Often, when we think of art collectors, images of royals, aristocrats and business heavyweights come to mind. This doesn’t have to be the case. Anyone who sees art as an investment as well as something of beauty can be an art collector and art is a wonderful way to add a personal and unique touch to any space.
It was this thought that inspired me to start a new series on the blog, Home is Where the Art is, showcasing fantastic local artists whose work may not cost a million bucks but would make a fine addition to any home.
The first artist I’d like to share with you is Andrew O’Brien. Andrew’s vibrant, rich works on canvas have brightened and added interest to homes and commercial spaces for years and, more recently, have been featured on The Block in Dan and Dani’s inspired house.
Andrew is based in Melbourne and has enjoyed success as an ‘art administrator’ with the NGV in addition to his work as an artist. His works range from abstract to geometric and incorporate a range of gorgeous colours, making them ideal for bedrooms, living areas and hallways either in harmony with a colour scheme or to add interest to an otherwise neutral palette. Whenever I see the bright, bold colours of his paintings, I can’t help but imagine a bleached-out white space, perhaps dressed with pale grey tones, brought to life by the explosion of Andrew’s art. It’s truly magnificent.
If you’re interested in learning more about Andrew, The Design Files did a wonderful profile on him in late 2012 that tracks his career as an artist beautifully, or you can check out his online store for a range of works and high quality prints just waiting to make a so-so space something truly fantastic.