Art: The Passion of Collecting
Rule one of buying art is to buy what you love. The piece should resonate with you, have meaning, bring you joy and enrich your life. Much like architecture and interiors, choosing art is deeply personal and a piece that will make one person’s heart skip a beat will leave another completely indifferent. Art should never be chosen for its value, as even the most seasoned art advisors cannot predict long term art market patterns, instead a collection should be curated through love.
The private art collection of the late David Bowie, which will be sold across three auctions in London in November, is one such seemingly eclectic collection curated as a result of his passions, fascinations and inspirations. Bowie’s collection includes works by some of the most valuable 20th and 21st Century artists, including a Jean-Michel Basquiat valued at £3.5 million, but also works by much lesser known British artists which Bowie often bought through direct contact with the artists themselves and after visiting their studios. For Bowie, “Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own… It has always been for me a stable nourishment. I use it.”
For interior designers, art provides the finishing touches to a design project, providing injections of colour and texture where needed, and forming a key component in an overall design scheme. Our clients may have their own existing collection
of fine art or sculpture, in which case careful consideration must be given to their exhibition and to ensure that the overall interior design scheme informs and supports the display of these much loved pieces. Other clients will seek guidance in sourcing artworks for their homes and we as designers will work closely with galleries and art consultants to select pieces that will speak to our clients and complement the interiors of their home.
Much as the colour of the backdrop onto which the work is displayed is an integral consideration for designers, bad lighting is also the enemy of all art and can lessen the impact of its beauty. As designers, careful consideration must be given to the display of each piece, to ensure that its colours, textures and mood can emanate unhindered.
Fig.1 Client’s own artwork, Hyde Park Home, Knightsbridge
Fig.2 Artist unknown, Chapman House, Chelsea
Fig.3 Hallway detail, Chapman House, Chelsea
Fig.4 Living Room, Penthouse, St John’s Wood
Fig.5 David Bowie’s Jean-Michel Basquiat, Air Power, 1984
Fig.6 Hallway detail, Chapman House, Chelsea
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