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Art advice - 30 May 2018

All Things Bright And Beautiful

Our top colourful picks from the online marketplace

It’s no secret that colours have an incredible capacity to invigorate and re-energise a space, and with Colour Blocking turning into one of 2018’s hottest interiors trends, we’re ready to make braver and bolder choices when it comes to our walls, furniture and art!

Layering dynamic reds, cool greens and electric blues, the key to creating a colourful contemporary look is to not be afraid of clashing tones and patterns, and have fun experimenting with punchy, vibrant shades. Wondering where to start? We have all the inspiration you’ll need with these beautiful and bright pieces available to shop from our online marketplace now.

Multicoloured Mayhem

For rooms that desperately need an injection of colour, we can’t get enough of Gustavo Ortiz’s wonderfully vibrant works (below). Despite being collage and mixed media, his pieces appear like extremely detailed patterned textiles. Drawing inspiration from native indigenous practices of his Argentinian heritage, the use of bright colours contribute to a sense of myth and legend.

Working exclusively with a palette knife, the rainbow-coloured work of Christine Drummond (below) provides an instant colour hit, with its bold paint suggesting a real sense of celebration and freedom, nodding to Drummond’s Brazilian roots. Pair against a white or neutral wall for an immediately exciting update to your interior.

Speaking of palette knives, we love the gorgeous 'Peonies' in a red jug by Alison McWhirter (above). Alison has created a stark contrast by placing her delicate pink peony petals onto the original brown background of the board rather than the vibrant green that surrounds it; and the beautiful block of red for the vase creates a piece which experiments with texture as well as colour, with wonderful results.

Gustavo Ortiz, Abstract, Olivia Connelly Christine Drummon, Sunshine Spirit, French Art Studio
Gustavo Ortiz, Abstract, Olivia Connelly
Christine Drummon, Sunshine Spirit, French Art Studio

A touch of abstract?

Abstract art is perhaps best known for its experimental and intense use of colour, and working with two or three shades within a piece is a great way to add some energy to a room without overwhelming it. So how about the heavy blocks of colour from artist Edouard Buzon (below), reminiscent of the palettes of Rothko and the later expressionists in America.

What’s more, colour in an abstract work has an amazing capacity to tell its own story. The expressive work of Victoria Horkan (below) begs many interpretations, from a dancer to a land or sea scape. With its deep blues and bright brushstrokes, this piece will enliven any room in no time.

Edouard Buzon, Leave A Trace, £2,700, Galerie Artima. Victoria Horkan, The Tight Rope Dancers, £3,800, George Thornton Art.
Edouard Buzon, Leave A Trace, £2,700, Galerie Artima.
Victoria Horkan, The Tight Rope Dancers, £3,800, George Thornton Art.

The Fun Factor

Like bold fashion, colours are an instantly playful way to brighten up your space; and with this in mind, some of the Affordable Art Fair’s artists have really embraced the uplifting feelings that colourful artworks evoke. We love 'Radiant Warriors' (below) from Nicky Crowther, who repurposes vintage toy planes in her fun mixed media piece.

Similarly, the whimsical work of Charlotte Gerrard - like the adorable 'Quackerjacks' (below) - uses vivid colour to add a sense of humour to her screen prints. A cheerful print like this is a great talking piece, perfect for adults and children alike.

Nicky Crowther, Radiant Warriors, £2,100, Fflow Gallery. Charlotte Gerrard, Quackerjacks, £275, Contemporarti.
Nicky Crowther, Radiant Warriors, £2,100, Fflow Gallery.
Charlotte Gerrard, Quackerjacks, £275, Contemporarti.

Colour to relax

Using colour doesn’t only lead to invigorating, humorous or cheerful work, it can also be used to create a sense of nostalgia, contemplation or relaxation. Laura Fishman’s 'New Beginnings' (below) for example, breaths a sense of calm, as the colours appear like ink in water, spreading out in mesmerising spirals across the canvas, while Corinne Natel's beautifully textured 'Summer Tide' (below) provides a soothing splash of blue and pink - perfect for bringing some life to those bare walls! 

Laura Fishman, New Beginnings, £2,100, Mint Art Gallery. Corinne Natel, Summer Tide, £1,300, Caiger Contemporary Art.
Laura Fishman, New Beginnings, £2,100, Mint Art Gallery.
Corinne Natel, Summer Tide, £1,300, Caiger Contemporary Art.

Enrich your walls with beautifully bold and bright works from our Colour Blocking category now »


Header Image:
Alison McWhirter, Peonies in a Red Jug, £2,050, Carina Haslam Art. 

Featured Artworks:
Gustavo Ortiz, Abstract, £1,950, Olivia Connelly.
Christine Drummon, Sunshine Spirit, £4,000, French Art Studio. 
Edouard Buzon, Leave A Trace, £2,700, Galerie Artima.
Victoria Horkan, The Tight Rope Dancers, £3,800, George Thornton Art.
Nicky Crowther, Radiant Warriors, £2,100, Fflow Gallery.
Charlotte Gerrard, Quackerjacks, £275, Contemporarti.
Laura Fishman, New Beginnings, £2,100, Mint Art Gallery.
Corinne Natel, Summer Tide, £1,300, Caiger Contemporary Art. 

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