Osborne Samuel is making its inaugural appearance at the fair this year.
The gallery will be bringing a mix of modern British paintings and sculpture by artists such as Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore and Lynn Chadwick, including the latter's 1983 bronze maquette Jubiliee II edition. The two figures, the man standing 2ft 11in (89cm) high and the woman slightly taller at 3ft (91cm), are from an edition of nine and are priced at £500,000.
Whitford Fine Art from London is a BRAFA regular and this year, while the gallery is taking a mix of modern and contemporary artists’ work to Brussels, there is a particular focus on one name: British pop artist Clive Barker.
Whitford has a special affiliation with the artist. Its director An Jo Fermon wrote the catalogue raisonné for Barker and earlier this year collaborated with the Wolverhampton Art Gallery, which put on a major retrospective, something which has given a boost to sales.
“Every year Whitford Fine Art shows some of his finest works at BRAFA and has created a large following of Belgian collectors, some of whom lent their pieces to that museum show,” says the gallery.
Whitford will be taking around seven examples by Barker to BRAFA, all 3-D pieces spanning the early 1960s to more recent works, creating a special display on the stand. The highlight will be a Barker classic – Coke Bottle with Two Straws from c.1968 – which it has been saving up for the show. The prices will range from £20,000 up to around £80,000.
Also on sale will be works by artists such as the Belgians Bram Bogart, Walter Leblanc and Joseph Lacasse and the British abstract expressionist Frank Avray Wilson, who was the subject of another mini exhibition on the Whitford BRAFA stand last year.
This will be the fourth appearance at BRAFA for Galerie Alexis Pentcheff from Marseille, which specialises in work from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, especially by painters who frequented the Mediterranean coast.
This year it will have a two-part display. One section is given over to “an intimate room in which visitors and collectors will be invited to discover an original selection of artworks dedicated to the representation of the female figure”. This will include an oil on canvas by Kees van Dongen titled Les Parisiennes ou Le Sentier de la Vertu and a selection of works on paper by the fashion illustrator René Gruau.
The remainder of the space features a display of the Post-Impressionist works for which the gallery is well known. They include examples by Henri Martin, such as this signed 2ft 5in x 4ft 1in (75cm x 1.25m) oil on canvas of the Port of Collioure, and Armand Guillaumin, and a group of works depicting Mediterranean subjects by Henri Person.
The price range reflects the broad selection of artists and media, from around €3000 up to several million euros.