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Dream of dabbling in the art world? This week’s Affordable Art Fair is the perfect place to dip a toe in. Despite a reputation for breaking big names, the show's contemporary art is all priced at a recession friendly £50 - £3000. There are 120 exhibitors this year, but here are Stylist’s tips for artists about to hit the big time...

Rob Ryan

He’s worked on Liberty’s stunning window displays and collaborated with Paul Smith. But this internationally acclaimed artist is most famous for his delicate laser cut artwork (top right), which has featured in both Vogue and Stylist. Expected to further rocket in price this looks likely to be the last time his work will feature at AAF.

Rob's work can also be seen in his forthcoming solo show 'The Stars Shine All Day Too', presented by TAG Fine Arts, at The Air Gallery, Dover Street from 1st-20th November. See tagfinearts.com for details.

Darren Coffield

This London-born artist has seen his paintings hang alongside big names including Damien Hirst and Gilbert and George, and at venues including the Courtauld Institute and Somerset House. Nominated for prizes including the BP Portrait Award, and with serious interest for his Marilyn Monroe images (middle), his work looks certain to rise in value.

Pam Glew

Her urban art collections are building a great deal of buzz. After solo shows in Sydney and Paris she was commissioned by Polo Jeans, as one of Europe's 50 most recognized up and coming contemporary artists. But be quick, last year her work (top left) sold out on the very first night.

21-24 October, affordableartfair.co.uk

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