Festive Paintings You Can Enjoy All Year Round

by gordonsmith 15. December 2017 09:00

As we enter the Christmas season, all we want to do is feel warm, cosy and snug. This is when we look for the Hygge effect with blankets, warming drinks and candles to create that cosy feel, and we also look to art to give us that sense of comfort.

We turn to snowscapes, winter landscapes, festive or winter scenes to remind us that we want to be warm and relaxed indoors, and not shivering outside. These are seasonal paintings that tend to work in that moment.

The main challenge with a seasonal painting though, is what do you do with it for the rest of the year? Art is an investment and storing it away for most of the year isn’t a great use of your spend, but there are ways of getting the most of your painting and hanging it all year round.

Art for emotion

Art evokes emotion, so a good starting point is to think about what winter and Christmas means to you. What is your mood at this time of year and how does it make you feel? What one thing says ‘winter’ to you?

It could quite simply be about the spirit of Christmas and how the season makes you feel. Mousehole Christmas lights by Laura Harrison
Mousehole Christmas lights by Laura Harrison

For some people it could be about a feeling of warmth and focusing on the home, or, for others it may be the social side of Christmas and enjoying good company and good food and drink.

Winter sunset, Snowdonia by Stuart Parnell
Winter sunset, Snowdonia by Stuart Parnell

It can also be a nostalgic time as we reflect on the past and look to a new year, so it may evoke childhood memories of how Christmas felt from a child’s perspective.

Snow Day by Steph Morgan
Snow Day by Steph Morgan

Snowscapes

Nothing says winter like a snowscape. We all hope for a white Christmas, which, of course, is rare, so snow-filled scenes are the closest thing to capturing that feeling. With British art being firmly rooted in the landscape tradition, this is a genre where we do well.

As a result, there are so many snowscapes to choose from that capture every mood, spirit or feeling. These paintings range from the more traditional landscape scenes or snow-filled cityscapes, right through to wildlife. If you want to make more of a statement, then why not go all out for something atmospheric and dramatic.

Piccadilly London by Bryn Thomas
Piccadilly London by Bryn Thomas

Wishing it was Christmas every day

If you’re somebody who loves Christmas and you want to capture that feeling all year round, then you can have a lot of fun with art and just go all out with paintings of snowmen, Father Christmas, or Angels. Even images that capture a sense of Christmas magic.

A CHRISTMAS OF ENCHANTMENT  by Carlo Salomoni
A CHRISTMAS OF ENCHANTMENT by Carlo Salomoni

Ultimately, there are no set rules as to what paintings should be hung, and when, so you could throw out the rule book and hang your festive paintings all year round. It would make a great talking point for friends and visitors to your home.

What to do after Christmas?

If you want to make your painting a centrepiece during winter and Christmas only, what do you do with it for the rest of the year? There are a few options; instead of storing it away in a cupboard or up in the loft, why not think about other rooms or spaces in your home where it can hang.

A hallway or landing are great as they tend to be spaces where we’re passing through and not necessarily where we hang around. However, if it’s a painting you love and you want to use it to help spark creativity or help you de-stress, then why not hang it in a home office, study or quiet spot in your home.

You could also use this as an opportunity to re-arrange all your paintings and start the new year with a different outlook and fresh walls. There’s always an image that tends to be forgotten, so why not move it to a new wall and give it a fresh lease of life?

Finally, if you want to go all out, then kids would have Christmas all year round if they had it their way! So why not let them? Christmas really captures their imagination and by hanging festive art in their room will help nurture their creative side.

Art is very subjective, but it also helps to make a more informed choice when selecting a painting, just so you can get the most out of it and make it work for you and your home.

We have many winter and festive scenes on our site and have something for everyone, so why not take a look and see if you can’t find that special painting that says Christmas to you.

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Tips for Buying Art as a Christmas Gift

by gordonsmith 11. December 2017 11:17

If you’ve decided to be more creative this Christmas and are looking to buy art as a gift, then what a great gesture! Art is very subjective however, and making a purchase for somebody else can seem daunting, and even a bit stressful, but have no fear; by taking a fresh approach and adopting a different mindset, our useful tips will help make the selection process a little easier.

Don’t buy for you

There is a belief that when choosing a gift, you should always buy something you’d like to have yourself. In this particular case, we say do the opposite.

Instead, really think about the person you are buying for; their likes, dislikes, passions or interests and also their personality. A fun-loving person, may not like a dramatic piece of art or specific styles, and vice versa for someone who potentially has a more serious outlook.

Stay as open-minded as possible during the process, as a piece that is to your taste may not necessarily be to theirs. You may end up buying a painting that you wouldn’t necessarily have in your house, but for the person receiving the gift it may be that statement piece they’ve been searching for.

Hardy Mountain Pines in Deep Snow. Vercors. France. by Georgina Bowater
Hardy Mountain Pines in Deep Snow. Vercors. France. by Georgina Bowater

Budget

There is a perception that buying art is the preserve of the wealthy. This is not the case, as there are paintings for sale out there to suit every budget, from as little as £30 right up to investment pieces from £3million and beyond!

You don’t need to break the bank to buy a painting, so it is possible to shop around and find a great selection within your price range.

Always think about interiors

Art can transform interiors, so always think about styles and genres when making that purchase. If you’re buying for someone who has a passion for mid-Century interiors, then you’d probably go for a genre like portraiture or abstract art.

Another example is a vintage interior, a painting with a nostalgic feel, or a work set in a location that celebrates vintage would really be standout pieces.

If you’re buying a gift for a specific room, then this is also worth consideration. A piece that makes you reflect or feel mindful would look great in a bedroom or living area, whereas a lighthearted piece would work better in a more social space or kids room.

Hobbies or interests

Buying for a person who is passionate about their hobby or has loads of interests does make the buying process a lot easier, and there are many artists and lots of paintings suited for a very wide-range of interests, such as sport, music, vintage cars or classic films … to name but a few!

This decision does come with a bit of a caveat, however. Sometimes it can be easier to buy something to reflect that person’s passions or interests, but it may not match their interiors taste, or actually be what they want to hang on their walls.

With that in mind, it’s always worth checking the returns policy of the art gallery or the website you are purchasing from, just in case you do need to return or exchange a piece.

Giant's Rock by Robert Jackson
Giant's Rock by Robert Jackson

Size matters

When it comes to the size of painting you should buy, we would recommend keeping it to a manageable size that is more versatile and can hang anywhere in a house.

Resist the urge of making a grand gesture and buying a large painting as it may not necessarily work well with the scale and size of house you are buying for. A small living area, for example, would be dwarfed by a large statement piece.

A more manageable size painting can be placed in any room or on any sized wall, which means there is more scope to hang or place in a space that really brings both the wall and the painting to life.

When all else fails…

If the process is proving to be tougher than you thought, then why not buy a Gift Voucher. It’s still a great gesture and it means you can feel more confident that that person will choose a piece of art they love.

Gift vouchers also range in price to suit every budget, so you could buy for as little as £5, or as much as £500.

Whichever way you look at it, art as a gift is a highly personalised gesture that has a positive impact on many levels. Sometimes, it’s easy to buy presents that are disposable and short-lived, but the gift of a painting is durable, better for the environment and lasts a lifetime.

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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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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 ArtGallery.co.uk 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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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 ArtGallery.co.uk, 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.

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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

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.”

Placement

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.

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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.

Size

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.

Budget 

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.

Conclusion

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

Images 

https://pixabay.com/en/graffiti-mural-street-art-painting-508272/

https://pixabay.com/en/living-room-apartment-graphic-1643855/

 

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Christmas Delivery Dates 2016

by Aileen Mitchell 9. December 2016 12:19

Happy Christmas!

Original art is one of the most personal and thoughtful gifts you can give. We also have a brand-new selection of hand-crafted gifts available this Christmas. 

At Christmas we all want our presents to arrive on time. Here's what you need to know for this year. 

Our artists always try their best to arrange deliveries before Christmas. Please note that artists are of course in the hands of Royal Mail or couriers. We suggest the following latest dates for you to order to give artists the best chance of getting your art to you in time for Christmas 

Artworks and gifts

Delivery addressLast ordering date
UK Monday 19th December 2016
Europe Wednesday 14th December 2016

Gift Vouchers

TypeLast ordering date
Gift vouchers in a presentation card Wednesday 21st December
Email vouchers Saturday 24th December

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Celebrating 90 Years - Queen Elizabeth II in Portraits

by Aileen Mitchell 18. April 2016 16:55

Her Majesty Elizabeth II's portrait surrounds us daily more than we stop to think about - she's on stamps, coins and banknotes. We even see her initials on letter boxes. 

A Life Extraordinary: Queen Elizabeth II by Angie Wright

Our queen is also one of the most recognisable and painted faces in modern portraiture, recreated by the likes of Andy Warhol, Lucian Freud and Justin Mortimer to name but a few.

To mark her 90th birthday, we celebrate by looking at ArtGallery artists who have also taken inspiration from our monarch.

The Street Party by  Jadwiga (Yaja) Kindermann

The Street Party shines a light on other countries around the world who also join in with royal celebrations. Kindermann’s oil on canvas displays a real scene taken from a photograph of a Christian food station in Pakistan, where children are gathered to celebrate the royals and have lessons.

Buckingham Palace by Darren Andrews

This particular view from the Mall is one of London’s most popular and iconic landmarks. It features a view of the palace painted in the iconic fuchsia pink used in the game Monopoly. It's painted by Darren Andrews. 

HM Queen Elizabeth II by Chris Norman

Never seen without a hat, Chris Norman captures the impeccably dressed monarch in a lilac outfit and white gloves. On the deck of a ship, the Queen looks out to sea.

Commonwealth Head Of State by  Gary Hogben

Guaranteed to arrive faster than any letter, Gary Hogben has created a head covered in stamps that begin with Queen Victoria at the top and continue through to Queen Elizabeth II. Most countries from the Commonwealth are to be found in various places around the head.

Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth by  Eliane Ellie

Eliane Ellie depicts a more colourful portrait of the Queen. In recent years, some of the most famous official commissioned portraits of HM have also been in a more contemporary style.

Queen Elizabeth II - 90th Birthday by  Peter Mason

Things are beginning to become quite meta with Peter Mason’s artwork, Queen Elizabeth II – 90th Birthday. Here, HM is seen as the top head of the playing card, which is made entirely from Royal Mail-issued postage stamps that have featured her face throughout her reign. If you look closely, there are other symbolic tributes to the Queen’s reign in almost 3000 stamps.

Spliff Queen The 3rd Red (On Paper) by  Juan Sly

Cult artist Juan Sly has added his own quirky adaptation of the Royal Mail stamp featuring Queen Elizabeth II. His original spray paint pieces of the stamp have been made in both red and black. In a way, the addition of the arm carrying a cigarette is a nod to a more traditional style when the characteristics of kings and queens were shown by what their hands were doing.  

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Capturing Beautiful Irish Landscapes

by Aileen Mitchell 24. March 2016 14:13

We love a good landscape at ArtGallery - and this month we celebrated a country famous for its painted scenes. It is, of course, Ireland. 

There are so many ways to capture the beauty of an Irish landscape, whether it's the ever-moving coastline, its lush, green hills, or a dramatic sunrise. 

Here are some ArtGallery artists who all express the character of the landscapes in a unique way:

Cooniger by Arabella Kiszely

Arabella Kiszely beautifully captures the drama of the Beara Peninsula on a cloudy afternoon. The textured sky and sea gives a real feeling of movement, contrasting with the warm orange of the rocks. This oil painting almost puts you in the scene itself. 

Coast by Jeremy Shipton

Jeremy Shipton's acrylic painting has captured the west coast of Ireland on a much calmer, sunnier day. This highlights the wonderful contrasts in Irish weather, and shows how one painting can vary so much from another depending on the season. 

The blues and aquas are what give the painting a strong sense of summer. Although the sea is calmer, there is still movement to the piece, as waves break on the rocks.

The free brush strokes of the cliff top give this area of the work a softness that highlights the many detailed lines in the cliffs below.

Irish Lough Connemara - by Steve Hawthorn

Capturing lights and darks between rays of sunshine and clouds can be done in smooth strokes, as Steve Hawthorn demonstrates in Irish Lough Connemara. Unlike the informal brushwork in the paintings above, Steve has conveyed a sense of stillness in this lake scene using the contrast in light and colour to bring depth to the painting. 

Winding Road by Barbara Craig

Winding Road is a great example of how a landscape can be interpreted in so many different ways. This bright painting of wild flowers by a field in west Ireland captures the playful breeze that gives so many Irish landscapes their energy.

The softness of the line of mountains in the distance gives great depth against the bold strokes in the foreground. 

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