The way in which we design our homes can greatly impact the way a space is used, the way we feel and, ultimately, our overall happiness. There are many simple things you can do to help improve your living space including starting your own art collection.
Dreweatts, have teamed up with London-based interior studio, studio.skey, to showcase a group of contemporary abstract works which are coming up for sale in our forthcoming Modern and Contemporary Art auction on 18 March. The works range from £150-£8,000 (+fees), meaning there is something for everyone’s budget, including vibrant, colourful and energetic pieces by Joanna Gilbert, small-scale geometric designs by David Saunders and Japanese ink studies by Chikayo Abe.
Shown here hanging in the lounge is this work by Russian artist Nikolai Makarov. It is particularly immersive and creates a visual experience in the interior. Makarov conceals his subject matter in a foggy transparent veil which crosses the boundaries between fantasy and reality. It is more important than ever to create a calm space or snug away from the mayhem of daily life and the screens that consume us. Combine the work with neutral colours, natural materials and soft textures to build a space of reflection and contemplation.
We are completely captivated by the work of, London based artist, Joanna Gilbert. She paints from a place of freedom visualised with her bold and energetic large-scale abstract works. Mother Nature Speaks is a playful and energetic explosion of colour which lets the eye dance across the canvas. Set yourself free and don’t be held back. Hang this piece above the bed and create a feature that is inspirational every morning as you wake up and last thing at night, before you go to bed. Paintings can be more than a visual pleasure, they can evoke feelings, just like Gilbert who found a strength of confidence and freedom in painting these works.
Create a space for contemplation and calm within the house. A place you can take your coffee, put your feet up and know that you will not be disturbed. This beautiful injection of colour in the work of Chikayo Abe brings this space to life. It is a simple and effective approach to injecting a splurge of colour into a minimalist interior whilst keeping it stylish. We love the flowing form made of one continuous movement across the sheet. Abe works with her finger in Japanese ink to create these unique and mesmerising shapes and formations.
The bathroom is commonly overlooked when considering interior design and yet it is such an important space. By creating a coherent space it can help to dictate a feeling or mood and the bathroom should be a place where you can shut the door, run a steaming hot bath and escape from the madness of the day. When looking to build your art collection its important to find the right location to hang the piece as this can not only change the space around it, but it can also affect the way you view the work of art. This piece by Dirk Salz worked particularly well in the bathroom of studio.skey’s Hackney project. The drips of resin down the side of the cork panel are captivating. The light reflects off the resin surface and creates a spectacle and visual experience in the bathroom. We particularly love the bold colour that complements the monochrome colour palette of the interior and also the way the circular form is repeated in the taps and the lights to the right of the mirror.
Depending on the lay out of your kitchen, it is sometimes difficult to see how art can be incorporated into this interior space. This collection of works by Frank Badur, David Saunders and Helen Brough all work really well on the shelving in this kitchen and add colour and feature a point of focus, distracting from the usual pots and pans. It doesn’t always have to be candles and photographs, why not experiment with these fun and exciting injections of colour to brighten the space?
If you do have a little more space to play with, you can go ahead and be bold in the kitchen. This piece, Lightscapes-Rose Pink-Mars Black by Helen Brough is particularly effective in this space. The fact the piece is on aluminium gives it an industrial effect and complements the materials used in a kitchen. The angles and rectangular window at the centre of the piece draws the viewer in.
The mastery of this piece by Joao Carlos Galvao is its relief. Make sure that the piece can be seen from many angles. Lighting is also important, if possible direct a spotlight towards the work to pick up on the shadows and enhance the depth of the work. studio.skey hung this work in the dining space in the Hackney project, which then turns the otherwise bare wall into a feature and a conversation starter. The piece is almost mesmerising as between the geometric forms there are three dimensional cavities, grooves and spaces which create a harmony and dynamism.
See every corner of your home as an important piece of the overall interior design. This work by Michel worked perfectly in the entrance hall and helped to create a coherent space at the bottom of the stairs. The flow from the ground floor to the first floor was helped by breaking up the harshness of the wooden staircase. The work would have looked just as striking at the top of the stairs drawing the viewer’s eye and creating a connection between the two floors.
Thursday 18 March | 10.30am
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE
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