Quay House, off Spinningfields
28-30 October 2011
The Buy Art Fair opens today and runs until Sunday.
Based at Quay House this year, it takes place alongside The Manchester Contemporary, both events offering the opportunity to acquire original, contemporary works of art at affordable prices. If your finances are feeling a little stretched at the moment – and let us be frank, whose aren’t? – then Art Council England’s Own Art Scheme may help out. An interest-free loan of up to £2000 is not to be sniffed at.
Of the 300 plus artists whose work is on display, it was Beth Richardson’s paintings which impressed me most. These were still lifes and domestic interiors done usually in bold colours. People are wholly absent but sometimes the flowers in a vase will explode in a fantastical manner, seeming to hang suspended in the air. Altogether, the seven or so of her paintings that I saw presented a coherent, completely convincing world, quiet and disquieting at once. A selection of Beth Richardson’s work can be seen here.
Elsewhere, Chris Chapman’s witty tribute to Lowry caught the eye. And Adam Barsby’s two paintings, ‘In the Ladies’ and ‘Shopaholic’, alongside Gwyn Jones’s large canvas ‘On a Pedestal’, reminded me of certain personages I know. Surely even mermaids must dream of shoes. And surely there is something to suit every taste and pocket at this year’s Buy Art Fair.