Well, that looks familiar...
Ever since I drove down Burnet Road a few weeks ago and saw an art piece I own (Denise Prince's Paper Corsage, Tumbleweed) plastered up on an Austin Art Board billboard, I've had art, in general, on the brain. I started college as an art major, but as an interior designer, it's the one thing I always hesitate to recommend to clients. Why? Because to me, art is extremely personal and what might strike me as brilliant may fall flat with someone else. And I kind of feel like the options are limitless. In the context of interior design, I don't believe art should match a space. I actually like it better when pieces are bold and striking and demand their own attention. Of course they should still make sense in the space and "coordinate" in some tiny way, but please don't match the colors in a painting to your sofa, rug or throw pillows.
Here are a few artists I'm currently obsessing over... How would these look in your space?
I think this high contrast print from Ashley Woodson Bailey makes all the difference in this room! Is it striking, or what? Be sure to check out her other pieces- I love that her online shop is broken down into light vs. dark moments.
I must be having a floral moment, because I'm also currently obsessed with these Stephen Eichhorn pieces, which I first discovered when I was in Chicago last winter and saw his work as part of an exhibit across El stations.
I'm hoping to get a print of this one, too:
These on exhibit with the Johalla Project through October 11th are simply stunning
Maybe I'm not having a floral "moment," because, come to think of it, my longest artist crush (going on at least 10 years) has been on Kate Breakey (sadly, I don't own any of her pieces-- yet!). Her hand-colored photographs and photograms of dead animals and plants are hauntingly beautiful.
Another current artist obsession: Xochi Solis. Xochi layers found papers, images and translucent paint gestures to create her collages and produces both small pieces and large scale wall installations.
For Mother's Day this past spring, I got a studio tour AND these two beautiful abstract collages (the grainy, awful photography doesn't do these justice, but I still want to share):
I'm always up for telling a story with your interior, so why not take a little time to discover some great artists whose work will elevate your home? Start locally by attending your local fine art festivals and stopping by galleries!