It’s been a few months since lockdown began, your house has never seemed smaller and I expect cabin fever is setting in. Weeks of Zoom calls and sour dough babies; of phonics and Netflix have left us dreaming of ditching everything for foreign climes.
Except unfortunately that’s not an option right now. Because whilst summer hasn’t been cancelled, it looks like your summer holiday abroad likely has been.
A 2020 garden staycation beckons, reflected in retail statistics that show a huge surge in online sales of home and garden furniture, as we try and make our homes the kind of places we drool over on Instagram.
And art can play a huge part in that, reminding you of a favourite holiday or activity or simply serving as inspiration for your bucket list of future trips, all while making your home look fabulous.
So, whether you have a penchant for camping, climbing or sailing, we have you covered…
Wish you were here? Art to bring your holiday home
If you’d normally be camping…
Richard Heeps’ photography presents an idyllic Technicolor-toned view of camping days past (main picture). It’s probably a bit more glamourous than your usual fortnight by the beach, but that’s the benefit of living vicariously through art. Helen Burgess’s Camping Trip Down the M5 is probably a bit closer to home both literally and figuratively, while Yuki Matsueda’s Beware of the Bears is more evocative of a camping trip you’d hope not to take.
If you’d normally be at the beach…
I wish that we could open the inviting blue door in Luis Fuentes’, Pathway to the Beach. Hang that above the dining table, take a deep breath and just pretend that’s your view.
But if a bracing cliff-top walk is the thing which you’re really missing, you can almost smell the heathers in Neil Cox’s Coastal Path towards Sidmouth. Almost...
If you’d normally be on a city break…
Lock down life couldn’t be more different from the hustle and bustle of a city break, but you can enjoy an iconic landmark minus it’s typical crowds with Clare Halifax’s perfect view of the Eiffel Tower.
Or why not come over all Roman Holiday with Ati Hadidi’s Hasti & Hamrad in Rome.
Unless you’d prefer to shrug on your most glamourous party dress, order some sushi and say Konnichiwa Tokyo to Rebecca King’s immersive laser cut giclee print.
If you’d normally be summiting a mountain…
Sam Gare’s drawing Eiger, Behind Macchlen is a pretty good alternative. While the Lake District feels a little bit closer with Jo Crowther’s moody and soothing Buttermere Pines. But for something a bit more Meditraeanan in flavour, Luke M Walker’s The Sun in September is derived from a walk in the Ibizan mountains. Take a deep breath, Google the sound of cicadas and you’re basically there.
If you’d normally be sailing…
Way back in March, when the retrsictions on travel were just kicking in, Dave and Norma Trill from Melbourne went viral when after being forced to cancel a much longed for anniversary cruise, they decided to recreate the whole thing in their living room. Adam Bridgland’s work is in that same spirit. And who amongst us doesn’t feel like a holiday really would solve a fair few of our problems right now?
But if you’re just missing your own boat and the salty wind in your hair, then Lisa Takahashi’s romantic’s linocut Sailing Dust is just what the doctor ordered.
Wish we were there? I think the answer is, without doubt, a resounding ‘Yes!’ To browse more pieces that would bring a pinch of staycation sunshine to your walls, we’ve created a category of artworks. Simply browse via the link below.
Featured art from first to last:
Helen Burgess, Camping Trip Down the M5, 2015, £525, clay, original, signed, Rostra Gallery.
Yuki Matsueda, Beware of bears, 2017, £1540, mixed media, original, signed, A.Style Gallery.
Christine Flynn, Camps Bay Pool, 2017, £4500, photograph, limited edition of 7, signed, Kahn Gallery.
Adela Powell, Grey Dark Blue Textured Form, 2016, £850, ceramic, original, REN Fine Art.
Luis Fuentes, Pathway to the Beach, 2019, £2800, oil, original, signed, Signet contemporary art.
Neil Cox, Coastal Path towards Sidmouth, 2020, £895, oil, original, signed, Marine House at Beer.
Claire Halifax, Bonjour Paris, 2016, silkscreen print, limited edition of 100, signed, Will's Art Warehouse.
Aty Hadidi, Hasti & Hamrad in Rome, 2016, £350, photograph, limited edition of 34, signed, Capital Art London.
Rebecca King, Konnichiwa Tokyo, 2017, £250, print, limited edition of 50, signed, Modern ArtBuyer.
Sam Gare, Eiger, Behind Mannlichen, 2020, £250, pen original, signed, Will's Art Warehouse.
Jo Crowther, Buttermere Pines, 1996, £630, c-type, limited edition of 50, signed, Crane Kalman Brighton.
Luke M Walker, Datascape 005 'The Sun in September', 2017, acrylic, original, signed, Degree Art.
Adam Bridgland, Darling This Holiday Will Solve All Our Problems, 2015, £425, silkscreen print, limited edition of 25, TAG Fine Arts.
Lisa Takahashi, Sailing Dusk, 2016, £295, linocut, limited edition of 50, signed, Wychwood Art.