Dr. Martín will be exhibiting at the next Talented Art Fair 1st to 3rd of July 2022 at Brighton Racecourse, where you can meet him and buy directly from him. Since moving to beautiful Cornwall, we caught up with Dr. Martín Raskovsky to find out a bit more about his love of photography and his creation process.
1 For those who don’t already know, who are you, what is your background and what do you do?
I have been a photographer since the early age of 9 when I was taking photos with a small “brownie” box and I built a darkroom in the bathroom of my parents home.
Photography is anything that originates from capturing light through a lens.
I grew up with an education not in the arts but in science. I studied software and obtained a PhD in Computing Science. Worked as a Lectured at Essex University and did research at Oxford University. Passionate and successful in science, kept photography as a hobby and it was at the age of 66 when I closed the science chapter and become a full time photographer.
Ever since the early days, I felt that the reality captured photographically did not matched the emotions I felt while taking the photo. But, in the darkroom, I was able to modify that reality to match my emotions. I “discovered” that I could mask the light beam when enlarging a photo using my own hands. I was able to “manage” light.
Photography is imaginary drawn with light.
I only learned years after, that that method was a well known and accepted photographic technique. Later on, it used to manipulate the reality by sandwiching different colour slides superimposing different times and locations making the surreal possible. These days, with the aid of a computer, I continue applying similar manipulation processes but with a much wider tool set.
Reality, in photography, was traditionally modified via staging, lens filters and analogical manipulation in the darkroom. Today is manipulated digitally.
2 Do you feel as though you are part of the art world?
Not having an education in the arts, it was difficult to me to associate with the art world. It was only at the time of my first exhibition that I understood what art is. In my view, an object becomes art when it provokes emotion in an observer, therefore a creator becomes an artist when her creation becomes art. All of the above have nothing to do with whether it is sold and for how much.
An object becomes art when it creates an emotion in an observer.
3 How have art fairs like the Talented Art Fair helped your entry to market?
My first exposure to the world was exhibiting at an art gallery. That transformed my view of who I was and of what I could achieve. But in an art gallery - after the “vernissage” - you do not stay present all day meeting people. You leave your work and the curators convey messages back to you. In this sense, an art gallery is impersonal, too distant.
Art fairs helped to enlarge the public audience and also and most important to “feel” recognition via face to face engagement with visitors. Also, meeting fellow artists in fairs helps to built a sense of belonging, a family, an art community. Talented Art Fair has been paramount both to enlarge the audience and to find my art community that today I feel proud to belong to.
4 Can you explain your creation process and what equipment do you use?
I used to say joking that what I do is simply going to bed with a camera by the bed side table. When asleep, when a dream came, took the camera and “click … click”
In other words, for me, the creative process is a release of emotions and imagination. I take a photo, and unhappy with the relation of that image with my emotions, I bring it to my desk and start a search process. It is like travelling through a dark tunnel. I know the light is at the end of the tunnel, but I cannot see it yet. I explore, take one lane, backtrack and take another, search for something that emanates from my inside. Until something happens in the conversation between image and me that sounds a bell. A fulfilment that explodes during the “eureka” moment.
Art is a conversation between an object and an observer.
5 You have a PhD in Computing Science and you are a Photographer. Any relation among the two?
Since more that 50 years of my life were dedicated to my profession as a software engineer. I have asked myself several times, what is the relation between the two passions of my life. Software on the one hand, and Photography on the other. Two activities apparently distinct, non overlapping and yet, they both define me.
It took me a while to arrive to the following.
In the software arena, the main activity I have been involved with was “problem solving”. How do you solve an engineering problem? You search for a solution. If the solution was known, there would be no problem. Searching for a solution is precisely what I described above when talking about a “dark tunnel”. And that is the relation. What I do manipulating photography and what I did solving software problems are equivalent “problem solving” activities.
6 Has the pandemic affected how regularly you exhibit your work?
I am happy today we are able to go to Art Fairs and Exhibitions again. The gap produced by the pandemic during most of 2020 and still partially continued during 2021 meant that we all had to stay at home. Last time I exhibited at a Lemon Art event was in 2019. I am happy to be able to catch up again with this wondrous team lead by Leah and Oliver.
7 Who has been the biggest influence on you and your photographic career and how?
The first time I took a photograph was with a simple box with a lens and a trigger. That was immediately followed - on the same day - by the process of bringing the image to paper in the dark room. I was fascinated by the process. Seeing an image appearing apparently from nowhere but realising it was light captured registered on paper. That process blew my mind. Not long afterwords my father ( I was 9 years old ) explained to me using his “modern” camera the technical aspects behind focus, aperture and timing. During several years, I explored and experimented with those elements. On my own, a child in a dark room. Self taught. My imagination was reach enough to provide discovery and entertainment. It is only now, on hindsight that I understand what I was doing then was trying to modify what came directly out the camera to match what I felt at the moment of taking the photo.
8 You've recently moved to Cornwall, can you tell us how this came about?
We lived in North Somerset for more than 30 years. An ideal place that I embraced when I left the academia. A location far away from cities, in the country, living next to the English side of the family, the grand parents from mother side. Out kids left home starting to fly solo, to live their own lives in their late teens. Not long afterwords grand parents passed away. It was time to change. Cornwall came to the scenario. We moved just before the first lock down in 2020. And what a marvel Cornwall turns out to be. The coast lines are inspirational. Every location, every beach, every cliff is a marvel. I am exploring the new country whilst doing my photography in this new scenario.
9 What can the visitors and art buyers expect to see from you at Talented Art Fair at Brighton Racecourse in July 2022?
A collection of both the best of my work so far and the new developments from the new scenario in Cornwall.
We are extremely proud to announce John Ball as the Talented Art Fair's Talented Artist of the Year 2019! John will be retiurning for Talented 2020 and will be exhibiting his exciting new series of highly collectible paintings within the winners stand at The Truman Brewery from the 6th to the 8th of March 2020. Talented Art Fair Director Oliver Norris caught up with John to find out what he's been up to since winning this award and to get a better insight into his art life and creation process.
How long have you been creating artwork?
I’ve been Drawing since I could hold a pencil, I starting painting in acrylics when I was a teenager and moved onto oils in my 20s.
I’ve been painting pretty much full time now for the last 3 years.
Before you exhibited at our Lemon Art events, you were a Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2017 Finalist, how was this experience?
Landscape Artist Of The Year was a great experience and gave me the confidence to start painting professionally. I met a lot of other artists and it was encouraging to see that people were earning a living making art.
In March 2019 you were our Talented Artist of the Year, what have you been up to since winning the award and where else have you exhibited?
Since talented art fair 2019 I’ve been busy expanding my portfolio, making new work and taking my art to the people!
I did an ‘Artist takeover’ Show for Studio 73 in Brixton and exhibited at the Sussex Art Fairs in Goodwood and Brighton. Later in the year I was Invited to visit Wenzhou, China with a group of 8 other uk artists. We had the opportunity to exhibit alongside renowned Chinese landscape artists at the Nanxi Academy. The hospitality was amazing and we were fortunate enough to visit and paint many beautiful locations during our stay.
You are best known for your paintings, what is your creation process and how long does each piece usually take?
I work from photographs that are mostly taken on my iPhone, I carefully select images I like and edit them digitally before making paintings using the photos as reference. Smaller paintings can take a week or two where as I might be working on larger pieces for several months. I sometimes work in series on several pieces simultaneously so its sometimes difficult to tell how long each piece takes individually, you might spend a couple of days on one piece then switch over.
When you create a series based on a new theme, how do you decide on the subject matter?
If you want to explore ideas in greater depth, then working on a series can give you the opportunity to do this. I am currently working on several paintings of broken matchbox toy cars which we inherited from Lisa’s uncle Pete, they are all really worn and played with to the point of destruction. I was drawn to the familiar aesthetic and the juxtaposition of childlike innocence and brutality.
What has been your most successful body of work to date?
I am best known for my landscapes and following my success on Landscape Artist Of The Year I am still selling prints of Chatterley Whitfield Colliery, which has proven to be my biggest seller!
Who are your biggest influencers from the past and present?
Paintings by John Salt, Richard Estes, Robert Bechtle , Edward Hopper, Lucian Freud, Harald Sohlberg. The movies of David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Quentin Tarantino. A few artists worth checking out right now: Andy Cropper, Jessie Woodgate, Patrick Wilkins, Marguerite Horner, Nial Adams
We know you love to exhibit at exhibitions are art fairs, apart from sales, what do you enjoy the most about the experience?
The good thing about art fairs is you get a real mix of art enthusiasts and collectors and you get to meet loads of really interesting people, discuss your art in person and get some honest feedback from the general public. It’s always nice to meet the other exhibitors too and it’s a great opportunity to exchange ideas and contacts with the other artists.
What advice would you give to artists who are just starting out?
My advice for anyone starting out in art, is to just do what you like doing and don’t worry about whether people are going to buy it or not. in fact, don’t even worry about whether people like it or not! Art isn’t about selling something, it’s about doing something that you enjoy and that brings you some kind of fulfilment. I’ve been painting on and off for the last 25 years and I’ve only just started making a living out of it, so don’t ever think you are going to get rich quick. It’s a tough business and you need to work hard and do long hours.
What have you got planned for Talented Art Fair 2020?
For Talented 2020 I’ll be debuting some new work from ‘The Wenzhou Expedition’ part of a series of paintings made following my trip to China last year. I’ve also been working on some small oil studies of battered matchbox toy cars which I will be showing for the first time.
Tickets to Talented Art Fair 6th to 8th of March 2020 are available here -> http://bit.ly/2SkBdb1-Talented2020
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We are delighted to be showcasing Eleanor Angelinetta's exciting new series of paintings which are being exhibited for the first time at Talented Art Fair 2020!
Talented Art Fair Director Oliver Norris caught up with Eleanor to get a better insight into her art life and creation process.
1) Your paintings are of an extremely high standard considering how long you have been exhibiting, but when did you actually start creating artwork?
Following a highly successful Sussex Art Fairs event at Brighton Racecourse in 2019, we are delighted to be showcasing 'Art From Dan's fantastic new series of fine art that is certain to impress our serious art collectors!!
Talented Art Fair Director Oliver Norris caught up with Dan to get a better insight into his art life and creation process.
1) Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how long you have been creating artwork?
Like many I have been creating art in some shape or form since being a child painting in the garden with my older brother. I have OCD which is far more oppressive than just arranging things in a straight line and art has really helped me deal with this condition.
I accumulated a huge body of work and started showing people desperately searching for a means to getting it in front of art lovers eyes!
I started selling pieces online directly to collectors all over the world from New York to Sydney, Zurich to Toronto and everywhere between.
Following this massive confidence boost I realised my work had some passionate followers that found my work unusual and engaging so I started attending art fairs and exhibiting my work.
Now I am delighted to find myself here at Talented art fair continuing to engage with as many art lovers as possible and spread the word!
2) We first met at Sussex Art Fairs event at Brighton Racecourse in 2019, how was that experience for you?
It was a game changer, a great success and I am hoping this will continue as I attend more events.
Brighton was particularly special as you were engaging with people who wanted to buy art and who loved art, that's why they were there right?
The Brighton populace as a whole is cool and they braved some pretty harsh conditions coming to this inaugural event.
Sussex Art Fairs at Brighton can only grow with its fantastic atmosphere, created by the collectors attending, the organisers and the artists themselves.
3) What made you decide to exhibit at Talented Art Fair 2020?
First of all it's organisers are also involved in Sussex Art Fairs where I had a really good experience and therefore have trust in their ability to put on a fantastic event, this is such an important thing.
Then I looked at location, I used to live nearby and often spent days at events in the area so I know that discerning art loving eyes are going to be in front of my work which is always amazing!
And finally some of those eyes are going to be curators and galleries which ultimately is the next way of getting people that love art in front of my work.
4) Your artworks are very intricate and detailed, what is your creation process and how long does each piece usually take?
So OCD is obviously a curse, but I try and use it to my advantage where possible and my artwork is one such way.
When out and about I am constantly hoovering up mental images of the items that inspire me so I have an enormous backlog of things I want draw and paint, so the what part comes easy.
The hard part is sorting through these in my mind and eventually settling on something.
Once the self doubt has been dealt with I lay out a sketch then start adding layers of colour, this is when the fear really departs and I realise the piece is coming together. Finally I add the human figures which is really a lot of fun... I spend hours upon hours on these works building up colour profile using pencil.
5) When you create a series based on a new theme, how do you decide on the subject matter?
I love finding beauty in the obvious but it often leads to finding beauty in the seemingly mundane, nostalgia really contributes to that.
I might start off by drawing a diamond which then hits the next idea like a toppling domino where I find a disposable lighter having some jewel like qualities similar to a diamond, with its translucent nature and vivid colour.
Then this gets me to the point that no matter what item you put next to a human figure there is an equality in the miraculous existence of literally everything, that's why I play with scale. Don't sweat the small stuff is the message.
6) What has been your most successful body of work to date?
The images that play with scale has been my most successful collection and like I say I've got much more to come, especially experimenting with different mediums.
Currently I'm using coloured pencil which is amazing as there is a disbelief in what can be achieved. I like to work in paint, gold leaf and ink anything that achieves the image in my brain.
Everything I do aims to delight the eye, make the viewer smile and then question what they are seeing.
7) What would you say are the positives and negatives of the art world?
It's an exciting place full of amazing people and its super humbling to be around so many talented individuals.
The down side is only a down side if you let it be one. There will be criticism, financially questionable times and many early mornings and late nights. However the reward of selling to collectors around the world, of meeting with someone to create a special commission or the joy of installing a piece in someone's home is a real buzz and makes me aware that I have to create what I want to create in order go be proud of the work I produce. Trust your artistic gut no matter what.
8) Who are your biggest influencers from the past and present?
CJ Hendry inspired me go pick up a pencil. She is an Australian artist who lives in Brooklyn but is currently in East London restoring a church for an exhibition in April. She is a technical genius to me.
Jeff Koons and his appreciation of those things that might otherwise be overlooked is very important to me. He is a conceptual genius to me.
You will know about Jeff but maybe not CJ, she is already a huge success but definitely a legend in the making.
9) We know you love to exhibit at exhibitions and art fairs, but apart from making sales, what do you enjoy the most about the experience?
Meeting collectors face to face and talking about the work, there is something special about knowing them which makes it a really special experience for me.
Other than that seeing loads of art and meeting artists to be inspired by. After an exhibition or fair I am bursting with energy and ideas!
10) What advice would you give to artists who are just starting out?
Try everything, ignore self doubt and enjoy the work you produce, that way it will be your best.
11) What have you got planned for Talented Art Fair 2020?
I have been working almost exclusively in coloured lightfast pencil since Brighton and I am excited to be showing some surrealist hyperrealism (love a contradiction) pieces that I am really proud of, from diamonds to disposable lighters... there is some beauty in even the most seemingly mundane of items.
Tickets to Talented Art Fair 6-6 March 2020 are available here -> http://bit.ly/2SkBdb1-Talented2020
We can't wait to welcome back talented award-winning collage artist and artrepreneur Jana Nicole to Talented Art Fair's 4th edition in March 2020!
Jana Nicole's works are often memories in mixed media, upcycling nostaligic materials and iconic images to fuse them with architectural salvage and abstract backdrops, often evoking a myriad of emotions from the spiritual to the comical, the classically familiar to the downright bizarre.
Now resident in the UK, she exhibits her works regularly in and around London and the South East as well as in her native Palm Springs.
Talented Art Fair Director Oliver Norris caught up with Jana recently, to get a better insight into her life as a successful and highly collectible artist.
1) Please can you tell us a bit about yourself and how long you have been creating artwork?
Forever really. Sometimes I think my most prolific period was as a young child. I had no fear, no boundaries, no expectations. I grew up in Ohio first and then the California desert. I have been lucky enough to travel the world and love living in the UK where I have raised my own family for the last twenty years. I feel very privileged to be able to do what I do.
2) We first met at the New Artist Fair 'Summer Exhibition' at The Truman Brewery back in 2018, how was that experience for you?
Very Positive. The foot fall was excellent and the atmosphere was very dynamic. I do particularly love the Truman Brewery. There is something culturally on point about it and the people it attracts.
3) Your collage artworks are very intricate and detailed, what is your creation process and how long does each piece usually take?
Obviously each piece is different. Some I have the image in my head from the start and some organically develop as I create them. My larger artworks can take a year to finish.
4) When you create a series based on a new theme, how do you decide on the subject matter?
I tend to stumble across something that peaks my interest. The less I know about it, the more it interests me. As you can imagine, I spend a lot of my time learning. Right now, I am fascinated with Mycelium and Fungi. They are so complex, so important, so extraordinary. Their place in the ecosystem is essential and their influence is so much wider than anyone realises.
5) What has been your most successful body of work to date?
I have been very fortunate that each series I bring out seems to connect more and more. Last year my Animal Attraction series certainly exceeded expectation. I am very excited that I have two new series running concurrently now, my Botanicals and my Cirque Des Enfants. I am excited to see the reaction to them on their first outing at The Talented Art Fair.
6) From your own experience, what would you say are the positives and negatives of the art world?
The great positives are the feelings you get when somebody "just has to buy your work". It is very fulfilling. The negatives are the self-doubt and fear of failure. You have to become quite thick skinned to survive. You put yourself out there 100% to try to succeed and when things don't go your way for whatever reason it is painful.
7) Who are your biggest influencers from the past and present?
Most of my influences come from outside of the art world and most recently the natural world. I am fascinated with flora and fauna and dabble with mysticism and spiritualism. I have to acknowledge my husband too. He is a clever man, a massive believer in me but also a fair critic, which can be just as valuable.
8) We know you love to exhibit at exhibitions and art fairs, but apart from making sales, what do you enjoy most about exhibiting?
I love the comradery and collaboration. Everyone wants to help each other and that feels very real and genuine. Working on your own most of the time you miss that. I also love to share in the excitement of a show, particularly with Artists showing new work. There is a real thrill to meeting new people and getting their reactions to your work.
9) Has anything unexpected or amazing happened to you since you began showing your artwork through art fairs?
I met an amazing woman who invited me to exhibit with the Salon Des Beaux Arts at the Carousel De Louvre in Paris. I had fallen in love with Paris for the first time as teenager while visiting with my mother and to be able to tell her I would be exhibiting at such an iconic location was a fabulous moment between us. She couldn't have been more proud.
10) What advice would you give to artists who are just starting out?
Be patient and always remember that in the Art World there is never a right or wrong, there is simply opinion. Get out and meet as many people as possible.
11) What have you got planned for Talented Art Fair 2020?
I am really excited to be showing these two new series at the show. I am excited at people's reactions and what conversations it will stimulate. If they connect, I will be happy to discount my work to ensure they end up on the right walls. That means a lot to me.
Tickets to Talented Art Fair 6-6 March 2020 are available here -> http://bit.ly/2SkBdb1-Talented2020
We are very proud to announce Martin Turner as the Talented Artist of the Year 2018!
Not only did Martin sell 18 individual artworks (including originals and prints) at the Talented Art Fair 2018, but the organisers were blown away by the intricate detail and skill level of this incredible artist.
The astonishing fact that Turner only picked up his pencils in 2016 simply adds to the story. Following a decade of award winning photography, Turner returned to his childhood interest of drawing. Although more used to creating images in hundredths of a second than the 40 to 100 hours that his pencil drawings now take he found that, despite the change in medium, his eye for detail remained the same. Turner is completely self taught which has allowed his work to be become distinctly recognisable up close. He has no sketch books - his final pieces are his only drawings.
We are also delighted to announce that Martin Turner will be re-exhibiting at this year's Talented Art Fair 1-3 March 2019. The event is Free Entry all weekend, or Friday evening Private Tickets tickets are available to purchase here.
Lemon Art's Director Oliver Norris caught up with Martin recently to gain an insight into this incredible artist's history, inspiration and creation process.
Talented Artist Ian Butcher will be demonstrating how he assembles his collection of photographs to create his collage masterpieces at this year's New Artist Fair 'Summer Exhibition' 14-16 September 2018 at London's iconic Old Truman Brewery. Look out for his stunning work which is being displayed over a 4m exhibition wall in the front of the venue. [Entrance is on Dray Walk, opposite Ely's Yard and off Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR] The event is Free Entry on the Saturday and Sunday or the Private View tickets are available to purchase for the Friday evening by clicking here.
Lemon Art's Director Oliver Norris caught up with Ian recently to gain an insight on this incredible artist's history, inspiration and creation process.
We are excited to announce a regular new feature we're launching called 'The Artrepreneur Update' where we will be bringing you exciting news about artists who have shown with us either at New Artist Fair or Talented Art Fair. You can keep up with the latest news from the latest artists! We're thrilled to start this monthly feature off with an interview from Sue Haskel about becoming a professional artist and how she's preparing for her upcoming solo show at the Plateaux Gallery next month. Read more here...
The Era of the Artrepreneur
Once upon a time, artists who wanted to pursue their artwork as a full-time career had limited options. Self-taught artists and recent art graduates could get a job, a very small percentage could be signed by a gallery right away, or they could continue on to further education. Even those who went on to complete a Masters degree would 9 times out of 10 be back to square one at how to begin the process of becoming a professional artist.
This meant that as little as 10 years ago, artists were very reliant on galleries, museums, curators and/or the elusive art patron or interior designer to elevate their artwork to the next level in the art market and to make the connection between artists and art buyers. These are still material routes to market in London but the path into the art market is expanding and evolving due to artists becoming more entrepreneurial at artist-led art fairs such as the New Artist Fair and Talented Art Fair.
Surrey born, Vincent Kamp first exhibited his original oil paintings in 2014 at the New Artist Fair's 'Framed Exhibition' at Candid Galleries in Islington, London. Our visitors, including several galleries and other art event organisers, took great interest in his cinematographically styled portraits of sports and film stars such as Robert Downey Junior. Vincent continued to exhibit at the New Artist Fair over the next 2 years whilst fine tuning his distinct style of portraiture which artistically combines visual inspiration from movie sets with real life subcultures.
The inaugural Talented Art Fair in 2017 provided him the platform to exhibit a groundbreaking series for Vincent's career: his very popular (and completely sold out) Barber Shop paintings, which were hung in a Barber Shop setting within his own dedicated area in the fair. Unsurprisingly some of these paintings had sold even before the Private View, but exhibiting the work as a complete series was an important joint decision between Vincent and the art fair organisers that not only added value to the works of art but also provided them with an impressive provenance. By the end of TAF17, all 18 of his incredible oil paintings had found new collectors and he was scouted and signed by Mayfair's premium contemporary gallery Clarendon Fine Art. This meant TAF17 was the last time buyers would have the opportunity to buy Vincent's work directly from him and thus has propelled him into the next level of the London Art Market.
Many gallery level artists exhibited at the inaugural Talented Art Fair in March 2017, and Vincent Kamp epitomises this new era of artists who are combining their artistic talent, friendly personalities, absolute dedication and spot on business acumen. We're thrilled to be part of this artistic revolution happening in London and look forward to continuing to promote and nourish the 'artrepreneurs' who are creating new and positive stereotypes of what it means to be a professional artist.
TAF Director and Co-Founder Oliver Norris, caught up with Vincent exactly a year after his innovative Barber Shop exhibition at TAF17 to discuss his rise to success and the incredible journey he's been on. Continue reading to learn more about how he made it in the London Art World...