While there will always be artistic styles that experience waxing and waning popularity, the artwork you choose for your space should feel very personal. Whether you opt for an investment piece or simply want to display an item that holds sentimental value, the key is picking something that really speaks to you –
or you at least enjoy looking at.
Once you’ve found something that you really love, why not use it to inspire a colour palette for the room in which you’ll be hanging it?
In this space, not only does the repetition of the same colours across a number of different surfaces create a sense of rhythm, so do the many horizontal lines.
By painting the lower portion of the wall in the same mid-value colour as the artwork – in this case, Resene Aviator – it grounds the artwork more than had it been displayed just on a wall painted from top to bottom in Resene Triple Alabaster, which was used for the top section of the wall.
On the floor is lighter Resene Romantic, though it isn’t a colour directly used in the artwork, it feels enough the same that it still works with the palette while also acting as a point of difference from the rest of the scheme.
Smaller accessories and accents in Resene Aviator, Resene Cornflower, Resene Torea Bay and Resene Sail finish off the look.
It’s common for homeowners to want to hang their artwork quite high on the wall.
However, you shouldn’t be afraid to hang artwork – especially larger pieces – lower on the wall, which will allow you to view the details comfortably at eye level.
After all, artwork that can’t be seen properly can’t be enjoyed properly!
Get inspired at your local Resene ColorShop, www.resene.co.nz/colorshops
Windsor Gallery is home to a rich variety of art, stunning exhibitions, a comprehensive framing service and now, a wedding registry.
If you or a loved one are tying the knot this season, Windsor Gallery’s recently introduced wedding registry is a beautiful and unique gift idea for any newlywed couple. Wedding guests can gift the bride and the groom with a magnificent artwork from the showroom, a commissioned piece, or the couple can take advantage of the bespoke framing service. Gift vouchers are also available and make great Christmas and birthday gifts.
Their newest featured artist is Australian painter Belinda Nadwie, who featured on The Block Australia with three of her contemporary artworks used within the beautiful interiors. She paints rich-coloured abstracts and is one of more than 35 talented creators whose artworks grace the walls of Windsor Gallery’s contemporary showroom at 386 St Asaph Street.
For 30 years, City Art Depot picture framing workshop and gallery has been working alongside art lovers to preserve and beautifully display works of art.
Starting out as a small picture framing business in 1989, founder David Trerise had a goal to apply museum standards in his workshop.
Moving away from out-dated gluing and trimming techniques, he researched conservation framing practices, and introduced materials and processes designed to protect artworks from environmental hazards and inappropriate framing processes.
“A lot of our work is preserving artworks that are valued for purely sentimental reasons,” David says. “It still deserves to be treated with the care and respect the artist intended, or the owner desires, so it can be enjoyed by future generations.”
City Art Depot makes its own frames on the premises from rough-sawn timber to provide a frame made and hand-finished to best suit the needs of the artwork and the client. This commitment to quality has seen the business grow, attracting a client base that includes museums, galleries, institutions, businesses and private art owners and collectors.
The business offers practical solutions for the framing, installation, transportation and storage of artworks. Its archival Solander boxes provide an elegant and robust storage system for photographs, rare books, objects and original works of art.
City Art Depot also has a well-respected gallery. “The gallery is very important for us. There’s a renewed energy around art in the city and it allows us to introduce people to the work of emerging, as well as established, artists.”
When it comes to finding that unique, endearingly Kiwi Christmas gift for loved ones, whether they’re at home or abroad, a visit to The Fox’s Lair, corner Merivale Lane and Papanui Road (behind Café Metro) is a must because there’s something for everyone.
Consider a pen hewn from natural New Zealand wood for posting overseas, while a Julian Hindson photographic artwork, or an historical Sarah Greig bird print is the perfect ‘Welcome Home’ gift. Your potty-about-pottery people will cherish any ceramic piece from artists such as Liz Campbell, Gary Brooks, or Nelson based Device Ceramics, to name a few.
There’s adorable babywear from Lynne Douglas and Kylie Gordon and sweetly scented soaps, such as Back Road’s divine Vintage Rose. Discerning chocolate lovers will love their gift of delicious Bennetto chocolate – totally organic, vegan and fair-trade. Browse the gorgeous outdoor ware from Splashy Ceramics; the colourful native birds, like our beloved pukeko, are hard to resist! Saving the best person till last… that exquisite recycled NZ sixpence locket from Rainey Design – that’s for you, because you deserve it!
Marie Henry and Selma Rainey of The Fox’s Lair are determined to support local and national artisans. “We’re proud to showcase small craft businesses and emerging artists. We want to show that beautiful gifts can be inexpensive, original and of the highest quality, but most importantly, we want to encourage and support artisans throughout New Zealand.”