London Art Fair is traditionally the moment where the art year begins. The Nine British Art has in recent times played a key role in its mission to discover and champion outstanding Modern and Contemporary art, and - given the restrictions we are all living within 2021 - we are delighted to participate in its first digital fair opening this week:
Launching online on January 20 in place of its usual format at the Business Design Centre, London Art Fair: Edit also gives collectors the chance to browse The Nine British Art’s selections for longer than usual; the opportunity to enter our digital viewing room and experience exclusive work from the likes of Terry Frost and Alan Davie, Jeremy Gardiner and Paul Mount will last until the end of the month.
The twenty works we have chosen this year once more reflect the breadth and quality of The Nine British Art’s collection. From St Ives artists such as Bryan Winter through to Modern British work from John Plumb and contemporary painting by Jonathan S Hooper, every decade from the 1950s to the present day is represented.
We’re particularly excited to present one of the largest and most important paintings Terry Frost produced in the 1960s, Standard Banbury (1965). Combining his admiration for iconic heraldic banners near his Oxfordshire home with the deeply evocative colours and shades of Cornwall, it is a fascinatingly complex representation of all his abstract interests.
Staying in the 1960s but significantly more restrained in its use of colour, Roger Hilton’s Sans Titre (1959-61) is a classic example of his interest in abstraction referencing the human form - another piece from this period is currently on display at Tate St Ives.
The 1960s were a certainly a fruitful time for Modern British art, so we are also delighted to show Alan Davie’s Dragons' Eggs Assorted (1962). Created at a time when Davie’s oeuvre was having a formative influence on the likes of David Hockney, this is an expressive, expansive, and joyous work which reflected the artist’s free-spirited attitude to life and art.
Bringing matters right up to date, we are also emphasizing our commitment to contemporary work at London Art Fair: Edit. Keen supporters of The Nine British Art will be aware that we have held a few hugely successful shows by Leigh Davis, Jeremy Gardiner and Jonathan S Hooper in recent years and our viewing room features sought-after pieces from all three.
All three find inspiration from water, too; Leigh Davis’ Facing the Sea: Composition 3 (2020) is an enthralling abstracted and textured exploration of sea, rock, and sky, while Jeremy Gardiner’s Chalk Stacks, Dorset (2019) is a marginally more literal but similarly layered and evocative response to the coast. Jonathan S Hooper’s Silent Pool 2 (2019/20) is perhaps a more intimate reflection of the meditative power of water but no less powerful for it.
At London Art Fair: Edit we are also pleased to showcase sculptural works from Jonathan Clarke, Robert Fogell, Richard Fox, Denis Mitchell, Paul Mount, Tommy Rowe, Brian Willsher and Leon Underwood. We completely understand that appreciating sculpture - in fact, any artwork - is more difficult digitally, so once you have taken the opportunity to browse these works at our London Art Fair: Edit viewing room, please do get in touch if you would like to take your interest further.