Spotting the next Damien Hirst: Inspiring a generation

‘Inspire a generation’ was the theme of London 2012 and, through such an incredible Olympics and with new sporting role models, it’s obvious how successful this has been.

Continuing this theme, we did our little bit to inspire a generation (on a slightly smaller scale!) yesterday but this time stepping into the arts and culture.

Marie Reville, one of the artist’s exhibiting on Like Love Want, kindly agreed to relocate her easel for a couple of hours into a local  pre-school and explain to four year olds what it was like to be an artist. Captivating their enthusiasm for creativity, the pre-schoolers with Marie’s guidance developed their interpretation of this generation’s most recognised pieces of art, Damien Hirst’s spot paintings.

Marie herself knew she wanted to be an artist from a very early age so who knows if Spiderman or the Princess (see final picture!) will become the next Turner Prize winner because of this opportunity.

1:Paints ready!

2: Enjoying the sight and smell of an artist’s tool box whilst their painted circles dried.

3: The finished result, Lazer’s interpretation of Damien Hirst’s spot paintings – already hung in the hall and receiving rave reviews!

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Season changes: Red, amber…which to go for!

After a summer that never was, we have to start thinking about Autumn and the beautiful spectrum of colours which we associate with this season. Brilliant reds and burnt oranges can give such warmth to a home and Sophie Layton’s latest monoprints are on trend to achieve this. In case you haven’t tried it yet, the in-situ tool on Like Love Want is a really easy way to go beyond imagining new art in your home and actually seeing it in place. And once you’ve easily loaded a photo of where you want new art, the photo is available to be used till you finish your session so trying multiple pieces is fast and easy. Which of these Sophie Layton’s do you think we should go for??

1: Screen II

2: Silver Screen Part II

3: Red View

Tough decision!

Stunning sculptures & pretty petals

RHS Wisley in Surrey is always worth visiting for its world-class garden but even more so at the moment as it is hosting the Surrey Sculpture Trail. One of the largest exhibitions of sculpture in the country and showcasing a diverse range of pieces from talented amateurs to top professional sculptors, the Surrey Sculpture Trail is at Wisley from 25 August – 30 September.

The sculptures are all subtly positioned within the existing beauty of the Wisley landscape and include modern contemporary and abstract sculptures as well as traditional sculptures, in a broad range of materials and sizes, at affordable prices. Really worth a visit.

After an afternoon of admiring the sculptures as well as the impressive grounds, it only seemed fitting to admire some of the flora-inspired pieces that grace our gallery. 

Camellia Bud III by Emma Lawrenson is a print inspired by the shape of the camellia. The simplicity of the lines adds to its beauty and the colours used encourage calmness.
When shown horizontally in a set of four prints, NDI’s Shamrock Chrysanthemum’s give the impression that there’s life in the petals with subtle and delicate movements.
And finally, Paul Wright’s original oil painting, Flower Collage 2, is proof that a bunch of flowers can be contemporary – Paul always takes his subjects to another level!

P(art)y is in the kitchen

Very much like ourselves, walls usually look best with a little covering up, and the kitchen is no exception. Art speaks volumes about you and your style and as visitors usually gravitate towards the kitchen (even if you don’t want them in there!), make sure you are expressing yourself appropriately in this room too.

With a personal penchant towards the appearance of apples and pears in my kitchen, this Marie Reville oil painting sits nicely in my kitchen, and there is something quite decadent about having original art in this room too.  Paul Wright’s Expanding Pears, viewable in the gallery, would look incredible in a large monochrome kitchen.

The Yellow Jug duo by Marie Reville would also add brightness and symmetry to a kitchen, or how about the gorgeous vibrancy of the limited edition print ‘Blue Curve’ from Emma Lawrenson?

If you’re not sure what would work in your kitchen, give our in-situ tool a try which allows you to view any of our art in your kitchen in minutes. All you need to do is find the piece you like and click on label next to it and press the in-situ tab at the bottom. Follow the easy instructions to load a photo of where that piece would go, and within a minute you’ll see that artwork in your kitchen. Simply position and scale. Keep trying till you find the one which looks the best.

You could have the best dressed kitchen before you know it!