Creating a gallery wall in your home

If you happen to be one of those people who can’t stand a blank wall in your home, you might consider some useful decorating tips. We can offer you the insight in the process of making your ordinary wall into a small gallery, containing all the art pieces you cherish and adore.

To be able to do that, you need two things: one, the selection of paintings, posters, reproductions, prints, keepsakes, etc.; and two, you need to read our tips on the matter.

Size matters

When you decide which wall is going to be transformed into your gallery, you need to do some measuring. There’s an unlikely chance that you can achieve to get the art pieces with equal dimensions, so you need to pay attention to the few things. Firstly, make sure you set up a harmonious order of the paintings. That means you need to pay attention to cohesion, the way the pictures are related to each other and the way they make a whole.

The best way to make a wall coherently looking is to choose a mutual motif or a theme. That way you can create a story to rely on when putting the pictures on the wall.

Symmetry

Cohesion is about bringing different parts to the whole, but that’s not the end of designing your gallery wall. The second step is to make a symmetrical or asymmetrical design. You can achieve that by finding one central element of the photo which will serve as the focus point. The aim of finding one element that will act as a focus for the entire gallery is to establish the balance in the structure of the pictures. When you do that, you can quickly make adjustments to the photos. On top of that, you can have both symmetrical and asymmetrical order in the same structure.

Level

It’s great when you hang the pictures on the wall, but first, you make sure they are safely pinned. Some photos require a particular place on the wall to be safe for you and your guests. Make sure you get informed about the recommended levels for pinning the pictures.

The message

We believe that a gallery wall should have its message, whether it’s an explicit statement or not. You as the owner of the wall want to make a place that’s going to reflect your identity or worldview. Keep in mind the goal of the gallery wall – what do you want to achieve with the exact order, the choice of the paintings, the style, the colors…?

Taking a look at pop art movement and its famous artists

If there’s a single cultural movement that represents the American identity in its purest form, then it’s pop art. Emerged as the reaction to the abstract expressionism, which shaped the art scene from after the World War II to 1960s, pop art movement introduced a new way of merging the world of art and everyday life. It wasn’t academic, and it wasn’t vague – it was direct and graphics in the intention to make fun of cultural stereotypes and set the scene for opening the boundaries between art and life.

The brief history of pop art

Although it was predominantly related to the American art of the 1960s, pop art movement originated in the UK. Despite the similar approaches to the aesthetic concept of pop art, the artists in the UK still maintained the close relationship with the academic world. Even though one can find irony in their pop art pieces, the effect wasn’t as subversive as in the case of the US pop art movement.

Artists in the US recognized the need for the return to the representational imagery. Tired of the academic rigidity of abstract expressionism, the new generation of artists – such as Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, to mention the most famous ones – started to seek the simplicity in the representation of objects. However, their approach was radical in the sense that they erased any emotional meaning for the objects they choose. Instead of creating a powerful representation, they followed hard-core composition and combined it with the objectivity and consumerism.

The way pop art works

The basic premise of the pop art is making life facts an integral part of the arts. Pop art movement marks the return to the objective reality in a way that’s unprecedented to this day. The artists of this movement explored the idea of banalizing art through the representation of everyday objects in their pure form.

The interesting part of the way pop artworks is the choice of the objects that are represented in the paintings. Unlike the most art movements, pop art created an entirely new way of understanding the art by implementing objects like cans, industrial waste, or even toilets in their works.

The primary artistic technique used in the pop art is a reproduction – one object (a model) is reproduced in the same pattern but with slight variations in colors.

The design can be seen in Andy Warhol’s “Marylin Diptych,” the image of Marylin Monro.  

Famous artists

After Johns and Rauschenberg, the number of artists marked the most fruitful period of pop art. The most famous one included Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, and Claes Oldenburg.

Roy Lichtenstein’s most famous piece is “Drowning Girl,” an ironic representation of a female character about men. The bold lines and vibrant colors made the aesthetics of pop art movement thick, and Lichtenstein’s approach is resembling those aesthetics in the best possible way.

Andy Warhol is among the most famous and most genius pop artists in the world. His aspiring ideas were aiming to completely erase the gap between arts and life, making a new form of an art piece.

Tom Wesselmann was involved in the first pop art exhibitions in the early 1960s. Besides that, he was one of the founders of the new art form called “happening,” which was very popular in the same period as pop art.

Claes Oldenburg was also involved with group exhibitions and performance art, contributing to the new wave of art in the early to late 1960s.

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