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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“The collection has given us such pleasure over the years and we want to share that joy with other art lovers,” – Charles Justin, founding director of architecture practice SJB.

And sharing is exactly what serious art collectors Charles Justin and his wife Leah have done.  In April of 2016, they opened the doors of their private Prahan residence to the public, in a bid to share the couple’s burgeoning collection of over 300 works of contemporary art acquired over the past 40 years…and counting!

Some 17 years on and the pioneering ‘Lyon House Museum’ in Melbourne’s suburb of Kew is still receiving international acclaim. Recognition that both Charles and Leah took as the final push they needed to swing open their own doors last year. Making Melbourne now home to two dedicated house museums.

‘House museum’ is a concept used across the globe. It’s used to describe a unique architectural combination of a private residence and private museum; where ‘museum’ and ‘family life’ are housed together under a single roof.

Enjoying retirement together, they now welcome visitors in to enjoy an authentic experience that is both intimate, personal and reflective of their own passions in the art world. Alongside more established artists, Charles and Leah turn their attention to emerging artists with a special interest in new digital and video works.

It’s been a family affair. Taking after her father, Charles and Leah’s daughter Elisa who is also an Architect, designed the customised the house museum. Located on a corner site in the inner Melbourne suburb of Prahran, the converted apartment block includes a gallery on the second level and residences on the third.

The museum hosts two exhibitions every year which are personally guided by Charles and Leah. With a vision, much broader than their own collection, the Justin’s dedicate one of these exhibitions to showcase art that is not from their collection. Currently on show is ‘Digital: The World of Alternative Realities.

Viewings are only available through pre-booked tours. JAHM’s exhibition ‘Digital: The World of Alternative Realities’ will run from 16th February until 4th June 2017. Bookings are essential and can be made via the museum’s website here.

Photography credits:Courtesy of Justin Art House Museum, Andrew Wuttke and Megan Dicks.