Welcome to 4×4, my art feature where I ask 4 women, 4 questions about their favourite artwork – both in their homes and their dreams. I’m curious about the personal connections people make with art and what leads to the art becoming part of their home life.
I’m delighted to welcome 4 uber stylish and hugely inspiring women, Pandora Sykes of www.pandorasykes.co.uk, Alexandra Stedman of The Frugality, Sara Tasker of Me & Orla and Alexis Foreman of Style Memos.
Pandora Sykes is a freelance journalist, brand consultant, stylist and co-host of news/pop-culture podcast The High Low with Dolly Alderton.
“I love the colours and the fact that it is bold but does not overwhelm” Pandora Skyes
Q1: What is your favourite artwork and where is it from? An acid no canvas work by Kristian Kragelund.
Q2: Why do you love it? I love the colours – bronze from where the copper has oxidised and sort of sea foam green – the fact that it is bold but does not overwhelm. It fits in really well to our living room which has saffron coloured velvet, lots of green and pink.
Q3: Where does it live in your home? On the wall above the fireplace.
Q4: If money was no object what piece of art would you buy? An Annie Morris sculpture, made of coloured plaster and sand. So fun!
Alexandra Stedman is a freelance Fashion Stylist and founder of lifestyle blog The Frugality.
“With today’s world ‘Change’ has resonated on so many topics.” Alexandra Stedman
Q1: What is your favourite artwork and where is it from? A Ben Eine ‘Change’ limited edition signed screen print. I bought it from Nelly Duff on Columbia Road as one of my first pieces of Art when we bought our first flat. I still love it now and am excited to put it up in our new home.
Q2: Why do you love it? I did one of my first fashion shoots as a Fashion Editor in front of Ben Eine’s graffiti so it holds a personal sentiment. Plus it’s monochrome so always goes with all our interiors, and with today’s world ‘Change’ has resonated on so many topics.
Q3: Where does it live in your home? In our last flat it was above our fireplace and was the main focus of the room (see picture). Now it is above our bed in our new house which is undergoing renovation so is only temporary. I’m hoping for it to be a focus point in our new hallway eventually.
Q4: If money was no object what piece of art would you buy? Something by Kusama, my husband and I are Japanophiles and I love her crazy brightly coloured pieces.
Sara Tasker is a photographer, writer, creative coach and founder of the blog Me & Orla.
“I love that combination of practical and whimsical, reality & make believe.” Sara Tasker
Q1: What is your favourite artwork and where is it from? Its by our friend Gerry Turley, an illustrator living up in Berwick upon Tweed.
Q2: Why do you love it? It’s printed on an old shipping chart, with little annotations handwritten in pencil by the fishermen. It’s beautiful and one of a kind, with tiny neon squid and sea creatures scattered in unexpected places. I love that combination of practical and whimsical, reality & make believe.
Q3: Where does it live in your home? On our living room wall. Actually for the longest time it just lived in its tube, because we kept procrastinating about getting it framed because we wanted it to be perfect! It’s nice to finally have it out where we can see it every day.
Q4: If money was no object what piece of art would you buy? Probably one of Horst’s original photographs playing with light and shadow. His MAINBOCHER CORSET, PARIS 1939 is perfection.
Alexis Foreman is a Brighton based style observer, brand consultant, designer, art director and founder of the blog, Stylememos.
“My style and taste has changed since then but that time marked the start of my journey in appreciation of colour and form.” Alexis Foreman
Q1: What is your favourite artwork and where is it from? We have lots of lovely prints so it’s hard to choose one! But I’m going to go with the first ever print I got by a local illustrator, Hello Marine.
Q2: Why do you love it? Because it was gifted to me by some special friends who knew that I loved her work. I’d seen her prints on display at a cafe we used to go to and fell in love with the illustration style and colours she used. It was a long time ago and my style and taste has changed since then but that time marked the start of my journey in appreciation of colour and form.
Q3: Where does it live in your home? It’s currently on one of our lounge walls amidst a collection of other framed screenprints. We’re about to renovate the room so it may move from there. Thinking of doing a wall of prints up the stairs. Not sure yet!
Q4: If money was no object what piece of art would you buy? Crumbs… So many pieces I’d love! These two are my faves right now: Ellsworth Kelly, Green — 1964-65 and Franz Kline, Le Gros — 1961. And if money were no object I could get both…
Loved this post Kate, looking forward to reading more of these, being introduced to new art and interesting as to why people connect with the works they do. Made me start thinking of my own favourites x
Thank you so much Cassie! I’d love to know what your favourite work is and why! X
Hi Kate oh that is such a tough question – one of my favourite works ever is Rene Magritte’s Empire of Light. I saw it at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC many years ago and it moved me very much, although I am not entirely sure why. He just seemed to capture that street so beautifully. Generally though I have always leaned towards abstract ish art, Rothko, Mondrian, Genevieve Asse. I also love Aboriginal Art, although don’t know a lot of the artists (my mum is the expert on that area). I have a tiny print but would love to invest in a big piece. I love photography too Max Dupain is a favourite classic Australian photographer I’ve also discovered George Byrne. And my own brother @seamus_mullen :). Oh and Australian painters of course Fred Williams “Lightning Storm” I love, Brett Whitely “Lavender Bay at Dusk” oh there’s so many I could go on and on I wish I knew more about more contemporary artists Ben Quilty is pretty impressive but I wish I knew more.