EN­GAGE THE SENSES

START YOUR EN­VI­ABLE ART COL­LEC­TION

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The gal­lerist

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.”

The stylist

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.”

The artist

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.”

Pic­ture: Free­dom

Art choices in a home are of­ten re­flec­tive of the oc­cu­pants’ per­son­al­i­ties.

Pic­ture: Jack Lovel

A Mer­i­lyn Fairskye in­te­rior from Klop­per & Davis.

Pic­ture: An­gelita Bonetti

A Cas­par Fairhall piece with a Penny Coss art­work.

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