Meet the artists set to take over our online Summer Exhibition, each with a unique creative process, subject or medium - discover more in our latest blog.
Thursday 22 July, 2021
Introducing: 5 artists you don’t want to miss at our online Summer Exhibition. Browse through our curated collection of creatives and their techniques, from photographers and painters, to beadwork and minute boxes. Each showing a desire to push the boundaries of their practice by, employing a range of mediums and styles to create stunning and unique art.
Your new favourite artist is waiting…
Artist #1: MonkeyBiz
Monkeybiz’s signature style has three simple rules: bold colours, vibrant animals and enthralling beadwork, to create unpredictable pieces.
A non-profit project which empowers women to become financially independent in Cape Town, South Africa, they are dedicated to reviving the traditional craft of African Beadwork. Since 1999, Monkeybiz has supported over 450 skilled artists to create these colourful beadwork sculptures. We can’t get enough of the touchable textures of this abstract, Orange Giraffe and this one of a kind Daschund. Can you believe each piece is a unique design and hand-beaded?
Represented by specialists in accessible contemporary African art, ceramics and crafts, Monkey Apple Art. To get to know them bead-by-bead, snap up a Monkeybiz piece and watch the video below.
Artist #2: Jo Holdsworth
Search the definition of ‘atmospheric’ and these paintings should come up.
London based artist Jo Holdsworth works mainly in oils. Her distinctive technique combines a monochromatic palette with loose, spontaneous brush work. You’re not alone in guessing that she’s influenced by the paintings of L.S. Lowry, George Bellows and Edward Hopper. One glimpse at her artwork tells you all you need to know about the pace and rhythm of everyday city life. Jo often places her striking figures in crowded transitional spaces, such as Oxford Street and Haymarket.
Nadia Attura’s original photographs hang in the balance between the real and the surreal. Often constructed through digital c-type, a photographic print on light-sensitive paper that has been exposed using digital technology. Her compositions merge landscape photography – always self-taken and on location – with materials such as washes, paint, ink, and gold leaf. She lives and works in London but is inspired by her travels to create colourful, contemporary pieces like ‘Cactus Wall’ and ‘Desert Flowers II’.
Looking for an abstract artwork bursting with energy but haven’t found it yet? Problem solved with Fintan Whelan’s distinctive work.
The Irish born artist now lives in Germany and is represented by Caiger Art. A lesson in fluidity, his technique involves exploring different varnishes, oils and materials. Right now, we love the way he plays with light, as seen in ‘Abundant Soil I’ and ‘Aspiration’. Describing his paintings, Whelan says ‘Forms, textures, shadows, movement and capturing energy are aspects that dominate my work.’
Explore Fintan Whelan’s world further in the video below, its liberating.
Artist #5: Gaspard Mitz
It’s all in the small, small, small detail…
French artist Gaspard Mitz’s miniature, mixed-media scenes are having a moment. His creations and characters form a playful, pocket-sized gallery and capture instants of both poetry and humour. His uncluttered universes are made with a selection of materials: wood, polystyrene, foam sheets and paper. The work of Joseph Cornell, American pioneer of assemblage art, has always appealed to him. Mitz is a self-taught artist and represented by Galerie Barrou Planquart.
Box Stories are limited-edition pieces, handcrafted by the artist in Paris. Add them to your creative collection, take a look at the work of Gaspard Mitz.
Don’t stop there; Affordable Art Fair’s online Summer Exhibition is on now. Discover our wide selection of galleries and all the exhibiting artists. There’s somebody new to get excited about every day!