The Sussex Art Fair 2024 brochure is here!

I’m delighted to share the recently published Sussex Art Fair 2024 brochure, which features my oil painting of Polperro, Cornwall, on the front cover!

You can use the brochure to see who else is exhibiting as well as the floorplan – find me at stand 21 on May 10, 11 and 12.

Advance discounted tickets for Sussex Art Fair can now be purchased from our website. Come and meet 90 exhibitors with 3000+ original artworks available to add to your collections.

Starting at the ‘Preview Evening’ on Friday 10th May from 5.30pm until 8.30pm, come and be the first to view the works of the exhibiting artists along with a glass of fizz, before the event opens to the general public over the weekend on the 11th and 12th May. 

Opening hours:

Friday 10th May – Preview Evening – 5.30pm to 8.30pm
£10 Advance tickets online. £15 on the door
(Ticket includes complimentary fizz and unlimited weekend entry)

Saturday 11th May & Sunday 12th May – 11.00am to 5.00pm
£5 Advance tickets online – £7.50 on the door
(Free weekend entry for children under 16 and £5 weekend concessions on the door.
(Online tickets subject to Vat)

Address
Goodwood Racecourse
Selhurst Park Road
Chichester, UK
PO18 0PS

Prices of art start from as little as £50 for prints and smaller works to over £3,000 for outstanding masterpieces, so whether you are a collector or enthusiast, there will be something to suit every budget. The first floor café will be serving a selection of hot and cold food and drinks for visitors to make a day of it.

Plus, keep an eye out to see what I will be donating to the Sussex Wildlife Trust during the event…

Earth Day, April 22

Bluebell woods at Golden Hour, work in progress oil painting

A day to remember. I first discovered I shared my birthday with Earth Day when I joined social media – a day dedicated to environmental protection seemed apt as I have always loved being in nature and painting God’s creation. In honour of this special day, I recently published the first glimpse of a new oil painting of bluebell woods that I will be exhibiting for the first time at the Sussex Art Fair.

You can find out more about the origins of the organisation here.

Sussex Wildlife Trust during Sussex Art Fair

I’m excited to have been asked to contribute a small oil painting to the Sussex Wildlife Trust during the Sussex Art Fair on May 10, 11 and 12 at Goodwood Racecourse. All proceeds of that sale goes directly towards the Trust.

The Trust has over 37,000 members helping to protect the rich natural heritage of East and West Sussex, and Brighton and Hove.

Keep an eye out for details of what I will be donating…

Visit their website to see how you can support them: Welcome | Sussex Wildlife Trust

Other trusts I have supported include the Environment Trust and the National Trust.

Happy Easter! +

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” Michelangelo

For many people around the world, this weekend symbolises hope and everlasting life through Jesus Christ. Whether or not you believe, the idea of new life, rebirth and renewal permeates this season, with egg hunts, newborn animals, and cherry blossom or sakura festivals.

Religious art arguably reached its peak during the High Renaissance. Read on for an extract from a past blog entitled ‘Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci & Raphael about 1500 – High Renaissance art at The National Gallery’…

‘Cherry blossom’, chalk and sepia drawing

Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. Three names that, after 500 years, need little introduction to a modern audience. These paragons of the Italian Renaissance are generally credited as figureheads of High Renaissance art, imbuing their works with a psychological astuteness and dynamism, which visually embodied the prevalent resurgent interest in classical ideals after a period of cultural stagnation.

The National Gallery’s recent exhibition, ‘Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael about 1500’ aimed to explore an artistic dialogue that was initially friendly and respectful, but became at times contentious, due to the competitive nature of commissions available in Rome. The exhibition gathered together eight works by the three artists, showcasing how they learnt from, and sometimes ‘borrowed,’ from one another.

Acutely aware of one another’s presence in the social arena, each artist sought to be distinctive in his vision and execution:

Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), often described as the ultimate Renaissance Man, achieved mastery in many fields of study, combining both science and art in his craftsmanship. His initial desire was to work as an inventor of military weapons for the Duke of Milan, but was instead commissioned as the official painter for the court and subsequent wealthy patrons. He amassed hundreds of drawings of his ideas, leaving him with little time to paint. As a consequence, we have been left with a few examples of his paintings, most notably ‘The Virgin of the Rocks,’ depicting the Immaculate Conception, and Mona Lisa.

‘The Virgin of the Rocks’ (about 1491) by Leonardo da Vinci:

Michelangelo Buonarrotti (1475–1564) was by his own admission, a sculptor first; he expressed the human figure in marble, reimagining its form in all its powerful and physical dynamism. All his projects were vast and ambitious, placing the human body as central to emotional expression.

Raffaello Santi, or Raphael (1483–1520) embodied the classical ideals of harmony and beauty in both his paintings and even temperament. He drew his own study of Michelangelo’s Taddei Tondo and was initially influenced by Leonardo, yet imbued the face of the Madonna with his own preference for serenity and clarity and was a far more prodigious painter than Leonardo.

The Ansidei Madonna (1505), by Raphael:

The focus of the exhibition was Michelangelo’s ‘The Virgin and Child with the Infant Saint John,’ also known as the ‘Taddei Tondo’ (1504-5), on loan from the Royal Academy and the only marble sculpture by Michelangelo in the UK.

The psychological immediacy of the sculpture opposed the otherworldly virtues of Leonardo’s painting ‘The Virgin of the Rocks.’ Whereas revelation and relational humanity seems to be Michelangelo’s concern, Leonardo’s appears to be divine worship and reverence, aspiring to the ideals of beauty, similar to the harmonious aspirations of Raphael.

Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael were men of their time, yet their vision transcended their history and influenced generations of painters, sculptors and art collectors to come.

You can read the full blog here: Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci & Raphael about 1500 – High Renaissance art at The National Gallery – Charlotte Iggulden Art

Sussex Art Fair at Goodwood Racecourse is 6 weeks away! 10 – 12 May 2024

Here is a glimpse of some of the paintings I will be showing at my upcoming exhibition, plus useful information on how to get there and opening times…

‘Porthcurno Beach’ work in progress oil painting

ADDRESS: Selhurst Park Road, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0PS

Preview Evening
Friday 10th May: 5.30pm – 8.30pm – (£10 Advance tickets online – £15 on the door)
(Ticket includes complimentary fizz and unlimited entry during public open days)

General Admission
Saturday 11th May: 11.00am – 5.00pm – (£5 Advance tickets online – £7.50 on the door)
Sunday 12th May: 11.00am – 5.00pm – (£5 Advance tickets online – £7.50 on the door)
(Free weekend entry for children under 16 and £5 weekend concessions (on the door)
(Online tickets subject to Vat)

Advance discounted tickets can be purchased from ticket service provider Eventbrite or on the door at the event.

I look forward to seeing you there!