British Art Fair Shows Greatest Works of the Past Century

Patrick Hughes, Gorilla Guerrilla, 2019 (unframed), oil on board construction 69 x 84 x 20 cm, courtesy of Alon Zakaim

The 31st edition of the British Art Fair opens on the 3rd October, running to the 6th October 2019 at the Saatchi Gallery, London.

Showing work by Britain’s greatest artists of the past century, presented by fifty specialist dealers, the British Art Fair (BAF) was founded in 1988 as the 20th Century British Art Fair and remains the only fair dedicated to Modern British Art.

Christopher Wood, On the Quay (Catania), 1927, Oil on canvas, 37.5 x 45.75 cm. Courtesy of Osborne Samuel.

In 2018, under new ownership, it moved to Saatchi Gallery whose magnificent museum-quality galleries provide the perfect backdrop for its superb showcase of art.

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The latest edition recognises that the category of Modern British is dynamic as new generations of artists establish themselves. This year the fair will coincide with Frieze Week.

“The fair’s move to Saatchi Gallery last year was a great success” says director Robert Sandelson. “We look forward again to the discoveries, the bold exhibitions and broad celebration of British art of the last century.”


David Inshaw | Ground Floor Curated for BAF by Andrew Lambirth, long time Spectator art critic and author of  David Inshaw: Between Fantasy and Reality, and The Redfern Gallery.

Alan Davie, Priest of the Red Temple, 1956, Oil on canvas, 183 x 244 cm. Courtesy of Alan Wheatley Art.

YBAS | First Floor Curated by leading YBA artist Gavin Turk, Saatchi Gallery and BAF and dedicated to the late gallerist Karsten Schubert (1961-2019) who played a pivotal role in the YBA movement.

Alan Davie | Second Floor A major retrospective of works by the Scottish artist, Alan Davie, one of the most important Modern British abstract painters, curated by Alan Wheatley who has represented the artist’s estate since 2017.

Barbara Hepworth, Atlantic Form (Blue), oil & pencil on gesso prepared board, 63.5 x 46 cms, Courtesy of The Nine British Art


British Art Fair has over fifty leading dealers from across the UK, and artists from all the important movements in Modern British Art from the early modernists to the YBAs.

Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY
Tel: 020 3856 6969
Open: Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday 11am-8pm, Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 11am-6pm
Tickets: £15.00 (online concessions)

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