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Monday 29 April 2019
London Original Print Fair Reports Significant Sales and New Buyers
On Sunday 28 April, the 34th London Original Print Fair (LOPF) came to a close with exhibitors reporting significant sales and considerable interest from new buyers. At an uncertain time for the UK art market, visitors bought original prints from across the board, from old masters and modern classics through to newly published works which were launched at the Fair. A number of significant acquisitions were made by public institutions, including those made by The Holburne Museum Bath, winner of the 2019 Hallett Independent Acquisitions Award.
The appetite for prints by well known artists such as David Hockney and Barbara Hepworth was firmly established at this year’s Fair with several exhibitors reporting sales including Lelong Editions, Paris, Osborne Samuel, Gerrish Fine Art, The Redfern Gallery and Gilden’s Art Gallery. Ranging from £15,000 - £30,000, Hockney prints continue to be a firm favourite marking a pattern of collecting across the Fair.
Old Master dealers made significant sales throughout the four day Fair with C.G. Boerner, New York + Düssledorf reporting the sale of Rembrandt’s Saskia with Pearls in Her Hair (1664) to an overseas buyer. Martinez, D, Paris had a consistently strong Fair with the sale of key works by Goya, Chagall and Dalí and were pleased to have found a buyer for an important album of Civil War cartoon prints. Gerrish Fine Art reported strong interest in the rare, museum-quality prints from W.G. Rawlinson’s collection by J M W Turner.
LOPF 2019 continues the Fair’s tradition of being the place to launch new works by contemporary artists. Julian Page launched Bridget Riley’s new Rose Horizontal and by Saturday had sold out of the pre-publication allocation offered at launch price. Kelly Reemsten’s latest editions, offered by Lyndsey Ingram and Advanced Graphics proved very popular, as did Enitharmon Editions’ lithographs by young Scottish artist, Caroline Walker. Continuing the theme of contemporary female artists, Karsten Schubert reported exciting sales of prints by Ann-Marie James and of Alison Wilding’s 3D multiples. Paupers Press, were pleased with sales of haunting portraits by Sarah Ball, including a pair to an important institution.
Presentations of new editions also proved a popular choice for CCA & Worton Hall Studios who converted interest in the new Bruce Mclean silkscreens and Sir Peter Blake’s Heart print into strong sales. At the same stand, there was also huge interest in Ways of Making, a unique collaboration between Sir Peter Blake and Worton Hall Studios to recreate the same image of a primrose bowl in every known medium. Flowers Gallery saw continued success for new works by Tom Hammick and William Crozier. Stoney Road Press were busy throughout the Fair with a number of editions by Barbara Rae finding international buyers.
New to the Fair, Atelier Rose Gray presented a solo exhibition of Stephen Chambers RA and were pleased to report strong sales and commented on the promising conversations with new clients and print enthusiasts. Other
Royal Academicians who had a strong Fair included John Carter presented by The Redfern Gallery and Hughie O’Donoghue with Marlborough Graphics.
Visitor figures for the 2019 Fair were high with a very busy opening night and Young Collectors’ evening, both attracting serious buyers and those new to collecting. With regular returning exhibitors of contemporary prints from Finland, Norway, Germany and France all reporting great sales, LOPF confirms its position as a significant player in the busy international art fair calendar, and the largest works on paper event in Europe.
Prize Winners at LOPF 2019
Hallett Independent Acquisitions Award 2019 Winner: The Holburne Museum, Bath
On Wednesday 24 April, Christopher Le Brun PRA announced the winner of the £8,000 Hallett Independent Acquisitions Award as The Holburne Museum, Bath. The museum’s application and subsequent win marks a significant moment in The Holburne’s history as it now seeks to build a contemporary collection to enhance its world-renowned display of historic treasures. They selected from Alan Cristea Gallery a number of prints from Cornelia Parker’s 2017 polymer photogravure etchings, and Pablo Bronstein’s hand coloured etchings.
Jerwood Printmaking Today Prize 2019 Winner: Chika Osaka, Hanga Ten, Japan
On Sunday 28 April, Chika Osaka from Japan was announced as the inaugural winner of the Jerwood Printmaking Today Prize for her lithograph, The rice that just served. Osaka, whose work was exhibited and nominated by Hanga Ten Gallery, receives £2,500 and a profile article in Printmaking Today.
LOPF Talks & Events Highlights
The Annual Printmaking Talk by Sir Peter Blake in conversation with Helen Rosslyn, Director LOPF and Carinna Parraman of UWE was a sell-out in the Benjamin West Lecture Theatre.
LOPF prides itself on its programme of free talks and workshops held throughout the Fair. This year, speakers included Stephen Chambers with Susan Tallman, Editor in Chief Art in Print; Humphrey Ocean; Ann-Marie James; Kelly Reemsten and Bob Saich; and Helsinki based artists Jaakko Mattila and EGS.
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