Creepy Halloween Art from ArtGallery

by Ros Rowlatt 18. October 2017 12:28

Halloween and art goes hand-in-hand from making decorations to face painting. Whether you're spooked by Francis Bacon or terrified of William Blake's turbulent seascapes, there's no denying that October 31st is as good an opportunity as any to appreciate some great art. Here are some of our favourite seasonal creations on our online gallery.

Halloween For Crows

Julie Stevenson has created a fun Halloween scene to bring a smile to any viewer's face. With creepy little spiders, a gang of crows, bats and pumpkins, there's so much to see. Not to mention the starry night sky being topped off with little stars!

Halloween For Crows by Julie Stevenson
Halloween For Crows by Julie Stevenson

The Joker: Are You Scared?

Ever feel like someone's watching you? This eerie black and white charcoal drawing of The Joker from the Batman comics really comes to life with dark, deep eyes and an energetic sketching style.

The Joker: Are You Scared? by Edward Sheldrick
The Joker: Are You Scared? by Edward Sheldrick

The Ballad Of The Sad Happy Clown (Version III)

They're either the subject of fond childhood memories or terrifying flashbacks! Clowns are always a great addition to Halloween decorations and celebrations. This surreal hand drawn piece is a bold and imaginative image that is bound to draw attention in any space.

The Ballad of the Sad Happy Clown (Version II) by Spencer   Derry
The Ballad of the Sad Happy Clown (Version II) by Spencer Derry

Ghost in the Paint

Moving away from the fun side of Halloween, we come to a more abstract and ethereal interpretation in the form of acrylic on canvas.

The texture creates so much depth that you can see an ethereal spirit but also many faces looking back at you from the background, is this the imprint of a ghost?

Ghost in the Paint by David Smith
Ghost in the Paint by David Smith

Christopher Lee

A great pencil drawing of the legend Christopher Lee. The soft pencil approach to this drawing creates a black and white film effect – it's almost like watching Lee as Dracula in one of the classics!

As we all know, lighting is an essential thing to get right with creating the scary look and there is plenty of lighting detail played about Lee's face. A great gift for anyone in to old horror classics.

Christopher Lee by clare reed
Christopher Lee by clare reed

Keep Back Dracula

John Newbold has created a more modern interpretation of black and white film stills. This dramatic pose and pop art feel creates a striking piece that would look good all year round! The popping red completes the Halloween feel for added effect.   

Keep back Dracula by John Newbold
Keep back Dracula by John Newbold

Literally Frankenstein's Monster

A clever take on a mixed media piece made from the pages of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein's monster. Channelling the black and white classic horror film theme, Frankenstein's face is cleverly shaded with layers of text to create a very realistic head and shoulder portrait – we wouldn't be surprised if his eyes followed you around the room!

Literally Frankenstein's Monster by Gary Hogben
Literally Frankenstein's Monster by Gary Hogben

Make sure to scare and share this Halloween by taking a look at our online gallery for paintings, drawings and much more by our talented community of artists.

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Malvern Theatres - Autumn Show

by Humph Hack 15. October 2017 17:15

It is rare for a successful artist to paint in many different styles. The public will easily recognise a Monet, a Freud or even a Hockney. As ever it is the exception which proves the rule. So, for example Picasso is known for multiple styles, but even he had periods where all the work being produced at any one time was stylistically similar.

The three artists opening the new show at Malvern Theatres are all recognisable instantly because they all paint in a practised and recognisable style.

Amanda Dagg is amongst the best sellers from the online gallery from which all the works on show are chosen. She relishes in the freshness of nature although her work does not attempt realism in the traditional sense.

She hails from South Wales and as well as producing an amazing quantity of work, she helps run a community led gallery in the area. She has successfully shown in the Theatre many times over the last few years.

Victoria Stanway’s works explore the female psyche. Her humorous paintings are much sought after, not just by women, but by anyone wishing to celebrate and understand what makes “girls” different. Victoria is based in Bicester and has not shown here before.

The third artist is Steven Shaw who hails from Solihull. His works – almost photo realist, are supreme examples of the genre. The works in this show are mainly animal studies, apart from two plates of biscuits; good enough to nibble with your cup of coffee in the Bistro. This is also Steven’s first show at Malvern. Artists queue up to be seen in this great venue.

The show runs from Monday 16 October until Saturday 25 November.


Exhibitions | Malvern Theatres | The Art World

Top 10 Pop Artists on Art Gallery

by Ros Rowlatt 13. October 2017 11:05

Pop Art celebrates all that is quirky and subversive, here are the top 10 on Art Gallery. Pop Art, made famous by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Yayoi Kusama, is defined as “art based on modern popular culture and the mass media, especially as a critical or ironic comment on traditional fine art values”.

At we have an extensive range of contemporary Pop Art. We've chosen ten of our favourite quirky, original, though-provoking pieces in the pop art style. What would make it onto your top 10 list?

Male and female in denim by Stewart Robinson
Male and female in denim by Stewart Robinson

Robinson’s dramatic painting is done in a style that is traditionally what most people think of when we talk about Pop Art. The use of strong, contrasting primary colours gives it a unique style and beauty.

Rio Olympic Games: Three Letter Word by Vincent da Vinci
Rio Olympic Games: Three Letter Word by Vincent da Vinci

This triptych, or triple paneled piece in pop art colours of blue, green and orange depicts a digitally modified photography and is inspired by the colours of the Olympic rings. Vinci says, “I am interested in codes and hidden messages.”

Here he’s divided the Olympic medal into 26 segments, each representing a letter of the alphabet. The medals have been cleverly rotated to spell the word “Rio”. Vinci says, “this has been influenced by the Pop Art movement with simple outline drawings, infill textures and comic text with hidden messages.”

Anywhere in the UK for the price of a 1st class stamp #2 by Gary Hogben
Anywhere in the UK for the price of a 1st class stamp #2 by Gary Hogben

Unusual materials are often used in Pop Art. Hogben is an artist who has perfected this style with his images created entirely in postage stamps.

Funky Lion by Andrew Snee
Funky Lion by Andrew Snee

This Funky Lion was a must for our top 10. Snee says, “The yellow, orange and pink colours are all fluorescent and really make the picture glow.” This striking image will brighten up even the darkest of rooms!

Dancing Girls by Brian Kelvin
Dancing Girls by Brian Kelvin

We particularly like Kelvin’s sexy painting of dancing girls. The clash of primary colours catches the eye and evokes memories of the groovy 70s.

Kelvin says, “My Digital Art brings together two of my interests, photography and digital manipulation. My themes are varied being surrealistic and/or witty but, hopefully, always thought provoking. They often depict ordinary objects in unusual contexts, challenging observers preconditioned perceptions of reality. They are influenced by pop, minimalist and conceptual art.”

Spring collection #6 by Igor Shulman
Spring collection #6 by Igor Shulman

Measuring 43 inches across, this beautiful, bold painting would make a memorable impact on any wall. Shulman says “My experiments in PopArt do not have depths and extraneous thoughts, they do not have deep philosophical overtones. It's just admiring the form. An object for its own sake.”

Swimming Pool by Steve Palmer
Swimming Pool by Steve Palmer

Palmer’s painting is a very clever, entirely original, digitally created, Pop Art swimming pool. He says that “Colour, shape, rhythm and emotion are important elements in my digital art work. In all my works I seek to connect emotionally with myself, the work and the viewer.”

Pop Art Trees -
Pop Art Trees - "Magic" by Andrew Alan Johnson

This fantasy art in pop art style shows trees in the moonlight with the moon peering through magical twigs and branches. This hypnotic painting will add magic and intrigue to any home.

Flying Scotsman by Paul Berriff
Flying Scotsman by Paul Berriff

This is a fabulous, Warhol inspired, illustration of the recently overhauled Flying Scotsman.

FABULOUS CRIMINAL! Pop-Clip-Art Abstract painting 0121 by Eraclis Aristidou
FABULOUS CRIMINAL! Pop-Clip-Art Abstract painting 0121 by Eraclis Aristidou

Aristidou says “Pop Art is all about modern popular culture and the mass media. My clip-art is a variant of this, taking inspiration from today’s news media and combining it with today’s obsession with food and diets.” The work has a poster, abstract feel, with a message which can be interpreted in a number of ways depending on the viewers point of view.


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Malvern Theatres - Late Summer Show - The Natural World through the Eyes of Three Artists

by Humph Hack 20. August 2017 13:35

If not totally or partially abstract, artists seek inspiration from a variety of sources in the world around them. It might be people or places; a famous personality or an unknown model; a familiar destination or a private secluded spot, all can be the starting point for a new work. It might be plant forms, animals or the more traditional still-life motifs. But whichever of these create the spark, an artwork which merely reproduces a near photographic representation of a subject fails to excite potential customers. Most people, these days, have a camera or camera-phone which allows them to capture the image themselves.

So it is, that the 3 artist showing throughout the next eight weeks in Malvern Theatres offer far more than photographic realism. Each one adds their personal touch to each image. That’s what real painters do!

Sam Fenner has a keen following of existing customers which shows that there is a strong appetite for her exciting and amusing portrayal of animals. The whimsical manner with which she portrays her subjects is superbly matched by her titles. She has shown at Malvern before and always sells. Her ability to make the viewer smile is guaranteed.


Graeme Robb is another returner to Malvern. His Landscapes which draw heavily on both Impressionism and Pointillism are neither. They bring a novel approach to the art of landscape painting. Some celebrate well known beauty spots others are less specific. All have a richness of colour which delights.

Jadu Sheridan is the newcomer to the theatre. In her case, it is the freshness of colour and the brightness of the landscape which attracts her. More traditional they may be…but a celebration of nature and the assured use of materials she uses to depict her subjects lift them above the norm.

The exhibition runs every day from Monday 21 August, through the Summer break and up until 14 October.


Summer Paintings

by Ros Rowlatt 7. July 2017 10:39

Summer Paintings - Depictions of summer in paintings.

This month we celebrate summer. We look at how original art can capture all that summer represents, how it can evoke the laziness of the heat, transporting you to foreign lands, childish innocence, and carefree pleasures.

First, we look at how three paintings have famously captured the essence of summer using three very different styles.

David Hockney’s A Bigger Splash (1967)

This painting perfectly evokes high summer, of a day so hot that the only escape is to plunge into a cool pool. Hockney’s swimmer vanishes into the refreshing depths, leaving only scattered water in his wake.


“It took me two weeks,” Hockney wrote, “to paint this event that lasts two seconds.”


A Bigger Splash (1967) David Hockney


Hockney was one of the first artists to make extensive use of acrylic paint. He felt that, as a fast-drying substance, it portrayed the hot, dry landscapes of California.


Unfortunately, we will never know who the unsung jumper was as the famous painting is based on a photograph of a swimming pool Hockney had seen in a pool manual. He was intrigued by the idea that a photograph could capture the event of a split second, and sought to recreate this in painting.


Tahitian Landscape by Paul Gauguin (1893)


Gauguin uses graceful contours and strong colours to create this superbly atmospheric painting perfectly capturing the serenity inspired by the lush, tropical Tahiti landscape. Gauguin said that he had been “eager to suggest a luxurious and untamed nature, a topical sun that sets aglow everything around it.”


Tahitian Landscape (1893) by Paul Gauguin


The legend goes that the stockbroker turned artist abandoned his family and took the banana boat to Tahiti. He went in search of free food and sex and to escape European civilization, which he felt was artificial and spiritually bankrupt.  


Gauguin painted scenes of sultry girls, strange fruit and celebrated the landscape around him with an unrivalled intensity of colour that has inspired painters ever since.


The Poppy Field, near Argenteuil by Claude Monet (1873)


Perhaps the most iconic summer painting of them all. The heat almost drips off the canvas in this red-led riot of colour. Almost bordering on abstraction, Monet has beautifully depicted this summer's day in all its glory with the vibrant poppies complementing the wispy clouds in a clear blue sky.


This painting perfectly evokes the exhilaration and the laziness of summer. It transports you there, you can almost feel the soporific weight of all that warmth.


The Poppy Field, near Argenteuil (1873) by Claude Monet


Art Gallery artists capturing the essence of summer in original art.


Summer Fields by Graham Evans


Evans, a Bournemouth based artist perfectly captures the nostalgia of summer with his wild flowers blooming on a country riverbank. You can almost hear the bees buzzing as you imagine yourself lying on a picnic blanket under the hypnotic weight of that summer sky.


This painting is taken from Evan’s collection of floral scenes inspired by his river walks.


Summer fields by Graham Evans
Summer fields by Graham Evans


The Shimmering Summer (framed original) by Sarah Gill


This beautiful painting transports us across the shimmering fields of wheat stubble. The coppice leads the eye into the faraway distance under the August sky.  Gill says that she draws inspiration from her travels in Tuscany, the Italian Lakes, Burgundy and her home in the Peak District.

The Shimmering Summer ( framed original ) by Sarah Gill
The Shimmering Summer ( framed original ) by Sarah Gill


Summer time. Happy children. By Olga Koval


Koval cleverly takes us back to the summer of our childhoods perfectly recreating the summer afternoon light. Will the children overcome their trepidation and dip a toe into the waves?


Summer time. Happy holiday. Children on the seaside.  by Olga  Koval
Summer time. Happy holiday. Children on the seaside. by Olga Koval


Skinny dipping by Lizzie Cornelius


Summer art lends itself to cheeky humor which Hayling Island based Cornelius captures perfectly.


She says “I paint from my beach side studio on Hayling Island, where the initial inspiration develops from digital photographic images. From here I deconstruct the image and reconstruct with a pencil sketch. […] The colours are inspired from zooming in on the pixels of the photograph. I keep my images clean and crisp and uncluttered as we live in a very fast pace world and I love the soothing contrast and calmness that they bring.”


Skinny Dipping by Lizzie Cornelius
Skinny Dipping by Lizzie Cornelius


At, we’re excited to offer original art from talented artists. If you’re looking to buy affordable art online from inspirational independent artists, we can help you find an artwork you’ll love at a price you can afford.


Image credits

A Bigger Splash (1967) David Hockney


Tahitian Landscape (1893) by Paul Gauguin


The Poppy Field, near Argenteuil (1873) by Claude Monet



From Palette to Painting - Dani Bergson

by Aileen Mitchell 7. July 2017 09:37
Dani Bergson

Some ideas come at the most inappropriate times and I have to jot them down while they’re fresh. I always have my sketch pad sitting next to me as I work, and this way I can continuously refer to it and develop a theme before actually painting.

Next I decide on my colour palette which may come spontaneously or involve creating a mood board with pictures of various objects I cut out of magazines. I usually work on stretched canvas or board with acrylics or oil bars.

The beauty of acrylics is that they are so immediate. I can achieve a host textures by scratching and marking and finish a painting in one day. Once I have sketched the form of the painting and decided on the colour palette I treat it like an abstract piece of work to balance colours and textures. I gain a lot of pleasure in discovering new ways of adding texture to my paintings.

When I worked as a textile designer I learnt how to achieve different finishes by printing with scraps of material and using a variety of implements to scrape scratch and mark. Usually I know when a painting is finished. I do like to assess and reassess days later and make final tweaks if necessary.

I find it very hard to be fully satisfied with every piece I produce and I guess this is what keeps pushing me forward and striving to produce better work. Every new canvas is a means of developing as an artist and will hopefully bring more pleasure to those who see my art.

Flamingo Lovers by Dani Bergson
Flamingo Lovers by Dani Bergson


Artists | Being an Artist

Malvern Theatres Summer Exhibition : 3 July - 20 August

by Humph Hack 2. July 2017 14:46

Inspiration comes from many sources. Often it is the work of great artists from the past. Such an artist is Graham Sutherland; perhaps best known for the huge Coventry Cathedral Tapestry or the portrait of Winston Churchill which his wife destroyed because she found it “too honest”. In 1934 Sutherland visited Pembrokeshire for the first time and was profoundly moved by its landscape, and the region remained a source of inspiration for his paintings for much of the following decade. It was in 1958, that I watched a Black and White BBC TV programme about Sutherland’s work. It inspired me to train as a Fine Artist. His early works from the same period are a major influence of the paintings of Mark Masters. And so it is my great pleasure that he has agreed to show his most recent work in Malvern Theatres. He shares Sutherland’s interest in natural forms in juxtaposition with man-made elements. In the same way, the resulting images are highly evocative. Mark focuses on the inherent strangeness of natural forms, abstracting them to sometimes give his work a surrealist appearance.

Jeanette Faulkner Clarke loves horses and her understanding of their anatomy and temperament shines out of every work she has included in this new exhibition. Like many artists who hone their skills on one subject matter, her technique continues to develop, so that these works are a step on from those she showed in her previous exhibition in the theatres.


Jools Lawley has also shown, very successfully, in Malvern Theatres before. Her calligraphic style renderings of men women and children always produce a smile. She is happy to produce personalised works on both paper and canvas to celebrate a wedding, an important birthday, a favourite team etc. You can commission Jules to produce work similar to one on show or ask for something completely unique.

The exhibiton runs every day from 11.00 a.m. until late into the evening.


How to Choose Amazing Office Art for your Business

by Aileen Mitchell 6. June 2017 11:07

The positive impact of art in the workplace is often underestimated. Whether you want to provide a talking point in an otherwise bland corporate reception, impress clients, motivate employees or simply fill white walls how do you go about choosing the right art?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, is your office art saying the right thing? When choosing office art there are many things to consider. Here we look at buying and hanging tips for office art.

Office art shoud promote your company brand and values

The JP Morgan offices display artwork from every country they operate in, demonstrating global reach whereas LinkedIn uses local artists to convey the message that they support and embrace their local community. BP displays photos of the company’s history promoting a feeling of nostalgia and emphasising longevity and security.

What do you want your office art to say about your company? Carefully selected pieces of art can send a clear, yet subtle, message to those who see it, reinforcing the brand values. Art is a good way to start people talking and can give a powerful first impression.

Office art can help you connect with your clients

Many companies rely on specific types of people or socioeconomic groups for most of their business. Your artwork can help you connect with those groups on an emotional level.

For example, if you are in the financial services industry you may want to display art that reflects the rewards and life style of clever financial planning, perhaps a luxury yacht like the one in Moored for the Evening by Graham Williams, whereas a lawyer specialising in family law may display paintings or photographs of happy families.

Moored For the Evening by Graham Williams
Moored For the Evening by Graham Williams

Office art affects the atmosphere of a room.

Research by the British Council for Offices in 2013 suggested that 61% workers believe artwork inspires them to think and work more creatively. Employees thrive in a positive and optimistic environment and it appears that the positive effects of art work on employee productivity, satisfaction and morale cannot be ignored.

The use of colour can have a huge impact on the feeling and atmosphere of your office. Different colours evoke different feelings so it’s important to decide how you want your customers and employees to feel. If you want to promote feelings of peace or content, why not use romantic artwork with scenes of nature? Sam Martin’s colour block landscapes are a beautiful example of this.

Exciting and fun artwork stimulates creativity and helps to foster motivation. Vibrant colours and pop art could reflect youth and enthusiasm for creative industries such as advertising and design work. Vivid colours evoke energy and spontaneity so could be used in, for example, a call centre where you need your employees to feel energetic and upbeat.

Mike Coffey’s playful paintings of London landmarks would add a colourful contemporary twist to the feel of the workplace.

Westminster over the Thames by Mike Coffey
Westminster over the Thames by Mike Coffey Big Ben and the London Eye by Mike Coffey
Big Ben and the London Eye by Mike Coffey Big Ben, Westminster and London Bus by Mike Coffey
Big Ben, Westminster and London Bus by Mike Coffey

Office art improves employee experiences

Research by Exeter University’s School of Psychology found that employees who have control over the design and layout of their workspace are not only happier and healthier, they’re also up to 32% more productive.

Why not put together a small committee of five or six people to select art for your office? Offering employees a choice in the art they see in their work space is an effective way to give them a say in the aesthetics of their workplace environment and show that the managers care and trust their employees.  Humph Hack - artist, art expert and our Art Gallery Curator - gives some great advice:

“It has become fashionable to display work on canvas without a frame.  In most cases the simpler the frame the better.”

Thinking about choosing art, Humph adds:

“Work for offices or public areas of a building are normally bigger in size and grander in design. Domestic spaces normally require and benefit from work with more modest aspirations. Use our “Try it out – Test Drive” facility to see the scale and change the wall colour to match your wall.”

Finally, does office art need to be expensive?

You may baulk at the idea of art in the workplace since the word itself conjures up images of a hammer coming down and an auctioneer announcing “Sold for ten million pounds to the man in the top hat.”

At, we’re excited to offer original art from talented artists. If you’re looking to buy affordable art online from inspirational independent artists, we can help you find an artwork you’ll love at a price you can afford.


Buying Art

Choosing the Perfect Painting for the Bedroom

by Aileen Mitchell 31. May 2017 11:37

Homes are our modern sanctuaries and the room that should most reflect this is, of course the bedroom. It is the most intimate household space, a place where one should feel relaxed, inspired and safe. Whether your bedroom is a spacious and light minimalist affair, filled with Moroccan fabrics and incense, or a lavish velvet boudoir, choosing art for the bedroom is a detail ridden journey in terms of matching the mood of the room and promoting a harmonious night’s sleep.


Psychology suggests that imagery has a healing effect on mood. According to Elaine Poggi, founder of The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals

The mood changes when our beautiful nature photos are placed on the walls, providing colour, comfort, and hope to patients, caregivers, and loved ones.

It stands to reason, that surrounding ourselves with positive imagery will encourage mental wellbeing. A solitary figure depicting closed-off body language may consciously or unconsciously evoke feelings of loneliness, vulnerability or sadness. Your bedroom is your private sanctuary, and you deserve to feel safe and at peace.

Lost Within Oneself 3  by Paul Turner
Lost Within Oneself 3 by Paul Turner

Though the bedroom is an ideal spot for a nude, this painting carries the risk of amplifying feelings of vulnerability or loneliness.

Away from domestic distractions – loading the dishwasher, ensuring the kids have brushed their teeth, emptying the litter tray – the bedroom may be the only space to enjoy a few moments alone or with a partner. Therefore, it’s a good idea not to select a painting that will be too distracting or discordant (definitely no Where’s Wally!). Although art should make us think, we must also be able to switch off from it.

Finding harmony

The key to creating harmony in the bedroom is choosing a piece of art based on personal taste: what makes you feel relaxed?

If you’re a city slicker, chances are an image of the London rush hour won’t help shut out the stresses of the day. Likewise, though some may find views of the ocean soothing and calming, it may be prove stressful and lonely for others …

Depictions of nature are generally considered to evoke pleasant, relaxed feelings – wild flowers dancing in the breeze, fluffy clouds on a summer’s day, lambs prancing through open fields. Whilst a sunset will help prepare your brain for sleep, a sparkling sunrise will energise the mind and body for a brand new day with infinite possibilities. These natural images may be particularly tranquil, soothing, calming and beneficial to those who spend their days in busy environments with limited exposure to these evocative and atmospheric images.

Sunset Beach by Graeme Robb
Sunset Beach by Graeme Robb

A sunset can put the day’s events into perspective; we can always try again tomorrow. After all Pablo Picasso famously said,

 “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”


Humph Hack - artist, art expert and our Art Gallery Curator - gives some great advice not only on the style of art but making sure it has the best setting,

“The bedroom is a private place. Erotic art will be the choice of some. For others images which offer calmness will lower blood pressure and aid sleep.”

Thinking about the setting Humph adds,

“Works on canvas without frames are quite light, but framed works can be much heavier. Make sure your fixings are secure. Don’t hang works over radiators, canvases in particular don’t enjoy the heat. Similarly, direct sunlight is a no-no. Even the very best of materials will fade in time.”

According to the Feng Shui Society,

‘The idea is that we all respond to our environments… our response to the atmosphere of each room may influence our mood, thinking, energy levels and more.’

Influences can include colours, natural light, plants and images. Whether you believe in this ancient discipline or not, it can’t hurt to keep it in mind when planning and designing your bedroom.

If sharing your bedroom with a partner, feng shui suggests choosing multiple pieces of artwork which relate to each other. This conveys a message of a shared relationship, shared likes and complementing each other’s taste. Of course, it’s essential to communicate with a partner when buying art. What one person simply regards as an interesting piece may unwittingly create a conflict with their partner. 

Spring Equinox #2 Diptych by Lucy Moore
Spring Equinox #2 Diptych by Lucy Moore

This dual-part piece works as two standalone artworks, whilst also complementing each other as a pair.

We are most vulnerable in our own homes at the moments we wake up and fall asleep, so when considering feng shui you may find that your current art isn’t suitable for the bedroom. If you’re particularly attached to a particular piece, consider moving it to another part of the home where it won’t have such a detrimental effect on your subconscious.

According to Twyla Tharp, ‘Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.’ We believe everybody should have access to outstanding art. In addition to creating a harmonious haven in your bedroom, by choosing you art at Art Gallery you will be supporting independent artists - and may even end up acquiring a future auction piece! With over 33,000 works for sale and prices ranging from £50 to £5000, we’re confident you’ll find a painting you’ll love at a price you can afford.


Buying Art

Finding the Perfect Painting for the Living Room

by Aileen Mitchell 22. May 2017 09:32

Where would we be without some art in our lives, a painting perhaps that speaks to us? Art is wonderful. Art is freeing. Art is the essence of life distilled to its purest form, a form that has many different faces and many different outlets.

Art can bring people together, or it can cause debate and discussion. What’s incredible about art is that whilst one person may see one thing, another could see (or feel – much art is about the feelings that are created in the viewer) something entirely different, and neither would be wrong.

Grafitti street art mural painting

There are many interpretations of ‘art’.

Art is a way for us all to be equal; if no interpretation can be wrong, then they must all be right.

Yet there is a big difference between interpretation and aesthetics, and choosing the right painting for your living room needs to be done on something more than a feeling – although this will, of course, come into it.

Humph Hack, Artist, Art Expert and our Art Gallery curator gives some great advice.

"The choice of a piece of art is a very personal matter. Visitors will always admire work of great skill. Others will be wowed by a striking image. However, by definition, the things you wish to “live” with might be calmer and offer a reassuring view of the world, nature and humanity."

Define your goals - why do you wish to hang art?

Understanding what you want to get out of the painting you choose for your living room is really important.

Are you planning to use art to express your personality to your friends and family? Are you installing the painting simply because you love art and want some in your home? Are you using the art to cover up some issue with the wall in your living room (it happens)?

Thinking about why you want the painting will help in working out what you want it to look like and, perhaps, say.


Getting down to the practicalities of installing a painting in your living room, size will need to be considered - the size of the room vs the size of the painting you are planning to hang there.

Too big a painting will usually dominate your room, but there are some exceptions - if the purpose of the artwork is to create a huge statement then a dominant piece will work. Typically, however, the art will want to blend in and complement the space rather than "being" the space itself. 

Too small and it will barely be noticed which, when it comes to a great painting, is a travesty. There is little point in hanging art in your living room if no one is even going to spot it there.

The space in which the artwork is to hang is key. The more "white space" there is around a painting, the calmer, more relaxed the feeling in the room will be.

If it is too crowded, too big for the area of wall you have chosen, hemmed in by a TV or bookshelves or other pictures then the room will feel too busy - the art itself will be subsumed and the room will feel busy and cluttered.

Living room apartment graphic with large piece of abstract art

A huge artwork can dominate a room - which needs careful planning. 

A big painting in a small room will be difficult to appreciate as you won’t be able to see the full effect. Some paintings are made to be admired from a few feet away, and if you don’t have the square footage to do that, you will need to look elsewhere for your art.

Humph also adds some other points to consider,

"Don’t hang works over radiators or frequently used fireplaces. Canvases in particular don’t enjoy the heat. Similarly, direct sunlight is a no-no. Even the very best of materials will fade in time."

Subject matter

Your living room is a public space when it comes to friends and family. Bedrooms, studies, they are another matter, but your living room needs to be a place where people feel comfortable and welcome.

So picking a painting that is suitable for all should be at least something to think about. You don’t need to find something that everyone will like – art is entirely subjective, after all – but something that won’t offend, upset or frighten guests is a good idea. But don’t be afraid to pick a painting that matches your personality too.


As with all things, your available budget will also point you in the direction you need to head in to find the ideal painting for your living room. Unless your funds are unlimited, your interior design ideas may need to be watered down somewhat. But that shouldn’t mean you have to compromise on your art.

There are some truly beautiful paintings for less than £50, and their effect in your living room will be no less impactful just because they cost less than you might think.


Choosing the right painting for your living room should be fun, not stressful. Make sure you stick to your budget, that you’ve measured the space you want to hang it in, and that you’re not going to clash with your colour scheme, and your living room will soon look stunning.

So what’s stopping you? Art should be in every home, and a painting in your living room is an excellent start. Use our search facility to find the piece that is perfect for your living room and budget.

Burning Bright - a tiger in a glowing forest by Gill Bustamante
Burning Bright - a tiger in a glowing forest by Gill Bustamante




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