The Affordable Art Fair (AAF) is a unique event that takes place every year in the most important cities in the world: London, New York, Melbourne, Sydney, Amsterdam, Singapour, Brussels and Milan. The fair offers the opportunity to discover new artists or to get pieces by famous artists, all at price range going from fifty to five thousand Euros. A true occasion for interior design lovers to get an authentic bargain.
Last weekend, the Inner Design team visited the AAF in Brussels, now at its 4th edition, Located in the inspiring Tour et Taxis area, an old, renovated industrial site close to the city canal, the fair hosted over 90 Belgian and International galleries.
Tour & Taxis - Brussels
It was interesting to spot several trends that seem to be quite popular among artists in these days: while paper finds a true boom, showing its versatility as a support to paint on but also as a material with which producing the actual piece of art, the real protagonist of the contemporary artistic panorama seems to be the face of the woman. Proposed in an infinite variety of techniques, but mostly in a very close up framing, the female charm shows itself at its most beautiful with huge pieces of art.
The impressive stand by the "More" gallery, showcased the "Lovely creatures" collection by Belgian artist Monique Reyniers. A series of square-shaped canvases where big expressive eyes and sensual lips create a deep impact with who is watching them.
Night; Silver – Christiaan Lieverse
Christiaan Lieverse from Utrecht is the author of the two most emotional pieces of the whole fair. His works “Night” and “Silver” are the result of the artist’s journey to Japan, where he took the inspiration for a beautiful collection focused on geishas. The gallery introducing his creations is Villa del Arte from Barcelona.
Royal Blue; Air; New moon – Edo Kaaij
Between abstract and figurative, the work of Edo Kaaj brought to the fair by Brussels-based gallery "Artemptation" shows three different women with intense expressions, in shades of blue and brown to rusty reds.
Ready – Pipsqueak was here
Brought to AAF by the Dutch "Look for art" gallery from Amsterdam, "Ready" by Pipsqueak was here is a mixed media technique on what seems to be an old wooden door, showing the shades of an Afro woman’s face.
Audrey - Gavin Rain
Pointillist and neo-impressionist painter Gavin Rain from Cape Town proposes an optical illusion, where coloured circles bring us a zoom of Audrey Hepburn’s face. His work is promoted by the "Arteredgallery", based in New York and Barcelona.
Untitled – Laurence Burvenich
Finally, with her untitled work, Laurence Burvenich exhibits three painting with the same female subject in different expressions, all in the colours of rusty browns.