Review: The London Original Print Fair – The Royal Academy

Usual Suspects

This annual event is always very good to visit. If you would like to buy art simply to hang on your wall or just simply to browse and look at the prints then this is a great place to spend a few hours of your day. They have something for everyone here and it will not put you out of pocket by that much if you go to shop.

I have bought prints from here in the past but not as an investment purely for the pleasure of looking, touching the work. If you are planning to invest then I would not guarantee that art can give you a return because in reality most art has gone down in price over the years and not gone up by much.

I would not say that I am the person to ask about investing though but I would suggest work by Tina Kivinen her work is fresh and inspiring to look at. The quality is a high standard and very contemporary. She is represented by the Himmelblau Printmaking Studio from Finland. This is the first time I have seen her work and look forward to seeing more in the future.

Also represented by the same print studio is Jaakko Mattila his work also rewarding to see very much contemporary abstracts that are playing with the simple offset of colour. They remind me a little of John Maeda though his work is digital based and different in many ways. Surprisingly he studied art at the same place as I did but I had completed my course and was unemployed for two years before he started.

I would also like to mention the Pratt Contemporary another print studio with an interesting assortment of print makers. Markus Rees Roberts has some new etchings and prints by Ana Maria Pacheco her narratives are mythical, I particularly like ‘An Ancient Dark Night Descended Upon my Soul I & II, 2010-12′

It finishes on Sunday but don’t worry it will be at the same place next year if you miss it with all the usual suspects and more.

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