We thought it would be interesting for us to show each other a few of the pictures we have on our own walls. Here are a few snaps that staff at Eames Fine Art have each taken in our homes in the past few days: just a selection of some of our favourite artworks hung at home.
Rebecca and Vincent Eames
We moved into a new house last year, and have only managed to decorate a few rooms so far, but our favourite and most adventurous has been our bedroom - we went for a beautiful dark green paint on the walls and a crazy copper coloured ceiling which gives the room a beautiful warm glow! It works perfectly with some of our favourite works. These are the first pictures we see in the morning and the last we see at night - they give me so much pleasure - a charcoal drawing by Nigel Swift and an original Georges Braque poster. We also have another work by Nigel alongside a lithograph by Matisse and an etching by Ross Loveday in the room, they all give us a feeling of serenity and calm.
(Also in the main picture, of our living room, we've hung a Picasso linocut next to a rather unusual work by Victor Vasarely and a beautiful etching by Amanda Danicic.)
Our two sons share a bedroom. We've gone for a dark turquoise for their walls - everything in their room is bright and loud so we chose these brilliant works by Adami and Calder which the boys love - especially since the Adami is a football poster - win/win!
In our hallway we've hung this beautiful and unusual colour etching by Norman Ackroyd. It brings us so much pleasure as it's the first thing we see when we come home! We love the way that light through the stained glass window in our front door plays with the colours in the etching.
We have a very bright and light kitchen, this simple and very elegant etching by Jason Hicklin works beautifully. We didn't know what to hang in this spot for weeks, we were trying much stronger, bold pictures, but nothing worked, then we tried this on a whim and it worked perfectly - it's one of my favourite corners of the house now.
The two most important things to me when decorating my home are my art and my plants so when hanging, it's important to get these two elements working together. I'm not a big fan of symmetry and straight lines so I always try to hang or lean frames at different levels to echo the natural imperfections of the greenery. My taste leans towards monochrome so I'm always on the lookout for smaller drawings and original prints to hang together.
I absolutely love bright colours and the whole house is full of strong colour - not a white wall in sight. This Anita Klein woodcut is a rare black and white addition which is in our dining room. We love her work, especially her prints of birds, and think that this piece works beautifully against the blue wall. Plus, we have chickens in the garden so it was perfect, I smile every time I see it!
And finally, we absolutely adore our Paul Catherall Watts Gallery linocut. It's hanging above our sink in our kitchen, where the backsplash picks up the greens exuberantly placed in Paul's composition. Oliver actually bought this work from an Eames Fine Art auction several years ago as a gift to his father for his 80th birthday. Unfortunately - or perhaps, fortunately? - we miscalculated his dad's age (embarrassing!) and now it's hanging in our house for several more years until the big birthday rolls around. So not only do we get pleasure from the beautiful image and the reference to one of our favourite art galleries, but we also look at it as a humourous piece because of the family story behind it.