Floral arrangement by Jane Guthleben

Post Updated August 2023

I  believe that art is an integral part of finishing a room

Selecting art for my clients can be daunting and is a very personalised styling choice. However, choosing contemporary art based on the interior style can be a start. Colour has such an essential feel to me. The subject is something that I will look over and over again to resonate positively with my mood.

Artist Jasmine Mansbridge, Diamonds on My Mind | Curatorial + Co Gallery

Jasmine’s geometrical shapes tell a story. The colours she uses are intense and bold!

Selecting art in the concept stage

Lately, in the sweep of Australian art, we see a surge of galleries, fairs and shows. Galleries exhibiting incredible artists. Diverse skills in media, from oil painting to collage to drawings and more, bring an eclectic mix of styles.

I’ve selected a series of artists that are unique in their style, which I love. In addition, I recently visited the Sydney Contemporary Artfair, where the top art galleries exhibited for over four days. This contemporary art fair targets art collectors. However, for the non-collector that I am, it’s a great way to wander through.

I love to discover a diverse range of art on display. You can meet the artists and have a better understanding of their work. Above all, it’s a great introduction to the world of contemporary arts.”

Artist Jane Guthleben, exuberant arrangement | M.Contemporary Gallery
Artist Sally McKay, Dentelle Bleuet | M.Contemporary Gallery

Sally McKay’s lacework is so precise. On a closer view, you discover an army of gadgets.

“Intersection” is an acrylic sculpture. The colours filter through and bounce off walls, creating the most interesting shadows.

Sculpture by Artist Kate Banazi

Aggregation by Chun Kwang Young

Korean artist Chun Kwang Young creates sculptures and paintings. The “Aggregation” work is made of triangular forms wrapped in antique mulberry paper, often tinted with teas or pigment.

UPCOMING CONTEMPORARY ART FAIRS

Not to be missed in September/October/November 2023

  • SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 7 TO 10 September, at Carriageworks, presenting over 90 national and international galleries.
  • THE OTHER ART FAIR, 12-15 October at The Cutaway, Barangaroo, Sydney. It is a great fair to discover emerging artists.
  • THE ARCADIAN ARTISTS, 11 & 12 November, Sydney Hills District. This Art trail is on every year, with high-quality art made by local artists.
  • DESIGN CANBERRA FESTIVAL: A celebration of all things design during November.

Selecting Contemporary Art for Your Enjoyment

Contemporary art is a reflection of the times and can represent various perspectives. Choose pieces that align with your values and identity. Your art collection can tell a story about you and your world.

Contemporary art is full of excitement, innovation, and creative expression. By understanding its diverse forms, connecting emotionally, and embracing experimentation, you can curate a collection that enhances your living space, sparks conversations, and inspires reflection.

We hope this guide has provided valuable insights into selecting contemporary art for your home. Enjoy the journey of discovering and connecting with art that speaks to you.


Please look at our projects with some great artworks selected for our client’s home and hospitality projects.
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