A Favorite Spanish Artist

By , April 14, 2008

During a recent trip to Napa Valley, I stopped into Caldwell Snyder Gallery in St. Helena, (they also have locations in San Francisco and New York), and there I found a wonderful artist from Spain who I would like you to know about.

The artist I am so taken with is Regina Saura. She is from the Ampudan region of Spain where she lives with her husband and daughter. Her work is fresh, vibrant and lively. It fits perfectly with the latest taste in classical interiors, which honors the comforts of tradition, but invigorates the spaces with a nod to the modern. She works in mixed media, with collage on top of paint, and text -stream of consciousness poetry -added last. Her colors are radiantly harmonious. The lines are simple and sure.

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Isn’t her work delightful? The lines speak of a French style, found in some of the posters and paintings of the late 19th century, perhaps Toulouse- Lautrec.

Wouldn’t this piece be wonderful in a breakfast room, a dining room or kitchen? The blue is actually a medium cornflower blue and is simply luscious! I hope the colors show up well on your moniter, because they are remarkable.
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I really do enjoy finding new artists and sharing them with my clients who are so pleased to discover that perfect piece they have been looking for.

I notice that often even the best interiors are lacking a certain level of refinement without high quality one-of-a-kind artworks. Collecting wonderful art like this for your home will add depth and personality to the interiors that are created just for you by your interior designer. Collecting also adds to the culture of your community, supports the artists, and provides inspiration to all who see and appreciate your selections. Without artworks, a home will forever feel sterile and unfinished.

If you have trouble selecting art yourself, trust your designer to guide you to wonderful artists or refer you to a talented consultant. That will make the entire process educational, exciting and just lots of fun. And you don’t need to spend a fortune. Many wonderful large canvases and smaller sculptures are available in the $8000-$15,000 range, with prints and monotypes often being around $3000.

You might consider selecting some of your paintings early in the project to create the best effects. Integrating the lighting, preparing the wall support required, and selecting the accent colors in your rooms to feature your art will create a unique space that is truly yours alone. When the room and furnishings are completed, hang that piece and feel the magic!

All the best to you,
Jane

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