a still life painting of flowers in a vase with cat sculptures on the table below

Dawn Beckles, “Forever The Cream” (2023), acrylic, charcoal, gold leaf, spray paint, paper on canvas

Get ready for an art event unlike any other. The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art returns to ZeroSpace in Brooklyn from May 16 to 19. With each new fair comes new experiences, and this edition is no different as it unveils a vibrant roster of fresh artwork, new talents, and unexpected delights.

This May installment promises an array of exciting features, including 120+ independent artists set to showcase their collections, the 10th edition of Mike Perry and Josh Cochran’s “Get Nude, Get Drawn” portrait experience, complimentary hand-crafted whisky cocktails (exclusively for those aged 21+) on Thursday’s Opening Night, and live performances on both Opening Night and the highly anticipated Friday Late soirée.

Ahead of the main event, we’re highlighting five categories of artists based on shared themes, offering a look at the diverse range of artistic practices at this year’s fair.

Still life

Bella Wattles fuses colorful objects, ceramics, and thrifted treasures into whimsical paintings that echo societal harmony and celebrate women and LGBTQ+ creators.

Still lifes by self-taught artist Dawn Beckles bridge the energies of London and the Caribbean. Her bold strokes celebrate the beauty of everyday moments, inviting viewers to reconnect with their own stories.

 

a portrait of a person with flowers emerging from their head

Bryane Broadie, “Mind Growth”

Celebrating Black Portraiture

Bryane Broadie, a graphic artist from Prince George’s County, Maryland, discovered his passion for art in elementary school. His digital and mixed media works reflect Black history and culture.

Inspired by childhood resourcefulness and Brooklyn’s cultural tapestry, Sean Qualls crafts evocative illustrations and paintings. His work investigates identity, history, the human spirit, and universal human experiences.

 

rectangles on a white background

Carrie Lipscomb, “Blocks (small)” (2024), thread on fine art paper

Embossed and Embroidered

Guided by pure geometries, Brooklyn-based mixed-media artist Carrie Lipscomb explores space and texture, urging viewers to engage with the subtleties in found materials.

Sophie Reid is a visual storyteller who blends geometric shapes across multimedia. She honed her craft as a graphic designer and in her art, she uses illustrations and stitch works to echo her love for design and travel.

 

an image of water in a frame

Isabella Bejarano, “Silver Water” (2015), fine art photography print in a custom aqua plexi shadowbox frame, limited edition of 25

New Mediums

Mounts in colored acrylic boxes: NYC-based Venezuelan-born photographer Isabella Bejarano champions environmental causes through her sustainable fine art prints, donating proceeds to combat climate change.

Film lightboxes: Montreal-based artist and film aficionado Hugo Cantin creates patterned collages on vintage film stock. Housed in light boxes, his illuminated creations fuse sophisticated design with historical narratives.

 

an abstract work with text

Patrick Skals, “THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL” (2023), acrylic, ink, and watercolor on canvas

Text

Toronto artist Patrick Skals escaped the corporate world in 2019 to pursue his unique vision. His collection, In Other Words, aims to disrupt norms with abstract commentary, challenging viewers to be introspective.

Kelli Kikcio, an artist from Toronto now based in Brooklyn, takes a hands-on approach in her work, which reflects her commitment to social justice and community engagement.

See work by all these artists and more at The Other Art Fair’s Brooklyn edition, on view from May 16 to 19.

Grab your tickets for an unforgettable weekend at theotherartfair.com.

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