As many of you know I have a real interest in art. My original degree was both design and fine art. So I both practiced my own style of painting and sculpting whilst studying many of the masters. I have my favourites, but I never really got that into modern art until I started my interior design business.
What I love about art these days is that it’s so accessible. From one off commissioned pieces, to limited addition prints and general prints and photography, there is so much out there. I always say to my clients I’ll recommend pieces within my designs to them, but I provide them with source points to go through and provide feedback to me on. I feel it’s important for my clients to choose their own artwork. I’ll guide in terms of what will work well in the room, scale, colour palette maybe even style sometimes. But honestly, I try and step back as much as I can.
By doing this I need to keep abreast of the many source points out there. And as you know I do a lot of work with The Designer Boys who are about to release their 2019 collection (stay tuned for more on that, I’ll post my regular update with highlights very soon). One of my favourite local artists has just released her 2019 collection – Kimmy Hogan. She limits each piece to 30 prints in each size, once gone there are no more to be had. I just love her style, it’s very of the moment and encapsulates the beauty of Australian natives in a completely modern way. Take a look at her most recent release below:
So what’s my advice when looking for pieces? Here are 5 things to think about and do when you’re on the hunt for the perfect artwork:
- Assess your budget first, this will tell you if you are searching for a print, limited addition or original piece.
- Do lots of online research and take a look at your local galleries. I wouldn’t rush this part, there’s so much out there and as you go on this journey you will uncover some wonderful artists.
- Choose a room, wall/walls that you want to hang your piece/or pieces on. Measure and go as large as you can with the artwork. I always believe bigger is better when it comes to art, or you might be looking for a series of 2 to 3, that’s good too.
- If you are buying a piece from an artists have them frame it for you, or if this isn’t possible due to freight get their advice on how they would have framed, type of frame, colour, style etc.
- And wait…wait…wait until you see it. You will fall in love with it immediately. Something about the artwork will talk to you in a way that others haven’t. You will know, trust me.
Look out for the next Designer Boys release here, and until then, happy hunting!
NOTE: Images used under Fair Use, and the above commentary is a personal view and not commercial in nature, and were sourced from a variety of online sources and personal archives.