Scandi artist Oliver Bak opens his first show in Knightsbridge

Danish painter Oliver Bak

It’s Bak’s first solo show in London, at the Cassius & Co gallery a stone’s throw from Harrods department store.

The theme of the show, Caves in the Sky, is also the title of a limited edition artist’s book where Bak interprets poems by French writer Roger Gilbert-Lecomte (1907 – 1943).

He discovered Gilbert-Lecomte’s ‘Caves in the sky’ purely by chance and was instantly fascinated by the surrealism of the verse. As a result, Bak’s drawings are ghostly and mystical as the words of Gilbert-Lecomte.

Oliver Bak in London – his first show

Bak stumbled on the book while living in Paris but is now back in Copenhagen. But all artists, British or not, want to make it in London! His pieces are available from the Cassius & Co gallery just off Knightbridge, London.

The Battersea Affordable Art Fair was the last stop on the winter round up of wall and shelf pieces. Works largely under £6000 (or US $7,300), fly off the wall during the four-day exhibition in one of London’s prettiest parks.

The AAF is a bi-annual event in Battersea and pulls in real art lovers. Works have to be “affordable” but the questions is what is affordable? It appears to be around $7000 – but it’s great to see so many locals snapping up works by sometimes unknowns. It could one day turn out to have been a great investment (our money is one of those mysterious Oliver Bak in London pieces at the Casius & Co gallery.

However, they do love their celebrity art. Poor David Bowie and Marilyn Monroe are reproduced a million times and many of them show up at the AAF. Here’s another regular: Audrey Hepburn.

So much cooky decor and art in London

Artist Marco Lodola produced this sculpture in perspex and neon of the late Roman Holiday actress – and actually the price sneaked in at £6,900.

There’s so much cooky decor and art on show nowadays so that when I see an ordinary still life of a vase with flowers or a piece of fruit it’s a relief. How peaceful is a bunch of flowers?

So I have to include the simple Daisies and Scabious by Rosemary Lewis in my top picks from the Fair. Lewis deserves full marks for such as simple piece amongst the ocean of far out, in-your-face collections.

On-Eye Daisies and Scabious, oil on wood panel, by Rosemary Lewis
Audrey Hepburn sculpture in perspex and neon by Marco Lodola

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