Director’s Picks: 10 must-see pieces at Affordable Art Fair 2017

Returning for its fifth edition, this year’s Affordable Art Fair boasts a jam-packed programme: a series of educational events where guests can learn more about the artworks that they so admire; travelling creative studio M+ Rover, thanks to a partnership with M+; and The Creative Hub, a hotspot of artist-lead tours and other activities – including a Home Journal booth where you’ll be able to have a chat with the editors, pick up a copy of our latest issue, and enter our reader-exclusive giveaway.

See more: Editor’s Picks: what not to miss at Le French May 2017

The core of the fair, however, continues to be the array of artworks on display. Created mostly by emerging and mid-career artists this year, the works are thought-provoking while also easily matched with favourite furnishings and accessories within the home.

Not sure where to begin? Fair director Stephanie Kelly has curated a shortlist of pieces you should be sure to check out this year.

Swipe through our slideshow below:

This Is EXIT Square – White (2017) by Yuki Matsueda at A.Style

Japanese artist Yuki Matsueda's eye catching works almost leap from the surface they lie on. Matsueda is growing significantly in recognition, and he’s a great artist for people to look out for if they are in the market for something quite unique. In this piece, Matsueda animates the sign and signifier, creating a 3D artwork. 

Blossom Cherry Tree (2016) by Lieu Nguyen Huong Duong at Art Blue Studio

The blossom cherry works by Vietnamese artist Lieu Nguyen Huong Duong are incredibly eye-catching because of the meticulous attention to detail that goes into creating his paintings. All of the painting is done by dropping the paint onto the canvas – a brush never touches its surface.

Hope of Light VI (2017) by Christophe Denoux at CWC Consulting & Art

New to the fair, Christophe Denoux creates mesmerising stained glass works, asking audiences to experience the beauty of light passing through each piece. His work uses traditional and natural materials with ancient artisanal mosaic and glass techniques whilst giving them a contemporary appeal.

Biblioteca Joanina. The Grand Piano (2016) by Reinhard Görner at Envie D’Art 

Celebrating architecture and history, Reinhard Görner’s works are perfect for adding some elegance, depth and grand scale to any home – large or small. Capturing the beauty of historic rooms, he uses his large-format camera to orchestrate monumental works.

Pow Pow Pow (2016) by Jacky Tsai at Eyestorm

A favourite artist at the fair, Jacky Tsai’s works are complex and vibrant. As a Chinese artist now based in London, his work refers to western pop art while maintaining his roots in China, embracing two cultural extremes by fusing eastern and western social imagery.

Gorilla (2017) by Ryuma Imai at H-Art Beat Gallery

Ryuma Imai is an internationally acclaimed Japanese contemporary artist. He creates his bold, colourful works by pouring out black enamel and it filling with bright colours, bringing the creature on his canvas to life. Without perfect control over where the paint will go, the result of his paintings is never the same.

Shadow 36 Maquette (2016) by Jonathan Thompson at Karin Weber Gallery

Jonathan Thompson is an Australian artist who works with metal stencil maquettes, etchings and paintings, exploring his endless fascination with shadows and light. His works are based on close observation of the shadows created by the human figure, resulting in works that can change depending on the environment or backdrop.

Untitled (2016) by Nissa Kauppila at KF Art Space

Nissa Kauppila - who was selected for the FRESH exhibition focusing on debuting artists at the fair last year – focuses on the fragility of nature. Her works are simple yet powerful. Her immersion in Chinese ink painting techniques has also strongly influenced her style, resulting in delicate detail and the feeling of movement in her works.

Party (2015) by Huang Yulong at Platform D’Art

Chinese artist Huang Yulong will present a large scale installation and smaller sculptures. Surrounded by Buddhism his whole life, Huang was influenced to create his own version of Buddha. He wanted to add his personal character to the traditional icon and incorporate his passion for breakdancing.

Ladder Street in 1973 (1973) by Keith McGregor

Photographer Keith MacGregor will be showcasing a retrospective look at over 40 years of striking city scenes of Hong Kong’s rapidly evolving environment. This work perfectly allows people to wander back in time as they take in the city’s history.

May 19-21, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Images courtesy of Affordable Art Fair