Caring for your artworks
When a client purchases a piece of artwork from Art Box Gallery, we are happy to give advice regarding the upkeep of your new painting. The advice will depend on the medium (eg oil, acrylic, pencil, pastel etc) and the 'ground' ( surface) that the picture has been created on. Ultra violet light is very harsh particularly in New Zealand and pastels and watercolours especially do not respond well in places with very bright conditions. The pigments will fade in time.
At Art Box we will aim to find a wall space in your home that will be suitable for the right conditions. We do not recommend original artwork to be hung in damp conditions such as in bathrooms and showers. The rear of a canvas will build up a layer of mould in time or a stretcher bar may warp as examples. Should you wish to keep an unframed piece dust free, we recommend using a wide soft paintbrush to gently brush in one direction and then another across the piece. Hold the painting at an angle so that the dust falls down free of your art. Never dust the surface with a stiff bristle brush, feather duster or cloths whether damp or dry. The fibres of the cloth will adhere to the tiny brush marks and cause damage. Also never use glass cleaner or cleaners and fly sprays near your artworks. They may well dissolve the varnish and the surface of the paint. If you have a cleaner please let them know this as well as we have had an example of this happening! When handling paintings white gloves are useful or failing that clean, grease free hands. We will touch on other handling/cleaning/preserving tips in time.
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"- Pablo Picasso.
Featured painting: 'Cafe Society Mademoiselle' by Christine King acrylic on canvas
Tonight sees the visit of Kaffe Fassett to Christchurch and I am really looking forward to a talk he is giving locally. Kaffe is a hugely inspirational figure for my own artworks. His use of colour and design fascinates me and earlier this year I visited the London College of Fashion and Design to see his exhibition ' A Life in Colour' in both artworks and textiles. He has written many books and his practice of knitting, quilting, needlepoint and mosaic is well known worldwide. Kaffe was born in California and in the 1960's relocated to London. Pattern, colour and meticulous design are used to great effect. Fassett spent time in India which is so evident in his stimulating use of colour. This image that was taken at the London show is one of favourite groupings of examples of his paintings. I just love the colour, repetition and subject matter. An evening with Kaffe Fassett and his partner Brandon Mably is being held tonight at Beckenham School Hall and has been organized by local business 'Stitch'.
"Looking back and reflecting on where creativity has taken me, I see how basic humble elements in life can lead to the highest flights of fantasy" (Kaffe Fassett).
"Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability". Cicero - Roman author, orator, & politician (106 BC - 43 BC)
Happy are the painters
"Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day" [Winston Churchill]
'Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art' Andy Warhol
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." (Scott Adams)
'The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls' Pablo Picasso. Loving this quote in Christchurch at the moment. We are all physically covered in liquifaction dust caused by the quakes but when people step inside the gallery they are loving the colour and journeys that the paintings take them on, away from the daily struggles of dust and destruction.