International. Contemporary. Art.
11 February 2015: More than 6000 art lovers eager to snap up an original piece of contemporary work filed through the doors of Oxford Town Hall over the weekend (Friday 6th to Sunday 8th February 2015) as the city hosted the second Oxford International Art Fair.
The three halls in the venue were packed with over 150 artists and galleries from some 30 countries around the world and the atmosphere was charged with energy as visitors took in the wide range of unique art available and took pieces they had purchased home to adorn a living or work space wall.
Artists and galleries reported bustling trade during the three day free art event, with many making multiple sales and receiving commissions on original paintings, sculptures, photography, prints and illustrations.
Somerset based artist Alce Harfield, who paints vivid colourful art ‘to lift the soul’ said: “Thank you for an amazing show. The stand layout was spacious and I’m sure the customers appreciated it also! I sold 13 artworks and am really happy with this, as it doubled my sales from last year’s Oxford International Art Fair.”
Wiltshire illustrator Alex Crump added: “I had a fantastic time at the Oxford International Art Fair. I was so impressed with how well the event was marketed and ran. I was thrilled to have sold 2 of my works to people who visited. I really enjoyed people’s reactions to seeing my work, the smiles on their faces and the great comments I received. I was also approached by an art dealer who wanted to take some of my work to sell so hopefully something may come of that.”
The weekend culminated in the announcement on Sunday afternoon of the winner of the Best Oxford International Art Fair Artist 2015, Alexander Korzer-Robinson, who was voted best in show by both the panel of judges and members of the public.
Alexander uses antiquarian books as his inspiration using the traditional craft of collage to create small format narrative scenarios which are at once an exploration and a deconstruction of nostalgia. His eclectic style helped him carry off the title, ahead of Mongolian Art & Culture representing selected Mongolian artists and the striking pen, ink and acrylic illustrations of Yelena York Tonoyan, who were voted second and third respectively.
Organisers of the fair, Joelle Dinnage and her business partner Natal Vallvé from the Global Art Agency added their appreciation to the city’s reaction to the event and the enthusiasm they found from artists and visitors alike.
“The second Oxford International Art Fair was a great success, with an amazing atmosphere and a real buzz throughout the weekend,” said Joelle. “We are very happy with how it all went. The footfall was great, there was a genuine excitement across the halls and everyone seemed to be having a great time.
“Importantly, the artists and galleries had a successful show, selling works, making commissions and simply making connections, which is what the essence of the event is all about. We want to connect artists with people who appreciate art, whether they’re expert collectors or just starting out, and we’re happy to have made very good progress this time around.
“Both Natal and I bought artwork from Alexander Korzer-Robinson who was voted Best Artist this year and truly deserved. His works are truly stunning and different to anything we’ve seen.”
Alexander sold 14 artworks, and was approached by Gallery owners from Spain, Italy and America who all expressed keen interest in showing his work at their locations. He was also asked to have his art to be incorporated into an upcoming Terry Pratchett book cover… “These kind of success stories is why we’re doing what we do” said Joelle.
“We’ll be back for more in 2016 and are already planning next year’s event,” she said.
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