Whether you’ve committed to curating a collection or you’re just on the hunt for a key piece to pull a room together, wall art can be a very tricky thing to shop for, given how subjective it is.
We reached out to a few local experts for an update on what’s hot in the world of wall art.
Create a dramatic, contemporary aesthetic
“People are choosing original artwork to elevate their homes. Buyers today are looking to personalize and enhance their interiors with images that resonate a feeling or stir a memory for them versus an image that only fills the space. I feel that trend will continue. Art is very personal and is a reflection of how we choose to express ourselves and our style in our home. For those who are a little daring, I believe the season ahead will present stronger colors and bold abstracts. The use of negative space, shapes and color create a dramatic, contemporary aesthetic to your space.”
— Adrianne Lively, Camellia Art
Big is Beautiful
“The strongest trend we have seen over the past couple of years, and especially going into 2020, has been the demand for large-scale paintings. Given the level of new construction, which is booming, and the taller ceiling heights we are seeing in new homes, we have to have large scale paintings. Most artists can’t scale up what they do. The artists that can bring their work up to large scale are able to command a higher price based on the size of the painting. The challenge for us is to have enough top quality work in the gallery to choose from. It is a great problem to have but a problem, nonetheless. Currently in the gallery, artists such as Michael Karas, Jonathan Green, Stephen Scott Young and Betty Anglin Smith have the ability to paint really big and stay true to the style and quality that they are known for. Our newest artist, Christy Kinard, brings large scale to the table in a big way; it is really what she does.”
— Ben Whiteside, Red Piano Art Gallery
“In framing, a trend for several years has been the gallery wrap — the no-frame, stretched canvas look. I attribute that to artists and others attempting to avoid framing costs or having a modern clean look that goes back to the days of early abstraction. Not very contemporary from that perspective, since it’s been done for 100 years. Some artists (primarily abstract) were challenging almost everything. The middle class and designers followed that trend as if it were a design trend, not an economic one. I find eventually many come into the frame shop to be framed because everything doesn’t fit into that unframed gallery wrap look very well. A frame creates a different perception of value — a different presentation that makes a big difference. Sometimes compromise creates something new. The float frame is a frame design solving some of that trend. It protects the art and maintains the contemporary look.”
— David Randall, FastFrame
“The trends in art for 2020 seem to be moving toward a more ‘anything goes’ approach. While many people love traditional styles in art, such as realism and photography, abstract and contemporary seem to be on the rise. You never know what people are going to connect with art-wise but bold and vivid seem to speak to people lately. Also, enhanced photography has become more popular. Photographers are able to do more with their work these days with filters and it has become popular for photographers to have their work printed on metal. There is an art renaissance going on. We find ourselves at the beginning of a new decade: The Roaring Twenties again. It partners nicely with the ‘anything goes’ attitude in the art world. Bold, fun, moving, metallic, abstract, whimsical and traditional — it all has a place in 2020.”
— Kristin “KG” Griffis, Art League Gallery