporary of Atlanta.

Swirl By Pezhman
Swirl By Pezhman ($8600) at Connect Contemporary of Atlanta

Check out the details on the skirt, below, which is made with paint and encaustic.

Swirl By Pezhman Skirt Detail
Swirl, Skirt Detail

September Harvest By Kristin Sjaarda

Everyone loves flowers. One of the first pieces that wowed me at the show was September Harvest by Kristin Sjaarda ($4250), which I found at Eye Buy Art, an online photography gallery located in Toronto. Kristin creates contemporary still-life photography influenced by the Dutch masters. She arranges and photographs flowers she picked from her own garden, emphasizing the diversity and beauty of the world around us. Kristin also only uses the natural light coming in from her kitchen window. Her work is simply stunning.

Flores By Fran Mora
Flores By Fran Mora ($7000) at Cube Gallery, London 

Ria Formosa By Joana Vasconcelos

This colorful abstract entitled Ria Formosa, by artist Joana Vasconcelos, looks like a bouquet of flowers on acid. Available for $6500 at Manifold Editions, London, the print was created using a combination of etching and block printing methods.

Dripping Dots All In Love Deep Red By Cindy Shaoul
Dripping Dots, All In Love, Deep Red By Cindy Shaoul ($1000) at Lilac Gallery, NYC 

City Window By Mathijs Siemens
City Window By Mathijs Siemens ($3500) at Chiefs and Spirits, The Hague, Netherlands

Mathijs Siemens is a Dutch artist who creates his unique artwork using thread. Check out the detail below!

City Window By Mathijs Siemens Detail
City Window (Detail)

Ruined By James Talon

Ruined By James Talon ($4250) at The Public House of Art, Amsterdam

Transparencies IV By Salvador Santos

Transparencies (Sereis) By Salvador Santos at Soraya Cartategui Art Gallery, Madrid

Details Oriented in Space 3 By Laurence Jones
Details Oriented in Space 3 By Laurence Jones ($4800) at Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, London

I love these two paintings (above and below) of mid-century homes!

Casa Del Rey By Karen Lynn
Casa Del Rey By Karen Lynn ($3250) Fine Art Consultancy of Tokyo and London

Gladys By Jeff Chester
Gladys By Jeff Chester ($7500) at Decorazon Gallery, Dallas, New York City and London

Still Life By Colin Wilson
Still Life By Colin Wilson ($1950) at Ronen Art Gallery, Amsterdam

Murdered Art By Artem Ryskin
Murdered Art By Artem Ryskin ($4500) at Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles

This relief wall sculpture of a tube of paint is made from screws! Check out the detail below!

Murdered Art By Artem Ryskin
Murdered Art (Detail)

Rocks 2 By Perish The Thought
Rocks 2 By Perish The Thought ($2500) at Tag Fine Arts, London

Man Bag By Debra Franses-Bean $10,000

AAFNYC is definitely the place to find unusual sculptures. These Man Bag sculptures by Debra Franses-Bean are $10,000 from Tag Fine Arts. Each piece, made from cast resin and found objects, is unique.

Man Bag By Debra Franses-Bean $10,000

Mixed Media Sculpture By Patrick Bergsma
Mixed Media Sculpture By Patrick Bergsma ($4500) at Chiefs and Spirits

She Screamed for Ice Cream By Gillie and Marc

She Screamed for Ice Cream By Gillie and Marc ($2800) at Lilac Gallery 

Blown Away Trooper By Josh Mayhem
Blown Away Trooper By Josh Mayhem ($2400)

Series of Framed Cassettes By James Talon

Music and musicians offer a huge source of inspiration for visual artists. This series of framed cassette tapes by James Talon were spotted at the booth for Public House of Art. They sell for $2,000 each.

James Talon Sex Pistols Never Mind The Bollocks
Sex Pistols, Never Mind The Bollocks

James Talon Prince Purple Rain
Prince, Purple Rain

Ziggy By Blockhead
Ziggy By Blockhead ($2200) at Connect Contemporary, Atlanta

David Bowie continues to inspire us.

Lets Surf By Cieu
Let’s Surf By Cieu ($5850) at Galerie Envie d’Art, Paris

Walking With the Beatles
Walking With The Beatles By Tanner Lawley ($8,00 Set of Four) Lawley Art Group of Dallas

This impressionist study of the four Beatles walking across Abbey Road is a fun way to revisit an iconic scene. The Beatles are still massively popular, but none them have inspired more artwork than John Lennon.

Cary Henrie Thought Circle

Imagine Thought Circle by Cary Henrie, made from acrylic on aluminum, is $295 from Lawley Art Group.

Lennon Superman By Srin Joy

This one is pretty great: Lennon Superman By Srin Joy ($3800) at Connect Contemporary.

That’s it for the Fall edition of Affordable Art Fair NYC. If you’re interested in any of the art you see here, please visit the galleries online! Cheers!

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Pink Thing Of The Day: Shell Pink Knotted Gun For The Non-Violence Project

Shell Pink
Photo By Gail

The Non-Violence Project Foundation (NVP) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire, motivate and engage young people on how to peacefully resolve conflicts. It holds violence prevention and nonviolence education programs for schools and sports clubs around the world. NVP’s signature logo is the Non-Violence, also known as the Knotted Gun. It was created by the Swedish artist, Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd (19342016) as a memorial tribute to John Lennon after he was shot and killed on December 8, 1980, in New York City. Ambassadors of the Non-Violence Project include Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono, among others. This Shell Pink Knotted Gun sculpture was spotted for sale in the Non-Violence Project’s booth at the Fall 2018 Affordable Art Fair in NYC.

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Designer Hand Grenade!

Pink LV Hand Grenade
Photo By Gail

This Hot Pink Louis Vuitton-branded Hand Grenade is the work of artist Emil Armendariz (AKA Mr. Debonair) who became renowned in the world of contemporary art by mixing luxury brands with firearms and grenades to create unique works of art. Mr. Debonair’s particular mix of war and high fashion creates unique works art in his old-school, handcrafted artistic style. I mean, check out that high-gloss paint job!

Each design is numbered and very limited, and every single grenade is hand painted and signed by the artist. This beauty was spotted at the Fall 2018 Affordable Art Fair in NYC and is priced to own at just $1,200  from the Evan Lurie Gallary of Carmel, Indiana!

Favorite Pink Artworks From the Affordable Art Fair: Spring 2018!

Tripping on Brooklyn Bridge
Tripping on Brooklyn Bridge By Lars Tunebo at Ronnen Art Gallery, Amsterdam, $3200 (All Photos By Gail)

This year, the beginning of Spring in NYC was noteworthy not only for the arrival of Winter Storm Toby, but also for the kick off of the Affordable Art Fair — an event which we traditionally condense with a recap of the coolest Pink Artworks of the fair. Let’s get to it!

Affordable Art Fair Wall Signage

As usual, the Affordable Art Fair lived up to its reputation as the place to see, buy and be inspired by thousand of pieces of art — including unique sculpture, painting, photography and beyond — in a price range to fit every budget. While a few old favorite galleries were absent this year, a few others were back again, and a few established their presence at the AAFNYC for the first time, which kept the art fresh and exciting for everyone.

Bloomers By Stefan Gross

Greeting everyone at the entrance to the fair was Chiefs & Spirits International Art, located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Chiefs & Spirits showcased a collection of very Spring-like wall sculptures by German artist Stefan Gross. These works resemble carpets of tiny blossoms and are, appropriately, entitled Bloomers.

Bloomers By Stefan Gross (Detail)
Detail of Above Work

Bloomers By Stefan Gross

These pieces are priced at $7,500 each.

Art By Matthew Lapenta at Axiom Contemporary

Pop Artist Matthew Lapenta continues with his signature Emoji sculpture series with this piece found at Axiom Contemporary, located in Santa Monica, CA.

The Gift By George Charriez

The Gift by George Charriez, $4,500, at Connect Contemporary in Atlanta.

Pink Dreams (Neon Dusk)

Brooklyn’s Ground Floor Gallery represents many up-and-coming artists. This lovely abstract work is called Pink Dreams (Neon Dusk) (2018), by artist Rhia Hurt ($775).

Pink Pumps

The gallery owner also had on these gorgeous hot pink pumps!

Pink Snow Cephalopod

Pink Snow Cephalopod (2018), By Jenny Brown, $250, also at Ground Floor Gallery.

First to Bloom
First to Bloom (2016) By Pham Luan, $8,600, at Judith Hughes Day Vietnamese Contemporary Fine Art, Via Artnet

Nothing says “It’s Spring, Bitches” quite like flowering tree, amiright?

Fushia Spray in Two Parts

This piece is called Fushia Spray in Two Parts  — an exploding spray-paint can encased in an acrylic glass block — by Francois Bel. Priced at $5,600 from Galerie Virginie Barrou Planquart, Paris.

Fushia Spray in Two Parts
Detail

Photo Opportunity -Shocking Pink
Photo Opportunity -Shocking Pink By Russell Marshall ($750 Framed)

Jealous Gallery of London, UK was back in action at the AAFNYC after taking last year off, and boy were they missed! We love their fun pop culture / pop art posters!

Decadence (Pink) By Sara Pope

Decadence (Pink) By Sara Pope, $1440 Framed from Jealous Gallery.

Willian Kingett Neon Heart
Willian Kingett,  Neon Heart, $465 Framed.

Apologies for the wonky angles, but it was the only way to get the shot without a reflection in the glass!

Lauren Baker You Blow My Mind

Hey, do you like neon art? Check out this fun sign, You Blow My Mind by Lauren Baker: $2,050 at Liberty & Gas Gallery of London.

Pink Black and Gold

Pink, Black and Gold By Emily Carriere, $1,540 at Canada’s Lustre Contemporary.

Keep Calm and Carry On
Keep Calm and Carry On By Toni Hamel, $7,000, also at Lustre Contemporary.

I am sure that this works speaks to many people right about now.

Single Rose By Fran Mora
Single Rose By Fran Mora, $4,900 at Strange Tracey, East Sussex, UK. Gorgeous! 

Campbell's Soup ALA Warhol (Pink and White)
Campbell’s Soup ALA Warhol (Pink and White) By L3F0u (Le Fou) aka Constantin Philippou, $1,280 at Artêria Gallery, Canada.

Sebastioan Burdon POPek Pink

Look what we found over at the booth for London’s Tag Fine Arts (a perennial favorite): it’s another piss-take on the iconic Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog Sculpture, this time from Pop Artist Sebastian Burdon (also known under the pseudonym Whatshisname).

Sebastian Burdon POPek Pink

Sebastian Burdon POPek Pink

Burdon’s POPek the Balloon Dog loves taking a poop, HA! POPek Pink (2017) can be yours for just $6,000!

Heidler and Heeps B Side (Pink)

Also at Tag, we found Heidler & Heeps’ B Side (Pink), 2014, print under resin, priced at $2,100!

Hooks & Slides By Leslie Tucker

Last but not least, we adore this piece by NYC-based artist Leslie Tucker! Leslie has rendered a very accurate representation of a fancy bra called Hooks & Slides, whose fastening straps feature a fanged viper at one end and a fish hook at other! Available from JVS Project Space in NYC for $975 framed.

See you in the Fall with more Pink Art!

Favorite Pink Artworks From the Affordable Art Fair, Fall 2017!

AAF Front Doors
All Photos By Gail

Whether you’re an experienced art collector, a new investor looking for pieces with a personal resonance to enliven your home decor, or an art fan just looking for ideas, the Affordable Art Fair, which makes a biannual stop in Manhattan, is a must-attend event. Art Galleries come from around the globe to offer something for every taste beyond what you can find in the NYC galleries.

AAF NY Fall 2017

The AAFNY made its Fall stop at the Metropolitan Pavilion event space from September 14th through the 17th, but we made the scene for the Press Preview on Wednesday and hit each both in the search of the best Pink Art (which includes art in  varying shades of pink, and art with pink as a secondary color), which is how we break it down. Enjoy!

Art By Devra Freelander

The Recent Graduate Exhibition, displayed in the exterior and entry lobbies of the Metropolitan Pavilion, is a dedicated platform that supports emerging artists and curators within the contemporary art community. This fall, AAFNY featured two artists, one being New York-based sculptor Devra Freelander’s minimalist works like the one you see above.

Soft Sculpture Gun

Also chosen for this honor was Natalie Baxter, whose contribution, a series called Warm Gun, consisted of a  colorful array of soft gun and firearm sculptures, each with a unique patchwork fabric construction. Topical!

I Love Plastic
Brett Goldstar’s I Love Plastic at Tag Fine Arts of London

An Art Fair wouldn’t be complete with the world’s most overly-licensed image of the late Marilyn Monroe showing up in multiple incarnations. We love this one though for its subtle incorporation of pop culture icons as part of the mosaic matrix that makes up her face. Take a look below.

Pink Pop Culture Icons 1

Fun! Here’s another section.

Pink Pop Culture Icons 2

You could make game of trying to be the one who can accurately identify the most faces! Even better: make it a Drinking Game!

Rock n Roll Tribute
Rock ‘n’ Roll Tribute By Josefina Wendel Carlsson at Agora Gallery, NYC

Always

Hanna Moore, Always, at Lustre Contemporary, a Virtual Gallery which specializes in work by Canadian Artists.

Wyoming Moon
Steve Harris, Wyoming Moon at Paint Box Gallery, New York City

Cosmogonia Rosa

Cosmogonia Rosa By Isabelita Valdecasas at Soraya Cartategui, Spain

Brickbrick

Brickbrick By Chang-Hwan Park at Genuine Global Company, Seoul, South Korea

Art from Studio Paradise

Unidentified Art from Studio Paradise, Dubai, UAE

Lac Rose By Fei Alexeli at Retrospect Galleries

Lac Rose By Fei Alexeli at Retrospect Galleries, Australia

In-Gong Cosmic Dust 2 at Ginuine Global Company

In-Gong, Cosmic Dust 2, at Genuine Global Company

Morning 7

Morning 7 by Gyee-Won Han at Genuine Global Company

Scented Garden Suite

Madeleine Lamon0t, Scented Garden Suite, at Lamont Stewart Art Projects of Toronto

Coeur De Soldat Pollock (Heart Of Soldier Pollock ) by Stéphane Gautier (Galerie Barrou Planquart, Partis) is made up of thousands of tiny Pink Army Men.

Detail from Coeur De Soldat Pollock
Coeur De Soldat Pollock, Detail

Happy Mind Happy Life

Continuing with Gautier‘s use of miniatures as a signature motif, the artist also likes to work with plastic Gummy Bear replicas adhered to his canvases, as seen in the above work, Happy Mind Happy Life.

Vanilla Candy Cup Cone

Anna Barlow’s Vanilla Candy Cup Cone at London-based Kahn Gallery

And that’s a wrap for this year! See you again the Spring of 2018 for more Affordable Pink Art!

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Frida The Fortune Teller By Susan Elliott

Frida The Fortune Teller
Photos By Gail

This fantastic, ceramic mosaic portrait of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, entitled Frida The Fortune Teller, was created by Hastings, UK-based artist Susan Elliott.  Intricately composed from found ceramics mounted on board, the work combines still life and classic portraiture with the timeless art of mosaic-making to create a stunning modern  sculpture. Elliott’s  practice includes other works made from found and recycled ceramic kitchen crockery, tourist mementos, novelty mugs, and badges, which are then are woven into more traditional mosaic tesserae (one of the small pieces used in mosaic work), creating multi faceted, jewel-like and iconic images. Priced at just $3900, Frida The Fortune Teller is one of my favorite pieces seen at this fall’s installment of the Affordable Art Fair NY, where this photo was taken this past weekend.

Ceramic Flower Crown

I even felt a bit nostalgic looking at Frida’s gorgeous flower crown of delicate pink, white and yellow ceramic roses and recognizing them as being quite similar to a small ceramic floral bouquet found in the home where I grew up.  If you missed Susan’s beautiful and unique art at the AAFNY,  you can see more of her cool mosaic portraits, including those of pop culture icons like David Bowie and Amy Winehouse, and get contact information for galleries in the UK that represent her, at This Link!

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Tiddlywinks in a Glass

Glass of Pink Tiddly Winks
Photos By Gail

To be honest, the translucent pink disks that fill this glass are probably not official Tiddlywinks, since Tiddlywinks is a competitive game involving four colors of winks, none of which is pink. I like looking at them though.

Glass of Pink Tiddly Winks