Basement Bar Design #8(a): Artists

Basement Bar Design #8(a): Artists

As a follow up to my post on Wall Art for your Basement Bar, I thought I’d throw up some examples of art that I have in the Pegu Lounge, and show some love to the artists who crafted them.

So in other words, you are sucking up to guys who you’ve done business with in the past, and want to do business with in the future?

Exactly. You get it so much better than the guy does, most of the time.

Of course!
What did you mean, most of the time?

I think that there is something to be learned from each of these guys about how to buy fine art.
I’ll start with my newest acquisition, from an artist named Beau Tudzarov. He works in digital art on canvas, and has a gift for injecting life into such images that I think is rare. There is no Phantom Menace CGI feel here. I saw this picture this Summer, and had him send it to me with a new frame.
Incidentally, when selecting artwork, either make sure you can get it with the right frame for your bar, or get it unframed. If you have your painting framed at your local shop it will likely cost more than getting it already framed from the artist. Seriously. So get his or her frame if it is right.
Beau has several collections, all of which have potential for the Basement Bar. Aside from the cocktail series, such as the one I purchased, he also does chess pieces, wine bottles, and chess pieces with wine bottles. The cocktail series is his newest stuff, as far as I know.
Beau is a good example of the patience I talked about in the Basement Bar #8. I first saw and loved his chess work at an arts festival years ago. It wasn’t quite right for my needs, but I loved it. I always kept an eye out for him at festivals, and this year, I saw the new cocktail pieces. I was rewarded for my patience.

I have already mentioned my favorite sculptor, Mac Worthington, in my post on surfaces. Mac is a sculptor who works primarily in aluminum. I have bought entirely too many of his works over the decade plus I’ve known him, but I love every one.
You’ve seen my bar in other posts. Everything metal except the lights are his work. I chose a piece from his website to show on the left here for something different. If your tastes run modern, Mac has some incredible variety in his work. You should check it out.
The most important thing I learned from Mac is that you don’t have to be a Medici to commission a piece of art. If you have an idea and a need, and find an artist whose work would seem to be a great fit for what you have in mind, don’t hesitate to ask if he or she can execute what you are looking for. In many cases, you will not have to pay much of a premium, if any, for a made to order piece of art. It depends on a lot of factors of course, but the idea is almost always worth exploring.

The final artist I want to highlight is a guy named Darrin Hoover. I’d say Darrin is a painter, but that would be fairly limiting. He held church services in a large movie theater for a while (and still may, I don’t know for sure), and has written a children’s book. It is important to understand that Darrin doesn’t take himself entirely seriously (link is worth a click, but has sound). At least I’m pretty sure he doesn’t take himself seriously. (Darrin, if you do take yourself completely seriously… Sorry, Dude!)
The piece on the right here is one of five I have that line the stairway down to the Pegu Lounge. I’d put up a picture of the stairs, but I haven’t figured out a way to show them all in a way that looks half as good as they do in real life. My lame best attempt is here, if you care.
In real life, that stairwell was very uninviting before I put up Darrin’s pieces. It still looks that way in pictures, but in real life it now looks like an Entrance, instead of a Hole. As I said before, don’t leave those walls blank! The other thing I learned from Darrin’s pieces is how powerful a series of works by an artist can be. The five pictures I have are not a set, but they fit together in both subject and style. Individually, each is nice and inexpensive, but small enough to get lost on a lot of expanses. Together they are still inexpensive, but they seem huge, and fill the space perfectly.

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Here’s a list of the other articles in this series that have been posted so far:
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