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Art advice - 06 July 2020

Art Inspired by Human Connection

Given the way the year has panned out so far, it’s safe to say we’re all searching for ways to connect with those around us, more so than ever before. After all, we’re social creatures by nature and despite the latest video tech at our fingertips, the breadth of human interaction cannot entirely be replaced by zoom.

This conundrum, in combination with our collective lockdown interior décor obsession, has led us to one simple conclusion: why not invest in some art that celebrates all things ‘human connection’?

Hanging an artwork or two that help bring the people we love to mind, is sure to boost your mood and soothe the soul. So, we’ve selected some of our favourite artists from our online marketplace, whose skill in representing the human form is undeniable. Whether you’re interested in a sculpture or a more abstract and unusual piece, read on for our top tips:

BROWSE AND BUY ART INSPIRED BY HUMAN CONNECTION

 

Art that expresses ‘togetherness’

What better time to invest in a work that brings to mind our relationship with loved ones and the importance of togetherness? Works such as Stuart Cain’s ‘Mary and Joseph’— created by painting carefully composed figures on vintage book spaces using Indian ink — celebrates a hug in simple yet evocative terms. Or, how about this beautiful piece from photographer Dan Holmqvist. At once heartfelt, nostalgic and elegant, this compelling monochrome photograph depicts a happy couple who have been married for 65 years, celebrating the simplicity of human connection in all its glory.

 

 Mary and Joseph Dan Holmqvist

 

For something a little more whimsical, we love Richard Mann’s effortlessly cool ‘ Syd & Nancy’ , photographed by the artist in 1968. Richard’s photographs serve as a who’s who of iconic jazz, pop and rock personalities; one of his timeless pieces would look fabulous in a minimalist living room, providing an arresting centrepiece on a simple white wall.

Swapping monochrome for highly saturated colours and a sophisticated structure is Richard Heep’s ; 'Michael & Delilah, The Whoopee Club, London'. Effortlessly cool and almost cinematic, this would look striking as part of a wider salon-style hang, combined with other brightly coloured works or objects such as ceramics or fabric wall hangings.

 

 Syd and nancyMichael Delilah

 

Whimsical, romantic art

Artworks that celebrate human connection don’t all have to be serious. Whilst Jess Quinn’s ‘She Fell in Love with his Yellow Eyes’ is a beautiful homage to a loved one, it’s also a real celebration of colour and pattern. Rich with narrative, Jess’s canvas tells an intriguing tale of a couple standing, perhaps comforting each other, perhaps dancing along the shoreside.

Likewise, we love Marcelina Amelia’s unusual screenprint ‘Future is Perfect’. With its bright colours and kooky subject matter, there’s no doubt this amazing work will have you smiling in no time.

 

She Fell in Love With His EyesFuture Is Perfect 

 

Celebrate movement through art

Echo In GreyWith many of us being stuck in doors over the last few months, it’s never been a better time to appreciate the power of our bodies when in motion, whether during a stroll through the park or during an impromptu kitchen disco!

Showing with Wychwood Gallery, Jason Keeley’s silkscreen print, ‘Echo in Grey’ is more graceful a gesture than we could manage, but perhaps that’s what makes it so captivating? Inspired by British artist Bridget Riley, the dynamism of its figures gives the work an exciting, electric feel, despite its simple colour palette.

 

 

Cody Choi’s stunning ‘Above the Clouds’ also captures the vibrancy and excitement of dancing and movement — this photograph would be a real showstopper for a kitchen or living room. Or, how about hanging a homage to movement of a more athletic kind? Given the recent enthusiasm for getting around by-bike, Eliza Southwold’s graphic print, 'Up and Down Dale' simultaneously captures the brilliant great outdoors, cycling with loved ones and exploring the countryside by bike. What’s not to love?

 

 Above The CloudsUp and Down Dale

 

Sculptural cahoots to make you smile

Incorporating a figurative sculpture into your interior is a great way to quickly and boldly create a new vibe and focal point to your décor. Neil Wood’s Running-Children is both a stylish and elegant piece which will also bring a pinch of fun and playfulness. Neil’s use of bronze creates a brilliant sense of texture, whilst also giving the work a distinctly modern feel, akin to British sculptor Henry Moore.

 

 Running Children

 

Art to inspire happy memories

An important part of human connection is undoubtedly sharing special memories and spaces. With this in mind, choosing an artwork which references a meaningful place, whether that be the majestic mountains or a calming sea, can make the perfect addition to your home. Perhaps it’s the watercolour wash, or maybe the slightly faded tones which are suggestive of a sepia photograph; either way, Rikki Kasso’s 'This better be good' has a wonderfully nostalgic quality, bound to make you smile and think of happy days out and about.

 

 Retrospect Galleries

 

Furry Friends

And finally, now more than ever, we’ve taken great comfort in our furry friends. How about an artwork to commemorate that timeless bonds we have with the animals in our lives, who prove a constant source of solace, support and amusement. We love Vanessa Cooper’s colourful and humorous 'Cat Walk' with its adorable animals the expression of sheer bemusement on the pooch’s face.

 

 Cat Walk

 

So, when making your next purchase and adding to your collection, why not choose a work which celebrates love, connection and togetherness in all its glory through the figurative. To browse our curated collection of artworks simply follow the link below and make a new human connection of an arty kind.

 

 

 

Main Image:
Rikki Kasso, This Better Be Good, 2019, Ink, 90 x 120 x 4 cm, £1495, Retrospect Galleries.

Featured art from first to last:
Dan Holmqvist, True Love, 2019, Photography, 70 x 100 x 1 cm, £650, Art Concepts London.
Richard Mann, Syd & Nancy, 1978, Photography, 42 x 59.4 x 0.1cm, £475, Crane Kalman Brighton.
Richard Heeps, Michael & Delilah, The Whoopee Club, London, 2004, C-Type, 38 x 38 x 0.05cm, £75, Bleach Box.
Jess Quinn, She Fell In Love with his Yellow Eyes, 2016, Gouache, 39.5 x 31 x 1.6cm, £350, Kittoe Contemporary Limited.
Marcelina Amelia, Future Is Perfect, 2018, Archival Print, 65 x 65 x 0.1cm, £420, Liberty Gallery.
Jason Keeley, Echo In Grey, 2020, Silkscreen Print, 87 x 84.7 x 0.1cm, £425, Wychwood Art.
Cody Choi, Above The Clouds #2, 2016, Photography, 50.8 x 76.2 x 0.1cm, £500, Degree Art.
Eliza Southwood, Uphill and Down Dale, 2020, Silkscreen Print, 70 x 50 x 0.1cm, £200, Wychwood Art.
Neil Wood, Running Children, 2019, Bronze, 30 x 41 x 9cm, £2250, The Art Agency.
Rikki Kasso, This Better Be Good, 2019, Ink, 90 x 120 x 4 cm, £1495, Retrospect Galleries.
Vanessa Cooper, Cat Walk, 2019, Oil, 32 x 45 x 4cm, £1950, White Space Art.

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