Finding greatness
Finding greatness
Following his February glimpse into what makes great art, Fresh: Art Fair co-founder Anthony Wardle tells us how to find ‘greatness’ at the Fair this April

The thrill of the chase There are few greater pleasures in the world of art than spotting what you believe to be an exciting new talent, buying their work for a song, watching them evolve and seeing their popularity, recognition and value blossom. All great artists start nowhere.

You may see an artist’s potential in the quality of their drawing, or their use of colour, their brush strokes, their rich impasto or their re-imagining of a landscape, an object or a person. You may spot a Matisse-like eye for line and form, or a Picasso-esque rendering of human emotion. You may see hints of Gormley, Moore or Frink in a simple sculpture in bronze or marble. Or you may see complete originality. Look again because you may be seeing nascent greatness.

Degrees of greatness

Canaletto, Rembrandt, Monet, Rousseau, Gauguin, Hokusai, Rodin and more beyond count, fall into my ‘All Time Greats’ category. More recent additions would be Picasso, Chagal, Miro and Henry Moore. Then there are the ‘New Greats’, mostly living artists that have blazed new trails in creativity …Hockney, Hirst and Emin, Banksy, Blake and Gormley, household names made famous by prescient patrons, influential publicists and not a little audacity.

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March 2020