Opening our doors to art lovers!

Modern ArtBuyer is holding a three day pop-up on home turf just outside Bath. We’ll be showing pieces by artists including Trudy Montgomery (shown right), Alexander Johnson, Ione Parkin RWA, Lynda Ruth Brown, Julia Wilson, Chuck Elliott and Jane Emberson to name a few. Works for sale include original paintings, limited edition prints and digital art, and there will also be a selection of pieces exclusively discounted for this three day open house.

 

It is the perfect opportunity for art lovers to see in person and in situ many of the stunning artworks from the gallery’s portfolio and to walk away with great, affordable art.

 

Friday 13th May : 11am – 8pm
Saturday 14th May : 11am – 6pm
Sunday 15th May : 11am – 6pm
At 1 Cliffe Drive, Lower Limpley Stoke, Bath BA2 7FY

 

We hope to see you there!

Posted on: May 3, 2016
Trudy Montgomery for Modern ArtBuyer at Woodhouse & Law.

Vital colour

Modern ArtBuyer artist Trudy Montgomery is a true exponent of colour and composition, building up layers of intense pigment to create her signature vibrant works. They are a pure mix of energy and balance, bringing life into their surroundings as seen here at Bath’s award-winning interior design house, Woodhouse & Law. To see this piece in person, please drop us a line or pop into the Woodhouse & Law showroom on Bathwick Hill.

Posted on: April 21, 2016
Camille by Maria Rivans for Modern ArtBuyer

Dressed to impress

To mark Bath in Fashion 2016, we’ve dressed one of Bath’s most historic homes with glorious contemporary art. The original residence of Jane Austen, now owned by Bath Boutique Stays, has been adorned with stunning artworks for the month of April to coincide with Bath’s annual fashion event. Contemporary art in a majestic Georgian setting epitomises classic style with a twist. The perfect combination.

 

Come and visit!

Posted on: April 7, 2016

Pretty in Pink : art meets fashion

In our latest newsletter, we showcase these sensational new photographs from Mark Mawson and highlight our forthcoming collaboration with Bath Boutique Stays for Bath in Fashion 2016. Read all about it here.

 

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Posted on: March 29, 2016

Striking a pose at Bath in Fashion

Bath in Fashion is always such a vibrant, fun week and we want to be part of that buzz. So to join the party, we’ve teamed up with and luxury business & holiday rentals company Bath Boutique Stays to mark Bath in Fashion 2016.

 

We love Bath Boutique Stays’ style – a chic home from home – so this creative collaboration seems like a perfect fit.

 

Artworks by Modern ArtBuyer artists Emma Cowlam and Maria Rivans will be exhibited in Bath Boutique Stays properties throughout April to mark the annual fashion event in Bath. These artists’ works have been selected for their strong sense of style and focus on fashion. Emma Cowlam, whose first collection was bought by the V&A, produces chic hand-stitched fashion illustrations while Maria Rivans’ Pin Up series, which was recently exhibited in a solo show at the Saatchi Gallery London, is clearly influenced by vintage style and striking millinery.

 

For more information on how you can stay in one of Bath Boutique Properties’ apartments, just click here.

 

We hope to see you there!

Posted on: March 9, 2016
Orchard by Dion Salvador Lloyd. Oil on canvas, 50 x 40cm, new artworks from Modern ArtBuyer

New year, new inspiration

We’re leaping confidently into 2016 with some exceptional new works from our portfolio of established artists.

 

Dion Salvador Lloyd‘s work is regularly accepted for prestigious shows such as the Royal Academy Summer Show and the RWA Open, so we’re delighted to offer some of his new artworks here. Also we delve into the wonderful world of Bonnie and Clyde with a handful of vibrant new works. Finally, Dragica Carlin is a sensational talent who we’ve been admiring for some time, so we’re proud to be showing a number of her dramatic canvases.

 

We showcase these new artworks and talk about our current exhibitions in London, in our latest newsletter. Click here to read all about it.

Posted on: January 26, 2016

Art in the heart of the City

We’ve just installed some of Chuck Elliott‘s incredible, digital artworks into Tower 42, London. They look spectacular! They will be there until the end of February 2016 so if anyone would like to arrange an appointment to view them please get in touch.

Modern ArtBuyer Chuck Elliott at Tower 42_8 lr Modern ArtBuyer presents Chuck Elliott at Tower 42 London

Posted on: December 3, 2015
Modern ArtBuyer newsletter featuring Paul Minott

Catch the latest news

In our latest art news, we showcase a selection of great new pieces from our represented artists including Paul Minott, Maria Rivans and Chris Keegan. We also reflect on our exciting and successful week at Affordable Art Fair Battersea in October. The perfect opportunity to meet some inspired art lovers.

 

Read all about it here.

Posted on: December 1, 2015
The City Magazine Oct 15

The Principles of Prints

We’re thrilled that our article on prints has been published by RunWild Media in The City Magazine, October 2015. The article talks about various printmaking techniques, what to look for when buying prints and how to look after them. Click here to read the print article on pages 96-97 for yourself.

We hope you find it useful!

Posted on: October 14, 2015
Modern ArtBuyer Erebus by Jane Emberson

All the fun of the art fair…

October is art fair season with lots of opportunities to browse and buy sensational pieces for your space. We’re grabbing a piece of the action by taking a stand at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea which runs from 21 – 25 October in Battersea Park.

 

We’ll be on stand J7, showcasing works by Emma Cowlam, Ione Parkin RWA, Jane Emberson, Julia Wilson, Plum Neasmith, Paul Minott and Rebecca King. Artworks on show include mixed media works on canvas, board and paper, limited edition prints, monoprints and hand-stitched illustrations. A broad selection from our very talented stable of artists.

 

We have a limited number of free tickets available for the fair, so if you’d like to attend please drop us an email to info@modernartbuyer.com with your postal address and we’ll send a ticket off to you.

 

We hope to see you there!

Posted on: October 6, 2015
Modern ArtBuyer London pop-up gallery map

Modern ArtBuyer London pop-up gallery : 1 – 14 September

Our London pop-up gallery plans are coming along brilliantly. We’ve lined up a great selection of artists to showcase including Maria Rivans, Bonnie and Clyde, Chuck Elliott, Jane Emberson, Emma Cowlam, Alexander Johnson and Rebecca King.

 

The pop-up will be at Curious Duke Gallery, 173 Whitecross Street, London EC1Y 8QP from 1st -14th September. Opening hours will be Monday to Friday 11:30am – 6:30pm, Saturday midday – 4pm, and we’re closed on Sundays.

 

Join us for a drink!

We’ll be hosting a late view on Thursday 3rd September from 5:30pm – 8:30pm with drinks and nibbles, to give you a chance to see our fantastic artworks in the flesh and mingle with like-minded, art loving souls.

 

Please pop along and say hello. We’d love to see you there!

Posted on: August 7, 2015
Amsterdam by Alexander Johnson from Modern ArtBuyer

Fresh inspiration

We’re in love! So many new, inspiring artworks have just come flooding through from our artists that our hearts are aflutter. Alexander Johnson continues his bold, impactful series of abstract canvases influenced by his travels with some vibrant new oils. Ione Parkin RWA has delivered some sublime works influenced by her exploration into the depths of space and the natural world. And Bonnie and Clyde has grown her portfolio of wonderfully eclectic scenes with more limited edition prints and original collages. Browse and enjoy here.

Posted on: July 1, 2015

Art news : feeling that summer vibe

In our latest newsletter we highlight the enchanting illustrative work of Lucille Clerc, our newest artist. On top of that, we honour the glorious summertime with a handful of artworks certain to bring the sunshine into your home. Catch up on all our news here: June newsletter.

Posted on: June 25, 2015
Mark Habisrittinger

New artists and tips on art buying

In this month’s newsletter, we announce two new artists as well as offering tips on how to make art work perfectly in your space. Catch up on the latest news here.

Posted on: June 16, 2015

Art prize jury service!

I’m honoured to have been invited onto the jury panel for the inaugural Camberwell Open Art Prize 2015, as part of the Camberwell Arts Festival.

 

The Camberwell Open is a new art exhibition aiming to present a snapshot of creative practice from artists based in, or associated with Camberwell, London. The standard of entries was very high, giving us a tough choice, but we selected three artworks that demonstrated exceptional talent and integrity. The work across the entire exhibition is incredibly diverse giving a real insight into creative practice in south London today.

 

The exhibition takes place from 6th June to 28th June at Fusion Lifestyle, Artichoke Place, London SE5, so do head over and see it. More information can be found here: http://thecamberwellopen.org

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Buying art : what will work in your space?

Reason number one for buying any work of art should be because you love it and you’ve developed a real connection with a piece. In an ideal world, art would be bought entirely out of love and not practicality, but let’s be realistic – we all need to live in comfortable, functional homes not stark gallery spaces. We need our art collection to help us create a harmonious and elegant living environment.

 

So how do you select great art that suits your space? Firstly you need to think about the feel of the room. Your choice of artwork can completely change the mood of a room. A serene, sensitive landscape can turn an otherwise plain area into an oasis of calm for sleeping or reading, while a bold, graphic print can transform the same room into a funky, energetic space for entertaining guests.

 

You also need to take into account colour schemes, any other art you have in your interior, and consider the overall flow. Don’t be afraid to mix up the styles. Contemporary and traditional art, paintings and photographs can all sit comfortably side-by-side. Likewise, very contemporary abstracts can look spectacular in classic Georgian townhouse settings, just as a traditional painting can look sensational in a very minimalist, modern interior.

 

Once you’ve thought about your ambience, you have a number of options ahead of you regarding size and impact. Do you have the space to display one very large piece and go for maximum drama? If you do fall in love with the idea of a large piece and find the perfect artwork, you need to hang it in plenty of space and keep the rest of the room minimal. There are some schools of thought that suggest you should build on the impact of a large piece by adding lots of other equally bold pieces around it to create a real statement. It depends how brave you are!

 

An alternative to one large piece is to create the same drama using a cluster of smaller prints, drawings and studies. These clusters can be extremely effective and give a very cool, urban feel to a wall. The key to these is to have some kind of unifying theme – whether that is everything is monochrome, perhaps there is one consistent colour in all pieces or maybe they are all the same subject matter.

 

Don’t forget that art doesn’t only have to hang on a wall. Ceramics and sculptures are incredibly collectable and add wonderful focus to a space. A carefully chosen and well-placed sculpture can completely transform a table or window ledge.

 

There are numerous considerations to bear in mind when hunting for art. Always buy art you love, but do consider these points to help you make the right choice in a huge and exciting market.

Posted on: May 18, 2015
Art news for Modern ArtBuyer newsletter 38

Spring fresh : new artists and special offers

Our latest art news includes the announcement of our most recently accepted artist, Plum Neasmith whose captivating canvases evoke memories of her experiences. We’re also highlighting a special offer of Chuck Elliott’s eye-popping and fluid digital works. Check out all of our latest news here.

Posted on: April 27, 2015

A chat with Alexander Johnson

Brighton-based abstract painter and printmaker, Alexander Johnson, has made this great video to talk about his practice processes and inspirations. A valuable insight into the mind of an exciting artist.

Posted on: April 16, 2015
Art news and collecting art

Catch up on the latest art news!

In our latest newsletter, we look at how to start, and grow, an art collection and remind art lovers to trust their instincts when choosing artwork. We also showcase some sensational new prints from the very talented Rebecca King. You can read more here.

Posted on: April 7, 2015

Trust your instincts: demystifying the world of art buying

Everyone has a favourite work of art. A masterpiece that they feel distinctly drawn to. What’s yours? Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ or Cezanne’s ‘Mont Sainte-Victoire’, perhaps? Maybe you prefer a more contemporary slant – Lucian Freud’s portrait of the Queen or Damien Hirst’s ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living’ better known as a huge shark floating in formaldehyde?

 

Now think about why you love your favourite piece? All of your reasons for loving it will be entirely irrefutable because art buying is such a subjective thing. Having said that, if you love Damien Hirst’s work because it’s worth a fortune, then you’re not quite on the art lovers’ bandwagon yet. Put potential investment to one side and focus on emotional engagement, and you’re on the right lines towards understanding why art collecting becomes an obsession for so many people. They buy art that they love. The more pieces they fall in love with the more they develop and understand their personal taste, and the more discerning their favourites list becomes.

 

With everyone having sound reasons for their taste in art, it’s surprising that art galleries seem to be intimidating to so many people. Potential art buyers can become so anxious that the gallery manager might ask them a question about the exhibition or worse still frown upon their choice of artist, that they end up boycotting galleries altogether which is heart breaking. The thing is, any decent gallery – either physical or online – removes any opportunity for you to ‘slip up’ and buy a howler of a painting, because they’ve already curated the collection on show. All of the work has been endorsed by the gallery, so you can follow the mantra of established art collectors and just buy art that you love with confidence.

 

If you’re completely new to art buying and want to start your own collection, it’s worth having a look online. Searching for art from the comfort of your own home is a really good starting point. You can browse a hugely varied range of art in one sitting and if something takes your fancy then most online galleries – like Modern ArtBuyer – will arrange for you to see a piece in person. They also often have returns policies in place to give you that peace of mind when buying.

 

It’s also a good idea to visit some of the art trails in your area. Most cities and towns organise local trails, which can be a great way to find some really interesting work. The artists are usually on hand to answer any questions you have or to talk through their processes in a relaxed, comfortable setting, so it’s definitely worth taking the time to visit open houses and studios.

 

Art fairs and large group exhibitions are another great way to see a wide range of styles of art under one roof. The vibrant crowds thwart any intimidating silences, leaving you free to browse anonymously through hundreds of artists’ work in an informal environment. Keep your eyes peeled in local news for large exhibitions or follow organised fairs like the Affordable Art Fair to see when and where the next events are coming up.

 

If you’re surrounded by bare walls and want to immerse yourself in some great art remember to trust your instincts, focusing on artworks that you feel really drawn to, and you won’t go far wrong.

Posted on: March 25, 2015

Latest news: art fairs and spring reviews

Our latest newsletter covers the forthcoming Affordable Art Fair in Battersea, provides an update on our pop-up gallery in Bath and offers advice on a Spring shake up of your art collection. Read all about it here.

Posted on: March 5, 2015

Farewell, Bathwick Hill

We’ve loved spending the past three months in our pop-up gallery on Bathwick Hill in Bath, but the gallery is now closed. It was wonderful to meet so many enthusiastic art collectors and lovers, and the experience has given us lots of food for thought as we move on to new projects. We’ve got the pop-up bug now, so we’ll keep you updated with news of any future pop-up galleries we’re planning!

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Change of art

Time for a Spring refresh? As the season approaches, instinct seems to take over encouraging us to spruce up our homes and have a bit of an interior shake up. And that should include what you hang on your walls too.

 

Art doesn’t date, fade or start to lose it’s stuffing through old and tired seams. So while art shouldn’t sit under the same umbrella as your furniture, it makes sense to take this opportunity to look at your wall spaces and update them to fit with your revived home.

 

It’s a good idea to start by looking at how you hang your existing art. Evenly spaced pieces hung around a room can look very elegant, but you could always consider hanging a mix of framed pieces, mirrors, maps, plates and framed postcards together in a carefully considered cluster. A cluster like that can bring your space bang up to date and add a touch of quirkiness to a room without breaking the bank. A quick tip: when hanging clusters, start with a central piece then work your way out, adding the other artworks around it with fairly tight, regular spacing.

 

If you have a group of artworks in the same frames, try hanging them in a neat, close row of three or a tidy block of four. Alternatively, you could also try hanging a large striking painting in a small space. While it may feel as thought it goes against the rules, the proportions will add real drama and give the room a very contemporary feel.

 

Finally, you may want to consider buying some new art. Perhaps an impactful, funky print for your kitchen or a serene and timeless oil painting for your sitting room, to add your personal stamp to your interior. The internet is the ideal place to start hunting for art, as you can browse from the comfort of your own home and can clearly see how a particular piece might work on your wall. Try enlarging an artwork to fill your tablet window and holding it up to your wall to really get a feel for how it would enhance your room.

 

An overhaul of your art collection can be really effective with minimal effort and cost. Have fun with it and enjoy falling in love with your art all over again.

Posted on: February 23, 2015