Art lovers who seek out lesser-known gems, stay tuned: the British capital’s autumn art season will kick off this year at the Saatchi Gallery, for the fifth edition of Start Art Fair (13th-16th September 2018, startartfair.com). Presenting the work of more than 50 artists from over 25 countries to collectors, investors and other enthusiasts, Start Art Fair has become, over four previous editions, a vital platform for emerging talent.
“The concept [for the fair] was originally born in the back of a cab in Hong Kong about eight years ago,” Nigel Hurst, CEO at the Saatchi Gallery, told guests at a dinner hosted by himself and fellow co-founders David and Serenella Ciclitira in late June. “Larger art fairs have become quite ubiquitous, but as a result ended the larger scope of discovery, so how better to change that than focusing on younger artists? Galleries and artists are symbiotic – they work together. The art world is now truly international – a voyage of discovery to uncover tomorrow’s art today. It’s important because fundamentally, artists at the early stages of their careers need people to support and sell their work.”
Among those given a platform will be Egyptian Artist and sculptor Sham Shendi, who creates coloured abstractions of the human figure. “The more people see your work the more people appreciate it, and for an artist like me I always like to leave a legacy behind me,” Shendi told guests at the same event. “That’s what I’ll be doing at Start, where every piece I’m showing was made specifically for the fair.”
Painter Persham Ghalamder, who re-located to Manchester from his home town of Tehran two years ago, added: “I paint both the light and the dark, like conflict and the fact that we live in a world that should be united to build. That’s a major theme in my works, more of which you’ll see at Start this year.”
Look out, too, for Japanese artist Kazz Morishita’s Kazz Moon series, a dedication to Earth’s only natural satellite, captured using a blend of traditional camerawork and modern technological image treatments. Also present will be SMO Contemporary Art, a collective from Nigeria who specialise in complementing visual art with dance, poetry and performance.