4×4 Episode 4

After a bit of a break I’m absolutely delighted to introduce Episode 4 of my 4×4 art interviews. This episode is a real treat, with four incredibly stylish women with incredibly varied styles. Most fashion focused women tend to be highly visual beings, so it goes hand in hand that they will surround themselves with art, be it classic or contemporary photography, portrait painting or typographic art.
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Thank you so much to the four wonderful ladies who shared their art stories with us – Arabella Greenhill of Stylist, Charlotte Groeneveld of The Fashion Guitar, Erica Davies of The Edited and Deborah Brett of Wardrobe Icons. Long live art! (and don’t forget to follow 4×4 on Instagram!)

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ARABELLA GREENHILL IS A FASHION STYLIST, ART DIRECTOR AND BRAND CONSULTANT WITH A FABULOUS EYE FOR DETAIL. SHE HAS WORKED WITH RENOWNED FASHION MAGAZINES INCLUDING VOGUE, TATLER, MARIE CLAIRE AND INSTYLE AND IS CURRENTLY FASHION DIRECTOR AT STYLIST MAGAZINE.

I had just started a new job and was finally being paid a decent salary so treated myself. I absolutely love it.
Q1. What is your favourite work and where is it from?
A photograph taken by Bob Willoughby of Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft on a specially constructed set during filming The Graduate in 1967. I brought from the Proud Gallery on the Kings Road about four years ago.
Bob Willoughby
Q2. Why do you love it?
The Graduate is my all time favourite film. I had a postcard of this photograph in a box for years which I could never bring myself to send anyone. I saw the photograph in a Bob Willoughby exhibition. I had just started a new job and was finally being paid a decent salary so treated myself. I absolutely love it.
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Q3. Where does it live in your home?
It hangs in my bedroom at the moment as it was one of the only rooms decorated in the house at the time. Now we have done the rest of the house up maybe I should move it to the sitting room.
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Q4. If money were no object what piece of art would you buy?
Money no object, more photographs. I was fascinated by the recent Radical Eye exhibition at the Tate Modern of Elton John’s vast personal collection of photographs. It was amazing. If money were no object however then William Eggleston’s photo of the red hair girl lying in the grass holding a Brownie camera.
William Eggleston

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CHARLOTTE GROENEVELD IS FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF THE FASHION GUITAR, A NEW YORK BASED FASHION, BEAUTY AND TRAVEL BLOG WITH OVER 350K FOLLOWERS ON INSTAGRAM

Fashion Guitar Profile Image

I am in love with all the pieces we’ve collected so far

Q1. What is your favourite work and where is it from?
I don’t have one specific piece of art or an artist I love most, but I am in love with all the pieces we’ve collected so far: two Hendrik Kerstens photographs, a Jacques Lowe family photo of the Kennedys, a Japanese painting, a Chinese ancestor’s painting, a little old mast from a Dutch landscape – after all I’m still Dutch!

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Q2. Why do you love them?
Because they all were bought out of true love for the pieces.
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Q3. Where do they live in your home? 
Everything has its own perfect spot on the walls throughout the apartment, but most of it hangs in the living room.
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Q4. If money were no object what piece of art would you buy? 
I have a very extensive list, which varies from skateboards from Damien Hirst, to Andy Warhol or a big old master painting!
HIRST SKATEBOARDS

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ERICA DAVIES IS A STYLIST, FASHION JOURNALIST, BRAND CONSULTANT AND FOUNDER OF ONE OF MY FAVOURITE ALL ROUND STYLE BLOGS, THE EDITED

Erica D

I’m a huge fan of typographical art

Q1. What is your favourite work and where is it from?
I’m a huge fan of typographical art and commissioned a piece from Alex May Hughes when we moved into our home.

Erica D Family Art

Q2. Why do you love it?
Old shop signs have always appealed to me – I am inspired by their fonts and their styles, so love the way Alex uses old-fashioned techniques to create a modern style.

Q3. Where does it live in your house?
It says ‘Family Department’ and it is up in my kitchen. I wanted those words because my parents’ home has a very old door with a pane of etched glass that says ‘family department’ on it. It was the entrance to an old larder, but I love the sentiment and wanted to create it in a new way for my own home.

Q4. If money were no object, which art would you like to own?
If money (and space!) were no object, I would love the new Tracey Emin ‘I want my time with you’ neon installation at St Pancras station!

tracey-emin

 

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DEBORAH BRETT IS A FASHION EDITOR EXTRAORDINAIRE. AS WELL AS CONTRIBUTING EDITOR AT RED MAGAZINE, SHE IS FASHION EDITOR AT THE HUGELY POPULAR STYLE WEBSITE WARDROBE ICONS

Deborah Brett

Everything is treasured for so many different reasons

Q1. What is your favourite work and where is it from?
Everything I collect is treasured for so many different reasons. I could wax lyrical about so many pieces. But one of my favourites is Lydia by the painter Tai Shan Schierenberg

Lydia

Q2. Why do you love it?
I fell in love with the subject Lydia. I love the beauty in her age and how textural Tai Shan Schierenberg has rendered her in bold brush strokes. 

Q3. Where does it live in your house?
The size of the work is huge and takes up the whole wall of my dining room. Her gaze is direct and uncompromising and challenging. Sitting opposite her in our dark navy silk encased dining room can make her seem confrontational and she can intimidate but I enjoy that. 

Q4. If money were no object, which art would you like to own?
I’d love to own a Gustav Klimt. I studied fashion textile design before becoming a fashion editor and the rendering of his patterned textiles laced with gold captivates me.

Gustav Klimt

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