In terms of current buying patterns, the focus has shifted from the higher end of the market explains Hyslop. “In light of the current economy, purchases are more considered and younger artists are becoming more attractive,” she explains. “While in the past year the high end of the market has become more difficult to move, it has created an appetite for contemporary art,” she says.
Asked who she’d put her money on at this year’s fair and Hyslop replied: “Bastiaan van Stenis, who is a new discovery. His work is very layered, using a diverse range of cloth, paint and wax. One needs to look at the work again and again to unwrap the meaning.
He is a committed artist and work ethic is as important as talent in the art world.
“I’ve also got me eye on Gabrielle Kruger, who has created an innovative, but immersive, landscape using paint, where paint effectively becomes plant. There are also some wonderful works from Artist Proof Studios.”
The RMB Turbine Art Fair open this Thursday (July 12) with a VIP cocktail party and continues until Sunday (July 15). Head to their website for more fair details, speakers and featured galleries.