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Lifestyle : Home Beautiful
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VALUED AT $390 AG3189956AA-051210 THE SUN-HERALD SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2010 61 HOME BEAUTIFUL SPECIAL REPORT Art in the selection Follow your heart or, if in doubt, enlist the help of an expert to lead you to works that say something about you, writes Tanya Ryan-Segger. I buy what I love. Virginia Wilson, art broker ART is often a last-minute addition when decorating or renovating a home. Yet, even on a tight budget, it can have a big impact on the look and feel of a property. ''Using art to decorate a home is vital, as it can change the energy of a room,'' says an artist and the director of Artfocus Gallery and Studio, Lyn Hammond. A bright abstract painting, for example, can add vitality to a space, while a melancholy pastel work could have the opposite effect. ''Art translates a certain beauty that can finish a room off . . . it takes away that feeling of emptiness,'' Hammond says. Despite the benefits, using artwork to decorate a home can be a daunting prospect for a beginner. Art broker and adviser Virginia Wilson says the most important thing when adding art to a personal residence is to pick out things that mean something to you. ''I've never bought art thinking about exactly where it would go or if it would match other pieces or furnishings in my home,'' Wilson says. ''I buy what I love.'' If a lack of confidence hinders the decision-making process, employing a consultant, joining membership-based art groups or visiting galleries are good ways to reduce the angst that can be associated with buying art. Or, if you prefer a holistic approach to home decorating, a good interior designer can provide advice on how to ensure furnishings, wall colours and art choices work together for maximum impact. At the other end of the spectrum, commissioning an artist is an ideal way to add a personal touch to a home or to decorate a unique interior space. ''Commissions allow people to deal with an artist direct . . . It's more of a collaborative situation between the artist and client,'' Hammond says. But using art to adorn a home is not just about costly original paintings, sketches or sculptures. Limited-edition prints or even good-quality reproductions are often a more affordable way to decorate. Photography can also be a cost- effective and legitimate form of art. Celebrated landscape photographer Ken Duncan -- with galleries in Sydney, Cairns, the Central Coast, Melbourne and the Hunter Valley -- sells limited-edition images starting from about $300. Duncan believes photography is an art form that is appreciated due to its realism. ''[Photography] can turn your walls into windows of nature that have such reality they are able to bring real peace into people's lives,'' he says. Photos of family and friends are a cheap and cheerful way to fill a home with special memories but a good professional photographer will deliver artistic portraits for a more stylised finish. A commissioned sitting with a well-known portrait photographer, such as David Oliver, starts from about $1000 but it's still a relatively cost-effective way to decorate a home. Oliver says the days when people sat in front of a painted background in a studio are over and interesting shoot locations and quality workmanship can create an image on par with fine art. ''It's the emotive images that sell,'' he says. ''That's what people like when theyhangaphotoonawallina home; the emotion captured in a photo is very difficult to paint.'' Drawing the best from bad luck Collector . . . Jarrod Glasson has a creative passion. Photo: Dallas Kilponen MOST people see a redundancy as a depressing proposition but Jarrod Glasson turned the situation on its head by using a payout to kick-start an art collection that now defines his home-decorating style. When he received about $10,000 after losing his job when airline Ansett went under, Glasson splurged it all on two paintings by Australian artist Robert Dickerson. ''I had always loved how art made me feel . . . its power is fascinating so I just went for it,'' he says. Eight years on Glasson hasn't looked back, describing himself as a novice collector and art enthusiast. ''Art is absolutely essential to decorating a home,'' he says. ''Walls are like a big blank canvas crying out to be used.'' Although taking a relaxed approach to styling art in his Woollahra home, Glasson says there are some works that are too gloomy for a bedroom and conversation pieces are better positioned in communal spaces such as kitchen and hallways. Although the 39-year-old has bought a variety of different art forms, including sculpture, return on investment is not a priority. ''I stick to what I love and what I think will work in my home,'' he says. Although he has accumulated more art than he has room for, decorating his home is an evolution with no end date. ''I'm forever taking pictures down and moving them around,'' he says. ''I love how in a new spot you can rediscover and fall in love with a piece all over again.''
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