As the days grow longer and the holidays are in sight, it's time to start visualizing the summer months ahead relaxing or entertaining outdoors...
Pull up a seat in your patio, courtyard, balcony or pool area. If your outdoor space is uncomfortable and less than inspiring, then it's time to take a look at the vast array of contemporary, weather proof furnishings that enable you to live as stylishly and comfortably outdoors as you do indoors.
One thing we all crave is an inspiring view. If you're lucky enough to enjoy an amazing view from your outdoor space, well, sit back and relax - the space won't need any further adornment. But if you live in an urban environment, and you feel hemmed in, then its time to re-evaluate the walls and utilise them best effect.
Our treescape perspex art works can be used to create a view where there is none. The material is half the weight of glass, far less fragile, and the finished artworks have excellent weather resistance. Moreover, they come to life, taking on an extra dimension in an outdoor setting where the angle and intensity of the light is constantly changing, and interacts with the transparency of the medium to create shifting shadow-casting.
Whether you crave views of an intimate vista or a far horizon, of sunrise or sunset from your balcony, patio or pool area, these contemporary treescapes will reconnect you to nature and help create a space you'll love to spend time in this summer.
Any of our showroom partners across Australia would be delighted to help you with furniture too!
Nothing transforms a space faster than colour. The arrival of Spring, and the urge to renovate and refurbish, is the ideal time to consider how to incorporate colours that will make you feel right at home.
Dulux Australia recently released their 2018 Colour Forecast, with the overarching goal of harnessing the transformative power of colour to balance the complexities of everyday life. Whether you're looking to create an environment to help you escape, reconnect, replenish or move forward, there's plenty of inspiration within four new colour palettes.
Of course you don't necessarily have to invest in painting the walls to incorporate your favourite colours or a new colour trend into your home. An alternative route is to maintain a blank canvas and to ring the changes through soft furnishings and decorative items such as cushions, rugs and artworks.
Within our online galleries, our collections present each artworks in several 'ready to hang' colourways but you can also choose to take advantage of our bespoke service to request that we create an artwork that features the colours you love, an exclusive piece.
Unlike fashion, such 'couture' artworks provide you with a point of distinction without a small fortune. We've made it supremely easy to colour customise our artworks to incorporate your favourite hue, and assure you of the accuracy with which this can be achieved.
If you've found inspiration in Dulux's new palettes, or somewhere else, get in touch and lets us help you turn your inspiration in to reality.
Image Credit: Dulux Australia
In an ideal world, many of us would like to have the time and opportunity to be able to browse through artworks in art galleries. But without ready access to commercial galleries in our area, let alone to ones that are exhibiting artworks that appeal, or are within our price range, this is often impractical.
On the other hand there are many of us, even with access, or indeed the money, that have no inclination to set foot within a commercial gallery space: the very idea is intimidating.
It's therefore not surprising that increasing numbers of people are buying contemporary art online, across all levels of the market.
Online art galleries solve the primary problems of time and access, but offer several further advantages:
The ability to narrow your search is especially powerful, particularly if your approach to buying art is driven by a necessary pragmatism as much as emotion. You can quickly filter out all those artworks that might not feature your desired colours, or be available in the minimum dimensions required.
Of course, as with other items of aesthetic value from fashion to furniture, potentially the two most common concerns when buying artwork online are:
Beyond publishing high quality images of the artworks themselves, and photographs of real artworks in situ, we address your concerns through:
Enjoy browsing our online art gallery!
Colour is a powerful and emotive force, and we go to great lengths to provide clients with colour assurance because of the potential for disparity between the colour experienced on screen versus that experienced in reality.
Yet, ultimately, experiencing colour is in fact completely dependent on its physical, visual, artistic, and cultural context.
Despite an entire industry’s best efforts to name and codify colours, whether that be with the Pantone, RAL or NCS systems, they constantly shift in response to light and space. An environment can affect a colour as much as a colour affects our environments. It’s the reason why the paint you choose always looks different on a wall than it did on the paint chip.
Colour pigments interact with light and hence colours take on different hues depending on the time of the day and the brightness and temperature of light.
Our brains respond to stimuli produced when incoming light reacts with various cone cells in our eyes, but colours appear differently based on the other colours they’re paired with, the materials they’re used on, the shape of an object or space they are in, and the quality of light.
In the case of natural light, that means colours even change in hue over the course of a single day. A colour might look differently in the warm morning light than it does in the cooler light in the evening or, obviously, the dark. They might change subtly or drastically depending on the pigment.
A wonderful new exhibition at the Design Museum in London, this concept - known scientifically as metamersim - is wonderfully illustrated, not least by a series of multi-faceted vessels by Hella Jongerius.
The angled surfaces each differently capture and reflect the colours of the surfaces they are placed, so each panel appears to be a slightly different hue than its neighbour, even though they are all rendered in the same colour.
So, whilst we believe in providing you with the best colour assurance possible, you might like to reflect on the idea that colours can’t actually be controlled. As the exhibition designer Alex Newson says: “You can select colours based on expected performance, but they will usually surprise you. It’s better to be freer in how we can enjoy colour, and the idiosyncrasies and unexpected elements of colour.”
We're making space for new pieces, which means it's your opportunity to save up to 75% on a variety of perspex and canvas artworks across our collections.
There's only ONE of each of these pieces.
Heavily discounted pieces either have wear and tear, such as scuff marks or chips following exhibition or transit, or are not up to our usual print quality standards. At normal viewing distance, you'll be very happy with the price!
Pieces discounted by 30% may have been on display or to a photoshoot but are pretty well 'as new'.
All are supplied with bolts or strung, ready to hang.
Contact us on 02 8001 6141 for more information about any piece, or to arrange an inspection or delivery.
Many people, on first seeing our perspex artworks, assume that they are made of glass. The material certainly appears similar, but it's actually acrylic glass.
Perspex® and Plexiglas® are two of the leading brand names of acrylic glass, which is the hard, transparent form of a plastic whose chemical name is polymethyl methacrylate, or PMMA.
As the material base for our signature, transparent artworks, acrylic glass has several advantages over glass:
1. It's less than half of the weight of glass, making it both more economic to transport and easier to install.
2. It has ten times greater impact strength than glass, making it far safer to transport and far safer to handle.
3. It transmits less UV light than glass, providing more protection for the artwork which will retain its true colour and vibrancy far longer, whether hung inside or out.
4. Acrylic glass is the most transparent material available and with superior optical qualities, it's genuinely crystal clear, even clearer than conventional glass.
To that last point, acrylic glass simply transmits more light than glass. Up to 92% of visible light is transmitted through acrylic. Mineral glass transmits 80-90%, depending on type of glass and manufacturer. Standard 'float' glass has a characteristic green tinge, whilst low iron, Starphire glass comes much closer to the clarity of acrylic.
What about sustainability and recycling?
We produce all our artworks to order, which is a highly sustainable approach to manufacturing as it avoids material waste, and our standard sizes are engineered for 100% utilisation of a full sheet. Properly cared for, the artworks will last for decades.
But if and when there's no longer a place for them, what are your options for recycling?
1. First off, we would suggest you look to on-sell or donate the artwork. If you don't want to handle the sale, or know of anyone setting up a new home, think charitably: there are always deserving blank walls out there in your local community.
2. If that isn't an option, maybe because it's been severely damaged, the good news is that the material can be recycled.
Acrylic is classified as a Group 7 plastic and recycled acrylic PMMA has wide ranging applications across a number of industrial sectors from construction to medical. The challenge you may run into is that Group 7 plastics aren't always collected for recycling by local councils.
We certainly wouldn't like to see any of them going to landfill so, if it's proving difficult for you to organize, get in touch: we should be able to direct you to a material distributor with a recycling program in place.
Are you visiting our online art gallery from Canada or the USA?
Having shipped our signarture artworks right across the continent of North America, from California to Connecticut, we not only know that you're more likely to call acrylic glass 'plexiglas' rather than 'perspex', we know what's really important to you:
Our native dollars are different, and you'll love our prices all the more once you've clicked the little dropdown box at the top right and selected USD or CAD.
Like Canada, Australia has moved on from imperial to metric, but we get you in the USA! Here's the conversion for all our standard sizes. For absolute accuracy, divide centimetres by 2.54 to get inches.
Paint Colour Standards
Yes, we speak Benjamin Moore. Should you wish to colour customise, or just be absolutely sure what colours our artworks are, we've got you covered.
Add any artwork to the cart and you can preview shipping charges by entering your country and zip code, and rest assured you'll be able to track delivery from dispatch to your door.
Thankfully, we do speak the same language. Well, almost ;)
If you'd like our advice on selecting the perfect artwork for your place or project, please don't hesitate to get in touch and depending on your time-zone we can even set up a call.