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The International Art Fair in London starts on 16th February and based on previous years, I would say it is well worth a visit. I have a small stack of complementary invitations courtesy of Cambridge based Strover Gallery who are exhibiting, which will save you the entrance fee (giving you that bit more to spend on art!). Give me a shout if you would like one.

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I briefly visited the International Art Fair at the Royal College of Art of Saturday and was amazed at the number of stands and the range of work there. As ever, it reminded me how difficult it is to choose art, particularly when confronted with such variety, and just like shopping, much depends on the quality of the stand and the way that the work is presented. My golden rules with picking art, both for myself and as part of an interior design project, is to know your style before you start looking and to ensure that you really LOVE the piece before you buy. Try not to buy a piece based on size of space you want to fill or colour of the room – you run the risk of ending up with a compromise.

Of course I would say that my friend Lynne Strover, who runs the truly wonderful Strover Gallery in Fen Ditton had the best stand but I was also delighted to see that she has found a wonderful new artist Rosemary Vanns and I was/am sorely tempted by her work.

Strover Gallery - Clive Blackmore Lynne Strover - Peter Joyce

Clive Blackmore                                               Peter Joyce

Lynne Strover - Rosemary Vanns Strover Gallery - Maggi Hambling

Rosemary Vanns                                             Maggi Hambling

Other stands that for me were worth noting were the Lime Tree Gallery based in Suffolk (Long Melford) and Bristol

Lime Tree Gallery Lime Tree Gallery

Lime Tree Gallery – Gareth Thomas           Lime Tree Gallery – Robert Newton

and Dominic Kemp who has a great range of good prints.

Dominic Kemp Prints

Dominic Kemp Prints – Terry Frost         Dominic Kemp Prints – Edward Dawden

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