How to Own
Britain has produced some cracking contemporary artists who’ve taken the art world by storm and command huge sums at auction. The most well-known is, of course, Turner Prize winning painter and sculptor Damien Hirst.
Hirst has fascinated and dominated the art market for nearly thirty years: from the sensational cows, sheep and sharks in formaldehyde that hurled him into public consciousness, through pill cabinet sculptures, the more accessible spin and dot paintings, that diamond-encrusted skull, butterfly works (living and not), and - after a short lull – he’s again creating waves with his fantastical barnacle-covered ‘shipwreck’ treasures on display at this year’s Venice Biennale.
Hirst’s work continues to be highly sought after and, at auction this year alone, a sculpture of a large glass and stainless steel cabinet containing coloured plasters and painted pills – ‘The Void’ (2000) - sold for nearly $6m; a spot painting ‘Levamisole’ (2004-2011) went for some $876k; and another, ‘Malonic-2-13C Acid’ (2002), for c$607k.
Would you like to own a work by Damien Hirst? Well, for a fraction of the price, you can: in the form of a limited edition print. An original work of art – such as a sculpture or oil painting – can be reproduced as limited edition printed work: often made with pigment-based inks and using a print technique, such as etching, woodcutting, silkscreen or digital printing, the work is usually presented on high quality, archival paper. Post-printing, the artist might add, by hand, elements such as varnish, paint – even diamond dust – to highlight and define aspects of the image. If the print is a limited edition then the total number is identified, and restricted, and the works are signed and numbered by the artist. At the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea this October, you’ll find a selection of striking and affordable limited edition prints by Damien Hirst at Manifold Editions and, depending on what’s available, you might be able to buy a work that includes one of his instantly recognisable motifs: spots, skulls, spins or butterflies.
Manifold Editions also sells limited edition prints by other internationally acclaimed contemporary artists such as sculptor and painter Marc Quinn who you may know for his artworks of Kate Moss in yoga poses (a sculpture of this sold at auction for $1.3m), his sculpture of pregnant Alison Lapper on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth, or paintings of eye irises and exotic flowers (a recent flower painting sold at auction for $149,000). If you prefer portraiture, there will also be limited edition prints from the wonderfully talented Jonathan Yeo whose distinctive works are in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery and The Royal Collection, and whose painting recently sold for £100,000 at auction. You may like the beautiful image of Sienna Miller, the thoughtful work on Cara Delevingne, or Kevin Spacey depicted as the dastardly President Frank Underwood of the award-winning Netflix series, House of Cards.
Other galleries at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea are also selling limited edition prints by artists or photographers who are widely known and highly acclaimed. Beetles + Huxley’s Print Room, with its theme of Summer of Love, 1967 is showcasing classic works by a selection of fine art photographers including Terry O’Neill, who has captured some of the most iconic faces from fashion, music, politics, screen and sport during a career spanning some fifty years, and Gered Mankowitz who focused on the music industry, photographing megastars of the age such as Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones, with many of these works appearing in books, album covers and in magazines.
Enjoy the limited edition prints by famous names – and sharing the stories of their exciting lives and fascinating works.
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