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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.

Sally Gabori unleashed

This extraordinary Sally Gabori painting is the latest in my stable of works – measuring 1500 x 2000mm it is an amazing example of Sally’s bold unfettered approach to shape, colour and contrast. Now in her late 80’s, Sally continues to consolidate a new language in contemporary Aboriginal iconography – challenging abstract non indigenous art and yet finding her historical expression and motivation in the world’s oldest living culture

A little Minnie

Sometimes its the smaller works that capture our hearts! The luminescence of Minnie Pwerles “Body Paint” 300 x 450mm, is as strong and striking as many larger paintings. You can really see the hand of the artist in small paintings, simple brush strokes, applied with spontaneity and confidence, working across the canvas while the paint is still wet – creating that beautiful mix of colour and blending from one tone to the next.

A dynamic, dramatic depiction of an ancient story

Sally Gabori has taken the art world by storm since her introduction to paint and canvas in 2005, and is one of the most highly regarded and sought after contemporary Australian artists.

Her work has recently been exhibited at the prestigious Melbourne Art Fair 2012, the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2012 and the Korea International Art Fair 2012 (13 – 17 September). Awarded winner of the inaugural Gold Award for contemporary Australian painting earlier this year, Sally Gabori continues to receive accolades, having been named as finalist in both the Togart Contemporary Art Award 2012 and the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize 2012.

This latest acquisition came via Tim Melville Gallery in Auckland and is a stunning example of Sally’s dynamic, dramatic depiction of her country. It is extraordinary how she achieves such drama with such a minimal palette and large blocks of colour. Gentle pinks sit next to acid yellow and big bold black and white.

Orient House embraces Australia’s tribal reference

Emily Pwerle Body Paint hanging at Orient House in Glebe – sitting pretty along side artifacts and Objet D’Art from China and Africa.

The Aboriginal art looks extraordinary amongst glorious furniture items and collectables from Africa, China, 
Indonesia and the South Pacific. There is such a common thread between the tribal aesthetics of each region and the resonance of the art, which sits beautifully with it. Of course the magic styling ever present within the showroom, creates such surprising cameos of colour and texture, sure to excite!!

Fanuli Furniture showcases Aboriginal art

For the past six years, AboriginalArt Interiors has been working closely with Fanuli Furniture in Neutral Bay on Sydney’s Northshore, promoting  gallery quality Aboriginal Artworks in conjunction with their beautiful classic timeless furniture.
Fanuli is a family owned Italian importer and manufacturer of furniture. With a diverse range of stunning modern, contemporary and traditional furniture on the floor, the aboriginal art sits beautifully with all styles and interior tastes and enables customers to clearly visualise how the art will look in their own homes. So many customers comment how invaluable this is when selecting both their furniture and their art.
Covering three vast floors, Fanuli’s showroom displays a broad selection of Aboriginal artworks by well established and emerging indigenous artists, in various styles, colours and sizes.
As part of my service to Fanuli I work with their design team, visiting customers in their homes, sourcing and selecting the ultimate Aboriginal Artwork to grace their homes.