Collecting artwork can be confusing, a market with a vast array of choice that can overwhelm. The traditional gallery model switches from exhibition to exhibition, looking to sell work from a small number of artists for a time and then moving on to sell clients from the following exhibition.
This is not how we operate. We work with you to select pieces that reflect you, your home, your family and your taste. No two clients are the same, so no two projects can be.
A private collection grows over decades; you may sell older works, commission a piece to commemorate an occasion, buy something radical that you would not have suspected. It is something that will grow with you, and we hope to work with you for the long term rather than the 'fast buck'.
Renaissance, by Maurice Blik
Art in the public space can divide opinions. Some works go unnoticed, part of the language of the city that remains oblivious to many.
However, the right piece can radically change a place, draw people in to see a building differently, create a feeling of shelter or inject personality into a square.
We have installed works that, we hope, have impacted thousands of people in ways unique to each. Working with designers and developers who recognise the value in really considering the use of art to tell a story is wonderful.
Art for corporate collections
Were corporate collections open to the wider public they would be rival the most prestigious museums and galleries. Whether to inspire a workforce, invest for the future or communicate their brand to discerning clients, corporations have been buying major works of art for decades.
Peter's experience in helping companies in the curation of major portfolios is second to none, he quite literally wrote the book on it. Whatever your organisation's motivations are we have a vast expertise in balancing risk, hedging against more volatile segments of the art market, and sourcing a mixture of blue chip and younger artists.
Walter Bailey client presentation, 2016
We have a long track record of working with designers from various disciplines; interior designers, garden designers, major developers and local planners. Often they will have specific requirements for their art, and we will arrange for a bespoke work unique and tailored to the project.
It is the thought process, the translation of a brief, that we find so endlessly fascinating - this may be research into the history of the project or location, the history of the family or the house, or draw inspiration from the surrounding landscape. Our network of artists is broad, so once we have a grasp on the brief we then pre-select a short list of those we feel appropriate to develop the ideas in ways we can never imagine until we see the responses.
Daydreamer, by John O'Connor
Our in-house expertise in the relationship between art and nature comes principally from Oliver's experience as a garden designer. We have an expert understanding of the challenges and opportunities that sculpture in the landscape presents.
Exterior art is four dimensional; the fourth being time. A piece will age over seasons, change dramatically within a day, a month, a season. This gives you the ability to play with a broad set of aesthetic levers and visual cues.
Art can change the way that people use their gardens, can subtly force one to look at your home in new ways, or frame an under-appreciated view. There are myriad ways to play with your space, how you want to use your space should drive your curation as much as the artwork itself.
Edward Jones, the National Sculpture Symposium 2014
Art symposia involve artists creating site-specific works inspired by their new location. They are chances for clients and visitors to see behind the curtain in the creation of new works, as well as chances for us to find new talent.
Just as the coffee houses of London once saw disparate industries come together to form new ways of thinking and creating, these events see fascinating cross-pollination of ways of working, transference of skills and ideas.
For more information on upcoming events of this sort, please contact us directly.
Face, by Rick Kirby
Curating for major estates shares DNA with working on smaller homes, but comes with some specific challenges. The scale of larger gardens can mean that art gets lost in the vastness, and an attempt to compete with the natural is a battle with only one outcome.
However, using art to focus attention, commissioning large-scale landscape art, playing with the history of the property, are all important considerations in the curation of larger projects.
We have worked with estates for years, phasing the implementation of their art programme and running art events on site. Working on projects with such a weight of history can stifle creativity, we can help you to walk the line between the classic and the contemporary.
Establishments of art funds and foundations
Peter established and runs the Wapping Arts Trust, a charitable foundation focused on promoting art within the working environment. International conferences, art prizes and investment in public art followed, and over the past 20 years there have been winners from some of the world's top companies; from IBM to Unilever, and involving major artists including Thomas Heatherwick and Andy Goldsworthy.
We have also advised investment houses with their investment in art for primarily financial gain, as part of well-performing art funds. This is a side of the business we are currently expanding, leveraging both our network of artists and knowledge of upcoming art exhibitions to help guide clients maximise their returns while reducing exposure to excessive volativlity
Pixel Cloud, by Jason Bruges
A company's office communicates so much about their values and identity. It can both impress visitors and inspire a workforce, create a space in which to relax on a lunch break, or boost creativity. Studies have shown a link between staff retention, productivity and environment, art can play a major part in the success of a business.
The vast spaces of atria present wonderful challenges; how to create something beautiful at an appropriate scale, that conveys some element of the company's ethos without cliché.
Art at this scale is as much about considered integration as curation, so we often work with developers and designers, as well as members of the board to find the perfect piece.
Oliver pictured with James & Helen Basson
The most successsful projects tend to be designed holistically, so we love being involved from a project's conception. A building, garden, furnishing and artwork all drawing influence from one another tends to lead to the most cohesive outcomes.
We are fortunate enough to have sourced art for architects, developers, interior and garden designers of the highest calibre. Working with accomplished creatives is a source of both huge enjoyment and satisfaction.
Concrete foundations being poured
To move and install large sculpture requires expertise and experience, as does the hanging of major paintings or successfully lighting a piece.
We produce detailed specifications, instruct builders and project manage installations. We can recommend lighting, provide detailed drawings and advise on all aspects of the logistics of the installation to give you confidence and convenience from purchase to unveiling.
The spa at the Mondrian Sea Containers Hotel, London
Hotels can be wonderful examples of public art done well, and share some similarities with the needs of our corporate clients. The way that art is used needs to both reflect the identity of the brand and compliment the space.
The needs of a hotel may vary significantly, from investment pieces to attracting new customers. Whatever the requirements are we can support and offer the benefit of our experience and network.
This may be in the ongoing rental of art, commissioning new art for communal areas, sourcing edition prints for bedrooms or sculpture for landscape.
Art pricing can be both difficult and confusing; as a client buying work you need to know that you are realising value, as an artist will need to ensure that their pricing strategy has a basis and can develop over time.
Whether you need a body of work priced for sale or a single piece for insurance purposes, we offer discrete and professional advice.
Peter giving a speech at Bonhams
Auction houses are a vital part of the art market. It is here that international recognition of the value of art may be set, upcoming shows can impact both the availability and the price. Having close relationships with these organisations is both important and deeply rewarding.
We have forged these partnerships over decades, and can help you navigate the complexities of buying through auction or work with auction houses for both clients and artists.
3D model showing a central London members club
Choosing the right art for your space is important, choosing the right space for your art is equally so. We have design expertise and technology to show you what your installation will look like before you buy, as well as what a piece may look like before it is made.
We may use 3D models, Augmented Reality software, digital editing or detailed renders to help you select the ideal piece, get a feel for proportion and scale, and make design decisions before work starts.
Decisions can be hard, so we look to provide you with as many tool with which to make them as possible.
Oliver showing the work of Barbara Myers
We have exhibited at some fantastic events, and hosted events across Europe. Curating shows is a different sort of challenge to a permanent installation, but just as creative.
These are a good way to show a wider audience our aesthetic preferences as well as demonstrate our design philosophy. If you would like to learn where you can see our next exhibition then please contact us directly for details.
As artists reach the end of their careers or lives, their legacy becomes increasingly important. How their body of work is handled in the coming years is very important, a wholesale view comes with wholesale prices.
For buyers too a considered strategy is important; they need to know that pricing is not volatile, that returns are stable and represent both good value and predictable returns.
Beyond just price, how an artist is remembered and where the work ends up is key. Showing work in major museums, key collections or the public square, art is meant to be viewed and we work to ensure that an artist's creations have the life and prominence they deserve.