Who was your favourite at Melbourne Art Fair? - Art Collector

Chris Bond, Toward the end of time, 2010. Oil on linen, 33.7 x 33.7cm. Courtesy: the artist and Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne

17 August 2010 | Painter Chris Bond was the most popular artist at the Melbourne Art Fair according to Australian Art Collector's visitor poll.

Bond's solo exhibition was staged with Nellie Castan Gallery and comprised a series of small canvases including
Towards the End of Time, featured in the current issue of Australian Art Collector.

Olivia Poloni from Nellie Castan Gallery confirmed the exhibition was a sell-out and the gallery also sold all of Bond's older works from the stockroom. "I think having a solo exhibition really makes a difference," says Poloni.

"New clients are able to get a real sense of an artist practice, as opposed to just seeing one or two works by and artist. They also stand out compared to the clutter of a stock show."

Juan Ford and Peter Madden also proved popular, coming equal second in Australian Art Collector's poll.

Visitors were also asked to cast their vote for their favourite gallery stand and the results were unequivocal. Congratulations go to Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, which secured almost three times as many votes as the next most popular stand, Trepanier Baer Gallery from Canada.

Dianne Tanzer's gleaming white cube featured a group exhibition of work by Juan Ford, Charles Robb and Natalie Ryan, while Trepanier Baer Gallery attracted looks for its presentation of Evan Penny's stretched sculptures.

Jane O'Sullivan