Category Archives: Affordable Art Fair 2008

The Zavialovs

There is a book I read many years ago when I was an art student that was about artists and their relationships both as siblings, offsprings or lovers with other artists and the implications, both good and bad. I have been trying to think of the title and will shortly come back here to insert when my mind has reawakened but the more I have looked at the show in London, the more I have been thinking about that book. In the exhibition of 15 artists, 6 of these are married couples.

In the book it referred to the fact one of the pair would be inevitably overshadowed by the other but in the case of jelly these artists stand on their own.

landscape, Natasha Zavialov

landscape, Natasha Zavialov

Misha Zavialov

Misha Zavialov

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Charlotte Hardy

Charlotte was the very first artists to exhibit in the jelly when it opened in it’s 3rd home, the purpose built space at The Oracle. She had recently graduated (2 months earlier) from Manchester with a first class degree and she had sent a wonderful submission letter so the Director went to visit her, loved her work and thought it represented jelly perfectly with it’s joyousness.

Fast forward from 1999 to today and Charlotte is now artist in residence at the Affordable Art Fair 2008. She is creating a mural during the duration and she started today in the tranquility of the stands being built.

sketches for the mural, Charlotte Hardy

sketches for the mural, Charlotte Hardy

Here is Day 1

We will also be showing some of her work during the show

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Visiting the Kesslings

Late last night we went to collect the works from Kate Kessling and Paul Kessling

Sadly the wonderous picture of Ted was not to be taken but Kate is planning to make it in to a print in the future. We have collected some beautiful work though.

An Ode to Terry Frost, Kate Kessling

An Ode to Terry Frost, Kate Kessling

Noughts and Crosses, Kate Kessling Print on Somerset velvet watercolour paper 60cm x 90 cm

Noughts and Crosses, Kate Kessling Print on Somerset velvet watercolour paper 60cm x 90 cm

LIQUORICE Buttons, Kate Kessling Edition 12 2008

LIQUORICE Buttons, Kate Kessling Edition 12 2008

We started to exhibit Paul’s work a while ago, back in the Oracle days 1999-2004 when he had a solo show in the Upper Gallery and we have loved taking his work with us. It was Paul that told us about Kate’s work and this is her third year showing with us, with last year at the Affordable Art Fair being Kate’s year.

We were enraptured by what we found waiting for us at theirs when we arrived there, Paul’s new work is wonderful large oils on paper and we also saw the next stage of the Kessling dynasty in an amazing drawing from one of their offspring (which sadly is not with us at this Art Fair but we will be watching that space).

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Tom Cartmill


a short statement about my work

My work deals with visual perception, in particular the fact that we can receive conflicting information from a given visual stimulus. The preconceived assumptions of eye and brain are challenged, raising questions about the subconscious and how we interpret what we are looking at.

Change through time and the inevitable accumulation of experience are themes that have underpinned my practice from early on. The way for example that buildings, much used objects and faces age, weathering and transforming with the passage of time, is a constant source of inspiration. I try to evoke a patina of experience in my pictures. This also directly relates to the methods used to make my work.

I incorporate a variety of materials in each picture, from paints and inks, to gesso and earth, which are applied in numerous layers. Each strata of material is laid down in varying thicknesses and finishes. A textured surface is produced, where the layers are often rubbed away unevenly and evidence of previous activity can be glimpsed.

I have spent much of my adult life living and travelling overseas. Four years in New Zealand was shortly followed by stints in Southern Europe. These experiences have fed directly into my work. My years spent in Southern Spain and Sicily, where I became interested in the Moorish history and in Islamic art in general, had a profound impact on me and my continuing fascination with Islamic art has been another significant reference point in current work.

Tom Cartmill 2008

An article was recently published in Berkshire Life about The Reading Foundation of Arts acquisition of two pieces for their collection.

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Gone visiting

Beauty Box, Kirsten Jones 2008

Beauty Box, Kirsten Jones 2008

It wasn’t really a visiting day in the sense of popping by but more of a day of collecting more work for the  Affordable Art Fair.

First stop, Kirsten Jones.

Kirsten Jones in her studio

Kirsten Jones in her studio

Here is a little bit about her work “Kirsten Jones paints collections of objects, imaginary gardens and quirky arrangements of  treasured possessions such as shoes, clothing, crockery and observed still life.  Using layered fragments of maps, dictionary references and stamps from around the world she creates a beautiful, subtle narrative of secret histories, which evoke a memory or sense of place which relates to the objects depicted.”

washing line, Kirsten Jones 2008

The Washing Line

This series of paintings is based on a walk through the streets of Downalong in St Ives. Outside one of the fisherman’s cottages was a washing line hung with every type of garment.. all shapes and sizes (shoes and all!). It was as if a very big wave had unexpectedly soaked a whole family. The image seemed to capture the essence of holidays by the beach. This idea continued following a trip to New York in 2008, and Kirsten began painting a series of pieces exploring ideas around fashion.

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A preview by email

The inbox quite often holds little presents in the form of visual images, sometimes these are artists unknown to us, wanting to exhibit and sometimes they are directly responding to a request for a specific show. These emailed images are little tasters and make the anticipation of seeing the work in the flesh even more tangible.

Tomorrow will be another day of artwork collection – this is a really privileged opportunity, to enter into artists’ studios, look at the work, talk to them, pick up the works and be the guardians of the work and their access to an audience.

All of the artists we take to the Affordable Art Fair. have had long relationships with jelly in all different guises and tomorrow is the day of collecting Zillah Puri’s pieces. Zillah used to be Applied Art Curator at jelly and started working with us in 1998 and currently she is Artist in Residence at South Hill Park

shrine to hope, Zillah Puri

shrine to hope, Zillah Puri

Zillah Puri’s ceramic sculptures are ‘Shrines’ to people, places and ideas. The hand-built figurative pieces contain secret shelves in which personal mementos can be placed. Inspired by religious Icons and ancient folklore Zillah’s work always contains a narrative.

Shrine to Nonno, Zillah Puri

image: Shrine to Nonno, Zillah Puri

This piece above is a piece for her Nonna, the image inside that is bound with red thread is that of her mother and grandmother and references the idea that you are bound to your future life before your life even started by this unseen thread.

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studio visits


Today was a visit to pick up Jo’s work from her studio, she is one ofthe five new artists with us this year and came by word of mouth from Kate Kessling.

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