Monthly Archives: August 2013

You’ve just got to love it!

Whether you are buying a piece of art for the first time or are adding to an existing collection of works, the most important criteria is that you are passionate about the painting.

A frequent question that I am asked as an art consultant is “How do you know what painting to buy?” The simple answer and the complicated answer is – “Buy it because you love it”. If you are buying art as an investment there will be other criteria such as  growth potential, the  investment potential of particular artists, long and short term growth prospects etc etc etc.

However, if you don’t have an affinity with the painting, if it dosent speak to you… and if you can’t establish a conversation with the painting, then why would you want it hanging around, every day in your life?

A painting, well placed, will augment a living space more than any other object. Once you have lived with one beautiful Aboriginal painting, it is highly likely that you will want to fill your entire home with them!

Be careful, that’s exactly what happened to me!

Art in situ

Within the next couple of weeks I will be launching my new business artplacement.com.au (website coming soon)

Faced with the enviable problem of an abundance of beautiful Aboriginal art and not enough walls, our new business, artplacement.com.au caters to Australian companies wishing to avail themselves of magnificent indigenous art, without huge capital expenditure.  All the works are gallery quality, selected specifically for each space by our Interior Designer. Paintings are rotated on a regular basis or hung for longer rental periods – for a fraction of the price of purchasing art, companies get the pleasure and stimulation of living with beautiful art and the actual rental is tax deductible. Watch this space!

The image above shows how Ronnie Tjampitjinpa’s expansive Fire Dreaming, measuring 1500 x 2000mm, can transform a space from being a typical partitioned office lay-out, into an energetic, vibrant working environment. In the adjacent foyer area, Emily Pwerle’s Awelye or Body Paint hangs above the public seating area, creating an immediately welcoming ambiance for visitors and staff alike.

Until the site is up and running, please contact me via my blog to discuss how artplacement can help you with your art rental needs. If your company is based in Sydney, we offer clients a complimentary site visit by our Interior Designer as part of our service.

Same subject, different interpretations by Nyuju Stumpy Brown

Visually commanding, this painting by Nyuju Stumpy Brown has such hot, raw energy and activity – the bold oval black ring pulsating out from the centre of the work. For me, it is so contemporary and a perfectly balanced example of her work. In it Stumpy is depicting the water holes and sacred ceremonial sites of her country.
Painted around the same time, this second painting, depicting three of the major watering holes has a beautiful organic quality -for me the shapes are a celebration of womanhood – curvaceous, nurturing, encompassing, continuous, bold and vibrant.

A rare glimpse of a great artist working

We respectfully advise that the following blog contains images of a deceased artist.

Recently I sourced a beautiful painting by famous indigenous artists Minnie Pwerle for a client who loves her work. The painting is very similar to the first Minnie Pwerle painting I ever bought and which I will never sell.

Upon receipt of the paperwork I was thrilled to see that there were several work in progress photos of it being painted, very rare provenance for Minnie Pwerle’s work.

The painting, depicting Minnie’s famous Awelye, Body Paint Dreaming, has been executed with a minimal colour palette of gold, cream and white, with two surprise splashes of lime green and rusty red balanced artfully across the canvas. This vibrant and beautiful painting now hangs in pride of place in my clients home.

Glorious Gloria

For some years now, Aboriginal Art Interiors and Orient House of Glebe NSW have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship – I hang my art on their walls and it truly compliments their range of wonderful African and Asian artifacts and furniture. This picture illustrates how tribal objects work so well together, wherever they originate from. Set against a deep tobacco coloured wall, “Leaves” by artist Gloria Petyarre, employing a minimal cream and white palette, compliments the raw boldness of an African mask and the aged patina of an antique chinese alter table.