As a young artist, it never occurred to me to imagine my art in someone's home. Art was art for art sake, and that was it. If I did consider it in a space it was the traditional white cube of the art gallery or museums.
As an adult homeowner, and someone who made their living selling wholesale fabric to interior designers, my thoughts on art in a residential space changed. I started to think about what I kind of art I wanted to live with and how it impacted my well being.
This month's blogpost starts a series called The Well Designed Environment. I've gathered a group of experts to share their knowledge and expertise on the subject. Topics include: Art in Our Living Spaces, Nuts and Bolts...Working With an Art Gallery, Nuts and Bolts...Working With An Artist to Commission a Custom Art Piece, and for those of you who own a business...Nuts and Bolts...Art in the Corporate Environment.
I met George Lowell at the University of Iowa in a sculpture class. George was one of those students who everything he touched turned to beauty. His small scale sculptural rooms where full of history, and memory, small tableaus of a space in time. 20 years later, I find it interesting to see how he has translated his small sculptures into real life living spaces. He makes his home and business in Chicago, IL. Please meet George Lowell...
"I hate to think of art in terms of decorating but
it is difficult to deny its importance in an interior."
|Artwork is a great way to mix it up!|
|Old world pieces mixed with ultra-modern.|
For example I love to use a tradtional-old world piece of art in an ultra modern space. The contrast creates visual interest and makes sure you won't have a one note space.
|Color is one of a designers biggest tools.|
Color is one of a designers biggest tools and it plays a key role in the overall feel a space evokes. Art is a great way to add pops of color as accents or repeat a dominate color already used in the space.
-George Lowell of George Lowell Interiors georgelowell.com