art interiors' blog

Late October, I spent ten days in London immersed in an intense cultural adventure. I found refuge sipping tea with Lisa's sister, Steffanie Brown, in her gorgeous Notting Hill flat. Despite the distance, Steffie & Garvin have built up a solid collection of work from Canadian artists. I personally adore Toronto artist Lizzie Vickery's large photograph of London in miniature - the focal point of their living room. You would hardly notice the rainy London days in their cheerful space, filled with colourful, contemporary pieces.
Art Interiors' annual exhibition the Festival of Smalls (artwork from $55 – $250) is days away. We are currently hiding away little gems of art that arrive in the gallery daily, until their unveiling on Saturday November 13th, at 10am. Lisa and I played around with a few to create several eclectic groupings, mixing mediums and styles. Here we reveal a few pieces from the show, and illustrate examples of pairing small works.
Graphic and playful artworks animate the walls in Lisa and Shira's sons' bedrooms. Animal and transportation themed pieces and bright abstract works create a wonderful environment for homework and play. (And play we did. After shooting Shira's house early this week I found myself losing terribly to her son in an intense toy car racing game…)
Oregon painter Elizabeth Bauman is the newest addition to Art Interiors’ roster of artists, and my latest obsession. Her paintings have a disquieting loveliness and nostalgia reminiscent of old family photos and portraits. Simple, abstract forms are the foundation of her work, subdued in a soft, pretty palette. In their stillness, austere poses and vacant stares, her figures emanate an air of solemnity and formality.
I would have dreamed to have grown up in these rooms, surrounded by pretty paintings, silkscreens, antique etchings, and bright abstract works. Art Interiors' owners Lisa and Shira have filled their daughters' bedrooms with original artworks that are sweet and whimsical. Far from childlike, these pieces will eventually find their way on dorm room walls, and in first homes.