Strategies & Advice for Curating Part III


When it comes to art, it is not just the artist producing the work who needs to be creative. Choosing the right piece of work for the chosen space is tough and should take time and careful consideration. Whether you are choosing a piece of art for your independent café, office space or the empty wall in your bedroom, knowing how to curate the space becomes an important factor. Strategies and Advice to consider Part I and II explored using size and shape as well as colour of the surrounding space relatively to the artwork and offered advice and strategies for successful curation when adding art to a home or an office. In this installment we will consider what texture is and what it adds to a space and we will offer strategies and advice for curating your work or living space.


Texture is the key visual and often physical element of an artwork and can be one of the most striking elements to the work. Texture can be categorized into two basic types: visual and physical texture. Visual texture This is a way of describing the details or the pattern within a work that breaks down the otherwise flat or plain surface. Paul Kingsley Squire uses a great deal of texture within his digital prints, adding detail and depth to each piece giving it a unique and expressive style. The meticulous lines and almost geometric detailing on the clothing adds texture to the figure that is emphasized by the smooth, flat backdrop. This would look stunning against a textured backdrop such as a patterned wallpaper or, as seen here, a brick surface. The texture or pattern on the space would be echoed in the detail of the figure but would not be overwhelming, as the smooth backdrop of the print would offer an effective balance.

The Time Has ComePaul Kingsley Squire, The Time Has Come, 60 x 80cm

Visual texture is also perfect for adding energy to a space such as is the case of an empty office since it can introduce depth and detail to smooth, unpainted walls. Rob Dunt’s abstract pieces are not only colourful but also add a great textured element to the work through the layering of shapes and smaller finer dotting.

Harmoniser, Rob Dunt, 130 x 151cm

Physical texture Most paintings possess a form of physical texture in the paint, often showing faint brush marks or lines within the surface. However, in some paintings, the physical texture itself is the main focus with thickly applied paint and prominent marks creating an almost sculptural impression. This painting by Athena Anastasiou has a great physical feel as the paint has been applied in thick layers, while each colour exists independently without mixing on the canvas. This style of work would look impressive in a space with other physical textured elements such as a shaggy rug or fluffy cushions to echo the heavy detail.

Athena Anastasiou_Rainbow EucalyptusBy Athena Anastasiou, Rainbow Eucalyptus

– Possible alternative viewpoint – Just as texture can add to a space so can lack of texture; Photographer Marek Olszewski plays on the lack of texture to create effective and striking artworks.

Marek Olszewski_MoleculesBy Marek Olszewski, MoleculesMarek Olszewski_EndlessBy Marek Olswesksi, Endless

Successful curation thus aims to work the piece into the room and thus create harmony between the artwork and it’s surrounding, ensuring a balanced and effective flow through the space.


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