Artsource Consulting & Previously Owned by a Gay Man
For more that 20 years we’ve been building collections for individuals, institutions and businesses. Company wide, many hours are spent thoughtfully and strategically curating fine art collections that have meaning, purpose and value. We understand that Previously Owned By A Gay Man buyers expect good quality items, that have been selected for style and value. We’re really thrilled that the site will be evolving into a place for quality fine art as well. In fact, let’s cut right to the chase…did you see the Ed Ruscha print on the site? It’s a gem from the sold out portfolio published by Crown Point Press. One of his paintings recently sold at auction for $30.4 million!
The art you display in your home says something about you….what you value, your sense of humor, character and your interests. Many people begin developing collections without even realizing it….maybe you find yourself with a handful of interesting things with a theme or related idea or maybe it’s just the medium or framing style that ties them together. Instead of spreading them out, one piece here, one there, consider grouping them together on one wall. It can be a great way to address a large wall in a small room where one large art work is overwhelming, but a group of small things stretching a broad space is just right. Here’s an example of how we do this at our office in San Francisco…all works on paper by women artists or having something to do with women:
and here’s an example in a client’s home…a grouping of largely monochromatic works by artists who are focused on process:
and here’s how it looked when the client moved to a new home:
This leads us to the subject of scale…when you have a large open space, where the wall can be seen from both a distance and up close, consider work that has a graphic quality but that reveals itself on a entirely different level up close….like this work by Amy Ellingson which we placed in a client’s entryway.
There is Value in the Story
Collecting art is a journey…our job is to educate our clients about what is out there in the art world…how artists think, why they make what they make in order to deepen our client’s understanding of art and honing in on what really interests them. Good art has a story, so when you are buying, ask questions about the work, how it’s made and what inspired the artist. For example, you might not have known this by quickly glancing, but in these Stuart Allen photographs, the artist used a long exposure to capture a runner holding a light source as he ran through the landscape. It’s a really beautiful way of looking at the notion of time.
Take a Risk
Bravely express yourself…take a risk, be bold. Consider placing very contemporary work in a traditional setting like this fantastic triptych by sought-after emerging artist John Houck installed here in our client’s very traditional living room:
Or consider putting art on colored walls. These examples from some of our corporate and residential projects are good examples of how art really pops on a colored wall.
And what about this beautiful work by renown Bay Area artist Robert Bechtle…we love how the teal wall changes the feel of the piece.
Framing is the Finishing touch.
Our clients are often surprised at how reframing a piece of art can completely change it. Art should always be framed first for the piece….you want to show it off as best as possible and most often, that is in the simplest of frames. Take for example this sweet landscape painting.
The gold frame looks dated and its tone is so close to the over tone of the painting that the colors go flat. We would reframe it with a warm white, broad moulding …it would look something like this:
Art brings so much joy to people’s lives….have fun with it…explore, experiment, and be curious. Seek professional advice if you want to consider building a collection.
Jody Knowlton is Principal and Co-Founder of Artsource Consulting, a multidisciplinary art advisory company founded in San Francisco in 1994. Artsource Consulting works with businesses, institutions and private collectors on the acquisition, exhibition and integration of contemporary art. Before co-founding Artsource Consulting Ms. Knowlton worked with Roselyne C. Swig Artsouce, where she managed multiple corporate and private fine art collections, and developed ArtReach, a rotating exhibition program that partnered nonprofit arts institutions with businesses. She has helped found nonprofits working on domestic violence and arts in education, and has served on the board of the Julia Morgan School for Girls in Oakland. She is currently serving on the Advisory Council of KALA Institute in Berkeley. Ms. Knowlton has a B.A. in Visual Arts from the University of Oregon.
Jody Brunk Knowlton, Principal
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