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Star among stripes: The centrepiece adds a welcome dimension to the extravagant shapes used to blend classic and modern design for furniture make Luxxu. On the wall was a Bomberg and what I’m sure it was a few years ago was a Lowry.
He was a money man so, naturally, he alluded to the value of both; reeling off the sort of figures you would for a three bed detached on Marshalswick Lane.
That was no surprise. He’d talked investments all evening. But when I spotted a smaller, almost anonymous piece lower down; a square charcoal sketch in a pencil box of a frame he became quite animated.
The artist? He didn’t know but if he had he’d have tracked them down and probably bought lots more. Once he sensed he had my interest he told me the story behind it as if he was telling me how he met his wife.
Classic with a twist: The ‘Lady Martin’ Renaissance Painting one of a series created by Spanish artists in the style of Dutch masters. In oil and acrylic on canvas.
He’d chosen it because its dark, brooding lines and sullen background set the perfect mood for the room he was trying to create and complemented those with alarm sensitive pressure pads behind them.
And that, if you listen to those who know, is the only way to buy.
Art, whether we like it or not, will always be seen by some as part investment, part aesthetic, which is why rich investors trawl the gallery scene and have been known to buy up entire graduation shows in the hope of getting in early on the next big talent.
“People, by and large, buy for the love of it and nothing more,” said Hatty De Barnard, curator of the Nude Tin Can gallery in Hatfield Road, St Albans.
“It’s great if they select something that has potential and becomes collectable but they rarely come in for that. They buy simply because they see something they like.”
That simple? Not quite. She added: “I’ve had quite a few clients who have come in because they are renovating or adding an extension and have a blank space that they are looking to fill. But one couple I knew waited three years before they found something they both agreed on.”
Affordable impact: one of a series of canvas prints based on original Louise Mead paintings and priced from 40 145. “Buy what you love and don’t buy on the basis of future appreciation because you are going to live with it whatever it’s worth.
“In fact, one of the things that gets my goat are galleries and shops that sell art purely for investment.”
There’s no doubt art plays a big part in what we do with our rooms these days. I’ve lost count of the number of times a developer has shown me a new build and mentioned how the mass of neutral wall space makes “an ideal canvas” or an interior designer has stressed the importance of how “that statement piece” can totally transform a room.
Local colour: this mixed media collage of St Albans’ historic pub, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks was created by artist Dave Nelson who lives in the city.
Chohan make the point when he says: “Find your art early. It’s no good saying later, ‘I do love that piece but it’s the wrong shade of red’. It’s art, not a decoration, an afterthought, merely a wall filling at the end of the process.”
He adds with a sense of irony: “It’s easier to go to Bunnings, buy paint and redecorate to match the colour preferences than go back to an artist and patronise them.”
In many respects it has never been easier to buy, thanks in no small way to the rise of online only galleries and the fact that everyone from those you’ll find in small market towns to major auction house such as Sotheby’s are able to showcase so effectively online.
Hatty De Barnard, curator of the Nude Tin Can gallery in Hatfield Road, St Albans
But there’s no match for seeing it in the flesh and it’s also worth, if you have in mind an artist whose work you admire, taking a trip out to a gallery that knows their work and champions them.
And there are plenty of those. Galleries are always keen to get behind emerging talent in the way Oxford’s Sarah Wiseman has with Bristol based and recent RSA fellow Peter Kettle. Or Messums in Wiltshire who opened their 2018 season with works of Orlanda Broom, whose work finds its way into the lobbies of top international hotels.
My best friend recently drove all the way to Chipping Norton to visit the Albion Gallery where director John Eades spent a fruitful hour on a sleepy Sunday bringing his collection of Hester Berry landscapes up from the basement.