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The London Original Print Fair: Pt. 1

Last week, I was the lucky recipient of a wonderful surprise. Rebecca Jewell had very kindly sent me an invitation and so I set off to attend the 27th London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Have you ever been? It has the most magnificent approach.


 Once inside, the ceiling took my breath away and I stopped, vainly trying to capture it in its entirety - to no avail.


This year's exhibition happened to coincide with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and Rebecca had created a few pieces especially.



A grand total of 51 shops, galleries and schools of art exhibited at the event so I was, regretfully, unable to see and photograph as much as I would have liked. The fact that I spent an inordinate amount of time lingering over certain pieces did not help matters much either.


Sir Peter Blake's Found Art: England Forever, 2011.


 Sir Peter Blake's Found Art: Hope and Love, 2011.


Nothing compares to seeing Sir Peter Blake's found art series in the flesh, so to speak. The detail he captures in otherwise humble objects and ephemera is truly astonishing. Despite appearances to the contrary, these are not embroidered fabric panels but rather digital representations enlarged to up to 50 times their original size.

I prefer to capture minute detail in my photographs but if you would like to see more of the works above and explore the series in greater depth, you can do so here and here.

I shall be back just as soon as I can with more impressions from my day at The London Original Print Fair. In the meantime, I would love to know your thoughts. Do you prefer pop art or do more traditional art forms take your fancy?


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Reader Comments (9)

Those chandelier/ceiling photos are STUNNING Chi! I think this is a fair I would have really enjoyed! I love your posts like this! They make me feel like I was there...

Wishig you a great day!

April 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKinga

I'm totally an art-traditionalist. No pop art for me! Or modern, really. But Impressionist and Renaissance paintings? Be still my heart! I love the Royal Academy, but only from the outside, having never been in. It's absolutely lovely from the looks of it. You are quite the lucky lady to have been invited to that exhibit! Did you treat yourself to anything? I can't believe those aren't actual embroideries! That's crazy!

April 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I find it really hard to concentrate at galleries and museums. I'm always distracted by the architecture and design of the space itself. That ceiling would totally distract me! It's beautiful.

April 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterannie

Oh, Chi, what a wonderful invitation to have received. What a treat for you. I agree, that ceiling is stunning. I would surely get a crick in my neck staring at its awesomeness above. I also love all the embroidery (you know how I love embroidery). Though, I am glad you pointed out that the works were actually digital representations. Nonetheless, you can see all the detail and love that goes into each work. Can't wait to see more of your visit.

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

I've never been to the London Original Print Fair and happy to see your review. Of course the RA is incredible but am loving the pieces you photographed and so beautifully too.

I am a fan of a lot of diverse art. Probably contemporary art is my least favourite but am open to it. Not looking forward to the Damien Hirst but will pop in if only to see the diamond skull.

Lovely to see you yesterday:)

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertina

beautiful photos... again! you gals really do inspire me to get out & about more! sue

April 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersue

Oh my GOSH. That first photo...all of them, but that first photo you took, truly stunning. It totally draws you in. I felt like I was there with you. I grew up with an abstract sculptor father, so while I do have a love for modern art, *pop* art is not really my thing. The details in this work are stunning, and you've captured them beautifully. Bliss.

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

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