In conversation with Georgie Grandy of GrandyArt
All too often our walls lay bare until we know exactly what we want to go where, yet few things are transformative as getting the stuff you love, up on the wall. So, given that we’ve probably never known our homes better, what better time to catch up with the delightful Georgie Grandy of GrandyArt to pick her significant brain on how to use this time wisely for a bit of reshuffle to breathe new life into our rooms.
1. WHAT ARE YOUR SUGGESTIONS FOR GROUPING ARTWORK TOGETHER AND HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHICH PIECE SHOULD GO WHERE?
“Whether you’re in the gallery or at home, you hang pictures to fit the space and the room – but in each of these scenarios, the effect is very different. Away from the expanse of gallery white walls, you hang according to the layout and character of the room. Work to the furniture: you don’t need to fit the whole space, anchor your artworks to specific pieces such as above the sofa or a side-table. And often smaller pictures will look much better grouped together than spaced around the room in an attempt to fill the wall space.”
2. SALON/ GALLERY WALLS ARE A FIRM FAVOURITE AND GREAT WAY TO ADD PERSONALITY TO A ROOM BUT HOW DO YOU LOOK TO PULL TOGETHER A COLLECTION?
“I love salon walls because there’s room for everything, they’re all encompassing. They’re a collector’s dream because you can always find a space for something so you can simply buy what you like knowing that it will work somewhere. They’re also totally personal, they’re led by you. Some people prefer symmetry, others like the more randomness. Ideally, you’re looking for balance. Often you’ll seen pictures hung in ways that apparently break all the rules but work perfectly.
“A helpful way is to lay them all out on the floor first so you can play around with the layouts. Try different things out and you’ll know when it feels right. Equally if you’re not sure, they’re also a perfect excuse to call in the professionals. Hanging is an artform in itself and a great hanger can be the answer to everything. Top tip – Hang-man – Peter Haslam-Fox. A total pro and my go-to man on all things hanging.”
Courtesy of Ciara Elliot
3. AND WHAT ABOUT THE FRAMING…..?
“Framing is an artform in itself. A good frame will make all the difference and can completely transform a picture. Whether it’s beautifully gilded or a simple box frame, it should work in partnership with the picture. However, there are so many ways to do this and often this is personal preference so if you feel the frame is not right for the picture or the space, change it. Then take it to a good framing studio and work with your framer.
“Framing is also a great way to refresh (or upscale) less expensive or older dated pieces which can be transformed by a more contemporary look (unless, of course, they’re antiques, in which case always get advice first!).”
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP TIPS FOR BUYING ART PARTICULARLY ANY ADVICE ON HOW BEST TO SPEND WISELY?
“Buying art should ideally be fun, so enjoy the process of looking, trust your judgement and above all, buy what you like.
“When it comes to spending, fortunately there’s so much transparency so you can see what pieces are selling for across the board. Ultimately, find someone you trust. Galleries, like interior designers, will have very close relationships with their clients and will usually know their artists incredibly well. So when you find the right one you should feel like you’re operating on safe and solid ground.
“I also love a bit of savvy spending. Investing in younger artists before the price is driven up by reputation is a great way to do this.”
Blue sails, Teignmouth
LASTLY, IS THERE ANYONE TO LOOK OUT FOR FOLLOWING YOUR RECENT EXHIBITION AT THE AFFORDABLE ART FAIR?
“I’m very excited by the young British artist Tom Stevenson at the moment. He has got a show coming up in November with another fantastic en plein artist Maria Rose, so they’re firmly on my horizon right now.”
Low Sun Towards Exmoor
Georgie Grandy of GrandyArt
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Suggestions on how to group pieces together /hang individually - ideal proportions/positioning etc.
Whether you’re in the gallery space or at home you hang pictures to fit the space and the room – but in each of these scenarios the effect is very different. So away from the expanse of gallery white walls at home you hang according to the layout and character of the room. Work to the furniture. You don’t need to fit the whole space – anchor your artworks to specific pieces – above the sofa or side-table. Often smaller pictures will look much better grouped together than spaced around the room in an attempt to fill the wall space.
Thoughts re. salon/gallery walls (as clients often ask for these) such as how to pull together a collection of pieces/ thoughts on salon walls generally as their appeal may not last forever/ preference for random vs symmetrical layouts, combining high vs lower value pieces;
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