My husband and I recently visited Augusta and Atlanta Georgia;  Bill”s cousin Ruth Pearl, an artist, was kind to take us to her first gallery show, and also take us to a gem of an art museum, the Morris Museum of  Art in downtown Augusta.

When I look at art, and paintings and drawings, in particular, I often start thinking of how I might display them (what other objects might be nearby, wall-color, etc.).  There are a number of considerations in how to display original art, not the least of which is honoring the work of the artist, while working with the client to understand how he/she wants to appreciate the art in his/her home.  So, what follows are just some scenarios where the art shown might be enjoyed.

Ruth Pearl at the MACK Gallery, McCormick, South Carolina


The artist in front of one of her paintings…

Nude Figure Sketches by Ruth Pearl

I found a liveliness as well as softness in both these sketches below, that would work so well over a marble or stone mantel and fireplace surround; perhaps because a fire in a fireplace has the same qualities.  In addition, in the room image below the sketches, there are clean lines in the mantel and fireplace surround, just as there are in these sketches, which complement one another.

Here”s a nude figure drawing over a stone and wood fireplace/mantel, as an example:

Ruth works in casino online both representational as well as more abstract forms…I particularly liked this painting of hers below:

I could easily see this painting fitting into a traditional or contemporary interior;  it”s has nice variation in its color saturation;  you feel depth when you look at it.  I could imagine it as part of either of the two rooms shown below, and I chose to focus on color:

The complementary colors of red and green above and below would work very well with the painting…how unexpected such a lovely painting would look in a kitchen…

Onto the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta…

From their web site, “The Morris Museum of Art, located on the Riverwalk in downtown Augusta, Georgia, is the first museum dedicated to the art and artists of the American South. The collection includes holdings of nearly 5,000 paintings, works on paper, photographs, and sculptures dating from the late-eighteenth century to the present. In addition to the permanent collection galleries, the museum hosts eight to ten temporary special exhibitions every year.”

Their current collection on display was lovely;  one of the most striking of the collections was a special exhibit of the contemporary painting of Brian Rutenberg.  The oil paintings, although very abstract were evocative of landscapes.

From the show monograph:  “Rutenberg, who believes that a painting must address the physical presence of the viewer first, has long placed emphasis on surface and material…. His paintings, whose brilliant surfaces have the effect of an accretion of crushed jewels, are grounded in his love for the Old Master painting and drawing, just as his sense of place and color are rooted in his native South Carolina.”

Many of the paintings were quite large;  they both captured and captivated the viewer”s attention. To see them displayed in a gallery setting is helpful in thinking about their installation in a private interior, and also informative about lighting requirements.