Thierry B Fine Art: In The Eye of the Beholder

A month ago I moved houses with dozens of boxes, a collection of eclectic mid-century furniture and sentimental chuchkas (keepsakes). I then managed to unpack myself and my 7 year old twins into some semblance of a home before we dashed off to Bali for a mid-winter week siesta. Upon our return, I looked around and sighed - I have so many pieces of art which I have collected over the past two decades including paintings, sculture, and editioned lithographs to name a few.

The walls had just been painted a pristine antique white and were screaming for adornment. I felt overwhelmed with the enormity of where and what to hang. Should I group some framed works and evenly space out the larger paintings across a few rooms? Who Knew what would work best? I consider myself to have a good eye but my pieces had started to look and feel jaded, alongside my furniture.

A Graeme Altmann oil painting reminiscent of Warrnambool foreshore, The Passage, sits above the mantle where a Robert Hague sculture on left, entitled Repose II, sits happily next to an Altmann bronze boat named, Rabbit Boat, and a classic Georg Jensen vase.

A Graeme Altmann oil painting reminiscent of Warrnambool foreshore, The Passage, sits above the mantle where a Robert Hague sculture on left, entitled Repose II, sits happily next to an Altmann bronze boat named, Rabbit Boat, and a classic Georg Jensen vase.

I then asked Thierry B if he would come to my home and weave his special brand of magic to my new space. He smiled his slow and easy smile and we locked in a time after work one weekday. regrettably, I did think at the time to take some 'before' snaps - because the 'after' effect is so stunning I could hardly believe my eyes!

Thierry suggested that both my main living areas needed to have all walls embellished with paintings, dotted with sculptures put into the mix. I had gingerly placed works where I thought they may work best, he deftly took charge of the situation and placed works where he 'felt' they should be. I use the word 'felt' specifically, for his gift of visualising an empty space complete is based on a clear intuition not measurements. Placement and proportion is key to achieve a wow factor result.

A grouping of family photographs, my grandparents clock, a wedding gift to them c.1918 sits next to a perspex work by Melbourne artist, Saffron Newey, After Durer - all below a Graeme Drendel oil painting entitled, The Thin Air of Desire.

A grouping of family photographs, my grandparents clock, a wedding gift to them c.1918 sits next to a perspex work by Melbourne artist, Saffron Newey, After Durer - all below a Graeme Drendel oil painting entitled, The Thin Air of Desire.

 

Installing over a few dozen works, Thierry worked steadily and proficiently hang all in under three hours. He re-shuffled several of my smaller pieces of furniture to create a better flow from room to room, whilst still creating delineation between adjacent spaces. On the whole, I have worked with enough designers who like to think they can hang art into spaces. They can't. They don't fully comprehend how a painting can act as a pivotal anchor in a room, whereby the other prices of furniture then magically fall in to place as though they had resided there timelessly and effortlessly.

He also has this neat little trick where he places a regular envelope with a masking tape lip to the wall underneath where he is drilling into to catch all the red dust and keep it from flying in every which direction- cool right?!

A man with a drill who knows how to wield it!!

A man with a drill who knows how to wield it!!

Making use of existing furniture and accessories by shifting them just so does change the way a room looks and feels -  trust me, I have now experienced what so many of our clients rave about after a visit from master installer, Thierry B. I can wholeheartedly recommend this unique service that we proudly offer through the gallery for all our clients.

Unlike most other galleries, our new stockroom has been purpose-built so as many as 10 people can browse simultaneously in the space without tripping over each other ! Thierry B Fine Art also sends paintings on appro to clients to view in situ to ensure they are delighted with the work in the space. Add complimentary delivery and an infamous Thierry B instal, and your new pieces will look and feel at home.

The gallery is adjacent to the busy Hawksburn village and is now open to visitors 7 days, Monday - Saturday 11am-5pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm. Appointments outside these times can also be made.

Vicki xx