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Izabela Venuso "strives to capture the essence..." OIAF 2018 Exhibitor

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Izabela Venuso is a Polish artist living in Birmingham, UK. 

From her earliest years, Izabela has had a fascination with art but has never undertaken any formal study of the subject.  The direction of her life totally changed when she met an art teacher who developed and refined her skills, and ultimately influenced her preference in painting portraits.

In her portrait painting, Izabela strives to capture the essence of her subjects’ character and mood, their favourite objects, and the unique living environment of their cosy homes.

 Her choice of artist’s name ‘Venuso’ is a combination of love, attraction, and ambition.

Where do you see your art going in ten years…?

With the interest I get now from the British public, there is a great possibility that I can make it very far in my artistic career. I would definitely like to grow my clientele data base for commissioned portraits internationally.

Which are your favorite artists…?

I have many favorite artists like Salvador Dali, Vincent Van Gogh, Vermeer, Monet, Thomas Gainsborough and many more. However, my heart was stolen by the greatest Dutch portrait painter - Rembrandt.  I am mesmerized with his technique of capturing the faces of his models. He is a very popular artist and people all over the world still admire his work nowadays. 

Greatest achievements so far…?

Really understanding the difference between high quality/technique in the paintings.

Would love to exhibit my work in …?

Portrait Art Gallery in London. 

What is your biggest dream…?

To be successful in the art field and be remembered by the future generations.

What makes your art different than others…?

I was told that I am capable to paint portraits with feelings. I can capture the eyes and faces that you can feel the soul of the sitter in the painting.

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Yasmine Badawi "I like to paint which enables me to create my own world to get lost in" OIAF 2018 EXHIBITOR

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Yasmine Badawi was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 2001, and is currently studying at the Anglo-American school of Moscow, Russia. Growing up in many different countries, her interactions with different cultures grew tremendously making her want to explore and make something out of herself. She has always been fascinated by art but never really knew until an art store opened up near her house from which she decided to buy a few blank canvases and see what happens. This led to her discovering her passion, mainly in painting and she then started creating many artworks. Being a self-taught Egyptian artist, a year later, she started exploring the idea of marketing her work and getting feedback in order to understand what her passion can lead to. Then came her first month-long exhibition in Cairo, Egypt in order to raise awareness to two cancer hospitals and a heart institute. In that same month, she donated an interactive artwork to children from the children’s cancer hospital and spent the day coloring that big drawing with them. What she was extremely grateful for was her participation acceptance for the Oxford International Art Fair of 2018, as this has given her the opportunity to reach people internationally on a much bigger scale. She plans to major in Architecture at an art school in 2019 in order to start her career and still be connected to her passion.

What is your definition of art…?

Art is the ability to show the world what you can’t necessarily explain, and to help yourself when no one else can. It is not necessarily just a way to express oneself, but more a way to escape reality. Whether it is the art of writing, painting, photographing, singing, sculpting or other, it consumes the artist and takes them to another universe where only their work matters. Some people read to explore another world and forget about their own, or some people go for a walk to breathe some fresh air to calm down; I like to paint which enables me to create my own world to get lost in, my own vision of how things should be. Art has the ability to make us doubt the obvious and reality by recreating what we know to be true in another form. Yes, artists tend to reveal their emotions through the color schemes and the image itself, however sometimes what is more important is just the act of losing oneself in an action. When I paint, it is not to show others if I’m happy or sad, but it is to forget everything around me, which is why I would stay until 3 am painting and just forget the concept of sleep. Everything from my normal life would just disappear until I finished my piece. I put some music on, prepare everything and simply start drawing on a white canvas. Watching the before and after of it all provides such satisfaction that nothing else could replace. Even the simple feel of the paint on the paintbrush while mixing colors and the power to create different shades of color feels so surreal. That’s why I believe that there is so much more to art than people think.

Can you tell us what you have going on right now…?

As an IB student, I am lately focusing on creating new art and exploring different medias, however, the main difference is that I am finally starting to give more meaning to my work. The most meaningful piece I have is my tryptic called “Revealed”. During the process of painting it, I constantly kept modifying the final outcome in order to send a message to people who could relate. This is just an example of what I have been focusing on: giving a meaning to my work, letting my art speak to the audience and making it powerful.

Which are your favorite artists…?

Among my favorite artists is Banksy. Although I haven’t explored street art yet, his work inspires me the most. His dedication, his challenges, his goals and especially the messages that he conveys through his art are what I love most. Every time I have to deal with artist’s block, I think back to Banksy’s work and try to get inspired by finding something meaningful to me that I would like to stand up for. From there, I start brainstorming and my ideas come through. His work definitely affects mine and I’m even planning on working on a few pieces closer to his type of work and possibly more simplistic soon. Another artist would be Ganzeer. He’s an Egyptian street artist and graphic novelist. I admire his work and how he saw the Egyptian Revolution from 2011-2013 as an opportunity for his art. He inspires me to go after what I want no matter what and I love his view on street art. For him, it should be okay to express oneself publically instead of just framing certain works of art and leave them hidden behind walls in a museum. Street art is a way for people to communicate with each other anonymously and possibly create big things where people can complete each other’s work and making it bigger and better. I’d love to have the possibility to exhibit my work publically in Egypt like Banksy and Ganzeer, and make people reflect over it, possibly affecting their lives.

What is your biggest dream…?

My biggest dream is to be a mother opening her own art gallery. As a teenager, I’ve created this perfect image of what my dream life would be and I’ve already planned everything. I hope to grow up and work as an architect while always painting during my free time and to relax. I would then be a stay at home mom designing my own gallery. I’ve already thought of the layout, the function and the design of it all. I hope that no matter where life takes me, that I’ll at least be able to make that dream come true.

What makes your art different than others…?

I believe that what makes my art different is the fact that I’m still experimenting with different medias, different themes and haven’t just started a trend in my work with which I feel comfortable. This allows me to have the freedom to shape my work in any way I feel and to not be limited by what I have already done. Also, I don’t focus on the art market as much as some people do. I don’t think whether my art will please a certain audience, or if it fits some certain criteria which will make it sell as long as I personally like the outcome and the meaning. I have been focusing on the lack of perfection in art lately with my work like with my two paintings “Labelled” and “Hidden perfection”. The point is to expose how an artist feels after completing an artwork. Personally, there isn’t one painting of mine that I can look at without seeing a flaw. This is the concept that no art is perfect and that no matter what, we will never be able to please everyone because there will always be something wrong with it.

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Success for third Oxford International Art Fair

MORE than 6500 art lovers eager to snap up an original piece of contemporary work filed through the doors of Oxford Town Hall over the weekend (Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February 2016) as the city hosted the third Oxford International Art Fair.

The three halls in the venue were packed with over 150 artists and galleries from some 26 countries around the world and the atmosphere was charged with energy as visitors took in the wide range of unique art available and took pieces they had purchased home to adorn a living or work space wall.

Artists and galleries reported bustling trade during the three day free art event, with many making multiple sales and receiving commissions on original paintings, sculptures, photography, prints and illustrations.

Barry Davies

Barry Davies

One of the exhibitors was Barry Davies a Sculptor from Wales and he said: "What an excellent exhibition!!! I have commissions for five bronze sculptures, a sixth in coldcast bronze a possible invitation by a gallery owner in Cheltenham, personal advice from Christies ex-chairman Richard Knight on marketing and promotion of my work and a lengthy discussion with a Director of a gallery in Berlin whose advice was priceless. I thank you for your professionalism and assistance throughout, and I look forward to exhibiting with you at Oxford in the future." 

Alce Harfield who exhibited at the Art Fair from the first edition through to the third said: "Great show this year, it gets better and better, and another sale today from the show!"

Lesley Debson from London said "My stand was in the beautiful main hall at the entrance, and we saw a steady stream of guests all weekend. I sold 7 artworks and had lots of interest, lovely visitors and good atmosphere."

Rupert Aker

Rupert Aker

Rupert Aker said: "A great show. I sold 11 paintings and had great conversations with guests and fellow artists alike. I was pleased that I made it to the networking evening as that was great fun. Looking forward to next year!" 

Organisers of the fair, Joëlle Dinnage and her business partner Natal Vallvé from the Global Art Agency added their appreciation to the city’s reaction to the event and the enthusiasm they found from artists and visitors alike.

David Nelson

David Nelson

“The third Oxford International Art Fair was a great success, with an amazing atmosphere and a real buzz throughout the weekend,” said Joëlle. “We are very happy with how it all went. The footfall was great, there was a genuine excitement across the halls and everyone seemed to be having a great time.

Detail of Tessa Jane's art

Detail of Tessa Jane's art

“Importantly, the artists and galleries had a successful show, selling works, making commissions and simply making connections, which is what the essence of the event is all about. We want to connect artists with people who appreciate art, whether they’re expert collectors or just starting out, and we’re happy to have made very good progress - I am expecting great after-sales for the exhibitors and hoping that connections made will turn into more success for them.

Visitors had the chance to vote for the most popular artist of the event, which was a very good initiative said Chris Smith an art collector from Stanton-Harcourt. "The art fair was very lively with live jazz music, and there was the opportunity to vote for best artist. I was there on Friday evening for the opening with champagne reception which was very well organised. On Sunday I attended the Global Art Awards Ceremony as I was interested to know the results, and I was impressed by the whole show around it. I will certainly visit again."

The Global Art Awards 2016.

The winners from left to right: Tessa Jane, Shefford Smith, David Nelson, Hassan Richter.

The winners from left to right: Tessa Jane, Shefford Smith, David Nelson, Hassan Richter.

Giving Artists the recognition that they deserve and acknowledgement for their hard work. The Awards were judged by Richard Knight (former Christie's Chairman), Bill Heine (BBC Presenter), Esther Lafferty (Artweeks Director), and Kieran Stiles (Tutor and known painter). 

Tessa Jane, won the first prize of 'Best Artist Oxford International Art Fair 2016', and was chosen because of the textile artworks she creates. Inspired by poetry the colours, patterns, textures, line and tone are the key elements. “fresh and semi-abstract”. Richard Knight commented that the amount of work that goes into creating the fine details of her work is of great admiration.

Followed by David Nelson who won the second prize of 'Best Artist Oxford International Art Fair 2016' who creates pictures that evoke memories of places, journeys and forgotten feelings. 

With Hassan Richter winning the third prize of 'Best Artist Oxford International Art Fair 2016' who's photography art of East Germany situations and environments that were made between 2007 and 2013 - a favourite of the jury as well as the public who voted for him.

And a commendation to Shefford Smith who's illustration art impressed the jury, and had to be named.

Other exhibitors that were amongst the most populair artists of the show voted by the public were: Jeff MurrayAlexander Korzer-Robinson, Sameer HazariAlce Harfield, Nicky ChubbGregory EmvyEka PeradzeBridget Bernadette Karn, and Sabina Pieper.

Dates 2017

Next year's edition of the Oxford International Art Fair will be held at the Oxford Town Hall on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February 2017.

Countdown to the city's biggest art fair has begun - Oxford International Art Fair 2016

The third Oxford International Art Fair, Town Hall, Oxford, 26th to 28th February 2016.

Sameer Hazari

Sameer Hazari

24th February 2016: There are just days left until the biggest collection of contemporary art arrives in the city of Oxford and with it the chance to meet the artists who have travelled from around the world and from the four corners of Oxfordshire to take part.

Coming along to the art fair, now in its third successful year, gives art lovers the chance to see and buy unique pieces as well as talk to the artists who created them, something which makes the event stand out.  More than 100 artists from 26 countries will be there over the three day event, which fills three halls of Oxford's majestic Town Hall this weekend.

Gregory Emvy "Human Souls"

Gregory Emvy "Human Souls"

"This is the third installation of the art fair here in Oxford and this year we're anticipating the event to be the most successful yet," says Joelle Dinnage of The Global Art Agency who organises the fair alongside her business partner Natal Vallvé. "More than 10,000 visitors are expected through the doors over the weekend to admire the huge array of artworks on show, from local, national and international artists. 

Jeff Murray

Jeff Murray

"The beauty of the fair is that the artists are there on the day to explain the ideas and inspiration behind their work, so you get a real understanding of how it was created.  You can buy from the artists you like and take home an original piece that really appeals to you.  You can even take a sneak preview of the event by browsing the catalogue beforehand and then making a beeline for the artists whose work you've taken to," she says.

Cheng YuHsuan

Cheng YuHsuan

Among the work on display will be oil coloured painted hospital x-rays from award-winning Russian artist Gregory Emvy; colourful interactive and optical fine art from Indian artist Sameer Hazari - also described as "Damien Hirst style" by BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz - and surreal illustrations created by Aylesbury artist Jeff Murray. Also works by USA performance artist Christine Walters, and works presented by Taiwan based ShaenArt Atelier from the artist Cheng YuHsuan. Details of all the exhibitors are in the online catalogue here.

Whilst entry to the art fair is free on the Saturday and Sunday, visitors can also get ahead of the game and take a first look at the artwork on sale by buying a ticket to the special VIP Preview which takes place from 6pm to 9pm on Friday 26th February. Tickets cost £10 and include a glass of bubbly.

VIP tickets are selling fast but can be booked online today by going online here.

The Oxford International Art Fair takes place from 11am to 5pm on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th February, culminating in the Oxford International Art Fair Awards at 4pm on Sunday 28th February 2016.  Come along to Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BX or for more details please go to

The Global Art Awards Ceremony at the Oxford Town Hall

Announcing Best Global Artists of the Oxford International Art Fair 2016 on Sunday 28th Feb at 16.00pm. Free Entry.

View the official Oxford International Art Fair 2016 Catalogue  

Catalogues are available to purchase at the Oxford International Art Fair 26-28 Feb 2016 at the Oxford Town Hall for £ 5 each. Printed to the highest environmental standards by double Queen's award-winning Seacourt Printing

Official print partner - Oxford International Art Fair 2016

Oxford’s third international art fair to be the biggest yet!

Oxford Town Hall, Oxford, 26th to 28th February 2016

Oxford International Art Fair

The majestic setting of Oxford Town Hall will once again be the backdrop for the biggest collection of contemporary art to be brought together under one roof as the city prepares to host the third Oxford International Art Fair next year. The 2016 fair, a free to attend event which takes place over the weekend of Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February, is set to be the largest and most successful yet, with more than 150 artists from all around the world filling three halls with a huge array of original art. Oxfordshire’s artistic talent will also be more visible than ever, with some 35 local artists from Witney to Thame showing and selling their work.

“We’re really excited about this year’s art fair which is already shaping up to be a great event for anyone who is passionate about original art,” says Joëlle Dinnage of the Global Art Agency who organises the fair alongside her business partner Natal Vallvé.

Oxford Art Fair

“We are expecting some outstanding international and UK artists and galleries and a fantastic selection of modern pieces from painting and sculpture to photography and illustrations which will be on show and on sale throughout the three day event. “Interest is at an all-time high, with more than 10,000 art lovers expected through the doors over the weekend, and pitches selling out within a short space of time,” she says. “We’re especially pleased to have more local artists than previously at the fair, names like Witney artist Cathryn Jeff, whose distinctive land and seascapes many people will have seen during Oxfordshire Artweeks. We’re also expecting a special collection of contemporary ceramics from Oxford’s Daiva Kojelyte-Marrow, known for her surrealistic, often colourful pieces inspired by nature, and highlights from the social assemblage projects of Jericho based Victor Buehring. Artists and galleries from as far away as Vietnam, Taiwan, Dubai and the USA will join us too,” she adds.



Among them will be ShaenArt Atelier representing Cheng YuHsuan, an artist based in Taipei, Taiwan. Shaen’s unique style of painting is all about bold colours used strikingly across landscapes, still life and portraits, with each piece telling its own story.

Christine Walters

Christine Walters

Christine Walters is a performance artist who originally hails from the USA and now working in London. She paints the abstract of live DJ music, where her art is created against an exciting backdrop of music and performance. Visitors might catch her live in action at the fair. Visitors will also be able to wander through the halls admiring the art and talking to the artists to find out more about how they work. They will be able to buy directly from the artist, taking away a one-off piece for the home, office or garden. Afterwards they can vote in person or on their smart ‘phones in the Oxford International Art Fair Awards, which celebrate the artists whose work has particularly caught their eye and those of a panel of judges specially invited to critique the artworks.

Judges include Esther Lafferty, Festival Director of Oxfordshire Artweeks, BBC Oxford’s Bill Heine and serial-entrepreneur and businessman Sean Shannon, Guinness Book of Records holder of the fastest speaker in the world, plus a mystery guest judge who will be revealed shortly. Between them they will all help decide the ‘Best Oxford International Art Fair Artist’ 2016 and win an exhibition at another forthcoming international art fair.

New features for this year include the art fair’s first wine tasting event where visitors can indulge their passion for the grape alongside art and purchase a tasting course for just £5 which gives them three wines and complimentary canapés.

“This fantastic, free art fair is a brilliant way for anyone who loves art to come and have a great experience coming face to face with talented artists and their work,” says Joëlle. “Browse the collections, discover more about art and hunt out a special piece for yourself or as a gift. Art is something that anyone can enjoy, whatever their knowledge, and the art fair is the perfect place to do it,” she says.

The fair starts in style on the Friday night, 26th February 2016, with a special private view and champagne reception. Throughout the event we will be raising awareness for charity Cancer Research and there will also be the chance to raise money for good causes by bidding for selected artworks during the event.

Entry to the rest of the art fair is free and tickets can be booked in advance to save queuing: