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  Spring issue out now

The smallest of artworks can have the biggest impact, and in this issue we've featured a group of artists who are proving that bigger isn't always better.

Playing with size and scale, these works can leave the viewer enchanted. Isobel Cortese (whose work can be seen on the cover), creates scenes in miniature that deal with issues impacting the entire globe. When scaled down to minute proportions the viewer is immediately sucked in and consequently left to ponder their place in the universe.

Visually bold with an impact that hits the viewer from first glance, the work of collage artist Nicola Kloosterman too has small beginnings, as each piece evolves from a single piece of paper. From this lone catalyst an entire narrative is formed; a story so big it practically spills from its page, filling the whole of the empty space between artwork and viewer.

All of these featured artworks extend from the perimeters of their solid form. They are giants in a tiny world, no matter how big they may physically appear.

   
Upcoming Exhibitions
 

  Fresh: Art Fair
12 - 14 May | Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham

This spring sees the launch of a brand new major contemporary art fair in Cheltenham; giving art lovers the opportunity to see art in a different way outside of London. Fresh: Art Fair, which will take place in May at Cheltenham Racecourse, will fill the gap currently under-served by other art fairs, making quality art more accessible to the regions. The fair will host 45 of the UK's best contemporary galleries – many of which are rarely seen on the UK art fair circuit – bringing with them some 5000 paintings and sculptures from over 400 established and emerging artists. On show will be work from internationally acclaimed and collected artists, including the likes of Bridget Riley, Mary Fedden and Sir Peter Blake.

   

  Landmark Spring Art Fair
20 - 21 May | Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington

The Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington, south-west London, is host to several art fairs throughout the year, showcasing a huge variety of fine art across all media and disciplines.The first event of 2017 will be the Spring Art Fair, which takes place on Saturday 20th May – Sunday 21st May. Visitors can expect work from over 80 artists from across the country, with exciting work including paintings, sculptures, graphics, print, illustration and mixed media, plus high quality ceramics, jewellery and textiles. The Landmark Art Fairs focus on featuring individual artists, recent graduates and new talent. This gives visitors the opportunity to meet and buy direct from the artist rather than via a gallery, something that has proved to be hugely popular with both visitors and artists alike.

   

  Fu Wenjun
28 March - 2 April | London Art Biennale, London

Chinese contemporary artist Fu Wenjun creates artworks which tackle cultural issues, such as the Eastern and Western history, the heritage of traditional Chinese culture in a rapidly changing society, the relationship between different cultures in the age of globalisation, industrialisation and the urbanisation in Chinese cities. Although his practice incorporates installation and oil painting, it is the use of conceptual photography that predominantly defines his work.

   

  Paul Lewin: Coast and Cliff
18 March - 09 April 2017 | Webbs Fine Art Gallery, Battersea, SW11 6SA

This March, Webbs Fine Art Gallery will exhibit works by respected en plein air artist Paul Lewin, in this new show 'Coast and Cliff'. The artist specialises in depicting remote outcrops of the British Isles, often selecting Natural Trust protected areas as well as those of outstanding natural beauty. On the 18th March the artist will be visiting the gallery to sign copies of his new book 'Zawn', which features his latest works.

   

  Talented Art Fair
17 - 19 March | The Old Truman Brewery, London

Founded by Oliver Norris and Leah Michelle, the team behind the popular New Artist Fair, Talented Art Fair is a brand new exhibition event for 2017 offering the public a friendly and affordable place to purchase art directly from established and emerging artists. Their aim is to fill the gap in the art fair market for artists who have a successful track record for selling their work, and who may also have gallery representation, but want to introduce their art directly to the general buying public in London. Talented Art Fair will present a relaxed and inspiring environment for visitors, while giving artists a physical platform to interact personally with their collectors. With affordable art available to buy directly from over 90 of the most exciting established and emerging artists working today in Britain and internationally, the exhibition is the perfect opportunity to begin or expand your art collection.

   
Artists
 

  Isobel Cortese interview

Based in West Yorkshire, Isobel Cortese creates worlds in miniature; playing with scale to evoke feelings of wonder and enchantment for the viewer. Inspired by the environment and issues of social injustice, her work echoes the state of modern daily life albeit with a dark twist, as she explores themes such as human and animal relationships, murder, and the Syrian refugee crisis. Although scaled down to Lilliputian proportions, the scenes still retain a life-size impact, as we consider the real-world counterpart of her depictions. Cortese has been exhibiting her miniature pieces across the UK since 2014, and this spring will see her work displayed at The Talented Art Fair in London.

   

  Sarah Jane Brown

Shades of the Pembrokeshire coast extend across Sarah Jane Brown's canvases; the familiar coastal landscape acting as a source of constant inspiration to the artist. From her studio in Wales she creates emotive works in oil, using colour and gesture to convey the sensations of light and space wound within the elemental forces of nature. Combining a variety of techniques, Brown's process sees her staining and glazing in thin layers, building up to often thick and textured impasto. While most of her works remain recognisable as landscapes, conceptually the paintings are expressive outpourings of personal feeling, rather than representations of existing vistas.

   

  Martina Marie Manalo

Dreams, nostalgia and melancholic memories are amongst Martina Marie Manalo's inspirations for her pensive photographs, which focus on quiet architectural moments and mysterious urban locations.Having begun her journey in the visual arts with abstract textural paintings, a move from the Philippines to Hong Kong in 2015 saw Manalo discovering a new love for photography along the way. Now she seeks out moments of subtle beauty in her surroundings, using her camera to capture moments she describes as 'Minimal but avant-garde, deep but subtle'.

   

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