So to start off this month’s post, let’s briefly look at the subtle differences between two different categories of art. This will enable two things: a) for us to be on the same “page” when it comes to discussing artworks on paper (Please, PLEASE forgive the awful puns in this post!) and (b) for you to impress all your friends with your insightful knowledge of the art world.
Let’s talk paper. No, not the towel or tissue variety. Artwork on paper.
I have a special love for works on paper and over the next few months we will journey together and learn all about etchings, lithographs, mixed media works, as well as the tricky differences between, say, drawings and paintings. We will dive into what it means to collect works on paper, having them framed and living with this type of medium in your home.
Doesn’t all that just sound so interesting?? It’s so fun you can’t stand it, right? RIGHT? Well, keep reading anyway and at least you’ll be able to impress someone at a party with terms like “gouache” and “assemblage”. (No – those aren’t references to food.) Who knows, you might even have a little fun. And then you can go crazy filling your home with chic art.
So until next month, here are some appetite-whetting images of ultra chic interiors with a wonderful assortment of artworks on paper….
I love this vignette – the pairing of antique European chair and hard-edged, clean-lined console table, mixed with Old World sketch framed behind glass. All the eclecticism makes this little story feel very updated.
Technically, some historians and art critics assign photography into a category all its own, but in this case we will include it. Plus, there is something quite special about this Wassily chair, in all its warm caramel/honey leather glory, that plays so nicely alongside the vintage floor lamp and the photographic work framed in a similarly warm toned frame. This is the epitome of neutral modern-masculine chic.
This quirky little vignette is from Flair Home in grand ole New Yawk City. The bold, graphic white and black artwork is on stretched Python skin actually. No big deal, right? Everyone needs an abstract work on Python. Everyone…
And lastly for today, this elegant pairing of emerald velvet settee and monolithic-scaled gold leaf work is right up my alley. Green and gold together like this takes me to my happy place. Mmmmmmmm.
The artwork is framed very simply – clean black frame, float-mounted behind glass – and yet it presides very strikingly over this room, almost like a sun disc. Very glam. (We’ll learn more about specific framing techniques soon).
So for now, go find a place in your home that might be calling out for some artwork on paper! I’ll teach you how to select and buy it in our next post. Cheers!
Active in the Little Rock design scene since 2006, Joshua Plumlee is passionate about reimagining elegant interiors with a focus on original artwork and an unconventional approach to luxurious style.