Well, why don’t you get the look?

Kirra Jamison is an Australian artist whose work is shown below in her home.  The piece sits quite nicely with the raw elements of the room.  If you like the artwork check out some similar pieces below. All originals from artists around the world…very nice prices too. 🙂

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1. Kirra Jamison Price on Request

2. Vika Gankina $380

3. Rex Ray $60

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Well, why don’t you meet Jonas Almgren, CEO of Artfinder?

We jumped at the chance to interview CEO Jonas Almgren to find out how he started and what plans Artfinder has for the future.  Both Kristin and I are members of Artfinder, a unique global marketplace for affordable authentic art.  Connecting talented independent artists and galleries with art lovers who value craft, quality and originality.  Carry on reading to find out more…

Tell us about yourself, what first inspired your interest in art?

I grew up in Stockholm, and often visited Moderna Museet (first with family, and later with friends), the contemporary art museum in Stockholm with a fantastic modern art collection (including the famous Rauschenberg goat, which is an exciting introduction to modern art for a kid), and my art interest grew from there. Besides the permanent collection, one exhibition that left a strong impression was actually not a contemporary art exhibition, but a J. M. W. Turner exhibition; It fascinated me as I walked from watercolour to watercolour, and the less colour, and the more light they captured, the stronger was the impression. I ended up in front of a painting that was almost all light, almost completely white, and I realised that the ideas that permeate contemporary art are not always as new as they might seem.

Although professionally I’m a technologist, my passion for art has stayed with me since. When I worked in Silicon Valley, I usually went to MoMA in New York at least once a year, but it wasn’t more than a hobby until I moved there in 2007 and started interacting with the galleries in Chelsea (Manhattan). That was when I first thought that perhaps a little bit of the Silicon Valley experience could benefit the art market.

We love how Artfinder is great international platform to find and buy art directly from artists, can you tell us a little about how you have grown the platform since it started in 2011?

As any start up, we’re constantly experimenting, trying new ideas and new approaches. We’re building what is usually referred to as a “two sided marketplace”, where Artfinder’s role is to make sure buyers (art enthusiast) can find art they love, and seamlessly buy from the sellers (artists). Fortunately, this is not something we have to invent form scratch, as there are many successful online marketplaces, such as Etsy, Airbnb, and Uber, that we can look at and get ideas from. Nevertheless, art is very different than a pair of mittens, a room to rent, or a taxi to hire, so we need to carefully adapt our solution to best fit our audience, and our sellers.

No one has done this before, so we’re breaking new ground, which is tremendously exciting! When we launched the marketplace, we had only a handful of artists, and less than a thousand artworks. We now have 2,500 artists in over 65 countries selling close to 40,000 artworks on our site. The speed by which we’re growing is of course rewarding, but also challenging, as we now every day need to handle the same volume of orders that we handled in a month at the end of 2012. But ultimately, what drives all of us is the feedback from artists that we help succeed, and from buyers that bought their first artwork, because we know that if we can build an effective marketplace for art, more artists can live from making art, and more buyers will live with art.

What prior experience prepared you most for this position? What have you learnt in the past few years in the profession that you can tell others staring out?

In New York, I came to realise that it’s difficult to introduce efficiency and transparency to the high end art market that thrives on opaqueness and personal contacts. To me, it’s been much more satisfying to help the artists and smaller galleries that currently have a hard time reaching a global audience, and to help buyers, that often think art is too expensive, find a piece that is just right for them, often surprisingly affordable.

What advice do you offer to new art buyers?

Buy what you love. See a lot of art. Develop your taste. The more you see, the more you learn about your own taste, and the better you get at spotting things that are truly unique, new, and interesting to you. And if an unknown artists tries to charge you over £100 for something in an edition of over 100, don’t buy it.

Do you have any advice to give artists just starting out in the profession?

Artists need to create art that is satisfying and true to their own ideas. Don’t try to come up with a marketing gimmick, come up with a solid body of work, something that you can proudly speak about, describe, and explain. Work that emanates from you, that is full of passion, and that you can build from for years to come. Create a career, not individual, independent, artworks.

Do you collect art yourself?  If so, which is your favourite piece you own so far?

I collected a bit in New York, but I fell in love with even more. Some of my favourite artists include Ghada Amer, Vik Muniz, William Kentridge, Mitch Epstein, Kara Walker, and Fred Tomaselli. These are all artists that have built a solid body of work, often very beautiful work, and yet much, much more than just decorative. I’m constantly looking for new artists that meet this criteria, that are in the process of building a solid foundation, or that might already be halfway up the building, but have yet to be recognised for what they have built.

What are your plans on Artfinder for 2014?

We want to make it even easier to find and buy art and will introduce new features to make this happen. We will also introduce enhanced abilities for artists to promote themselves and their work, and to reach sellers more effectively.

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Well, why don’t you visit the home of Australian artist Paul Davies?

This article recently popped up on my radar, and I was blown away not only by the art in Paul Davies small home, but that every piece of art is titled and credited within the article.   Bravo to Design Files!  That is a rare thing in home tours.    Here are a few images and words taken from the post.

Paul Davies is represented by Sophie Gannon Gallery in Melbourne and Olsen Irwin Gallery in Sydney.

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The Sydney apartment of artist Paul Davies and his wife Sarah who works in publicity.  The chandelier was wedding gift, black and white abstract painting is by Paul Davies (acrylic on canvas, 2007),  painting on right hand side is also by Paul Davies, entitled ‘Home in Blue Forest’ (acrylic on linen 2014).  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Dining room looking through to kitchen and bedroom. Artwork on wall, ‘Palette Mosaic’ by Paul Davies (acrylic and resin on canvas).  Dining table – vintage sewing machine table base.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Living room details. Painting on left – ‘Hillside’ by Tim Summerton, 2010. Painting top right – ‘Home Built’ by Paul Davies, 2014.  Painting bottom left -’Villa Savoye 30.1.13 free plan’ made by Paul Davies during a residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts Paris, awarded by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.  Painted bronze sculpture on bookshelf is by Morgan Shimeld, entitled ‘Converge’, 2012. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Portrait of Paul in his Surry Hills studio, located just a short distance from his home.  Artwork behind is ‘Home and Pool’ by Paul, for an upcoming solo exhibition at Art District 13 Gallery, Delhi.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Living room.  Painting by Rhys Lee ‘Snake VII’, acrylic and enamel on linen, 2007. Standing lamp from ici et la, Surry Hills.  Eames lounge chair purchased by Paul’s friends and family for his 30th birthday. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Living room.  Artwork above couch – ‘Hanmer Springs and House’ by Paul Davies, pastel on paper artwork by Michael Johnson, cushions by Sixhands.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Bedroom.  Pinecone watercolour on paper by Paul Davies, ‘cat’ watercolour on paper by Rhys Lee, 2012. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Bedside detail. Framed watercolours by Paul Davies, bedside lamp from ici et la, Surry Hills.  Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

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Bedroom dresser.  Painting – ‘Outside: Afternoon’ by Andy Taylor, oil on canvas, 2011. Photo – Sean Fennessy, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Well, why don’t you visit the home of artist Megan Hess?

Theres nothing more inspiring for us then seeing the living space of an artist.  We’ve been checking out the work and interiors of artist Megan Hess.  Megan is an international fashion illustrator living in Australia.  Her original pieces of art have varied in scale from the size of a postage stamp to the expanse of an entire building. Her work has appeared on the bottom of luxury swimming pools in Dubai and on the walls of some of the most coveted fashion houses around the world.  You can find her work to buy in her online shop here.  She was featured in Living etc last year, here are some pictures go her in her home…

Well, why don’t you get the look of this room?

Hannah and I often see a fantastic piece of art placed in a home, and have found it difficult to source who the artist is or where we can find the piece.  We hope these posts allow readers to easily “get the look” of the art, with prices that are affordable. Unfortunately, I do not know who the artist is in this picture, but the painting reminds me of Cy Twombly piece.  One of my favorite artists, who was a painter that often worked with chalk and pencil to create graphic markings on his works.  I wish I could afford a Twombly, but his pieces are just a bit out of my budget (and by a bit I mean a few million dollars away).    Here are a few artists that are similar to the painting below, and their prices are much more manageable.  If you like any the works we have the links attached on where to buy. Do not be shy, contact the artist directly with any questions.  Also, last night I received a notification from Saatchi Art Online mentioning that they curated a list of works inspired by Twombly.   One of the best places to buy art online. DOS 1 1. Daniel Stern 925.1 $1500 2. Kitty Sabatier Price on Request 3. Cheryl Wasilow Capital Hill VIII $397.00

Well, why don’t you meet Chanel Talbot?

I’ve been a long time fan of travelling and spent a fair amount of time working in different countries before starting up as an artist.  The photographs and free spirit of Chanel Talbot have really got us in the mood to start travelling again.  She captures the atmosphere perfectly, we were thrilled to find out how she started…

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Tell us about yourself, how did you get into photography?
My name is Chanel Talbot and I’m currently studying Visual Arts and Anthropology at Boise State University. 
I became interested in photography when I took my first digital photo class in high school. Some of my work was selected to be showcased in an art exhibition that was featured on Boise State campus, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
You do a lot of travel photography, have your travels been a big inspiration behind your work?
Traveling has definitely been my biggest inspiration. To me, nothing is more enthralling and inspiring than visiting new places and experiencing unfamiliar foods, cultures, languages, etc. I’m just not someone who is content with a sedentary lifestyle – whether it’s traveling to Thailand, going on a road trip, or taking a hike in the foothills, I always get restless and need to be out somewhere and taking photos.
We love your blog and how you tie in your style with your photography, what plans do you have for your blog in the future?
I have a few road trips that are coming up within the next couple months, one to California, the second to Utah, and then a camping trip in Oregon. I’m also planning on going back to Bangkok for a month or two over the summer. I’ll be taking photos of everything along the way like I usually do, and then posting about my travels on my blog. You can also expect some upcoming posts regarding natural beauty alternatives and healthy eating.
Where is your favourite place you have visited and what impact has this had on you creatively?
Thailand definitely holds a special place in my heart – It’s the first foreign country I ever traveled to. The people there predominantly practice Buddhism, so while I was there I tried to immerse myself into the Buddhist lifestyle. I went to as many temples as I could, participated in the festivals, started meditating, taking yoga classes, and reading more about Buddhist philosophy. All these things opened my mind and helped me look at the world from a new perspective, which revealed a whole new realm of creativity for me. Thailand’s fascinating culture and beautiful landscapes are also what made me realize that I wanted to focus on travel and nature photography.
Do you have a favourite photograph of yours?
My favorite photograph that I’ve taken so far is a portrait that I took of a Buddhist monk after he gave me and boyfriend a blessing, while visiting the little island of Ko Si Chang in Thailand. I find it ironic that a portrait is my favorite photograph, because I personally don’t feel like portraits are my strength in photography. But it’s mostly the memory behind the photograph that makes it so special to me.
What magazine would be your dream to work with?
Like probably every other travel/nature photography one in the world, my ultimate dream job would be to photograph for National Geographic someday! 
Where can we find you online?
You can find me and my photography on my blog, thebohemianlifestyle.com, where you can also find links to my Instagram and other social networking sites.
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