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Report - Mik at the London Art Fair 09 with Bend In The River

This time we made sure the paintings got there. Last year the carriers took the paintings down to the art fair, then brought them back again - forgetting to do the actual delivery bit! This time I even brought the very last painting with me by train and taxi - taking no chances. A gorgeous brand-new watercolour portrait of "Sonia25bi" that sold within minutes of my getting it there to a guy from Miami, so that's another one of mine whisked off to the States. Maybe I should go there one day?

Under the economic circumstances, I was concerned that the fair would suffer, but it seemed to be very busy, certainly in the afternoons: apparently 21,700 came to see the 100 galleries. And there was plenty to see, with some great stuff in the Project Space - hence me with Hermann Nitsch above - though I got the impression that rather a lot of galleries played safe, with very easy-on-the-eye stuff to go nicely with the sofa. But that was alright - it helped galleries like Bend In The River stand out!

It turns out that Mike B is an ace salesman - because he loves talking about art, obviously knows rather a lot about it and the visitors really appreciated that. All the same, we spent lots of time looking around, meeting artists, gallerists and visitors, finding a few gems in a few galleries, even some ArtReview members - and I'm sure we didn't see it all!

It was fun, but pretty exhausting - all we could do at the end of each day is crawl to the pub!

Check out the photos in the album.

Cheers, Mik

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Comment by Christine Aerfeldt on February 4, 2009 at 7:42
Great to read your report and see the pics. Fantastic stuff! Hehehe re those smart carriers last year.
Comment by Mik Godley on February 3, 2009 at 21:57
Mmm, I've still not tried working "in the field" as we planned - but I think I'll wait 'till it warms up a bit!
Comment by Kane Cunningham on February 3, 2009 at 18:29
Hi Mik
I was wearing several layers and long johns.
Though still great fun. I painted several locations on one sheet of paper.
Very interesting and has given me ideas for other works.
So a transfer of locations, layers of images, time and memory.
Comment by Mik Godley on February 2, 2009 at 19:38
Jeepers! I don't know how you do it - you could die of exposure painting out there - don't your fingers freeze up?
Comment by Kane Cunningham on February 2, 2009 at 19:06
Hi Mik
I was out today painting on windswept moors, very exciting, but not very productive, though had a great time.
The snow stuck to the paper, created a slush of colours. I ended up under a dutch barn to try and recover something from the early work. However a great day out!
Comment by Mik Godley on February 2, 2009 at 18:16
What a flatterer! Mind you, you'll have to take some credit Kane, after all our talking and your expert advice on this weird watercolour stuff. Thank you indeed Kane!
Comment by Kane Cunningham on February 2, 2009 at 17:09
Hi Mik
Watercolour painting has always been an under rated medium, in your hands it transcends the mundane 'Sunday Painting Genre' to a new level of skill.
Well done,mate!
Comment by Jola Bielanska on February 2, 2009 at 13:22
Comment by Pennie Steel on February 2, 2009 at 12:22
Great Mik, hard work will pay off....
Comment by Edward Morris on February 2, 2009 at 11:16
Glad it went so well Mik, sounds like it was a good show. Hope to see you soon


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