The Healing Power of Art: Why Companies should tap into this.

(c) Artist Bruno Tinucci, Clarendon Fine Art Gallery

A few weeks ago, I was in the waiting area at a hospital in London anxiously awaiting the outcome of an X-ray for a very close relative of mine who was having to investigate some alarming symptoms.

As I fidgeted nervously, and my eyes darted around the deserted waiting room in the early morning hours, my eye caught these beautiful landscape paintings which I simply assumed were reproductions.

As an art consultant and someone who loves art my attention was grabbed. On closer inspection these were in fact original paintings by contemporary artists. The works were curated by Rebecca Marsham, Senior Gallery Manager of Clarendon Fine Art Gallery in Cobham.

The theme was contemporary impressionistic landscapes by two different artists, a Russian artist Maya Eventov and an Italian artist called Bruno Tinucci. Both artists use strong sun light with dramatic effect and have a bold painterly style and their paintings are very uplifting.

I then spent some time looking at the views within the paintings.

I was transported to Tinucci’s lush sunflower field and rustic farm house, with a piercing blue-sky backdrop set in a typical rural Tuscany setting. Through the sway of the flora and strong light, you could feel the cool breeze and intensity of the burning sunshine.

I then stood before two large silver birches within a woodland. Eventov’s use of painting and etching on the canvas to build up the composition layers cleverly creates a sculptural quality to her works.

All of a sudden I felt calmer, my breath had settled, and I had shifted from an anxious state to a more balanced place. My relative came back into the waiting room and I was very fortunate to find that the X-ray revealed nothing sinister.

This is the first time I experienced the potential power of art in a medical setting.

Having spent a good three years in and out of clinics, hospitals and surgeries I was used to seeing many different types of artworks in this type of environment.

Unfortunately more often than not the art was uninteresting, pops of brightly coloured abstracts or great swirls of paint, randomly placed on the walls and designed to simply brighten the space or to merely blend into the interior design scheme but with no more meaning or significance.

However, art that has true synergy with the message the clinic wants to convey has an altogether far greater impact. Art can talk to the viewer, visually stimulating the senses and can convey powerful and challenging messages.

Whether it’s just to captivate the viewer with the awesome power of Mother Nature through a gorgeous landscape that may remind us of greater things than ourselves, of life’s reassuring cycle or simply the pure beauty there is to be found in our natural world or the art is on some other topic altogether, on a conscious and sub-conscious level art speaks to us all.

There have been studies on the impact of art on the healing process and recovery of patients and many top clinics and hospitals have used art in their wards for this primary purpose and with great effect.

When the clinic gets it right as they did at this hospital, with the installation having been professionally sourced and curated, it can leave a very positive and lasting impression on the viewer, as it had done so for me.

I have since contacted the Gallerist Rebecca Marsham and asked her how she came to select these artworks and Rebecca explained to me the following:

“The Wellington Hospital approached me to buy some permanent artwork for one of their units. I know only too well the power that the right (or wrong) artwork can deliver – the positive mood it can induce which is so important for healing –  so I went on a mission to find artists that painted specifically uplifting, joyous and yet calming artwork. I thought it was important to set the right tone for all visitors to the unit: the patients, the medical staff and the visitors.”

We have found that where the art consultant has a clearly defined brief in mind and understands precisely what the client wants to achieve, this can lead to the best results. In this case creating “the right tone” and ensuring the artworks were uplifting, joyous and calming and were appropriate for all the visitors to the unit were criteria used to find artworks that would meet the client’s requirements. Having specific criteria in mind can also significantly cut down the sourcing time and time taken selecting the artworks for purchase and/or display for both the art consultant and client.

At VEDO, we find art that truly has synergy with your Company’s brand and ethos. We liaise with galleries and independent artists in the UK and internationally to help source art that can have that desired impact for clients, artworks that impart meaning and significance and can have resonance with the appropriate audience whether it is clients, staff or suppliers.

To find out more about our process, please see our services page here.

To find out more and for a free consultation contact us here

VEDO presents magnificent sculptures at Henley Festival – July 2017

VEDO is very proud to be participating in Henley’s Art and Music Festival this week by showcasing 8 leading sculptors at the Festival from Wednesday 5th July until Sunday 9th July.

We have selected a few exceptional British and International sculptors to represent and have endeavoured to show the wide range of styles and scale you can have in sculpture from small indoor works to the monumental, from abstract to figurative, also providing educational information about various pricing, different mediums of sculptural works and the commissioning process.

About the Sculptors

We are showing a stunning kinetic work by Ivan Black, whose piece has been specifically designed for the festival. Ivan’s work is wondrous, his conception of movement is fascinating and sophisticated incorporation of lighting and colour is nothing short of joyous and magical. This is a sculptor who rightfully deserves his work to sit alongside the great kinetic sculptors found in the museums of the world.

(c) Sculptor Ivan Black

Simon Gudgeon has achieved recognition for his monumental works, such as his stunning giant bronze Swan at the Serpentine close to Princess Diana’s fountain memorial and his reflective bronze heads entitled ‘Search for Enlightenment’ displayed nearby in Knightsbridge. To see his beautiful smooth and paired down depictions from nature one should visit his elegant sculpture park in Dorset where he displays a range of his large scale sculptural works in a breathtaking setting.

(c) Sculptor Simon Gudgeon

Sally Fawkes and Richard Jackson are exceptional British glass sculptors. They have been represented by the best of British art dealers and similarly their works have found themselves into major collectors homes internationally. Having mastered their unique technique over decades they remain leaders in using the glass medium. Excitingly they have taken their works to monumental scale over the last few years and have produced magnificent pieces, such as their most recent commission of a monumental work shown at Salisbury Cathedral and a stunning commissioned work for the Shard.

(c) Sculptors Sally Fawkes and Richard Jackson

Mel Fraser’s beautiful abstract alabaster works are perfect for any elegant garden setting or luxurious home. She is represented by a gallerist and has become a recognised name for the interior design sector for her elegant abstract works that compliment a wide variety of settings. There is a stunning purity to her forms that provide endless joy and contemplation and her skill is apparent from her ability to work large pieces of stone or alabaster into paper like winged forms that are sometimes worked so finely that they become almost translucent.

(c) Sculptor Mel Fraser

For smaller scale interior works we are showing pieces by Philip Hearsey. Philip’s works are timeless and elegant and hark back to the best forms in ancient times, in particular ancient Egypt or Cycladic times. From beautiful arcs or circles or baton like shapes, his sophisticated use of form creates a strong sense of order and his works have a reassuringly calm and restful feel to them. Hearsey works in a variety of mediums and also adds a stunning creative touch that is highly distinctive, usually playing with the patina of the bronze to create an other-worldly feel.

(c) Sculptor Philip Hearsey

 

Johannes von Stumm has produced a range of stunning corporate commissions and public works from his winged angel for Nike to his Big Mother and Child stainless steel series that cuts the landscape like a knife leaving you to contemplate the essence of human nature set within the landscape. We are showing his very clever smaller geometric works that are a sophisticated combination of media often glass, bronze and stone. These works are highly distinctive works and are extremely contemporary in feel and work exceedingly well in corporate and luxury spaces.

(c) Sculptor Johannes von Stumm

Last but by no means least, a star of the event is Paul Day. He is representing himself at the Festival but we have the great pleasure of hosting his works on our stand and supporting this huge talent.
He needs no introduction having done several famous Royal monuments, from the Queen Mother’s memorial, Battle of Britain to the Iraq and Afghanistan war memorial.

His highly detailed figurative work is hugely accessible, fiendishly clever and demonstrates his extraordinary skill in rendering such great detail that translates so lucidly and perfectly in bronze form. His work demands attention and for that reason his works will stand the test of time in monumental form. We are pleased to announce that at the fair guests can see a range of works, demonstrating that his work is affordable and achievable for many collectors too.

(c) Sculptor Paul Day

VEDO see this event as a truly wonderful opportunity for us to show some larger monumental works in a stunning setting and also showcase some smaller indoor works that would look wonderful in any home. Our goal is to bring to great many people beautiful and accessible sculpture.

Sculpture is often an overlooked medium in preference to 2D forms such as painting, photography and prints. It is perceived to be expensive and difficult to place. We feel that sculpture can add tremendous value and make a wonderful statement in a wide range of environments from the home, the office or to a public space.

Commissioning bespoke sculptures for public works or for corporate spaces is our forte at VEDO and we understand that it can be an extremely challenging and complex project to manage. However our skilled art advisers take the stress out of the process, make it highly enjoyable and help clients achieve their creative vision by working effectively with the sculptors, designers and clients.

For more details about how we can help your company in such a project please do visit our website www.vedocorporateart.com and contact us through the contact page.

For a copy of our new sculpture brochure to see the different sculptors we represent and the types of work we can help commission for your clients or your projects please contact us.

Ceramic artist spotlight: Desa Philippi’s biomorphic wall sculptures

VEDO Corporate Art Service is delighted to present some captivating new sculptural work by ceramic artist Desa Philippi.

Desa’s wall sculptures are beautiful fluid porcelain shapes with a strong graphic element.

(c) Red porcelain wall sculpture by artist Desa Philippi

She has developed a range of abstract, biomorphic shapes, which are layered in open and closed forms and can be combined in different dimensions. They are therefore uniquely adaptable to different spaces.

(c) Vertical midnight blue porcelain wall sculpture by artist Desa Philippi

She uses bold primary colours that heightens the graphic element and gives a strong contemporary art feel, as well as being very joyous artworks.

(c) Yellow porcelain wall sculprure & alphabet ceramic vessels by artist Desa Philippi 

We think of graffiti art when we look at these wonderful shapes, as well as comic strips and the great American pop artists of the 1960s, such as Roy Lichenstein.

In her own words Desa’s says she is

..“influenced by modernist sculpture and the urban environment within which the work is produced, I spent a lot of time looking at and photographing the reflections of buildings, graffiti walls, cranes and other urban structures on the nearby Regents Canal, observing changes of the water’s surface when disturbed by wind, moving canal boats, water birds, or floating debris. This direct observation helped me to rethink the continuous forms of my porcelain vessels in terms of open and animated surfaces.”

Desa is currently showing some of her stunning flat matt grey ceramic vessels at Gallery DIFFERENT in London in an exhibition called ‘The Art and Politics of Eating’. To read about this exhibition click here.

(c) Alphabet Vessels by artist Desa Philippi

Desa works from her studio in Camden in London. Her background as an art historian is eminently clear from the strong sense of design and aesthetics that permeates her work as an artist.

Her ceramics are effortlessly chic and would look great in any contemporary designed living space, bringing in a sophisticated design element.

To see more please do not hesitate to contact us at Jessica@vedocorporateart.com

The Art and Politics of Eating – an art exhibition & event that celebrates food

VEDO Corporate Art Service is proud to support Gallery DIFFERENT’S forthcoming exhibition: ‘The Art and Politics of Eating’.

(c) Artist Zev Robinson

Zev Robinson, a Canadian and British artist and film-maker is showcasing his large beautiful dream-like pastel paintings at the Gallery, 14 Percy Street, London W1 this week.

Zev an experienced artist has coordinated this exhibition of his pastels with the release of his film ‘The Art of Politics of Eating’ – Pied à Terre documentary, shown this evening at the Gallery.

His film examines the restaurant’s passionate interest in supporting the sustainable food system and how their relationship with their forty suppliers makes an important contribution to the small independent British food sector.

There will also be a moderated discussion about quality food producers and the role of quality restaurants in sustaining those producers and the rural environment.

From the Corporate Art perspective, Pied à Terre restaurant is well known and highly regarded as an amazing champion of the arts.

Apart from hanging artworks by emerging and established artists in this elegant and very fashionable restaurant and allowing an important showcasing venue for artists to be enjoyed by their clientele, they are true patrons of the arts and this echoes through a film like this, made by a visual artist who has turned the spotlight on their core passion, supporting sustainable food systems and making sure the best of British food is served in their restaurant.

Zev’s work is elegant, accessible and blends the boundaries between art and food and the point at which these two creative endeavours meet.

(c) Artist Zev Robinson

The pastel medium creates a haze to the subject-matter that feels dream-like and surreal and with his closely studied blue camphor jugs and succulent Queen olives in terracotta dishes you are instantly transported to the Mediterranean.

To see the film, the screening is tonight 6th June 2017, please book tickets through the Gallery.

To read a further review about Zev’s work please see the Artlyst article here.

VEDO Ceramicists at Gallery Different

VEDO Corporate Art looks for the best independent artists for the commercial sectors, such as interior design and hotel design.

Also showing this week at Gallery DIFFERENT, 14 Percy Street, W1, VEDO is very proud to announce that two exceptional ceramicists are showing their works too.

French ceramic artist Isabelle Poupinel will be showcasing three of her stunning works, all quite different and show the unique range of styles in her repertoire.

From her stunning North African inspired earthen dish, with a beautiful turquoise glaze, perfect as a central piece for a kitchen table or dining al fresco and serving delicious nibbles, such as pistachio nuts, to her beautiful woven looking ceramic basket – an object that is both minimalist and in our view seems to echo great tribal art, namely Tutsi or Hutu woven baskets.

(c) Artist Isabelle Poupinel

Lastly Isabelle is showing a chic pinched white porcelain vase with a gold tie that would look elegant in any luxurious room and reminds us of the great finesse you find in gorgeous homes in the South of France.

German born Desa Philippi, who works from her studio in Camden in London, will be showing her impressive and elegant pots. Her vessels look fabulous in a group and make an effortless and chic artistic display.

These works are artistic too and are for display rather than use. Desa produces clean lines and her works have an extremely pleasing symmetry, often combined with interesting decoration such as her sophisticated on-glaze patterns that use steel or tungsten to create fine lines. In Desa’s work there are gorgeous industrial matt grey or sensitive cream tones or a flat pure white that demands attention and echoes Bauhaus and great design.

(c) Artist Desa Philippi

Desa, like Isabelle, has a diverse repertoire but is consistently elegant in her style and approach and works by either of these artists would look fabulous in any home.

For more details about these three artists please contact VEDO.

The exhibition is on until Wednesday 14th June 2017, Gallery Different 14 Percy Street, London W1.

Why don’t you take in the view?

We are very proud to announce that 6 Artists working with VEDO Corporate Art Service are showing stunning new artworks in the exhibition ‘Taking in the View’ at Gallery Different, 14 Percy Street, London W1, on until the 8th April 2017.

Come and see the fascinating array of artworks inspired by the landscape genre from artists Nigel Bird, Mick Dean, Jacques Godard, Christopher Hauser, Pandora Mond and Richard Wincer.

There are 14 different Artists showing works in this wonderful landscape exhibition and what you will see is a wonderfully diverse approach to the landscape genre.

From nostalgic views of London’s lost urban dockside rendered in Oil by artist Mick Dean,

(c) Artist Mick Dean

to stunning shots of Antarctica’s majestic mountains and icebergs by Munich based photographer Christopher Hauser,

(c) Photographer Christopher Hauser

to dramatic textured seascapes in oil by Pandora Mond,

(c) Artist Pandora Mond

to delicate drawings of natural formations in ink by Nigel Bird,

(c) Artist Nigel Bird

to serene water inspired abstracts by Richard Wincer

(c) Artist Richard Wincer

and apocalyptic crashing waves by French photographer Jacques Godard.

(c) Photographer Jacques Godard

Each year we showcase artworks by artists who are working with us at exhibitions and events to bring to the commercial sector talented emerging artists and artworks with artistic merit and integrity.

All of the artists working with VEDO in this show work independently and their work is eminently suitable for the Corporate, Property and Design sectors.

What we look for from the artists we select for promotion and for projects and is applicable to the Artists in the current show is as follows:

• All of the artists are very experienced and are accomplished
• have mastered their technique and have a distinctive style;
• have a good exhibition history and their talent is noted by prizes, gallerists and peer-review;
• are commercially successful and stand up in an art fair or art gallery environment;
• sell commercially desirable work, so resale is an option and the artworks have commercial integrity;
• are gaining increasing international recognition;
• have a growing number of collectors buying their works;
• can work on a large scale if needed;
• produce high quality bespoke commission work;
• have a very good quality finish to their work.

About VEDO:
At VEDO we provide artworks that match the brand and vision of the company looking to acquire the art to ensure that projects hit the highest note.

Whether you are a Company looking to decorate your office or whether you are a property company looking to sell luxury properties, or an architect or interior designer looking for artworks to compliment your designs, we work hard to ensure the artworks we source or the bespoke commissions we arrange accord with the aesthetic brief and compliments the overall design and intrinsic brand message the Company wishes to convey.

We work with artists and support artists and understand fully the demands of producing saleable artwork and good quality bespoke commission work in a highly competitive market-place.

Our art consultancy service (value of over £5,000) is free for any purchases made above £20,000. For more details about our services see here: http://www.vedocorporateart.com/our-services/

We have a very wide resource pool over 100 different artists, work with leading galleries and our highly experienced art consultants are specialists in different art fields and therefore we are able to source and provide exceptional works across a wide spectrum of the arts and also culturally specific art.

Special Events we are hosting:

If you work for a Corporate and are looking to build an art collection or dress your offices or a Property developer and are looking to use beautiful art to dress your properties to boost sales then please do register for our Corporate Art evening event 6pm-8pm on 22nd March at Gallery Different, 14 Percy Street, London W1. Please register here.

If you are an architect or interior designer and would like to join us at our Open House Day from 10.00am until 4pm on 22nd March 2017 in which we will look at how art can be used to raise your business profile and also how we can source art and artists that are relevant to your projects and house style. Please register your place here.

The exhibition is on until 8th April 2017, anyone who wishes to have a private tour or to discuss the purchasing of works or bespoke commissioning of works please do not hesitate to contact us.

For more details contact us at Jessica@vedocorporateart.com.

Photographer Showcasing – Jacques Godard’s work in ‘Taking in the View’ Exhibition

(c) Artist Jacques Godard

Jacques Godard is a prolific photographer whose works include a variety of subjects, including natural still lives, nudes and studies of bull fighting. He has exhibited at many galleries and institutions globally.

VEDO Corporate Art Service is proud to be showing a stunning work entitled ‘Genesis’ in the forthcoming landscape exhibition ‘Taking in the View’ that runs at the gallery from 10th March until 8th April 2017.

Quite often, Godard creates pieces in large format which helps make these photographic works very engaging. Some of our favourite of Godard’s works are part of the enigmatic series entitled Genesis.

In this series, Godard uses a specific photographic process known as pixoplasty to generate the very recognisable look this body of works possesses. These pieces are highly creative with a real painterly quality, muted palette and natural subject matter.

Describing the process, Godard asserts that “The original photographic image serves as a matrix for a study of its evocations. The scanned image is unstructured: its original constituents, pixels, provide me a material as malleable as clay.”

In his Genesis series, Godard captures images of the natural world from La Plaine des Maures, in Var-France, from which he generates both coloured and black and white prints. Both sets focus on the themes of the creation of nature and apocalypse. These themes are really emphasised by Godard’s painterly effect.

For Godard, the coloured works are more akin to creation of new worlds and the black and white more relevant to the theme of apocalypse. Equally, both groups within this series are quite serene and show a world that seems to be separate from any human intervention or interference.

Godard works in other methods and has both historically and more recently experimented with the process of gum bichromate. The effects are quite different from the delicacy he achieves using the pixoplasty method, but they are equally as engaging.

He reports, “During 1982, through the works of Edward Steichen, I discovered the existence of the printing process with “gum bichromate”. I felt that it can give me the opportunity to obtain the images I was looking for.”

Godard employed this technique to capture images of the natural world, exotic plant life and sand dunes. His works depicting the dunes are totally captivating and show an almost alien environment. The layers of sand and details of small plants show an environment that is at once recognisable but also quite distinct. The subject matter and close frame compositions work very well with the image’s use of black and white.

Godard’s works are highly collectible and are found in museum collections. His works have featured in several noted exhibitions across France and most recently in Nice.

Godard was recently invited to participate in a prestigious exhibition celebrating the 70 years of the Mediterranean Union for Modern Art, founded in 1946 under the presidency of Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard, in a large group exhibition in Menton (France) at the Palais de L’europe.

He is currently showing work in “Vision Future”, an exhibition organized by UMAM (Mediterranean Union for Modern Art) and city of Menton. Held in the centre of Nice in a large renowned specialised ophthalmological complex, Godard is showing works with 3 other artists, who have been selected through a competition organised by the City of Menton. It is running until 31 March 2017 in Nice.

Godard’s photographs are very unique in style, are elegant and evocative. Often focusing on the land or natural subjects, they would fit in a variety of settings, from luxury properties to Corporate office spaces.

If you would like to see artworks by this artist, please contact VEDO or attend Gallery Different, 14 Percy Street where pieces from both the Genesis series and others using the gum bichromate technique can be viewed.