With more time spent at home, we’re looking to improve our spaces. What better way to do so than to fill our walls with art from those we love? For recommendations to each other and to you, below, the RUSSH editors are discussing their favourites.
Editor In Chief
There’s an empty space on a certain wall in my house I am leaving for a Jonny Niesche who is probably one of my favourite living artists. I fell for his work many years back, obsessively over a particular piece that couldn’t be mine so I am just waiting (also known as stalking his Instagram and galleries) for the right one to come along. The place is an obvious one right at our front door and because the other walls are fairly full – I have pieces from Australian artists Otis Carey, Jedda Daisy Culley, Richard Lewer, Catherine Clayton Smith – people often ask, “what’s going there?”. I kind of like that I can see it and no one else can.
The last piece I bought was Jonathan Rosen’s a plexi-mirror piece “I want peace” for in his art sale for justice where he donated proceeds to @BlackVisionsCollective
For the love of sculptures and stone. My obsession with denHolm stems from a few years back, a continuous admiration and lusting for his beautiful creations. We were even lucky enough to be let into his incredible studio last year for an intimate profile shoot in the Heart and Soul Issue. A denHolm piece is one to cherish forever and ever, not only a work of art, but a practical piece of furniture too. Like the Ellie, a sculpture turned beautiful carved side table. Or the Kit Kat, a mammoth art piece turned best coffee table ever. He even takes commissions so you can create that special one of a kind piece to love forever.
Digital Content Director
As someone who loves home interiors and home decor, I do have a few wonderful art pieces in my home. But I’ve taken a non-traditional and more democratic approach, I source my art from Etsy and Society6. There are so many wonderful, budding creators out there. While I can appreciate a Brett Whiteley print or an Edgar Degas sculpture (replicas of course, no one I know could afford the real thing), I love the idea of something new, modern and unique.
If you’ve stepped into my home, you’ll see I have a bit of a theme going on. I love Modernist architecture and Californian landscapes and most of my art prints are images of Indio, the Coachella Valley, the Mojave Desert and Palm Springs. I love the stylings of The Parker in Palm Springs and I’ve tried to inject a little of that aesthetic into my space. As mentioned, I’ve sourced them all from photographers on Society6.
And then, I have a few other prints that herald my love of Harry Potter. Including my huge, framed print of Sirius Black’s wanted poster.
Digital Operations Manager
Without owning a home of my own I’ve always found decorating and purchasing art in particular very difficult. I love really big statement pieces and I can never guarantee that my next bedroom will be able to house it. If I did have the space however my dream piece would be a Christiane Spansberg line drawing. I first saw these in a RUSSH online feature and fell in love.
In the meantime I’ve been coveting something smaller by Frederic Forest. The most beautiful line drawings, usually of the female figure, his work is elegant and timeless. The perfect addition to any room.
Brand & Art Director
Housing another person’s creation in your space is something so special, a feeling unmatched by furniture or homewares. There is something about an artwork that bring the space truly to life, perhaps something to do with the labour, love, time and feeling poured into each piece.
Since I do not yet own a home, I am yet to invest in a major piece. But when I do, I most certainly have a list to refer back to, starting with a piece by someone who would not even call himself an artist (although he is), but rather a barber. Mick Joyce runs a barbershop that is nestled behind the National Art School in Sydney, creating works of art in between clients to pass the time. His shop-studio is now filled with pieces of all scales made entirely using magazine and newspaper cuttings. With no formal training, he is not concerned with recognition, Mick simply makes art for the love of it, with heart and soul. That’s the kind of art I want on my walls. I am also in complete awe of Zoe Fitzpatrick and her beautiful large-scale pieces. Swapping the traditional earthy pigments used in indigenous Australian art, she uses vibrant pinks, purples, and oranges. Lastly, Carmen D’Apollinio forms sculptures that also happen to be homewares. When the lines blur between functionality and art, you have my attention.
As someone who rarely furnishes with anything colourful, the art I love tends to follow similar tonalities. While at present, my walls are still relatively barren with all my prints relegated to the floor resting against the walls (I still haven’t got the hang of/don't fully trust command hooks), there are certain pieces I’m coveting both from John Zabawa and Vynka Hallam. Zabawa has a way with shape and design that could work in almost any space with his harmonious and minimal works, while Hallam’s colourful, travel inspired works add a lot of life. My favourite works of hers are a single egg on toast, and a dirty martini, both which I fantasise about having in my kitchen.
Market & Beauty Director
I’m lucky enough to have my walls covered in art created by friends and family. From prints from RUSSH photographers Tim Ashton and Alex Tracey. As well as artworks by artist and photographer Caroline Wood. In terms of what I am after next though? Paintings at affordable prices. Let me know.