Peek Inside: The Reality of Art in Homes

You may have seen the photos in your favourite interior design magazine or on artist and art gallery websites, photos of paintings hanging in perfectly paired environments. The reality of art in collector homes is often VERY different than what magazines present. The paintings of Canadian Artist Brandy Saturley hang in some pretty eclectic and remarkable interiors. Art in homes and corporate collections across the country. Sometimes clients like to share where they have installed their new art purchase, and we love getting the opportunity to peek inside a clients home or office.

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Buying art online can be a daunting process, but it doesn’t have to be, thanks to technology it is easier than ever to get a sense of how the work will look in your space. Simply by taking a photo with your digital device, and emailing it to us with wall dimensions, we can superimpose the artwork on your wall, virtually. This will give you an accurate sense of how the art will ‘fit’ in the space you have available. Different clients have different needs and personal tastes, some prefer to match the couch or choose a piece that pops with their wall colour. Other art collectors want a piece that blends into a space, or fits on a salon style wall. (numerous paintings of varied sizes hanging on a wall randomly)

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Many art collectors who buy the paintings of Brandy Saturley, buy what they love, and do not worry about how a piece will fit into their space. These are adventurous art lovers who tend to change the couch or wall colour, to go with the art. There is also the opportunity to commission the Artist to create something custom made for your home. Whatever your preference, it is always nice to see how other people hang their art and decorate their interiors. A bit of art collecting voyeurism here, we hope you will enjoy. Perhaps they will inspire you, or even take the pressure off. Collecting Art is not about perfect, it’s about what YOU love, what MOVES you, what REFLECTS your personal tastes. Buying Art should be fun, not hard work. Enjoy it! Here are a few more photos of collected paintings in homes and corporate offices across Canada.

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art in homes

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Whether Architecture or Art, West Coast Contemporary is a minimalist pause for the senses.

If I were to choose one word that defines the west coast of Canada and Vancouver Island, it would be solitude. Whether you were born here, or moved here to escape Canadian winter, you will find yourself soothed by nature’s pause. Growing up on Vancouver Island means time spent exploring grey sand beaches for beautiful jewel toned and sand polished bits of glass. You hop from beach rock to log then to sand like a cougar, and you have likely encountered a few on your adventures. You are surrounded by soothing sounds of nature; the waves pushing and pulling rocks on the beach deliver cavernous echoes, the rain producing tones of radio wave static, and the birds offering flute-like sonatas. This is the symphony of the west coast, this is where West Coast Contemporary is born.

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Vancouver Island is contemporary, minimalist and modern. The palette is a range of cool greens from moss to emerald, set against warm colours of yellow and red cedar. Vivid contrasts against the bright red-oranges of the Arbutus trees set against the complimentary blues of the ocean, lakes, and sky.  The architecture here echoes the palette of nature, as does most of the art produced on the island. As we experience mild winters and much rain, rather than white snow, we are known for our dramatic winter skies from Payne’s grey to cool grey.

Perhaps this is why colour excites me so much. Pure, vivid, lively and energetic punches of pure colour, I am passionate about my ‘pop’ palettes. Recently I completed a new painting, after a visit to the Tofino area of Vancouver Island. Known for it’s surf and distinctly west coast food and culture, there is inspiration around every corner. While there I experienced a range of moods and tones, set by the dramatically changing weather.

A new painting born of west coast adventure, this is ‘West Coast Solitude’.

West Coast Contemporary

Another painting that captures the minimalistic beauty of contemporary west coast design is this bold piece inspired by a visit to Point No Point resort.

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Bringing two paintings together from different times, both modern and minimalist in design and both very symbolic imagery of the west coast of Canada. Both paintings also feature the iconic Hudson’s Bay point blanket, the classic with cream wool and signature HBC stripe colours. The most recent piece offering a romantic west coast afternoon sipping port wine wrapped in the blanket, the earlier work featuring a black bear skull with red Japanese maple leaf on the frontal lobe of the bear’s skull.

Two contemporary west coast paintings in the artists’ North Saanich studio.

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A little taste of West Coast contemporary, bringing nature and pops of vivid colour into your home, elevating your home and adding to the conversations you will have with your guests next time you entertain.

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Art Collector Homes Part 2; Art in Oak Bay

Earlier this year I wrote a blog post about art collector homes on Canada’s west coast, Vancouver Island. I’m not sure if it is the hot real estate market in Victoria BC, or my artwork on the walls, but something is happening here in BC and I am pleased to have my work prominently on display in these stunning homes. Earlier this year one of my collectors put their Cordova Bay dream home on the market, minus the artwork, though the bidders were hoping to have the paintings included in the sale. This month another collector, this time in Oak Bay has their stunning custom home on the market, a beautiful three-storey stunner, with an Olympic Mountain view.

Last summer I installed a custom painted, commissioned work of art on their wall with a view. I take on very few commissions as it takes time away from my core work as a professional artist, however in this case I was happy to oblige as the scale of the work and the idea sounded like a fun detour for a month. These commissioned paintings offer me a chance to get inside someone else’s head for a while and allow me to mentally stretch as an artist. In some cases they challenge me in new subject material and open me up to expressing views outside of my core work on canvas. It is a collaborative experience where the client is expressing their creativity through me, the artist. After all, we are all creative, but we are not all artists, or painters. As an artist I have the patience to commit myself to a month long process of creating something custom tailored to suit the client’s creative aspirations and vision. I bring my expertise with colour, form, composition and style, creating the perfect painting for the couple who will forever own the piece and pass it down to the next generation of art lovers.

Breathtaking views of the Salish Sea from this incredible custom residence situated in Victoria’s oldest and most sought after address, on King George Terrace in Oak Bay. Built in 1999 to exacting standards, this home features impressive views, amazing sunsets and the ocean activity in the channel.

The final painting was designed to echo the view out the main window, with sunset colours and sailboats, as you watch them sail by all year round, and by the hundreds during Swiftsure yacht race. It is a view where you can enjoy a glass of champagne, your favorite wine or in this case a martini with raspberries.

Read more about commissioning a painting from The Art of Brandy Saturley here.

Art Collector Homes: Custom Home on Vancouver Island.

Art collector homes – a look inside a contemporary west coast home. Serious Art lovers design their homes around their art collections, some opt to hire an architect or designer to assist in creating their dream homes to put their art center stage. Some people simply have a great eye for art and design, and when the two combine, something magical is created. Recently this one of a kind custom home by award winning designer Wil Peereboom, a Vancouver Island dream home, went up for sale on the real estate market here in Victoria, BC.

A stunning three story contemporary home built Oceanside with views framed by the coastal forest including towering Douglas Fir and Yellow Cedar. Featuring lovingly collected mid-century modern furnishings and Scandinavian design, this eclectic contemporary home incorporates natural and modern textures and finishes including concrete. This home features seven paintings by Victoria based Canadian artist, Brandy Saturley and was listed with Victoria based Realtor, Matt Loken. UPDATE: this home is now sold.

Below are a few photos of the paintings featured in this collectors home, created by Brandy Saturley.

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art collector homes

In this art collector’s home you will see a variety of paintings. Including landscapes and figurative works inspired by the artist’s hikes in and around areas on Vancouver Island. This home also features paintings of the rocky mountains of Alberta. See more paintings by this Canadian artist now.