The Art of Hanging Art – 5 Rules

(c) Artist Christopher Hauser

Our VEDO art consultant Malcolm Taylor gives 5 Rules for Hanging Art in his article “The Art of Hanging Art”. Malcolm was a former art gallery owner and is an avid art collector. He is a director of Vitruvian Arts Ltd. Wearing his professional hat he is a company consultant for a prestigious Barristers’ chambers, was managing partner at a leading law firm and practiced as a commercial solicitor for over 30 years.  

The Art of Hanging Art – 5 Rules

One of the consequences of home working and multiple video conference calls, is that we are getting a glimpse of the home environments of many more people than normal.  This ranges from work colleagues and those we do business with, to celebrities and politicians being interviewed on tv.  And the interesting thing is to see how much (or rather how little) art there seemingly is in these homes and often how badly hung much of it is! 

This raises questions of what and where (and how) to hang art.  There are of course no absolute rules – it is after all your house and your pictures – but some themes seem to have general applicability.

Here are 5 Rules for Hanging Art:

  1. Environmental conditions – to avoid damaging the artwork?

Artist Denis Bowen, (c) Gallery Different

The first and obvious factor is to ensure that the art is not damaged by hanging it in the “wrong“ place. Bright sunlight, humidity, damp or direct heat (eg hanging over a radiator) can all damage art and the more valuable the work, the more critical it is that care is taken to ensure the environmental conditions are appropriate. Weight -bearing is very important too, try to ensure your artwork is securely affixed to the wall using the right hardware and technique, as an artwork can also become damaged if it can be easily knocked off or is improperly secured by not using strong enough nails for example.

2. Aesthetics – avoid clashing backgrounds

(c) Artist Gwen Joy Royston

Aesthetics come next.  Video calls are showing examples of artworks with bold and vibrant colours hanging on walls of equal but clashing backgrounds, or exuberant and dynamic imagery against a “busy” and highly patterned wall.  The effect is to detract from the artwork and can cause offence to the eye.  Conversely, a neutral and pale image against an equally bland background can simply be lost or just create a cold and uninspired reaction. 

Often contrasts work best –  a colourful and vivacious picture on a plain and pale wall can heighten the impact of the artwork and give it greater prominence in the room – and equally a simple and understated image with muted tones might sit effectively against a more imposing backdrop.

3. Placement

(c) Artist Mick Dean

The placement of art is very important.  There can be nothing worse (other than no art at all!) than a tiny picture, hung alone on a vast expanse of wall, or conversely too large a piece shoe-horned into a space that is clearly too small for it. 

Pictures hung too high or too low on the wall will look out of place. Symmetry can be a good guide – the artwork placed centrally to its space, whether a wall, in an alcove, over a fireplace or whatever.  This need not be an absolute rule and on a big space a picture hung over a particular feature – perhaps a bureau or pair of chairs, can look perfectly appropriate even if not central to the whole wall. 

4. Groups

(c) Artist Richard Wincer

Pictures hung in pairs or groups can look very effective.  Perhaps a pair of similarly sized pictures together, maybe a run of several along a long wall or corridor, or a series of 3 or more in a group. 

Care must be taken to ensure the groupings are properly and evenly placed – with not too much or too little space in between.  If a group of three it is often best to have two equally sized (and smaller) paintings on the top, with the third underneath and in the middle.

5. Overall design scheme

(c) Artist Jacques Godard

Finally there is the issue of how an artwork fits into the overall design and theme of the room.  A classically furnished room can be complimented by equally classically themed art and conversely with a contemporary design and modern art. However, that is by no means to say that a contemporary and modern (maybe abstract) image might not fit perfectly into a “traditional” environment.

Conversely a more formal and conventional picture, perhaps in an elaborate gilt frame, can look spectacular in a modern and contemporary setting.

So hanging art needs thought and care – practical and aesthetic. There are a few basic “rules”, but like all rules, some can be manipulated to allow creativity and inspiration.  Hanging art is, indeed, an art in itself.

The six artworks featured in this article are currently on display in the Getting Closer to Nature Exhibition. To read more about the exhibition please see here http://www.vedocorporateart.com/getting-closer-to-nature-vedos-landscape-exhibition-at-the-36-group-2/. All of the artworks are available to buy and can be purchased through our Artsy page https://www.artsy.net/show/gallery-different-getting-closer-to-nature#!.

Ten Ways In Which Art Can Enhance Your Business

(c) Fine Art Photographer Christopher Hauser

Business owners will know only too well of the many calls on their time and resources.  There is a constant pressure to satisfy the multiple needs of every thriving business – large or small – be it the need to provide an appropriate environment and facilities for the work force and to motivate and encourage valued employees, to attract new business and once won, maintain those connections, to create and sustain an innovative brand and enhance market awareness, or simply to find suitable and promising investment opportunities.

Art can help answer many of these needs in an exciting, inspiring, enjoyable and surprisingly cost effective manner.  In this article we look at 10 ways in which art can contribute to the broader commercial activities and status of any business.  

The Work Place Environment

Starting with the basics, the immediate work place should be a pleasant and interesting environment.  There can be nothing more depressing than drab, uninspiring, cold and empty rooms and employees will react positively and with greater enthusiasm if they have around them pieces of stimulating and exhilarating art.  

Mood, motivation and output can be encouraged and increased by providing an uplifting environment and carefully selected pieces of art can play a key part in facilitating that.   

Art can also be used to support internal “identities”, such as individual teams or departments each having a slightly different visual distinctiveness, albeit as part of an overall brand cohesiveness, which can encourage team loyalty and positive competitiveness and genres of art can create those subtle “personality” traits.

Initial Impact

Just as important as employee wellbeing and motivation, is the initial impact on customers or clients when first visiting a business’ premises.  First impressions are highly significant and there can be nothing more off-putting than being confronted with a drab, depressing and soulless office or reception space.  That impression will carry thought to the business itself and its people. 

For very little cost or effort a business can use interesting art to make a dramatic, positive and uplifting impression, which will help it portray a dynamic, welcoming, warm and friendly attitude and outlook – a vital first step in establishing a new business relationship.

Image and Brand Alignment      

Art can be used as an integral part of a business’ overall brand and image and can help establish an identity, create an impression and assist aligning the brand with the overall strategy of the entity. 

Whether that “image” be one of quiet professionalism and discretion, tradition, pedigree and continuity or modernity, brashness and market disruption, there are examples of art that can cover all bases. 

A long established, professional services firm, looking to create an impression of gravitas and with a client base seeking discrete and private advice can look to certain genres of art to reflect that market; very different to those relevant to a hi tech, cutting edge, disrupter business seeking a younger, more edgy and vibrant clientele.

The almost limitless forms and styles of art can cater for all these needs and across all market sectors.   

Specific Marketing Activities

(c) Sculptor Simon Gudgeon – artwork displayed at Henley Festival by Gallery Different

Art can be utilised for one-off projects and specific marketing activities.  Increasingly, property developers are using art to showcase new developments, whether that be on a temporary basis (to “dress” the development), or permanently – creating, in effect, a mini art gallery to add prestige and kudos to high value projects. 

Other examples might be the use of art in a particular advertising campaign or at a trade fair or product launch or staging an exhibition at your office and inviting clients in to meet the artists and, of course, in doing so network with your team.

Client Experience

For some businesses and entities, it will be important to offer a pleasing environment to customers and clients as an integral part of the services offered and in a manner that is suitable and conducive to their activities. 

Examples here might be in the health sector where waiting rooms can be cheered up and treatment areas made more calming or uplifting by the addition of appropriate artworks, to help a patient have a more positive experience. Too often these areas are left looking drab and depressing – adding to the already low mood of the patients – and a sympathetic selection of art can simply and effectively help raise spirits. 

Similarly in the hotel sector, whilst the first impressions are critically important (see 2 above) with statement pieces of art in the reception area, this needs to be carried through to the bedrooms and other public spaces, again to ensure a positive vibe for the overall guest experience.  

Differing but analogous examples can be found in a range of businesses where customers or clients are actively involved with, and spend time in the premises of, the entity.

CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)

Most businesses now seek to offer a programme of corporate social responsibility (“CSR”).  This is in tune with a growing view that businesses should work with and for their local communities and offer back something to help the less advantaged elements in society. 

This is a laudable outlook and is generally popular with work forces, investors and business partners – indeed many entities especially (but not wholly) in the public sector, require business partners and suppliers to have a demonstrable CSR programme. 

The wider art community can provide opportunities for CSR activities, whether by companies supporting and encouraging emerging artists and art students (for example by exhibiting their work or by advising on setting up and running their individual businesses, providing training on specific commercial matters, running networking forums or a plethora of other activities) or contributing to or donating art for public spaces or financing social enterprises and projects involving art and artists for the benefit of the wider community.

Connections

The art world is, in reality, a large and multifaceted community, covering not just the artists themselves, but galleries, dealers, auction houses, conservators, banks and financial institutions, academics, educational establishments and students, publishers, shippers, insurers, security, legal and tax advisors and whole host of other concerns. 

Even an initial and tentative involvement with this market could lead to connections and networking opportunities that may go far beyond the art itself and lead to wider business possibilities. 

Diversity

Workforces are becoming increasingly diverse and successful employers realise the need to create and promote an inclusive working environment. 

Art can help do this and unify people from differing cultures, ethnicities, genders and religion.  It can highlight areas of tension and disagreement and then help overcome differences and foster tolerance, respect and cohesion.  This will help attract and maintain the best employees.

Legacy

Artist Denis Bowen (c) Gallery Different

Art can be a very sound financial investment.  Over many years the market for art has generally increased and carefully selected works of art have appreciated at an exponential rate. 

Many corporate collections of art have been based on the acquisition of art from emerging artists – artists with talent and potential who are spotted at the beginning of their careers and whose work can be acquired at reasonable cost, but then appreciates rapidly as the artists’ reputations grow. 

Some businesses stage exhibitions of art by students or other emerging artists and have a policy of acquiring one piece of work from each show.  As the years go by the collection grows and the values increase, leading to a substantial investment portfolio.

Flexibility and fun!

There are numerous ways that art can be “acquired” and this of itself can lead to flexibility in the business and maximise the benefits listed above. 

Art can be purchased outright or often on more flexible terms through galleries, or it can be financed by various loan and lease models. 

But art can also simply be exhibited and used for shorter term projects.  Overall this can lead to creative arrangements for the acquisition and display of art, long or short term, thus enabling a vibrant stimulating and potentially continually changing display of art. 

Whilst this can help a business on many levels, it should never be forgotten that it also provides, in its purest form, fun and enjoyment for all the stakeholders involved in your business.

As will be seen, art can fulfil a number of roles in any business.  However, the art should be selected carefully and in the context of the specific requirements and purposes of each business – which will vary considerably. 

VEDO Corporate Art can assist in this respect and offers specialist expertise in selecting, supplying and hanging art in and for a range of sectors, businesses and environments. We have a specific process to help make choosing art that is relevant to your business and has resonance with your brand straight forward and enjoyable.

To find out more about how we can help you install exhibitions, commission artworks and build a corporate art collection, please see our services page on our website and contact us for a free consultation.

The John Buck Collection

Our VEDO team were recently tasked with curating and installing a private collection of artworks generously loaned to a prestigious Barristers’ Chambers’ in Gray’s Inn, London that was to sit alongside a contemporary art exhibition, called “Getting Closer to Nature”, which we curated and installed.

The collector John Buck, had loaned 40 prints and original artworks.

John is a barrister at Tanfield Chambers and he began collecting art over 15 years ago and has amassed a formidable collection on display across three locations in London.

Many of the artists in the John Buck collection are by the great British abstract artists of the 21st century, artists such as Sandra Blow, Sir Terry Frost, Albert Irvin, Victor Pasmore, John Hoyland and Sir Howard Hodgkin.

The collection loaned to the Chambers however is a mixture of figurative work and abstract work, by British contemporary artists such as great painter and print maker Eileen Cooper OBE RA and Suffolk born lino cut artist Dale Devereux-Barker, to works by some very interesting international European artists such as wood cut prints by German artist Heidi Konig, some wonderful expressive works on paper by exceptional Catalan artist Agusti Puig and a large number of works by the leading late Italian abstract artist Piero Dorazio.

We have displayed 7 works by Dorazio from the 1960s until the 1990s across an entire floor in the building. Dorazio’s highly distinctive style of colourful twisted ribbons and crosshatched grids endured throughout his career and his work heavily relates to colour field painting.

Dorazio believed that “abstract art could change the world…” and so it is perhaps unsurprising that this artist caught the eye of Buck. 

 

Artist Piero Dorazio (c) John Buck Collection

We have found there are many cross parallels and interesting stories to be told about the artists in the contemporary landscape exhibition “Getting Closer to Nature” and within John Buck’s collection, many of whom who were either taught by the leading abstract artists in the post war period or had personal friendships with them.

Artist Robin Richmond (c) The John Buck Collection

To our joy, we also found amongst John’s collection an oil painting by contemporary artist Robin Richmond (an artist represented by the Gallery).

Richmond studied at Chelsea School of Art in the 1970s and her teachers included Howard Hodgkin and John Hoyland. The painting is an early figurative landscape scene of the great churches and landmarks in Florence, which is quite unlike her abstract paintings that dominate her artistic oeuvre.

This painting to my mind sums up the Buck collection, strong colour and bold shapes or architectural forms. These themes clearly stand out in the abstracted works he has collected over the years and we worked with this aesthetic to create harmony within the curation and installation overall and to select complimentary works for the landscape exhibition “Getting Closer to Nature” also recently installed within the Chambers.

To see the exhibition catalogue, please do not hesitate to contact us on jessica@vedocorporateart.com and to read more about the exhibition click here.

Getting closer to Nature – VEDO’s landscape exhibition at a Barristers’ Chambers in London

Our latest project has been an absolute joy, bringing strong and bold interpretations of the landscape subject-matter into a prestigious barristers’ chambers.

We have recently curated and installed forty-seven artworks in a contemporary art exhibition at a London based Chambers’ magnificent newly refurbished premises.

Our brief was to curate an exhibition throughout the six conference rooms, to choose strong, inspiring and uplifting artworks that would resonate with the barristers, clerking team and most importantly the clients.

It was important that the artworks were sensitive to the environment (aesthetically pleasing, worked well within the space, were not provocative or offensive) but they also needed to work well alongside a private collection of a further 40 artworks we were also tasked to curate.  Above all, the art was to stimulate conversation and interest in the installation.

Taking up our brief, we decided to choose landscape as a subject matter as a way of introducing different techniques, use of artistic materials as well as perceptions and interpretations of this great theme.

We selected six artists working in different mediums from photography, oil painting and acrylics, ink, mixed media paintings and giclee prints, each artist interpreting and portraying landscape in their unique and distinctive style.

A strong sense of form, colour and abstraction were underlying themes we wanted to project across the display in order to compliment an installation of Contemporary art prints loaned to the Company by a private collector, also curated by VEDO.

Leading With The Exceptional

Artist Denis Bowen (c) Gallery Different

Karina’s art gallery Gallery DIFFERENT has generously loaned five works by her leading artist Denis Bowen.

We have led the exhibition with three large oil paintings by this renowned and important artist to the development of British abstract art.

Bowen, a South African born artist to British parents, returned to the UK after being orphaned at a young age. Raised by his Aunt in Huddersfield, he studied art from the age of 15 and after serving in the Navy in the Second World War he went on to study art at the Royal College of Art.

He became a leading abstract artist and gallery director in the UK, was the founder of the New Vision Group and the New Vision Centre Gallery which played an important role in the British art scene post 1945. He taught art at numerous art colleges and inspired a future generation of abstract artists that followed him.

Artist Denis Bowen, (c) Gallery Different

We see a range of his interests in different landscapes from volcanic landscapes, to explosive skies bursting with colour and energy, to cosmic scenes, displaying distant planets inspiring awe at the lunar landing of Apollo 13 and the Apollo space program.

His “psychedelic works” from 1969-1980 that incorporate UV light show an artist experimenting with live music performance and someone who was thoroughly engaged in an immersive experience. 

Bowen’s preoccupation with space activity has left a lasting impression on his legacy, the many artists he inspired. His recognition as a leading figure in British abstract art and avant-garde art is marked by his works in Tate Britain’s museum collection. 

These strong abstract oil paintings take prominence in the entrance and reception areas and in a small conference room overlooking Gray’s Inn gardens, bringing guests into close proximity with the power and majesty of the universe as Bowen saw it.

Skylines

(c) Artist Christopher Hauser

Bowen’s works contrast beautifully with the slick black and white high definition architectural skylines and abstract architectural shots by the Munich based rising star in fine art photography Christopher Hauser.

No one captures the intensity and beauty in the details of urban architecture like Hauser. His fascination with geometrical details, brings to life the stark beauty of immense glass and steel structures, recalling the influence of Bauhaus architects that built and inspired the greatest city skyscrapers.  

Hauser stuns us with strong sweeping landscape views of great cities across the globe and we have selected international cities where the barristers work.

A particularly strong and impressive work is his shot of The Millennium Bridge in London, prominently displayed in a ground floor conference room. From Kuala Lumpur to Singapore and Sydney to a stunning night time view of the bay of Hong Kong in hues of midnight blue that dominates a whole wall of a conference room, the picture faces a stunning downtown view of New York City, basking in the glow of a pink sunset. All reinforces the majesty of large urban city development.

It is hard to imagine this young man standing on these extraordinary structures at phenomenal heights waiting for the perfect shot. We step into his shoes for a moment and are in awe of these stunning city views.

Seascapes

(c) Artist Richard Wincer

On the second floor, the chambers have an arbitration suite and here we decided to set a tone of calm, serenity and elegance.

We chose oil paintings by British artist Richard Wincer. Wincer is heavily influenced by the beauty in the English landscape and coastline. He is drawn to imagining the past and speaking to a by gone age of declining industries, such as the fishing communities.

His paintings have this haunting feel of the past, yet they feel familiar and comforting. Just like the great old masters he captures a timelessness that is the essence of beauty. His skill is in patiently stripping back his abstract oil paintings until he reaches the right tones, hues and texture and in doing this, you feel time has been stripped back too and he has found the right ambience and mood within the abstracted forms.

There is an incredible sense of calm and peacefulness in these works, like the passing of time. The mood and ambience was welcomed by the barristers and so we decorated a second room with earlier works, that were slightly more figurative to show Wincer’s artistic progression, also to demonstrate the strong influence of seascapes, islands, ports and ships at sea that we felt might have some relevance and resonance for a leading shipping law team of barristers within the set, 36 Stone.

Pioneering photography on canvas

(c) Artist Jacques Godard

In a smaller break out room, we changed up to photography by an established French photographer called Jacques Godard, now in his 70s but possibly creating his best work yet.

He has developed a fascinating technique called pixoplasty. We showed how his work has progressed in the field of landscape across his long career by selecting works in small format prints from different periods and these works demonstrate a complete change in style and techniques.

We took his more recent works, a large triptych called Bacchanales, large monochrome abstract works on canvas onto the barristers’ floors to continue the exhibition throughout the building.

It was a pleasure to be loaned works by this museum-collected artist who is truly a pioneer in photographic techniques and a renowned teacher of photography at colleges in France.

His pixoplasty technique sees a fusion of old and highly modern techniques to manipulate the images and create dramatic abstract forms.

Godard prints the images on canvas and this translation of print to canvas gives the impression of abstract paintings, rather than photographs to stunning effect.

Bright bold acrylics

One of the Gallery’s hot new artists, Gwen Joy Royston has leant several canvasses introducing incredible pops of colour throughout the space. Royston is an established artist too with a long career.

We found that many of the barristers’ loved strong colour and so we were very pleased to have the opportunity to display her wonderful bright abstract paintings.

We have brought a riot of colour into the Silks’ rooms and barrister’s rooms.

Royston studied under Albert Irvin and his influence is undeniable and as two of the best works loaned to the set from the private collection are by Albert Irvin we decided to run with this and display several works by his former pupil.

(c) Artist Gwen Joy Royston

Royston uses strong brush strokes that strike the canvas filling the central space with bold painterly blocks of colour. She uses large blocks of black and blue paint set against tangerines, purple, gold and hot pinks. Although the subject-matter of the work is often deeply personal and connote moments in the artist’s life, her feelings and emotions are conveyed in these strong abstract forms, there seems to be an inextricable link to the stunning landscape on which Royston would gaze from her magnificent studio based near the Pyrenees mountains.

Distorted beauty – London not as you see it

(c) Artist Mick Dean

Last but not least, we have displayed works by one of our favourite artists, Mick Dean.

An artist who held a very successful career in commercial photography before turning his talents to becoming a figurative painter, he has been based in a studio in East India Docks in London, for many years.

His love affair with London is apparent in his work. He is fascinated by beauty in the most unexpected vistas. From moss covered rotting wharfs to mysterious canals that wind their way under graffiti painted tunnels through our glorious city.

Dean brings to life a beauty in landscape views that may go unnoticed or unappreciated. He will show you beauty in a rain flooded cobble stoned street spilling into a drain, to fishing tackle on boats lost to decay and atrophy and the moss strewn undercarriages of wharfs.

His photographer’s eye for detail has meant he depicts water in a very impressive way, but form always takes precedent and it is the structures in the Thames, such as the docks, piers, barges and wharfs that seem to dominate the canvasses. 

As mother nature silently erodes parts of old London, with the past urban views ebbing away, Dean also shows us beauty in the process of decline and disintegration.

To see more of the paintings in the exhibition and to receive a copy of our exhibition brochure, please do not hesitate to contact us on jessica@vedocorporateart.com.

Hedgehog is Subject of Artistic Mural in Urban Ipswich

Hedgehogs are quite literally the talk of the town in Ipswich at the moment. In a plea to raise awareness about wildlife welfare in the area, an artist has been commissioned to paint a mural of this shy, often overlooked mammal.

Street Artist, ATM, has painted a vast mural of a hedgehog in profile on the gable end of an Ipswich pub. His work, a mural which can’t be missed, has received much acclaim from both local residents and individuals from further afield (if you’ll excuse the pun).

The mural may look sweet, however the message is strong. The work is meant to signify the importance of these small but significant animals to Ipswich and the UK’s wider wildlife and ecosystems. On their website, the Suffolk Wildlife Trust confirms that the recently unveiled image both honours “Ipswich as a Hedgehog Hotspot” and also publicises “Hedgehog Awareness Week”.

ATM has reportedly developed a name for himself within the art community for depicting images of endangered species in urbanised city or town settings. In their article on the project, the BBC reference ATM’s aspiration that the works encourage individuals to think more about their ever-threatened natural environment and in this instance, the humble hedgehog. He hopes it will urge people to “not use weed killers on their plants, not use slug pellets… think about hedgehogs’ needs,” the BBC article confirms.

The mural is part of a large scale project to help hedgehogs more generally. In 2016, the Suffolk Wildlife Trust created a new role, that of Hedgehog Officer, to be based in Ipswich to respond to the increased numbers of sightings of the animals in and around the area.

According to a BBC article on the subject, the Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s appointment of the Hedgehog Officer, was no small or easy task. The Trust was apparently inundated with applications from individuals from around the world. They finally settled, however, on Ms Alexandra North who studied Zoology and has been central to Ipswich’s hedgehog mural project.

Commissioning public art, such as this mural can have benefits that go far beyond adding to the artistic and visual landscape within a community, they can pack a serious message and raise awareness about significant issues and also act as a call to action. In the great graffiti art tradition, an important message can conveyed as well as being a fun and interactive medium.

To find out more about commissioning public art works by contemporary artists please contact us at Jessica@vedocorporateart.com.

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.