I know it sounds funny, but we’ve all heard it… “I’m looking for art to compliment my couch.”
In the process of selecting a piece of fine art, have you ever caught yourself saying something like this?
“I’m looking for art to compliment my couch, curtains, wall space comforter, etc.”
“Art has to move you and design does not, unless it’s a good design for a bus.”
~ David Hockney
What I’m about to suggest here may seem to be something of a paradigm shift. Instead of asking “does that piece go with my couch?” try asking yourself if maybe you need a new couch. Your selection of art should come completely from a place of love. You should fall in love with the art and realize you will live it with for the long term, then decide how to arrange your room around it.
Of course, I’m talking about the art of real value, here – originals. The same view would not necessarily apply to posters, giclée reproductions, or decor art.
Is this a bold statement? Consider this. How likely is it that your couch is going to rise in value over time? What happens to that area rug when it becomes too soiled? How long will your window coverings be in style? If you buy your art right, it will bring you a lifetime of pleasure, and may become a family heirloom of great value.
Solstice – acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 72″
“Art doesn’t transform. It just plain forms.”
~ Roy Lichtenstein
As an artist, I’ve experienced those special moments when a collector has removed furniture that didn’t complement a painting or even times when they’ve painted an entire room to better display my art. It’s a very gratifying experience, not only for me, but for them, and in the end, I know those collectors are enjoying their art in a way most will never know.
Even in displaying my own collection, I’m constantly mindful of the surroundings and whether or not the art is displayed in a way that the viewer receives the highest experience of the art. This is a discipline that should not be exclusive to galleries and museums.
Siren – original on metal, 38″ x 28″
“The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright
Imagine placing one of my pieces in your home. Where will you find the furnishings to go with it?
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