KICKSTART THE CURATING
KICKSTART THE CURATING
Start with the obvious! Do you like looking at the piece? Art is about making you happy, enriching your life, and imbuing your home with personality and flair. It’s a personal choice and, ultimately, all that matters is that you like having it around. Much like a friend, your relationship with the art develops as you spend more time with particular pieces. What began as an inexplicable spark can grow into a meaningful relationship over time.
Discerning between the reactions that different pieces may elicit can be difficult – so here are some things to consider as you browse:
Does the artwork make you smile like a ton of big, colourful balloons by Geronimo? Maybe it brings up some good memories and pleasant associations.
Is it professional-massage-level calming? Will it help you unwind when you enter your refuge after the exhilarating chaos of London?
Or is it interesting? Does it make you stop for a second like a virtual finger pressing pause on the daily routine?
What about the artist? Learning more about the person behind the work and the story of how it was made adds value to an artwork that has caught your eye, injecting a different dimension of vitality to the inanimate. Sometimes you find out about a secret bush…
There are also some simple practical matters to check off the list once you have decided on a couple of pieces.
Do the colours complement those that are already in the room? Making sure that some (it doesn’t need to be all!) of the colours in the chosen artwork match ones that are already in the room can help you create that oh-so-pleasing effect of a well curated space. Sir Isaac Newton invented the Colour Wheel in 1666 to tackle just this kind of question.
What about the dimensions? We provide the dimensions of each piece in its description. Take a second to make sure that your chosen piece isn’t too big or too small. You won’t be able to fold it over or cut it up (no damaged art, please!) and you don’t want it to be so small that it just looks ridiculous hanging on its own in the vast empty space of your living room wall.
P.S. Interested in learning more about the history of western art? The amazing art critic and historian John Berger’s four part series on the topic on YouTube is a great place to start. Berger is famous for his book The Ways of Seeing, a slim volume that discusses how to look at art in a way that actually makes sense. The BBC series accompanied the book, bringing his main points to life to a much wider audience.