AMERICANS IN FULHAM WITH A TWIST ON TRADITIONAL ART
Some new faces are descending on the London art scene – and they’re Americans.
Kathryn and Rodney Beecher Roberts – founders and organisers of the now highly regarded Cork Street Open Exhibition – will be at the Fulham Palace Art Fair as Metacontemporary Gallery.
The couple first visited England in the 70s and 80s as antique dealers and fell lin love with the country. One of their artists, Tina Mammoser, first came to the UK as a postgraduate student and also fell in love.
Now Rodney and Tina have changed vocation – to artists.
Coming from the traditional world of antiques, Rodney now explores his roots as an aspiring artist in the early 60s. Embracing experimentation and abstraction, he says of his work, “My abstract or non-figurative work hopefully brings to mind feelings or thoughts and is most successful when it touches people on their deepest human level, allowing them to experience their own emotions. I would like my paintings to be a stimulus, like a sound, smell, taste or touch that triggers an individual emotional response reminding us, even for a brief moment, of our unique ability to be aware of ourselves and the universe around us.”
Tina, on the other hand, started her art with the traditional subject of the seascape but now applies her Midwestern eye for expansive flat space and applies it to the vast horizon of the coast. The theme of light unites the works that she will be exhibiting at the Fulham Palace Art Fair, where her paintings will range from the gathering of darkening storm clouds to the arcane light of Venetian skies.
Not just content with two artists twisting tradition, Metacontemporary will be representing a group of artists with different views of the usual. Annie Ridd creates exquisite beautiful still life drawings. But these drawings feature overlooked everyday objects, dead animals and insects often presented in ambiguous compositions. Arist Lindsay Pickett renders cityscapes then warps the view with several perspectives. His paintings can often be hung sideways or upsidedown with equal effect!
For a range of unique takes on traditional art visit Metacontemporary in the Bishops Terricks Dining Room of Fulham Palace.
Fulham Palace Art Fair
6 - 9 October, 2011
Showing with Metacontemporary Gallery
Fulham Palace, Bishop's Avenue (in the park)
London, SW6 6EA