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Gary Kay, director of Linton & Kay Galleries, says the role of art in people’s homes cannot be overemphasised.
“The art you want to live with will engage your senses for years to come,” he says. “It may be the strength of line, colour and composition looked at from an abstract point of view, the subject, that could range from a beautiful landscape at sunset to a social comment on the big issues of the year, or the manner in which the artist has handled the medium.”
When it comes to choosing art, Mr Kay says it needn’t be a daunting experience.
“Approach the challenge with an open mind and you will soon find yourself drawn in particular directions,” he says.
“A gallery works as your personal curator.
“Visit a number of galleries, do some research online as well and you will soon find a gallery with whom you feel comfortable.”
Interiors stylist Tess Beagley considers art the natural starting point for styling a room.
“Artwork makes a powerful statement and has the potential to evoke emotion and feeling in a space,” Ms Beagley, of Minted Interiors, says.
“It is also usually the most personal element of the design, which makes a statement about who you are and how you want to feel in your space.
“It’s always really important to ensure the artwork is relevant to the person who owns/uses the space, so finding those pieces that speak to a client’s personality and sense of style is critical.”
While art means different things to different people, for WA artist Kate Jarman it’s an intensely personal thing.
“I want pieces in my home that make my heart sing and provide me with little moments of joy whenever I look at them throughout the day,” Ms Jarman says.
“I don’t think too deeply about it and it’s not always possible or necessary to articulate what it is exactly that you are so drawn to.”
Ms Jarman says the changing landscape of the art market has helped make art more accessible.
“The old highbrow gallery model was an intimidating and impersonal way to view art,” she says. “The advent of social media platforms such as Instagram have allowed for a much more accessible and approachable way to connect with artists and their art.”
Art choices in a home are often reflective of the occupants’ personalities.
A Merilyn Fairskye interior from Klopper & Davis.
A Caspar Fairhall piece with a Penny Coss artwork.