And so the Art Car Boot Fair happened, the Cheap Art Manifesto was posted, leaves and stars went on their way and…

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2018 Art Car Boot Fair, King’s Cross, London, September 2018

And so the 2018 Art Car Boot Fair happened in the sunshine of Granary Square over at Kings Cross, here in London. Here’s a for tastes of the view from my part of the Cultivate “boot”. We didn’t really escape from our boot all day, things were rather full on and wonderfully non-stop, so not so many photos of other people and their art this year (sorry). Excellent day, lots of good people, lots of sales, sales are always nice, lots of good conversation (sorry if I didn’t manage to say hello, things were very busy at times). I love taking part in the annual Art Car Boot Fair, I like that are gets to relax a bit, hair let down, pretentious thoughts kicked into touch for the day. Not everything is perfect about the day, of course not, bit the good things far outweigh the bad and well we had a great time under the big red Cultivate gazebo.

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2018 Art Car Boot Fair, King’s Cross, London, September 2018

The Why Cheap Art Manifesto isn’t my piece of art but I did have it pasted up as part of my presentation at yesterday’s Art Car Boot Fair. A couple of weeks ago a gallery I won’t name, run by an artist I won’t bother naming either, told me art was just a business – needless to say I won’t be working with him any time soon. Had a great day yesterday at the fair, a great day meeting people, selling paintings for the price of a good loaf of bread, original pieces of art really should be for all, if you ever catch me saying art is just a business then please do take my brushes and pencils away. Great day at the fair yesterday, big thanks everyone, Here’s a photo or two…

 

 

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The 2018 Hundred Pieced Piece, a piece of work in one hundred parts, one hundred paintings painted together for the Art Car Boot Fair…

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THE 2018 HUNDRED PIECED PIECE – The 2018 Art Car Boot fair is almost upon us and tradition now almost demands the annual Hundred Pieced Piece, a now annual piece of work in one hundred parts, a hundred paintings on recycled cardboard all painted together, all painted at the same time, each piece on sale at just £1 per painting on the day of the fair. The day this year being Sunday September 16th and the place being Granary Square, Kings Cross. The piece is about many things, about leaves growing on the things we waste, fresh layers of growth on the things we mindlessly throw out, about recycling, about the notions of art for all, that art can be fun, original paintings can be for everyone, the notions of the cheap art manifesto, the idea that anyone can get involved in collecting and enjoying art, that art is not just for the privileged few, that art isn’t a business (a curator, a curator who is also an artist, a rather boring artist, said to me recently that he thought art was just another business, that it was nothing more than that, how depressing, what a soulless thing for an artist to say). I like the idea that these pieces are affordable to (almost) everyone, that these pieces might be the first piece of original art that a youngster might buy, that it might spark an idea, a smile, that the painting might make someone smile when they look at it, art needs to have a soul, it doesn’t always have to come with a massive price tag. I enjoy painting these pieces for the Art Car Boot Fair, I love be part of the Art Car Boot Fair,I think this is the fifth time I’ve painted a Hundred piece for the fair now. Here then are the hundred leaves (or whatever you wish to see) for the 2018 Art Car Boot Fair, see you in Kings Cross, bring your coins, the Art Car Boot Fair is always one of the best days of the year, art is everyone.

 

 

The 2017 Art Car Boot Fair came and went in a rush of big crowds and art and engagement and

The 2017 Art Car Boot Fair came and went in a rush of big crowds and art and engagement and more. Here’s how the Art Car Boot Fair looked from our boot-shaped stall…. “Well that was great fun! What an excellent day, It was never going to be quite the same south of the river, of course it wasn’t, and a lot of the debate at the end of it all revolved around comparing the day with the great days of previous fairs and the buzz of Brick Lane. To compare really is the wrong thing to do though, of course it was never going to be the quite the same and in a month where East London has been rather alive with art and the buzz of the very recently East London Art Night amongst other East London things of a more artist-led nature, it seemed a little strange to be loaded up with art and heading for South London early on a Sunday morning….   read on via the Organ pages

a whole load of photos of slice of the fair…

 

The ongoing notion of a smaller painting concluded on every day of the year in 2017…

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157/365 – Fresh Leaf Growth, June 6th Fresh growth, new layers, leaves and the ongoing notion of a smaller painting brought to a completed conclusion on every single day of 2017. On day 157, a 157th piece, acrylic, marker pen, brushwork, spray paint, varnish on the cover of a found hardback book…

The ongoing notion of a smaller painting brought to a completed conclusion on every day of the year in 2017. I imagine the pieces that haven’t already been sold or left hanging as #43ArtDrop pieces, will be on sale at very reasonable prices at this Sunday’s Art Car Boot fair over in Vauthall, London, E11.

 

The 2017 One Hundred Pieced Piece for this year’s Art Car Boot Fair….

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The 2017 One Hundred Pieced Piece

It has now become quite a tradition to produce a One Hundred Pieced Piece for the London leg of the Art Car Boot Fair.  A piece of work in one hundred parts, one hundred rather fast pop art flavoured paintings painted on recycled cardboard, each part of the piece for sale at just £1, and that is a very important part of the piece, the notion of art for everyone, that an original piece of art can be bought by anyone at the fair (I did get haggled down to 50p last year by one young lad who claimed he only had £1 left) and that material thrown away and heading for landfill should be re-used. And really if people are just going to throw things away without too much thought then leaves will grow on those thrown away things.

The Art Car Boot Fair happens this Sunday, this year in Vauxhall and not in Brick Lane, (don’t be going to Brick Lane).

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The 2017 Art Car Boot Fair is almost upon us, and as I’ve said on these pages before, always one of the highlights of our art year, Sunday 9th July is the date, Whitgift Street, Vauxhall, London, SE11 is the place so don’t be making for Brick Lane this year, Vauxhall is the place (which is good news for regular event sponsors Vauxhall cars)

And as a participating artist it is always an exciting pleasure to be invited to take part in the Art Car Boot Fair. This is the day when art lets down his or her hair (still wonder if art is a he or a she?), always one of the highlights of the London art Calendar, and this year things are to be a little bit re-booted. The theme is “Originals” and there’s an exciting new venue down by the Newport Street gallery in Vauxhall.   This year sees a return to the event being more about the actual artists than galleries and the rule is that all the artists will be there in their car boots there to talk to and should you wish to, buy art from them, then please do….

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The 2017 One Hundred Pieced Piece

Karen Ashton, Founder of the Art Car Boot Fair says, “As well as bringing an original line-up to our new location in Vauxhall, we’ll also be drawing on all the talents our exciting new locale has to offer.”

“We’re right at the centre of Vauxhall’s burgeoning creative quarter with a fantastic array of galleries, pop-ups, and established gems like the Vauxhall City Farm, MI6, Beaconsfield Gallery and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern – so expect guys and spies, plus the odd Llama and lots of cool art in the mix this year! We’re also hoping for a guest appearance and contribution from the owner of the Newport Street Gallery. A special thanks to our new hosts U+I and The Workshop.”

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2016 100 PIECED PIECE….

The Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair takes place on Sunday 9th July at the Workshop, by Newport Street Gallery, Whitgift Street, London SE11 between 12-6pm. Entry is priced at £5.

The full list of artists as announced by the Art Car Boot Fair reads as followS: Sir Peter Blake, Gavin Turk, Mat Collishaw, Geraldine Swayne, Bob & Roberta Smith, Polly Morgan, Rachel Howard, Pam Hogg, Marcus Harvey, Vic Reeves, Kristjana S Williams, Tracey Neuls, Keith Coventry, Ian Dawson, Jane Simpson. Charming Baker, Jessica Voorsanger, Ben Eine, Camille Phoenix, ARTourist with Alice Herrick, Rachel Megawhat and Jeffrey Louis Reed, Nina Fowler, Paul Kindersley, Robert Rubbish, Keeler Tornero, Sophy Rickett, Jason Gibilaro, Misha, Richard Clegg, Barry Reigate, Jake Clarke, Carrie Reichardt, Schoony, Pure Evil, Holly Allan, Christian Furr, Original Sinners with Marie–Teresa Gavazzi, India Roper-Evans and Julia Maddison, Paul Sakoilsky, Trolley, Wilma Johnson, The Binnie Sisters, Renaissance Selfies, Bumble & Earwig, X Ray Fog, Kate Knight, James Joyce, James Unsworth, Amelia Troubridge, Carla Borel, Mr Bingo, Tony Beaver, Laura New, Colin Self, Christopher Baxter, Keeler Tornero, Joseph Gibson, Helen Pritchard, Edy Ferguson, Oliver Guy Watkins, Ivan Black, Darren Coffield, Jessica Albarn, David J Batchelor, Dylan Thomas Book Bus, Wildcat Will, Sophy Rickett, Bip Ling, Stephanie Carlton-Smith, Jessica Wilson, Silvia Ziranek, Cullinan & Richards, Cliff Pearcey, David Fenwick, Marty Thornton, Mark Jones, Kelly-Ann Davitt, Paul Hodgson, Dion Kitson, Meanmail, MLBennetDesign, Bethnal Green Working Mens Club, Charlie Evaristo Boyce.

Special single artists presentations from Artlyst, Art on a Postcard with Harland Miller, True Rocks with Bip Ling, House of Fairytales with Ian Dawson, The Idler, Cob Gallery, Moniker with Ben Eine, Insititute of Imagination, Turps Banana & Alumni . Other Criteria & Newport Street Gallery with Helen Beard & Harland Miller . Beaconsfield with Seb Patane. Worton Hall Studios with Bruce McLean .Newport Street Gallery . Alteria Arts with John Isaacs & Jake & Dinos Chapman . Jealous Gallery with Charming Baker. Resort . Flying Leaps with Inkflood’s Robert Clarke and the inimitable Dr D. Outside World. Cultivate with Sean Worrall, Emma Harvey and Quiet British Accent . The Amorist . KIN ART with RYCA & Swifty . Smithson Gallery. L-13 with Billy Childish and MANGeL PrESS.  PLUS Black Cow Vodka Bar . Counter . Bean About Town . Vout-O-Reenees Bar . Vintage Vauxhall Market with Mark Hill, Retrouvius, The Brocant Boys and many more besides….

The latest #43ArtDrop piece, where did they go? Art is about engagement…

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The latest #43ArtDrop piece burst out all over Leytonstone, London E11, as part of the 2017 Leytonstone Arts Trial, It happened over the weekend, or at least started, a piece of work in 43 parts, 43 paintings, 43 pieces painted on found material picked up off the street and recycled or upcycled or however you wish to describe the process of grabbing the things we waste, saving them from landfill and letting leaves grow on them before they are put back on the streets.

43 paintings hung on the streets, art left there for people to take should they wish to. 43 pieces hung, the first of them “dropped” in the sunshine of the opening day of the Leytonstone Arts Trail and then a trail left around the trail, a trail of art drops (never dropped, always carefully placed, a considered hang) around East London and beyond.

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Twenty two of the pieces went out over the weekend, the rest will go out on the streets during the week ahead of next Sunday’s Art Car Boot Fair.  Always a highlight of the London art year, I love taking part in the Art Car Boot Fair,  always an honour to be invited, always an exciting line up of artists, more about that later, today is catching up with the progress  of the latest #43ArtDrop and posting some of the photos. And of course a big part of the #43ArtDrop pieces is the interaction and the use of the hashtag and people posting photos on their social media feeds.  Did you find one? Art is about engagement.

Please click on an image o the drops pieces or to enlarge or to run the fracture slide show….

 

On with the notion of a daily conclusion of a painting, “Growth on a Mighty Maytones Record”

On with the notion of a daily conclusion of a painting.  57/365 – “Growth on a Mighty Maytones Record”. Fresh leaf growth and the notion of a painting brought to a finished state every day of the year during 2017. Fresh leaf growth on an unwanted recycled 12″ vinyl Record – Acrylic, spray paint, brush work, marker pen, glitter paint, varnish  The 57th painting of 2017

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57/365 – “Growth on a Mighty Maytones Record”

Meanwhile this rather pleasing  photo just turned up on my social media feed, I’m guessing it was somewhere around the Art Car Boot Fair last year (or maybe the year before), two of the hundred £1 pieces that have almost become an Art Cat Boot Fair tradition now (photo by Martin Westhorp)

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The 58th and 59th painting were completed yesterday and the day before, the 58th saw fresh layers and leaves on another evolving unwanted 12″ piece of vinyl, the 59th on a found unwanted fashion bag, an Eileen Fisher bag rescued from a Hackney skip.