It is only a few days to go until the Autumn Fair opens, which is again being held at Birminghamâ€™s NEC (National Exhibition Centre) from Sunday 2nd â€“ Wednesday 5th September 2007. The Fair is for the art trade and gallery owners.
Traditionally one of the big two Trade/Supplier events that Gallery owners visit, I will be attending to see the new releases and to meet our suppliers, whether that is the suppliers of artwork itself (i.e. the publishers), manufacturers of the frames or a whole manner of other Gallery related items.
The Autumn Fair state:
â€œThe timing of Autumn Fair is impeccable. This impressive showcase of big brands, major global suppliers and innovative home-grown producers offers a pre-Christmas buying opportunity that is second to none. Plus with 90% of exhibitors launching new products, this is your chance to preview some attention-grabbing trends for Spring.â€
The Autumn fair believe this is a good time for galleries to attend and buy their new stock for the Christmas selling period but I also expect people attend to catch up with the latest news and gossip from their various contacts throughout the industry. Itâ€™s also nice to put a picture to the face of people you speak to throughout the year.
Entry is free to the trade and you can register online at the Autumn Fair website.
One of the UK’s biggest art publishers, Washington Green Fine Art will be having their own event showcase at the Birmingham International Convention Centre (ICC) starting this Saturday 2nd September. They will be an exclusive showing of their new releases to the art trade, at the ICC.
Scottish artist Jack Vettriano has recently released two new limited edition prints, released to galleries by his new publisher, Demontfort Fine Art of the UK.
Jack Vettriano is possibly Scotlandâ€™s most famous living artist. His paintings have a â€™film noirâ€™ context to them and often display nude or romantic themes. Vettrianoâ€™s work has been published in print (unlimited) format for many years, certainly within the UK and whether a person has knowledge of the artist or not, his work is instantly recognizable to most.
The first of his new Limited Edition prints is ‘The Tourist Trapâ€™:
I find his work to be thought evoking and provocative and he is the master of this style of painting. I am pleased that more limited editions are being produced, as many people have expressed an interest in his â€˜collectableâ€™ (limited edition) artwork but obviously not everyone has half a million Â£ sterling to spend!: On 21 April 2004 the original canvas of ‘The Singing Butler’ sold at auction for Â£744,500.
The second new Limited Edition print is â€˜The Defenders Of Virtueâ€™:
In related news, Sothebyâ€™s auction house are auctioning one of Vettriano’s paintings: â€˜Bluebird At Bonneville’ on 29th August 2007 with an estimate of Â£400,000 to Â£600,000 GBP Sterling.
Here is a link to the auction on Sotheby’s website
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The auctioning of Jack Vettriano’s ‘Bluebird At Bonneville’
Image of ‘Bluebird At Bonneville’:
Full Title & Address of the auction:
Sotheby’s ‘Scottish & Sporting Pictures,’ lot 231, 29th August 2007, Gleneagles Hotel, London