The never-ending plethora of international art fairs gets a nice twist this month with a London fair which goes straight to the artists and side steps galleries. This is the second time The Other Art Fair has taken place (the first instalment took place last Autumn) where around 90 artists are each given their own booth and people can buy their wares direct. These are the top three tips to check out at the fair which takes place May 10-14.
If psychedelic, tripped out, fantasy collage landscapes appeal, then Gavin is your girl. Her pieces are made from an archive of vintage nature books, national geographics and retro printed imagery. Her work is being featured in collaborative womenswear collection with hot Japanese designer Mihara this autumn, so this is a good chance to get her limited edition prints, large landscapes and super-reasonable postcard sized collage before she blows up.
Hillier's prints of tweaked and reworked Victoriana are immensely accessible. The winner of the The Other Art Fair artist prize last autumn (kindly supported by Club Monaco with a generous wad of cash) the always entertaining Hillier makes monochrome works brimming with humous, wit, animals and nudity that are surprisingly cheap and have garnered him collaborations with Louis Vuitton among others.
An ex-alumni of Max Wigram's eponymous gallery, Hopkins brilliant take on trump l'oeil sculptures and installations are definitely worth checking out. Sometimes with a gothic twist, and always playful, Hopkins work focuses largely on public sculptures these days so it's a rare chance to get reasonable priced editions direct. In addition to his work, Hopkins transformed his studio into the project space Jacob's Island and has a great eye for new talent.
The Other Art Fair, May 10-13, 2012, Ambika P3, London, Marleybone Road, NW1