Decorating with Portraits

I love portraits, the vintage kind the modern kind I guess because I am so drawn to that English country slash urban gentleman’s drinking club vibe I love particularly stately looking works of art, combined with bohemian pieces with maybe a bit of bad boy thrown in! I love how portraits draw you into them, I picked up the coolest one a while back for £40 in Notting Hill.  When the guy said £40 I actually asked him to repeat it like 3 times until he was like ‘all right have it for £30’! Whichever route you go down portraits add instant warmth and character to walls.
How to hang them that is the question well you can group them ‘en masse’ like so, all similar in feel:

massOr you can up the anty and combine with a more contemporary vibe which I think adds so much more interest rather than the art being all one note so to speak, it makes walls way more compelling I feel.

contempIf the art is big enough let it take center stage and put nothing else around it, other than possibly illuminating the piece. I am a fan of salon style walls but sometimes all that is required is just one super cool piece of art and voilà. Also I should say art doesn’t need to big  to be hung on a wall alone – just hang it lower than feels comfortable it will engage you for more.

singleI love hanging portraits in unexpected places like bathrooms, tiny loos, hallways, above the door frame so you extend the eye up . It makes all those undistinguished places that we normally just zoom by a lot more dignified, it will make you stop and linger and linger time as anyone in retail knows in crucial. The longer the better! Oh and I have to show you these pieces by some amazing contemporary artists who are taking portraits to new heights:

Check out this guy – Andrew Myers a California based artist who creates phenomenal works of art out of screws – between 8000 to 10,000 screws no less!

screwsChristian Faur creates incredibly captivating, mesmerizing portraits out of crayons.  When viewed close up the image completely disappears because of the three dimensional nature of the crayons, so very beautiful!

crayonsDaniel Kornrumpf mimics brush strokes through thread, so so clever!

threadAnd finally Russ Lewis who is a super talented artist, all round good egg and also a member of the family (he is my sister’s boyfriend) and he has just completed these paintings for the store which I love.


20 thoughts on “Decorating with Portraits

  1. Hi

    I love your posts and your aesthetic,they are both witty and informative and I love the fact that like me you are up bonkers early with a headful of sometimes slightly madcap ideas. They certainly brighten up a dreary early winter morning! Long may they continue.



  2. Great post! I feel like sitting down and having a chat with all these people on the wall.
    Unfortunately I’ve got to rush off for work.
    Thanks for all the inspiration!

  3. Great post! I love portraits as well…but have never had the guts to make a “wall”…except in the loo…Loooove art in the loo! Ps! That portrait made with screws is amazing!

  4. hello there,
    thank you for sharing… in love with the two portraits “king and Queen” I am
    Where could I buy them from?
    Thank you

  5. Hi! You really must check out artist Molly B. Right’s work. She does mosaic portraits out of vintage bottle caps. They are remarkable works of high art made from little bits of trash! She does portraits of people as mythological or allegorical figures. For example, she would do Abigail as Medusa…which would be your portrait with snakes in your hair. Her work is UNBELIEVABLE!!

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