Last night we swung by a preview for the Affordable Art Fair, which runs now till Sunday, as our very own in-house artist, Russell Loughlan, has two impressive works on display as part of the Beardsmore Gallery’s show.
Loughlan, who lives in Kentish Town, works in illustration and uses reclaimed objects to create thought-provoking texts and images, some of which have accompanied our popular (and about to be fortnightly) Urban Animal Of The Week columns. The two works on display, Untitled (I’ve got feet) and Untitled (I’m as strong), mix illustration and collage with vintage books, their theme “one of strength, of courage”, he says.
He originally created the Kentishtowner’s eye-catching masthead logo back in 2010, and rebooted it to our current one-word lower case font a year ago. Currently selling his work at Sharon Elphick’s on Columbia Road, Bethnal Green, he’s also about to have his first headline show at K-Town’s longstanding Beardsmore Gallery, on Prince of Wales Road, in July. Hence being part of their stand at the Fair (don’t miss Ellen Kuhn and Jason Hicklin too).
Elsewhere, the Affordable Art show makes a fun wander, its 113 exhibiting galleries ranging from the sublime to the appalling, price tags from £40 upwards. And that’s what makes it unpretentious, giving plenty to discuss over a coffee or pint afterwards (you could try this place). This year’s thoroughly appropriate theme is Wild Things, with workshops for adults and kids every day, focusing on the untamed nature of the Heath.
And finally, if you’re unfamiliar with South End Green, grab a copy of our latest June print edition from one of these outlets as we feature 2-page guide to the best sights and pubs in the neighbourhood.
East Heath Fairground, Thursday 13 – Sunday 16, 11-6pm. Admission from £8