Artwork in Residence

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While art may not be essential to fulfill our basic needs, it does make our life more colorful. When we look at a perfect painting or poster we have chosen to hang on the living room wall. It is a great feeling. The sculpture or figurines on the kitchen windowsill we carefully select, put a smile on our face every time. These varieties of art forms that we are surrounded by all come together to create the atmosphere that we want to live in, which is personable to us. From the guests perspective, art is one of the best ways to express who you are, and reveal your fine taste, so be sure to showcase your favorite pieces.

However, choosing an artwork for home is not easy, and to display them in the right way is critical. Here are a few tips that can help for your next purchase or installation of the next piece of artwork:

 

1 – Select the most important and visible walls in your home.

2 – Mirror the size of the wall: If you have a long horizontal wall hang a long horizontal piece (or collection of pieces) on that wall.

3 – Fill the wall. Don’t be afraid to use the entire wall

4 – Color is important: Think about the feel of a color before placing it in your room. 

5 – Don’t let the architectural style of your home dictate the art that you have on your walls.

6 – Vary the texture of the pieces in your room.

7 – A frame can serve as a bridge between the artwork and the room.
When selecting a frame, it is important that it complement the furniture and architectural features of a room.

8 – Play with the lighting in the room: After placing the artwork, move your existing lighting around or think about adding new spots to illuminate the piece.

9 – Watch out for glare: When hanging art behind glass, stay away from walls directly across from windows as the light will create glare

 

From Choose Art for Your Home

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Thanksgiving Captured in Art

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and what better way to appreciate this traditional American holiday than looking at how artists have chosen to represent it through art. Keep reading to see some of our favorite paintings that are all about Turkey Day!

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Jason Mecier

What better way to start off this blog post than with a portrait of Sarah Hale, created out of traditional Thanksgiving foods? Sarah Hale is credited with the founding of Thanksgiving when she talked Abe Lincoln into this delicious holiday!

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Roy Lichtenstein, “Still Life” 1961

American artist Roy Lichtenstein captured the main dish of every Thanksgiving meal, the turkey, in his classic pop art style.

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John Currin, “Thanksgiving” 2003

This painting by John Currin recalls the tradition of northern European Renaissance painting and seems to be an allegory of his wife’s pregnancy.

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“First Supper (After a Major Riot)”, 1974

This photograph by Harry Gamboa, Jr. documented a work by the performance group Asco that shows what Thanksgiving is all about-sharing with loved ones, even in odd places.

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Norman Rockwell, “Freedom From Want” 1941-1943

I’m finishing off this post with what is probably the most classic Thanksgiving painting by Norman Rockwell. This is the quintessential family portrait of an American family sharing a Thanksgiving meal together.

3 Minute Art History Lessons: Jackson Pollock

Dates:1912-1956

Location:America

Medium:Painter, Drawer, Sculptor

Periods: Modern Art, Abstract Expressionism

“The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.”-Jackson Pollock

Autumn Rhythm, 1950

Autumn Rhythm, 1950

Jackson Pollock developed one of the most radical abstract styles in the history of modern art and found new ways to define pictorial space.

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Fast Facts:

  • Pollock was born in Wyoming and grew up in Arizona and California. He grew up observing Native American culture on survey trips with his father and may have been influenced by Native American art.
  • In 1929 Pollock studied at the Students’ League in New York. He was working in the Regionalist style and was heavily influence by Mexican muralist painters and Surrealism.
  • After World War II radical new directions in art emerged. The aftermath of the war began the movement known as Abstract Expressionism.
  • In the mid 1940s Pollock introduced his now famous style of “drip paintings” which represented one of the most original bodies of work of the time and forever inspired American art.
  • These new art forms can suggest the life-force in nature and can evoke man’s body, anxious mind and the new modern world.
  • He produced most of these paintings by setting his canvases on the floor or paid out against a wall instead of fixing it to an easel.
  • He would create images by allowing paint to drip and would add depth to his paintings by using knives, trowels, or sticks.
  • The All-over method of painting is also attributed to Pollock in which the art form avoids any clear and distinct points of emphasis or any identifiable parts within the canvas.
  • He achieved fame and notoriety in his lifetime, however there was often speculation over his radical methods and growing reputation.
  • He suffered in his personal life with alcoholism.
  • He died prematurely when he was killed in a car crash at age 44 due to driving under the influence of alcohol. Edith Metzger, one of his passengers, was also killed. The other passenger Ruth Kligman, an artist and Pollock’s mistress, survived the crash.
Pollock painting Alchemy, 1947.

Pollock painting Alchemy, 1947.

Jackson Pollock took risks and creative approaches that led future artist to create with passion instead of being trapped by set boundaries or guidelines.

Convergence, 1952. Image property of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

Convergence, 1952. Image property of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

Untitled, c. 1950

Untitled, c. 1950

Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist),1950

Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist),1950

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