Simeon Stafford, Bus to Marylebone, (oil on canvas 49 x 118) Simeon Stafford, Bus to Marylebone, (oil on canvas 49 x 118) © Simeon Stafford

Top 5 art events in London this Spring

If you're in London this month and want an urban art fix, have a look at our pick of the best art shows and exhibitions in town...

Inventing Impressionism, The National Gallery
Impressionism may be a household name today, but back in 1870s it was an art form that was mocked and ridiculed by many. That is until an art dealer from Paris named Paul Durand-Ruel discovered and championed the talents of then unknown artists including Renoir, Degas and Monet and encouraged and sold their work, creating an audience for impressionism. Inventing Impressionism charts Durand-Ruel's commitment to art and features more than 85 impressionist masterpieces, including three of Renoir's famous 'Dances' and five from Monet's 'Poplars' series.
Until 31st May

Inventing Impressionism:  Monet The Thames below Westminster

Inventing Impressionism: Monet The Thames below Westminster

Pick Me Up, Somerset House
If your idea of enjoying art encompasses more than simply strolling around an exhibition, then Pick Me Up on London's South Bank could be the art event for you. This graphic arts festival celebrates the work of artists, illustrators and designers from all over the world in a relaxed festival format with drawing and print exhibits, live art displays, demonstrations and debates and interactive workspaces.
23rd April – 4th May

'Staycation' Hattie Newman

Pick me up: 'Staycation' Hattie Newman 

Mac Conner: A New York Life, House of Illustration, Kings Cross
As one of New York's real life 'Mad Men', Mac Conner, an American illustrator enjoyed his heyday as part of the 1950s New York ad agency scene producing captivating illustrations for ads, magazines and books. This April, May and June Mac Conner: A New York Life, sees over 70 of his characterful works exhibited for the first time in the UK.
Until 28th June

Mac Conner

Mac Conner

London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy
This is the place to get your hands on some seriously specialist art, from old masters to captivating contemporary artists. As London's longest running art fair, this year sees its 29th run, you can enjoy works from 50 leading print dealers as well as a special separate exhibit of 30 prints from the Royal Collection, including pieces by Dürer, Raphael and Canaletto as well as works by the royals themselves, including Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Prices start at £100.
23rd – 26th April

David Spiller, Only You Tom © TAG Fine Arts

David Spiller, Only You Tom © TAG Fine Arts

Chelsea Art Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall
Showcasing work from 30 of the world's leading galleries, specialising in contemporary and 20th century art, The Chelsea Art Fair is a modern art lovers delight. With a variety of art on display and to buy, peruse or take home everything from a limited edition print to a large statement sculpture. A percentage of all proceeds will also go to The Children's Hospital Fund.
16th – 19th April

Chelsea Art Fair: Andrew Dillon 'Hornet Squadron'

Chelsea Art Fair: Andrew Dillon 'Hornet Squadron'