Art can totally enliven a corporate space but corporate art selection can often be misguided. Powerful corporate art installations can dramatically transform the mood; creating a contemporary and cutting-edge impact. Not only does artwork make a visual statement, it encourages clients, employees and visitors to relax, to ponder, and to get lost in another world for a fleeting moment. Art allows us to think differently about the space, it sets an inspiring and creative tone and elevates the mood and overall design.

Aim for corporate art to be impactful so that it also adds to the experience of the overall interior design and architectural elements. In order to achieve this, at Otomys we work as a team on every concept; we collaborate to ensure that we achieve something unique and exciting. Skilled expertise and art knowledge is always a worthwhile investment when it comes to corporate art purchases. Sarah Richardson – Otomys Art Consultant in NSW, explores a few ‘must-see’ corporate spaces around Sydney.

 

Australia Square, Sydney – In 2003, Harry Seidler commissioned a mural by New York Artist Sol LeWitt. The striking and colourful mural that wraps around the core of the building can be seen when entering the building at street level or approaching from the plaza at the rear of the building. The lobby previously displayed artwork tapestries by Le Corbusier; however, these artworks were replaced in 2003 for fear of fading.

The lobby at the Seidler-designed tower Australia Square features a mural by artist Sol LeWitt. The ceiling detail was designed in collaboration with Pier Luigi Nervi. Photo courtesy of Darren Bradley.

 

Grosvenor Place, Sydney – Frank Stella’s work sits within the world’s best collections, including the Guggenheim and MoMA in New York and London’s Tate Modern. Stella was commissioned to create a triptych of works to enhance the lobby at Sydney’s iconic Grosvenor Place. The three painting reliefs, from the artist’s ‘Cones and Pillars’ series, are monumental in scale and bring life to these spaces with their intensely coloured and layered forms.

The Stella Project. Photo courtesy of Grosvenor Place Sydney.

 

EY Centre, Sydney – Sandstone forms the canvas for the 300-square-metre artwork in the lobby of 200 George St. Indigenous artist, Judy Watson, celebrates the heritage of the area with the work titled Ngarunga Nangama, meaning ‘calm water dream’, depicting carvings of early maps, artefacts which were unearthed during the siteworks, the Tank Stream and the Sydney’s shoreline. 

Mirvac commissioned artist Judy Watson to create the artwork for the lobby. Photo courtesy of  Alexander Mayes.

 

Otomys Art Consultants we work directly with commercial design disciplines to offer a complete art service ranging from art procurement through to installation – this may incorporate commissioned work by our International or Australian artists. As a talented team across Australia and the UK, we work with artists to tailor art installations; to inject emotion and theatre into large scale projects. Schedule an appointment to meet with an Otomys Art Consultant in your state – studio@otomys.com.

 

Otomys Artist – Caroline Denervaud – Caroline uses her body to make sweeping, dance-like movements, which are carried from her body to paper or canvas with a hand-held paintbrush which traces the direction of gestures.

 

Otomys Artist Celia Gullett – Celia builds up the surface of the painting through methodical layering, creating a luminosity from below the surface. Her work reflects an ongoing interest in surface, stripping the colour to its purest state.

Art not only provides aesthetic beauty within a commercial space, it creates an inspiring environment, fostering innovation and creative excellence. It is wonderful to see Australian corporations embracing art which stimulates and motivates viewers. Schedule an appointment to meet with an Otomys Art Consultant in your state –studio@otomys.com.

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Otomys is delighted to introduce new works by Sydney-based Artist, Celia Gullett.

Gullett’s masterful Geometric Abstractions (Oil on Panel) are a construction and deconstruction of arrangements. In this series, Gullett explores the interplay of colour and compositions, creating a lively dialogue within and between the works. A recurring motif features within many of the works in the series – these pieces play to each other in a sympathetic vibration of sorts. Viewing or procuring the works as a pair or collection highlights the striking conversation between the shifting shapes.

Gullett’s Raga Series (Oil on Linen) examines the confluence between painting and music in the Rajput tradition of Indian culture. Within each Raga, Gullett explores colour and layering, making reference to melodic structure and spirituality in the Raga tradition. As such, each Raga seems to possess distinctive notes and energy levels. These are deeply peaceful works. The immersive quality of the Raga series is strengthened by their large scale and highly textured ‘loom state’ linen.

We visited Gullett’s Sydney studio – a large, collaborative studio space shared with five other artists – to view her works in progress, and catch up on her most recent influences.

Celia, thank you for having us at your studio! Please tell us about your recent inspirations and processes?

What propels my work is a fascination for colour and surface. I’m interested in working with colour. It has meaning. It has structure. It can be elusive, it can be emotive. But as a single entity, it’s really limitless. In terms of colour, my inspiration comes from observing. Anything can trigger a painting – an arrangement in nature, or a partnership of colours I might find in the non-natural world. Light and its effect on colour is vital to the way I observe. Surface is something that can in itself be seductive, but surface is affected by how we apply the matter, the substance of paint. The way a brush delivers paint to the surface is really the hand writing, the mark making. This mark making is such an important part of my practice, it’s a language I am constantly developing.

In both my Colour Fields and my small geometric pieces I am investigating colour and surface. The Colour Fields works are nearly always inspired by a desire to dialogue with one colour. Within this one colour there are many versions, so I tend to layer versions of, for example blue, until the work has enough depth. Generally, when the depth is right, the painting is finished.

The Geometrics are a little different, in that there are more colours. It’s about composing – balancing those colours within a motif that supports the colours. Often one colour calls for another, in a certain tone or density. In this way, I can choose between a discord or a harmony, depending on what I am trying to explore.

The panels I work on give a very different surface to the effects of paint on heavy linen. Multi layered, glazed, altered until everything sits perfectly together. I’m totally inspired by my trips to India. The Ragas have a strong connection to the culture and history, in particular the music. This led to a need to harmonise or make each colour speak to the others in each painting, creating a narrative in colour.

Please tell us about your new work? What are you exploring? Is it linked to your previous work?

My new work is a continuation what I have been doing. I’m inspired by the works of Fra Angelico, not so much in terms of their religious subjects, although I think they go way beyond the Christian beliefs and go closer to pure painting, pure spirit. The palette is limited by the pigments that were available at the time. The extraordinary use of these colours is wonderful. I find so much relevance for this use of colour in my own work, it speaks to me.


View Celia Gullett’s Online Gallery, or make a time to view the works within our Melbourne and Tetbury Gallery spaces.

Contact studio@otomys.com to make an appointment to discuss these works with an Otomsy Art Consultant in your state.

“Danielle’s work occupies a liminal zone between abstraction and representation, where the experience of a place, rather than a literal rendition of landscape feeds her creative practice. Wind-swept and gestural, the artist distills the essence of her subject through reductive marks made confidently on lithographic plates, which through the alchemy of printmaking are released onto paper.” – Marguerite Brown MA ArtCur, General Manager Print Council of Australia Inc.

 

Danielle completed a Masters of Art at the University of New South Wales before moving abroad. Having remained overseas for the last 18 years, Danielle currently practices from her superb print studio in Barcelona. Her central motivation is the intrinsic dialogue between landscape and people, how landscape is perceived through our library of pre-lived experiences and the ways in which this is reflected through the visual language of gesture.

Her work has received numerous awards internationally including – The René Carcan International Printmaking Award 2016 1st Mention in Belgium, and her lithographs were selected to represent Australia in the International Print Triennial Krakow 2015. Creenaune’s work is held in public collections including the National Gallery of Australia. Her book ‘When the Sea Wakes Inside You’ is currently selected in the 250th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition London.

View Danielle Creenaune’s works in the Otomys Gallery – Melbourne, or email studio@otomys.com to make an appointment to discuss these works with an Otomys Art Consultant.