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Gallery Inspiration for decorating with art

Posted in Art, Design, Insights, Interior design

The last couple of months have really inspired me when working with my clients’ art collections and proved that decorating with art can produce truly stunning results. Firstly, I started with the VIP Tour at the Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead which opened my eyes to decorating your home on a budget with many stunning pieces of art under £5,000.

I was then privileged to be part of Brown’s London Art Weekend #blaw2015 where we held a very successful  master class on the Art of Interiors. It is an amazing weekend in St James’s and Mayfair where over 100 galleries open their doors and you can explore a vast range of exhibitions ranging from Old Masters to Contemporary.

Here are some of my top picks from the galleries in London and New York to inspire you to visit them in order to choose stunning artwork and sculpture for  your homes.

The photograph above is shot by the talented Miles Aldridge and is theatrical, colourful and simply makes me smile every time.  Any one of his works of art could hang any where in your home to provide a real talking point! Grimaldi Gavin, 27 Albermarle Street, W1S 4DW.

I'll bring you everything (c) Anna Barlow, Courtesy Rebecca Hossack

I’ll bring you everything (c) Anna Barlow, Courtesy Rebecca Hossack

I recently came across the work of Anna Barlow pictured above. Sticky ice cream … We all scream for ice cream and Anna’s work is so realistic that you could almost smell the sweetness. A collection of these pieces at different heights in a smart clean contemporary kitchen would be very cool. Rebecca Hossack, 28 Charlotte Street, W1T 2NA

New Penwith, 1974, (c) Bowness, Photograph by Ellen Page Wilson, courtesy of Pace Gallery

New Penwith, 1974, (c) Bowness, Photograph by Ellen Page Wilson, courtesy of Pace Gallery

I simply love Barbara Hepworth’s work and her commitment and passion during her lifetime. The Barbara Hepworth Museum in St Ives is a must see and currently there is an exhibition at the Tate Modern until 25 October 2015. If only I were able to exhibit such a piece in my drawing room! Pace Gallery, 32 East 57th Street, New York NY, 10022.

Complex Yellows, 1966 (C) Patrick Heron, Courtesy of Austin Desmond

Complex Yellows, 1966 (C) Patrick Heron, Courtesy of Austin Desmond

 

The HOUSE designed by April Russell, www.houseevents.com

The HOUSE designed by April Russell, www.houseevents.com

This is such a dynamic piece of art pictured above. I hung this piece by Patrick Heron over the fireplace with a TM Lighting picture light over it in the House at Olympia which I designed and curated in June . It takes your breath away with the bold design and colour. Austin Desmond, Pied Bull Yard,68/69 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3BN.

Remember to be open minded when visiting galleries, the more you see the more you learn.

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I want to share with you some of the most inspiring finds from the world of interior design, art, architecture and lifestyle.