The Gallery Owner
Kira Fincke is joint director of the Ingo Fincke gallery in Battersea, which has been trading since 1959. She lives in Sussex, near the Ardingly showground, and commutes to London three times a week. When we speak, she has just returned home and is surrounded by the sound of squawking chickens. “I love London, but I really adore coming back to the peace of Sussex,” she tells me.
Kira first started showing her work at The Affordable Art Fair, which was founded in 1999 in Battersea, London, by Will Ramsey (founder of PULSE, co-founder of the Hong Kong art fair Art HK and co-owner of India Art Fair). The fair aims to open art up to a much wider market. Back in 1999 10,000 visitors attended and almost £1 million worth of art was sold, a figure which tripled with the fair’s third edition. Kira has been attending each year and has seen both how the fair has evolved, and how the art market has changed.
“What’s really interesting now is that events like the fair have made the first time buyer of art a lot more knowledgeable and confident about what they’re buying.” However ‘taking the plunge’ to buy that first piece of art according to Kia, remains the toughest initial move.
“Personally, I always say to clients that they should buy something because they love it and connect with it, because it evokes a feeling or a memory within them. That’s the best place to start. Generally, a first time buyer isn’t going to be acquiring Chinese art that’s worth millions of pounds, so you don’t need to know a great deal about what you’re investing in. I always tell people to trust their instincts.”
Kira continues to work with a lot of artists she left art school with 25 years ago and is well placed to say how trends have changed. “Back then oil on canvas was very popular. We sold a lot of that. Then that fell out of favour and things became quite conceptual. I think that confused people.
“We still had our core clients and initially tried to obtain more clients who would buy those artists. We’ve probably introduced a more varied, eclectic mix now because of how the trends change.
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