Modern ArtBuyer Open House exhibition 2018

Visit our Open House Pop-up Gallery near Bath, 2-3 June

We are throwing open our doors in Limpley Stoke near Bath once again and hosting our bi-annual Open House in the summer sunshine (fingers crossed)! Join us and view a carefully curated selection of contemporary artworks, including limited edition prints, paintings on canvas, works on paper and digital works.


Offering a unique opportunity to view works available for sale in a home setting and providing inspiration for displaying works large or small, as part of a collection or as standalone pieces, we are on hand all weekend to answer any questions about our artists, art-collecting or queries about pieces in your own collection.


We will have an exciting selection of works on show (alongside a beautiful selection of handmade silver jewellery) including: limited edition prints from much sought-after artist Maria Rivans, urban prints and collages by Bonnie and Clyde, graphic monoprints by Paul Minott, Elaine Jones’ captivating abstract landscape paintings, large paintings by Jane Emberson and Paul Bennett, burnt-paper works by Kelly O’Brien and vibrant digital works by Chuck Elliott, amongst many others.


Bringing together local artists alongside more from across the UK, we will be showing a collection of affordable pieces representing the best of Modern ArtBuyer’s portfolio and would love you to join us to peruse your favourites! Come along, view, browse, have a coffee or even raise a sneaky glass of prosecco…


Sylvan Lodge, 1 Cliffe Drive, Limpley Stoke, Bath BA2 7FY


Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd June, 10am – 5:30pm

Posted on: May 10, 2018

Can one size fit all?

Displaying art in big and small spaces

Reason number one for buying any work of art should always be because you love it. Speaking on behalf of gallerists and artists, we want people to buy art purely because they have developed a real connection with a piece and, in an ideal world, art would be bought entirely out of love and not influenced by practicality. But let’s be realistic – we all need to live in comfortable, functional homes, which come in all different shapes and sizes, so practicality often comes into play and can creep into the decision-making process.


However we don’t believe being practical means you have to limit your choices – we offer up our advice on how to display art whether you have room to spare or your space is small but perfectly formed…


Look up!

If you are short on space, a great way to give the illusion of more is to accentuate the sense of height in your home. Displaying a collection of smaller artworks above eye level draws the eye up and a vertical gallery hang can suggest a higher ceiling – Jane Emberson’s works on paper would be brilliant for this, adding a flash of colour in a compact space.


Alternatively, placing a quirky piece above a door or within a set of shelves, something like Jaco Putker’s eccentric etchings, to catch the eye and draw the onlooker in, is a clever way of adding a sense of depth and extra space to a room.


Make a bold statement

Do you have the space to display one very large piece and go for maximum drama? Going with one single statement piece can help bring the whole room into proportion and balance the space. Be brave and opt for punchy colours and strong forms if you have a clean space to fill – something along the lines of Chuck Elliott’s digital works would create a real impact. Although that’s not to say bold has to be bright though – Kelly O’Brien’s paper works would be just as striking with their muted palette. If you do fall in love with the idea of a large piece and find the perfect artwork, hang it in plenty of space and keep the rest of the room minimal.


Anchoring your room with a statement piece creates a great focal point. It’s not impossible to do this in a smaller space too, as long as there is enough surrounding space for the piece to breathe and it doesn’t dominate. Art should help us create a harmonious and elegant living environment not overwhelm!


Multiply it…

An alternative to one large piece is to create the same drama using a cluster of smaller works, drawings and studies. These clusters can be extremely effective in both large and small spaces. The key is to have some kind of unifying theme, be that one consistent colour in all pieces or maybe a similar subject matter.


Keep the frames and styles varied and throw in a few unusual pieces like mirrors, plates, maps or postcards – anything that will demonstrate your personality and individuality. And don’t feel these works have to limited to prints and paper works – Plum Neasmith’s smaller paintings, for example, would bring great depth and texture to a salon hang.


At the end of the day we will always advise you to buy the art you love – be the work large or small, and your home stately or bijoux, your choice will bring atmosphere, character and meaning to the space and ultimately help make it your home.

Posted on: April 24, 2018