Statement Art

by Lisa Doherty 15. May 2018 13:03

Be loud, be proud, make a statement!

You feel like you want to take a few risks with art and you’re thinking of buying a painting that really shouts and makes an impact when people visit your house. It’s unapologetic and is the centrepiece of any room.

Welcome to statement art.

How to make a statement

The keywords to any statement piece are big and bold. These are not small, polite pieces as they dominate the space, but also work with its surroundings. These works of art can be made up of bright colours, be period pieces or a dramatic abstract statement.

Set of 3 paintings red abstract A223 by Ksavera Art
Set of 3 paintings red abstract A223 by Ksavera Art Fluit Liefde by Zhana Viel
Fluit Liefde by Zhana Viel

The great thing about statement art is that it works well with any interior style, whether that’s antique, vintage, Nordic, minimal or modern, there is a painting for every taste, not to mention the fact that it can really offset the look you’re trying to achieve and help make that style pop.

Sunset boat in the sea  by MARIA ROM
Sunset boat in the sea by MARIA ROM

Where to hang a statement piece

Naturally, for anybody, or anything, wanting to be noticed it needs to be centre stage. Statement art is no exception and needs be the main focal point in a room. This means hanging it over a fireplace or on a wall where the eye naturally gravitates.

If your house has space, then the larger the piece the better to really stand out and be the main point in a room.

Neon Pink Cityscape by Nineke Havinga
Neon Pink Cityscape by Nineke Havinga

If you’re hanging it a bedroom, then over the bed is ideal, but make sure you get the right dimensions between the ceiling and the top of the bed, or headboard, to get maximum impact and to ensure the eye naturally hits the centre point of the painting.

The same rules apply if hanging it over a desk in a home office. Besides, studies, bedrooms and lounges, other rooms where this art would work include dining rooms or general social areas. A statement piece would also work at the top of a staircase.

Statement art for smaller spaces

As this kind of art is big and bold, a balance needs to be struck between standing out versus completely dominating the space, so it needs to be hung in a room where the painting isn’t overwhelming.

With this in mind, smaller areas such as bathrooms or small kitchens aren’t ideal for large pieces. If you live in a smaller space but would like a statement piece nonetheless, then going for a medium-sized painting won’t lessen the effect and can still make an impact.

Her Lips by ina Prodanova
Her Lips by ina Prodanova

By going for bold colour or striking monochrome the piece can still standout, especially if you have neutral white or cream walls. Again, make them the focal piece of a room to become art that’s hard to ignore.

ANOTHER GEOMETRIC DOODLE by Stephen Conroy
ANOTHER GEOMETRIC DOODLE by Stephen Conroy GRID by Neil Hemsley
GRID by Neil Hemsley

Statement portraits

Usually, people associate statement pieces with landscapes or abstract art, but portraiture can be just as impactful. An image of a person can be just as striking in a room, if not more so, than abstract or landscape paintings.

These days, portraiture is not what people traditionally expect to see in a room, so breaking with convention is also a great way to make a statement.

Male head study No 3 by jean-marc hoth
Male head study No 3 by jean-marc hoth

If you’re feeling bold enough, you can have a lot of fun with portraits by hanging a painting that may contradict the interior look you’re going for, which can also help enhance the statement piece.

A great example of this would be to hang an antique-style portrait in a modernist interior. The contrast of the two styles would certainly make a great conversation piece.

Christopher Gill is an artist who uses contemporary subjects but places them in a Renaissance-style portrait. It makes for striking works of art and ideal for a range of rooms and interior styles.

Girl in the Leather Coat  ( framed original )  by Christopher Gill
Girl in the Leather Coat ( framed original ) by Christopher Gill Lucia de MEDICI  by Shirley Wright
Lucia de MEDICI by Shirley Wright

Statement art on a budget

There is a perception that statement art is expensive, but this isn’t necessarily the case as you can make a statement on any price range – from £45 right up to £4,500.

If you’re looking to buy art as a future investment, but you’re on a tight budget, then why not do some research on up and coming artists or think about latest trends, such as digital art. Statement art isn’t something that only belongs to the rich and famous, it’s out there for everybody and every home.

Sweeten To Taste 3 by Simeon Machin
Sweeten To Taste 3 by Simeon Machin Blue Matter by Rob Thornham
Blue Matter by Rob Thornham

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Enjoy the Early May Bank Holiday With Springlike Art

by Gordon Smith 4. May 2018 09:26

The early May Bank Holiday weekend is here, and it looks like the weather throughout the UK is set to be warm and sunshiney, at last!

Artists love nothing more than celebrating the seasons through painting, sculpture and photography. Spring is traditionally one of the favourite seasons - with all its promise of warmth and life in the year to come.

Why not spend an hour or two of your downtime this Bank Holiday weekend perusing our nearly 40,000 artworks to find the perfect piece for your home?

To make the idea more tempting we're giving you a 15% discount code. Simply use the code MAY15 at the checkout to redeem your discount. Have a glorious weekend, art-lovers!

 

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Original Art and Gifts to Celebrate the Royal Wedding

by Lisa Doherty 2. May 2018 11:09

The wedding season starts with pomp and ceremony this year as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot on May 19th. It will be the first royal wedding in six years since Prince William and Kate Middleton married in 2011. Who doesn’t love a royal wedding?!

If you’re getting married around the same time or this year, then huge congratulations! You’ll certainly never forget the year you got married, that’s for sure.

Art and weddings go together particularly well. A painting makes a really touching and everlasting gift and can also help the bride stand out even more with unique, one-off accessories.

We show you how art can transform and enhance this happy time.

Royal wedding

The royal family have been through good times and bad times and have dealt with their fair share of politics … just like a normal family then! They’ve also had a lot of weddings over the years that have triggered bridal dress trends across the globe. Remember Princess Diana’s dress?

Diana by Peter Mason
Diana by Peter Mason

With Harry and Meghan’s nuptials coming up, why not go with the trends, check out some regal portraiture and celebrate all things royal?

Ever since Andy Warhol turned the Queen into pop art, her Majesty has become an iconic figure and is frequently captured in paintings and photographs.

Queen Elizabeth  by Olga  Koval
Queen Elizabeth by Olga Koval

There are so many paintings of the Queen to choose from, as well as historic portraits of Princess Diana, so it’s only a matter of time before Kate and Meghan become iconic images in art as well.

Kate by Mel Davies
Kate by Mel Davies

For weddings taking place this year, buying a painting with a royal reference can also be a historical document for your family, as you will have something in common with the Windsor family, and, dare we say it, a bit of a royal connection.

Wedding gifts

If you’re getting married or going to a wedding over the next few months, but you’re stuck for a gift – or a wedding list - then art may just be the solution.

Wedding Day by Maxine Martin
Wedding Day by Maxine Martin

A painting can last pretty much forever, so a wedding gift would last throughout a marriage, children, grandchildren and beyond. It can be passed down through generations and inspire people whenever they look at it.

The gift of art can also be symbolic of everlasting love and be a permanent fixture throughout all life’s ups and downs. As a result, it’s a really touching gift that means so much more, not to mention more durable than cutlery or china.

SPRING TIME by Monika Luniak
SPRING TIME by Monika Luniak

It is now becoming more commonplace for the bride and groom to request that presents be replaced with a charitable donation instead. This is because most couples have everything they need for the home by the time they get around to marriage.

Art, however, is different as you can never have too much art, it’s not disposable or wears out and is something people always want in their home.

Getting Together by Jools Lawley
Getting Together by Jools Lawley Marriage UK 2013 by Philip Hart
Marriage UK 2013 by Philip Hart Infinite Love Glass Art by Pauline Thomas
Infinite Love Glass Art by Pauline Thomas Happy swans in love. Wedding present idea. by Olga  Koval
Happy swans in love. Wedding present idea. by Olga Koval

Art for the bride

Art isn’t only for the home, it can be worn as well, and there are artists out there who not only paint, but also create jewellery and accessories. Naturally, the bride wants to stand out on the day, and what better way than with unique, one-off pieces.

Bridal hair piece by Irum Iftikhar
Bridal hair piece by Irum Iftikhar Chunky Funky Bracelet (Milk) by Paula Horsley
Chunky Funky Bracelet (Milk) by Paula Horsley

If it’s the second time around for you, then this day is by no means less important. You still want to look amazing on the day, so why not treat yourself to some standout jewellery or accessories. And, if you’re the type of person who’s not keen on ‘showing off’, then a few subtle accent pieces can make a real impact.

Promise by Irum Iftikhar
Promise by Irum Iftikhar Red delight by Irum Iftikhar
Red delight by Irum Iftikhar Floral Headband 2 by Paula Horsley
Floral Headband 2 by Paula Horsley

Gifts for the wedding group

With the wedding group traditionally consisting of bridesmaids, in-laws, parents, flower girls, page boys and the best man, there’s a lot of people to thank for their help on the big day. Which means that buying presents to say thanks for all their help is a whole job in itself.

The Queen's Head, Underbank, Stockport At Night by Michael  Gutteridge
The Queen's Head, Underbank, Stockport At Night by Michael Gutteridge

With everything else to arrange, it’s easy to leave this job to the lastminute, but it’s always worth taking time throughout the wedding planning process to ensure you do take time to think about the gifts you’d like to buy.

Weddings are considered to be one of the most stressful times of a person’s life, so no doubt there will be a few tense moments with family and friends along the way! Take some time out, think about why you love that friend or family member, and get them a thank you gift to really show how you appreciate them and all the work they’ve done.

Very drunk indeed!  by Sara Sutton
Very drunk indeed! by Sara Sutton Golf club mantel clock by Malcolm Hull
Golf club mantel clock by Malcolm Hull Handpainted Silk Scarf  N.12 , Yellow and blue by Susana Zarate
Handpainted Silk Scarf N.12 , Yellow and blue by Susana Zarate Princess themed letters by Tracy Jolly
Princess themed letters by Tracy Jolly

The Honeymoon

…and relax. Wherever you’re going and whatever you do on your Honeymoon, make the memory last even longer with art.

If you’re off on an adventure, a trek, lying on a beach or wandering through a Mediterranean street, there will always be a painting to capture the essence of that special holiday.

Mediterranean Sunshine by Yary Dluhos
Mediterranean Sunshine by Yary Dluhos

Getting married can be an expensive process but buying art doesn’t mean you need to break the bank. We have art to suit all price ranges and tastes, so you don’t need to bust your wedding budget starting married life with the painting you love, which leaves us just to say congratulations and good luck on the big day. And congratulations to Harry and Meghan!

Moonlit Beach Couple by Steve Hawthorn
Moonlit Beach Couple by Steve Hawthorn From one Extreme to Another by Anna Cumming
From one Extreme to Another by Anna Cumming

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