Easles at the ready…
Ahead of her Hampshire Art Fair, Muddy talks Picasso, emerging artists and a life-long love of colour with Nadia Waterfield.
Hi Nadia. Tell us more about the art you love and the kind of work we can expect at the fair?
I really love Sophie Walbeoff and Jeanette Hayes. As I get older my taste is becoming more abstract and I adore colour; that is one theme that runs throughout the exhibition, colour. The Scottish artist Charles Jamieson, who will be exhibiting, is a great example of this, his paintings of the tropics are alive with vibrant heat.
In all, we’ll be exhibiting over forty Contemporary British and International artists, showing over 250 original works of art.
What’s the deal, is the fair invite-only?
Not at all! It’s free and anyone who loves art is more than welcome. Come for a stolen-morning away from small children, work, teenagers and/or husbands; I’d love to see you. Grab a coffee, have a browse — there really is no pressure to buy, and if you are tentatively looking at purchasing your first piece, for a new house perhaps, then we have some very beautiful work at good prices (around the £500 mark) from talented artists at the start of their careers; paying in instalments is no problem at all either. Prices start at around £100 all the way up to the £4,000 mark.
I am also happy for people to take paintings home to live with for a bit with no pressure to buy. When you see work in your own house, with the morning and evening light, it helps you decide whether the painting is right for the space.
…and some of your favourite pieces in the show? A hard choice, we know!
I’ve always been attracted to colour, which is why I love the work of the Scottish Colourists. Three of my favourite artists, Terence Clarke, Simon Laurie and Charles Jamieson, will be exhibiting their work in this show.
Arabella Shand is a young artist and new to the gallery. Her naive and whimsical style really caught my eye and her prices are amazing, mostly under £500 despite some of the pieces being really quite large.
Archie Wardlaw is another up-and-coming artist. His prices are also under £500, but he will no-doubt be more expensive in time.
Finally, this is my most favourite Irish sculptor, Ana Duncan: simple, reflective and elegant.
There’s an international feel to lots of these pieces, where in the world inspires you?
Portugal for its incredible light, the dry heat, the bougainvilleas, blue sky and vibrant colour. My parents have a holiday house in the Algarve — we are a big, close family and I spend lots of time there, painting with my sisters.
In total contrast, the whole clan often heads to Scotland, just above Edinburgh near the Forth Bridge. On the estate, there’s a beautiful boathouse beside a vast, deep loch. This is not only a peaceful sanctuary, but a source of huge inspiration to me. Interestingly, four Scottish artists are exhibiting in the fair this year. The tiny village of Port Quinn on Cornwall’s wild north coast is also a regular haunt.
Can you fill us in on your background? How did you stumble into art?
I come from an artistic family, my three sisters are all professional painters (Nadia is also a land and seascape palette knife painter) and my mother is an interior designer. I used to work for a London-based art business, organising major art fairs, and went solo over ten-years-ago when I moved to the country.
This is an painting that one of my sisters, Zarina Stewart-Clark, is exhibiting in the show.
I love art and get such a kick out of being creative. With this gallery, I can revel in that; displaying the work I love as well as hosting talks and workshops, often linked to London shows. We recently held an evening on Picasso to coincide with the Tate Modern’s major exhibition of his work.
We also have workshops coming up on sculpting the horse in clay, painting flowers in oil and outdoor landscape painting for children [Head here for the full listing]. I adore teaching as well — especially teaching children. I do taster sessions and one-day immersion courses looking at basic techniques like the colour-wheel and mixing paints. I can also prepare pupils for art scholarships.
Another huge perk of the job is visiting the artists’ studios, really getting to know them and looking through all their work. I’m always uncovering gems.
A little bird tells me there are some big plans a-foot, we are curious?
Yes, I love big paintings and am so excited to be moving into a larger space next door very soon, so definitely watch this space.
The Hampshire Art Fair, Fri 20 Apr – Sat 5 May 2018, 11am – 5pm. Preview champagne drinks on Sat 21 Apr.
Nadia Waterfield Fine Art, The Old Dairy, Westover Farm, Goodworth, Clatford, Andover, Hants. SP11 7LF, 07717 833 999. nadiawaterfieldfineart.com, email@example.com