London Art Fair 2024: Director’s Highlights

There are just a few days left until London Art Fair opens its doors to launch the international art calendar for 2024. With so much to see and experience at LAF24, Fair Director Sally Bent has put together her highlights to give you a glimpse of the outstanding work that will be on display. See her top picks below.

ABOUT FAIR DIRECTOR SALLY BENT

Sally Bent is the Fair Director of London Art Fair, which encompasses museum quality Modern British art and international and emerging contemporary art. Every year, London Art Fair connects over 120 of the best galleries from around the world with both seasoned and aspiring collectors, providing a unique opportunity to discover and champion the most outstanding modern and contemporary art of our time.

Sally has worked across a variety of events encompassing art and craft over her career, from large scale events to boutique Fairs. She prides herself on providing a platform for emerging talent to thrive and in connecting audiences with art which will inspire them. 

DUNCAN GRANT

PIANO NOBILE

STAND 6

Duncan Grant, Still Life with Fruit & Compotier (detail), 1919-20c. Courtesy of Piano Nobile
Duncan Grant, Still Life with Fruit & Compotier (detail), 1919-20c. Courtesy of Piano Nobile

Taking inspiration from our Museum Partner stand, Piano Nobile are showing this fantastic Duncan Grant.  Displaying his daring abandonment of traditional constraints in still-life painting, boldly painted works like this secured Duncan Grant’s reputation as a central proponent of modern British art and a leading artist of his generation.

IVON HITCHENS

ALAN WHEATLEY

STAND 39

Ivon Hitchens, August Painting (detail), 1973. Courtesy of Alan Wheatley Art
Ivon Hitchens, August Painting (detail), 1973. Courtesy of Alan Wheatley Art

Hitchens is particularly well known for panoramic landscape paintings created from blocks of colour.  Featuring swathes of bright colour, many painted in the open air surrounding his secluded Sussex home.

LEILA JEFFREYS

PURDY HICKS GALLERY

STAND 23

Leila Jeffreys, Red-Head (detail), 2022. Courtesy of Purdy Hicks Gallery
Leila Jeffreys, Red-Head (detail), 2022. Courtesy of Purdy Hicks Gallery

From the series, The wound is the place where the light enters, Red-head, Leila Jeffreys is best known for captivating images of birds from Australia and around the world that explore and subvert the traditions of portraiture. Her avian subjects are photographed at human scale with a startling attention to colour, line, form and composition.

HEATHER CHONTOS

THE FINCH PROJECT

STAND 3

Heather Chontos, Departed (detail), 2023. Courtesy of The Finch Project
Heather Chontos, Departed (detail), 2023. Courtesy of The Finch Project

The combination of bold colours and dynamic marks in this piece are very arresting.  Rather than using brushes the artist works using scraps of plastic rather than a brush which build up layers giving many of her pieces a sculptural quality.

FRANCES PRIEST

&GALLERY

STAND G2

Frances Priest, Chevron | Stripe | Asanoha Collection, 2021. Courtesy of & Gallery
Frances Priest, Chevron | Stripe | Asanoha Collection, 2021. Courtesy of & Gallery

Frances Priest is a pattern obsessive and lover of colour, making work that explores cultural histories and narratives associated with ornamental motifs and patterns. The intricate patterns and bold use of colour in these pieces are outstanding.

JOAO DONATO

PERVE GALERIA

STAND E21

João Donato, "Unprecedented Birds" Series, 1953. Courtesy of Perve Galeria
João Donato, "Unprecedented Birds" Series, 1953. Courtesy of Perve Galeria

New to Encounters, Perve Galeria’s exhibition celebrates the unique dialogues that can be generated from a diverse, global outlook.  It brings together artists from dierent generations and locations who share an interest in the physical, mnemonic and psychological eects of landscapes and architectures.

 

SONIA KURARRA

THAMESMEAD TEXAS

STAND E13

Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra (detail), 2023. Courtesy of Thamesmead Texas
Sonia Kurarra, Martuwarra (detail), 2023. Courtesy of Thamesmead Texas

Also exhibiting in Encounters for the first time, Thamesmead Texas’ exhibition ‘Flood Drought Food Dreaming’ brings together three uncompromising, energetic and wholly unique painters from the Fitzroy Crossing region of Western Australia.

This work from Sonia Kurarra is a fantastic example of the artists work, who is known for her vibrant, energetic paintings that celebrate her riverland home.

CAROLINE WALKER

ENITHARMON EDITIONS

STAND M1

Caroline Walker, Nocturnes - Late Evening (detail), 2023. Courtesy of Enitharmon Editions
Caroline Walker, Nocturnes - Late Evening (detail), 2023. Courtesy of Enitharmon Editions

Enitharmon Editions can be found in our new Prints and Editions section.  These lithographs from Caroline Wallker bring together scenes of domesticity touching on themes of women’s domestic labour, with night scenes depicting everyday activities.  The rich colours are incredibly atmospheric drawing you into the image.

HARUNA OGATA & JEAN-ETTIENE PORTAIL

MMX GALLERY

STAND M4

Haruna Ogata & Jean-Etienne Portail, Constellation Suite #12, 2021. Courtesy of MMX Gallery
Haruna Ogata & Jean-Etienne Portail, Constellation Suite #12, 2021. Courtesy of MMX Gallery

Also within our new Prints & Editions sections, MMX Gallery will be showing photographic from a variety of artists.  These images taken by Haruna Ogata and Jean-Etienne Portail in a studio in Paris, “for the pure creation of a still life photo”, won the Still Life category in the Sony World Photography Awards.

NOOKA SHEPHERD

SOHO REVUE

STAND P5

Nooka Shepherd, I, The Magician, 2023. Courtesy of Soho Revue
Nooka Shepherd, I, The Magician, 2023. Courtesy of Soho Revue

Nooka Shepherd is showing with Soho Revue in Platform, which this year focuses on works which shine a light on Queer life and Love.  “Tarot Under the Hill” is an ongoing project between the artist and gallery Soho Revue.  This initial body of work encompasses the Major Arcana, but both the artist and gallery endeavour to gradually expand the series into a full tarot deck.

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LAF GALLERIES

RETURNING TO THE BUSINESS DESIGN CENTRE, LAUNCHING YOUR NEW ART YEAR

19 - 23 JANUARY 2022

Reconnect with leading galleries from around the world this January and enjoy an outstanding celebration of Modern and Contemporary Art.

An opportunity for you to discover and engage with iconic modernist names, through to contemporary and emerging artists.

Browse over 100 participating galleries through the button below.

Ivon Hitchens, Courtesy of Jenna Burlingham Gallery
Ivon Hitchens, Courtesy of Jenna Burlingham Gallery

JENNA BURLINGHAM GALLERY

'WINTER' EXHIBITION AT ROPE HOUSE

IVON HITCHENS, WINIFRED NICHOLSON, MARY POTTER, WILLIAM NICHOLSON, KEITH VAUGHAN, PRUNELLA CLOUGH, JOHN PIPER, BEN NICHOLSON, BRYAN WYNTER, WILLIAM SCOTT AND PATRICK HERON, AMONG OTHERS.

1 OCTOBER - 24 NOVEMBER

The gallery is delighted announce the opening of their new gallery in Hampshire with an inaugural ‘Winter’ exhibition.

Jenna Burlingham Gallery has expanded with a move to a much larger building, Rope House, on the same street as their original space in Kingsclere. This was once a 19th-century rope merchant’s home and workshop and now has the feeling of an informal townhouse. With open galleries at ground level and drawing rooms upstairs, paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramics are displayed throughout as part of interior settings.

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Mizuho Koyama, White Rabbit, 2021. Courtesy of KITAI

KITAI GALLERY

SUMI_ISM #7

SOGEN CHIBA, REIKO TSUNASHIMA AND MIZUHO KOYAMA

8 - 30 OCTOBER

Sumi, or Japanese ink, has been used for Oriental calligraphic works and paintings for a long time. The need for works in Sumi, an art form backed by a long unbroken history, remains strong.

In contemporary art, which is filled with an indiscriminate mix of materials and representation techniques, works produced based on Sumi are specifically referred to as “Sumi_ism” and at #7 exhibition a collection of works from Reiko Tsunashima and Sogen Chiba, Mizuho Koyama are displayed from this field.

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Courtesy of the Artist and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

KERLIN

STUCK ON DAWN

MARCEL VIDAL 

17 JULY - 26 AUGUST

Kerlin Gallery are delighted to present ‘Stuck on dawn,’ Marcel Vidal’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.

Celebrated for his diverse practice and immersive sculptural installations, the exhibition brings together three series of work in Marcel Vidal’s first exhibition dedicated exclusively to painting.

Adam Chodzko, Nightvision, (1998)
Adam Chodzko, Nightvision, 1998. Courtesy of Ikon

IKON 

A VERY SPECIAL PLACE: IKON IN THE 1990s

18 JUNE – 30 AUGUST

A review of Ikon’s artistic programme in the 1990s, presenting work by 40 artists who showed during this period. With Elizabeth Macgregor as Director, Ikon’s outlook was increasingly international, whilst also showing an eclectic mix of British artists including Basil Beattie, Permindar Kaur, Keith Piper, Yinka Shonibare, Georgina Starr and Mark Wallinger.

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Fair Guide

London Art Fair 2024 Show Guide

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