London Original Print Fair launches virtual exhibition

The organisers of The London Original Print Fair (LOPF) have said the event will launch online on May 1.

LOPF Online will feature viewing rooms for its 51 exhibitors and a series of Spotlight Exhibitions, allowing visitors to replicate the magic of browsing the Fair in the real world.

Ken Kiff, Bright Rainbow, Tree and Hills, (detail), 1989,
Ken Kiff, Bright Rainbow, Tree and Hills, (detail), 1989, monotype, Courtesy The Estate of Ken Kiff and Marlborough, New York and London.

Art enthusiasts are invited to visit the site at to look, learn and buy direct from the exhibitors of this, the 35th and first ever online edition of the London Original Print Fair.

In a bid to recreate the pleasure of visiting the Fair and discovering new exhibitors and new works, the curated Spotlight Exhibitions follow themes including In with the New: newly published prints; Masters of Monochrome: A Wall of Black and White; and old master print highlights.

Some approachable introductions to prints are available to those looking to buy works under £2,000 or explore works that celebrate the best of British. Guest Collector’s Choices include selections from Cath Kidston, Rebecca Salter PRA and The Art Newspaper’s, Anna Brady.

Hosting some of the best print dealers, galleries and publishers in the world, LOPF Online provides a resource for collectors across the globe, showcasing some of the best prints on the market. An interactive map gives regular visitors the opportunity to pop to their favourite exhibitor’s stand.

One of the great strengths of the London Original Print Fair is the unparalleled selection of contemporary prints. Highlights this year include:

  • Phil Shaw’s COVID-19 response, Self Isolation 2, offered by Rebecca Hossack.
  • A recently published Grayson Perry print from Paragon Press who are offering it for sale in the UK for the first time.
  • New prints from Karsten Schubert, published in 2020 by Alison Wilding RA, Sarah Kogan and Ann-Marie James.
  • A series of Mark Francis prints, newly published and offered by Marlborough Graphics.
  • New works by James Turrell and Sarah Ball, published by Paupers Press.
  • New monoprints by Suzy Murphy showcased by Lyndsey Ingram.
  • A new series of David Inshaw prints, launched by The Redfern Gallery.
  • Two new editions by Norman Ackroyd, taking the public ‘rainbow’ response to the coronavirus as his inspiration, offered by Eames Fine Art.
  • Newly published Swimmers by Kate McCrickard with Julian Page.

Testament to LOPF’s commitment to supporting the careers of printmakers, the Jerwood Printmaking Today Prize 2020 will still go ahead as planned. The award is open to emerging printmakers who have been working with the medium for up to ten years and who demonstrate a deep understanding of the medium or a fresh approach to printmaking. The winner will receive £2,500, and be profiled in the Autumn issue of Printmaking Today.

The London Original Print Fair has been held at the Royal Academy of Arts since 1985. Responding to the cancellation of the live Fair, LOPF are delighted to be able to provide visitors with an opportunity to access the international expertise and range of prints on the market in the 2020 Covid19-induced virtual space.

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