It is always difficult to second guess what people will like. Trends change and people will inevitably have different tastes, even couples that have been married for years can't always agree (should I be surprised?). So, selecting artwork is never easy. I have quite a broad taste and I like many things from abstract to realist and contemporary to traditional, which is just as well as people will never agree on art.
My criteria for selection is simple. Firstly, it has to be of a professional standard, that is, it must be good whether it is to my taste or not. Secondly, do I think it will sell? Well, that is the $64,000 question and that can depend on a number of factors. Is it priced correctly? That is not as straightforward as it may seem. It is a bit like the Three Bears, being too cheap can put as many buyers off as being too expensive, so it has to be 'just right'.
What styles are trending? Well, for a start, I am not into pretentious art. You know, the stuff that sells for millions that everybody knows is rubbish but dare not say, just like the Emperor's New Clothes. We live in the real world and basically, if you have to 'explain' a painting then, by definition, it is not speaking to people as art, is it?
We found last year that large, modern, contemporary work seemed to be catching people's attention. Fresh, different and colourful. Paintings that make you feel good not 'art-to-commit-suicide-by'. Art that you want to see everyday not kept in a bank vault.
To those ends, we have a few new artists that fill the brief. Theresa Shaw, an artist I have known for some time, is joining the fold with her striking and colourful contemporary representations of flowers (below). Now, if her work doesn't give you a warm feeling I don't know what will!
So, nothing is ever certain but we stock a varied mix to suit all tastes and you just never know what people will like. One thing is for sure we keep an open mind, we wouldn't want to kill the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg, would we?
Theresa Shaw's striking artwork (below) will be available from West Gallery soon. Look out for our new updated website in a few weeks.