Charles Saatchi once declared “When you see something special, something inspired, you realise the debt we owe great curators and their unforgettable shows – literally unforgettable because you remember every picture, every wall and every juxtaposition.”
We think there is something inspiring to be said about curating our own personal collections and displaying them between the four walls of our own homes. It’s obvious how profoundly influenced we are by the spaces we inhabit and through the art we choose to surround ourselves with. Have you ever noticed what a difference artwork makes to the ambience of a room and how shifting a piece around your home can alter the entire mood of the space?
With the seasonal transition into Spring well and truly upon us, we saw this as the perfect opportunity to consider reinvigorating our humble abode with a gallery wall. Not only can we make a stylish statement, we can transform the space we live in. From full floor-to-ceiling compositions to a more minimalist grouping, creating your own gallery might sound a little daunting, but it doesn’t have to be complicated.
We enlisted the guidance of Melbourne based patronage to the art world: Barbara Hermon. An Australian household name synonymous with her intrepid interior style, quality for craftsmanship and an avid art collector alongside her husband John. Barbara invited us inside her Melbourne home and talked us through her personal experience on selecting different mediums, laying it out and hanging it up.
Otomys: How do you go about gaining the inspiration to begin putting a collection together?
- Barbara: We don’t enlist a ‘theme’ as such, because we have such a varied collection of artwork and items, a lot being accumulated from my travels through the world over the past 45 years! Some of the larger pieces do take pride of place due to their size though.
Otomys: Do you have any tips for choosing frames when grouping artwork together?
- Barbara: No, I personally don’t mind a mixture of different frames together, but of course my general rule is that they each need to be of a high quality to ensure the artwork is well housed.
Otomys: Do you think certain compositions work best in certain spaces?
- Barbara: As you will see from the images of my home, the size of the artwork or the space, really defines what composition will best suit each space. In some cases I have created a theme, sometimes applying a dominant colour- such as red, my favourite! However, I do like larger works to take the lead but it all just depends on how much I love the piece and how much I just have to have it- then a place will be found for it to belong on the wall not matter what its size!
Otomys: Do you aim to achieve balance & symmetry with each composition?
- Barbara: I think there has to be a certain amount of balance, but it also depends on what furniture sits below or around it.
Otomys: Are there any general rules of thumb to measuring out how each piece sits next to one another?
- Barbara: We have been lucky to enlist the help of the talented Jasper Inskip over the years. He has a brilliant eye as to the placement of each piece. I choose the collection/story and Jasper then sets out the plan, all the while discussing the composition of each piece with me along the way.
Otomys: As far as tools go, what would we need to create a gallery wall?
- Barbara: I trust the expert, Jasper. A word of advice for renovators though; we had to remove a wall of artwork recently due to renovations and Jasper reminded me to take a photo of the placement, making it infinitely easier to return to the wall to its former glory!
Artwork pictured above includes pieces by artists; Ivana Perkins, Marco Luccio, Alex Rowland, Robbie Perkins, Isabelle, Kim Barter, Judy Holding, DLK & Joshua Yeldham. For more information on certain pieces please ask us in the comments section below.
Otomys would like to thank Barbara for her contribution to Chronicles and for her ongoing support of the both Otomys Gallery and the Australian art scene.