Oxford International Art Fair 2018

February was a busy month as I took the opportunity to exhibit at the Oxford International Art Fair.  This free to attend event gives art lovers the chance to view some of the world’s most exciting contemporary art. Held between 23rd -25th February 2018, it was shortly after an inspirational trip to New Zealand with my partner Ann, where I managed to produce a few sketches and paintings while taking a well-earned break.

For the exhibition, I created a range of 12 completely new oil paintings. The preparation for this started in late 2017, working on a new palette of colours with the aim of moving my distinct style forward.

Initially, before I produced the main canvases, I worked on a smaller scale producing test pictures. This enabled me to experiment with a new colour palette and to ensure I was happy with the composition of the pieces before moving on to painting the final large-scale canvases. 

As part of this year’s development I had also been experimenting with a new framing style, moving on from my current white wood frames. For the Oxford International Art Fair I especially commissioned a set of slim line aluminium frames. Initially it was a big decision as they are so distinctive but I’m really glad I made the leap. The new framing options bring a modern feel to my already bold contemporary paintings which is exactly what I wanted as I’m not know for standing still style wise.

The day before the exhibition was an early start with bags packed and the van loaded at 6am.  Jet lag from our New Zealand trip was to thank for that but with a sense of excitement we made the trip to Oxford for the weekend.

Overall the show was a great success, giving me the chance to share my art with a wider auidience, to meet with other emerging artists and other art enthusiasts. These get-togethers are always a great opportunity to share advice on working within the industry with other creative people and gain their feedback. The response to both my paintings and framing options was really positive and has encourage me to continue to be bold, further developing my style. It wasn’t all business though! While in Oxford we also managed some down time to explore and to experience its foodie and cultural delights!

My creative journey and time at the exhibition has encouraged me to continue to focus on developing my current colour palette. This was also inspired by another artist’s work I recently discovered that uses really vibrant mixes of colour.  So, keep a look out on my social media for my latest developments, you can find me on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

To view artworks exhibited at Oxford International Art Fair 2018 please click here.

Thanks for reading . . . Joe.


Joe Armstrong Art at Oxford International Art Fair

Pictured above: myslef at the Oxford International Art Fair 2018