6 Ways to Display Your Art Collection

Displaying art

Six ways to display your art collection. Having a distinctive art collection demonstrates your taste in art and originality. Artworks embody meaning in a way that resists easy absorption into abstract concepts and communicate directly with the senses. Art may be understood too superficially by limiting it to abstract discourse and ignoring its sensual richness. Modern and contemporary art emphasises the continuous difficulty of balancing sense and concept while acknowledging the intrinsic unfulfillment of this endeavour. It also resists the abstractions of pure conceptions and acknowledges the illusions of a "immediacy of sense." The difficulty, though, is arranging these pieces so that your living area blends in with them and highlights their beauty.

Sun Maid Raisins Painting by Barrie J Davies 2022, Mixed media on Canvas, 60cm x 90cm, Unframed and ready to hang.

The art of hanging

It makes a big difference if you hang artwork correctly (it just requires a little maths!). Examine how the pieces "speak" to one another to choose a suitable arrangement. We adore a hanging with a theme, like showcasing a series, or grouping items together according to colour, size, or emotion. Hang large-scale pieces at eye level to avoid overwhelming the space or the spectator when they first enter. If you enjoy the concept of arranging several pieces of art, make a gallery wall that is either perfectly aligned or hung salon-style. For the latter, make sure you measure everything precisely before installing each piece to guarantee that there is the same amount of space between each frame. Make sure the frames are at the same distance from one another by paying attention to the space between them. For smaller pieces, a decent rule of thumb is to space them two inches apart; for larger pieces, you can space them up to three or six inches apart. However, too much distance between pieces of art throws off the visual flow and may evoke anxiety.

Birds Custard Painting by Barrie J Davies 2022, Mixed media on Canvas, 61cm x 92cm, Unframed and ready to hang.

Gallery Wall

Making a gallery wall can be done in any way you like. It's your room and your favourite artwork, after all. What matters most is that you adore each and every piece! There are many methods to arrange gallery walls, such as using various frame sizes, colour palettes, or themes. A gallery wall's appeal lies in its ability to convey your individuality to visitors. Use furniture, plants, or a coat rack to "frame" your gallery wall for a more finished appearance, being mindful of symmetry and balance. If all of this seems too much to handle, grouping your parts into a grid is a simpler fix. Because there is order in the space, it offers the design structure and security. The display may be evenly spaced throughout. Given that symmetry appeals to the human brain, this strategy may be more difficult to go wrong.

Ding Dong Diddly Do Painting by Barrie J Davies 2023, Mixed media on Canvas, 30cm x 42cm, Unframed and ready to hang.

Your Shelves

To convey the impression that your art collection is weightless, install floating shelves. Not only can floating shelves be customised, but they're also a terrific method to easily update and customise the look of your house without feeling constrained. I adore using a floating art ledge, also known as a floating shelf, to showcase various artwork or photos of my children. You can add new items or change things around for special occasions, seasonal changes, or just because. I adore escaping the sense of confinement.

Match Box Painting by Barrie J Davies 2022, Mixed media on Canvas, 28cm x 35cm, Unframed and ready to hang.

Track Lighting

Use track lighting to illuminate your art collection to create an atmosphere reminiscent of a museum. You can add movable light fixtures along the track to draw attention to particular artworks while keeping the lighting design cohesive. Utilising wall washer lighting is an additional choice for adding light that permeates the entire work of art. This technique not only improves the collection's aesthetic appeal but also gives it a dramatic touch.

Furniture and art

You may use furniture to add art to your home decor in addition to hanging art. Think about making an artistic furniture purchase, like an eye-catchingly designed armchair or a coffee table with marquetry. These items can improve the overall appearance of your room and operate as works of useful art. This optimises storage and turns commonplace furniture into a crucial component of your art installation.

Stop Thinking Painting by Barrie J Davies 2024, Mixed media on Canvas, 21 cm x 29 cm, Unframed and ready to hang.

Rotation of art

Incorporate rotating art displays to keep your area lively. Installation art proves to be a potent instrument for crafting immersive and unforgettable experiences in the domain of commercial interiors, ranging from restaurants, hotels, and workplaces to galleries and boutiques. Companies are realising more and more how a carefully chosen environment affects consumer interaction and perceptions of their brand. By giving each object its due attention, this method avoids visual weariness and keeps your area looking new.

Times Three Painting by Barrie J Davies 2023, Mixed media on Canvas, 30cm x 42cm, Unframed and ready to hang.

Create a theme

Set aside particular spaces for exhibits of themed art. The audience viewing the final product should be able to relate to the themes. For instance, I was commissioned to paint a mural for a North London housing complex with a jungle theme. Naturally, they were looking for something that would pique the kids' interest. Something that included vegetation, animals, and possibly even a hint of excitement. Using this method, you can organise pieces of art according to recurring themes, styles, or even colours, giving visitors a seamless and engaging experience.

It takes more than simply wall hangings to elevate your room with an art collection. The critique of the detachment of "concept" and "rationality" from the sensory world is still present in art, which is a tangible mode of knowing. It seems that aesthetic theory should clarify the conditions that make art appear to be "impossible," given the changes in aesthetics and art during modernism and its aftermath. Science knowledge is necessary to create art but not for hanging it. Though it may be unsettling for a large audience to not be able to access such art, viewing it as visual element instead of a piece meant for public consumption may lessen the shock.

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