Just the day you need to get to London and, to be more precise, to Fulham, National Express East Anglia decide to have one of those “improvement” engineering works they come up with from time to time to try and justify the extortionate ticket prices they inflict on us year in year out. Then, to add to the fun, the bit of the District Line we need is shut for yet some MORE engineering works.
Three hours in, three hours out, train-bus replacement service-tube-tube-bus replacement service, and then we do it all over again the other way round…
These days, you really need to be extremely motivated to do anything in London at the weekend.
But thankfully, it was all worth it.
This week was the second Fulham Palace Art Fair at - you’ve guessed it – Fulham Palace. I have lived in London for 12 years and didn’t even know this place, shame on me!
A real oasis of calm in the heart of London, it is located just a few minutes from Putney Bridge and Fulham Palace Road.
For more information about the Palace, go to their website: FULHAM PALACE.
(Note: The photos below are not mine)
If you are using the Putney Bridge entrance, do not miss the remarkable Sir William
Powell’s almshouses on Church Lane.
Usually, you manage to spot one or two artists you kind of like, lost in the middle of an array of not so interesting, trying too hard to be trendy works. If there is something I really loathe, it is contemporary art, the type of thing that would show a white square with 4 sheets of A4 paper full of a waffly “artist statement” explaining how incredibly amazing their take on social problems is or something (usually using jargon and psychobabble) - all this to hide the fact that they lack talent.
There weren't any video installations either, wow!
Call me traditionalist, but I need to respond to the narrative of the image itself, the colours, the subject, the shapes. I also like beauty, silly me. And people with genuine talent, you know, who really CAN paint, draw, have an eye for beautiful photography.
This event was absolutely full of such artworks. I can count on one hand the artists whose work I didn’t like that much. But none of them made me think “Hang on, someone is actually taking the piss, here.” Not ONE, can you imagine?
So we had everything from traditional oil painting to ceramics, sculpture, illustration, mixed media collages, woodcuts, screenprinting, photography, textile.
The atmosphere was relaxed, friendly, not at all intimidating or snooty “arty-farty”, as they say. I have done a little selection of some of the artists who have made an impact on us, but this list is not at all exhaustive.
To have a little preview of the art fair exhibitors and their work, go HERE.
All the names below link to the artists’ or galleries’ websites.
THE ANTLERS GALLERY deals with fantasy and imagination. Special mentions go to Anouk
Mercier for her ethereal, romantic, dreamy worlds and Mr Mead for his wonderfully humourous and dark illustrations – he has created his very own species called the “British Bio-mechanical Anthropomorphism”. I actually regret now not having bought the set of "Dark Suits" playing cards that was for sale...
Samantha also has a blog: www.studio-number8.blogspot.com
light and atmosphere. He is a very successful commercial photographer – we didn’t know how much when we met him, and he is a friendly guy; we had a nice chat with him about his latest – and ongoing– personal project, “The Last Stand”:
“Being shot between 2010 and 2012, this set of images documents an aspect of the physical legacy of war in 20th century Britain and Western Europe. Centred around coastal areas, these man-made objects of defence now sit silent in the landscape, imbued with the history of our recent past. Some remain proud and strong, some gently decaying through the effects of the passing years, others lying prone on the shore, far below the now distant cliffs where they once stood, all of the becoming part of the fabric of the changing landscape that surrounds them.”
More about this project on his website.
Last but not least, special mention to the Teapigs company, whose teas are served in the Fulham Palace café…
Yummy yummy teas, so much needed after three hours on public transports!
I hope you've enjoyed this long, long post!
In the meantime, allow me to return to my book...