Q&A WITH Liz lidgett gallery design: THE VALUE OF LIVING WITH ART
Thrilled to be included in Liz Lidgett’s grand opening, we’re celebrating the launch of her new brand and gallery in Des Moines with some tips from the art advisor extraordinaire herself.
Fall in love with a piece of art but the size and color palette doesn’t seem to naturally go with your space...what do you do?
You buy it immediately. True great style comes from a layering of art and furniture that you truly love. Not everything needs to “match” in your home. In fact, I think it’s better if it doesn’t. Buy art that you love and you will never regret the purchase.
Why is art important? What’s the value of living with art?
I’ve always loved the quote, “Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.” By Robert Motherwell. Art challenges us, moves us, informs the way we look at the world. I’ve built a career on the fact that I believe people should live with art. It’s a way to express yourself to others without ever saying a word. It can evoke wonderful memories of a time with loved ones, or a vacation. It also elevates the design of a room. Quite simply, I believe that art makes a house a home.
Original vs. Print – why is owning an original work so special?
Owning an original is so special because you can connect with the artist by seeing the artist’s hand at work. I love getting in close while looking at an artwork, looking for brush strokes or pencil marks, and then stepping back to see the work as a whole. Of course, when it’s an original, it’s also special because no one else in the world will own a piece quite like yours.
What’s the most important consideration when purchasing a work of art?
The first question I ask myself is, “Do I love it?” If the answer is yes, then there’s a few other considerations. For example, does it fit within my budget? Where will I put it? Does it need to be framed or is it framed already? Does it need to be shipped? With all of those answers in mind, you can come to an informed decision but you have to fall in love first.
How do you think Instagram and the Internet are changing the way we purchase art?
As a gallery owner, Instagram is the number one way that I find new talent. It’s so immediate and visual, so it ends up being the perfect combination for finding a new artist or art work to love. It has really opened art to the masses in new and exciting ways. I believe that art is for everyone and the internet has given people access to art from around the world and opened up the art world for all.
Any tips for hanging and choosing the best place to hang art in your home?
There are a couple of things that are tried and true tips. The middle of you art piece should be 60” which is the average eye line. Additionally, if you have a work of art over a piece of furniture the artwork should be about 75% the length of the furniture. Now, I also believe that rules are meant to be broken, so think about unexpected fun ways to display art like above or beneath a window or above a doorway.
Where did your love of art stem from? Have you always loved art?
I fell in love with art when I was quite young. I carried a sketch book around with me wherever I went, the same way other kids would bring around a beloved stuff animal. As I got older, I was introduced to the art world slowly but surely, and knew that I would be truly happy in my career if I could work art day in and out.
Tell us about your new gallery? What motivated you to open it?
I am so thrilled to open Liz Lidgett Gallery + Design on May 10. We are located in Des Moines, IA and represent emerging and mid-career artists from around the world. Our program focuses on introducing new artists to Iowa and the Midwest, in general. I was motivated to open a gallery for a few different reasons. First and foremost, I have been an art advisor for the last 7 years and I see on a daily basis how the Midwestern art world is blossoming. Additionally, as much as I love the art world, there are things that I would love to change, so I am opening up this gallery to begin a change in best practices. For example, we are committed to representing at least 50% women artists. This sounds like a no-brainer but male artists are overwhelmingly represented in galleries, and I’d love to see that change.
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Kristi has been a joy to work with both for my own collection and my clients’ collections. When I need a beautiful, bold piece that will be the perfect compliment to a room design, I go to Kristi’s art time and time again.