Nowadays, the trend of placing metal artwork for walls in homes and offices is fast transforming into the love for their beauty, durability and functionality. Homeowners and decorators are in agreement over the benefits that can be enjoyed with metal artwork and, thus, both are spreading the good news about these things of beauty to their family and friends. In this article, we shall discuss these numerous benefits.
Beauty of Metal
Metal may look hard, harsh and even hideous in its raw state. Look at the wrought iron bars, the copper plates, the aluminum canvasses and the bronze panels, among others, strewn around an artist's workshop like so much junk fit to be thrown away. The image is definitely not one of beauty.
However, the image starts to shift when the artist starts to work on the raw materials to make metal artwork for walls. The iron bars are shaped into whimsical butterflies, beautiful flowers and fantastical creatures that appear to magically emerge from out of the blank walls. The copper plates are painted like cloth and paper canvasses to make ethereal landscapes of the seasons with fall as the most compelling of them all. The bronze panels are done in abstract forms that seem to call out to the soul.
Metal artwork takes on so many forms that every style will find the perfect artwork to love. Homeowners and interior decorators can choose from metal artworks in categories from abstract to ultra-modern; from wrought iron to iron wall grilles; from animals to flower wall art; from nautical to solar themes; and from small wall sculptures to large metal panels depicting epic scenes. Browse through the stores and sites selling metal artwork for walls and you are bound to find many objects of beauty worthy of a place on the walls of your home and office.
When choosing from among many choices in metal artworks, there are two routes to take. First, select the artwork to complement the existing decor so that there is a unity of look in the area. Second, choose the artwork to make a bold statement or a daring contrast in the area. The choice depends on the design sensibilities of the individuals who will see the metal artwork on a daily basis.
Durability of Metal
Metal is a desirable material for artwork because of its durability. Wood can be attacked by termites, plastic can melt and paper can turn acidic under normal circumstances, all of which means that the substantial investment poured on the artwork will be for naught.
With metal artwork for walls, this is not so. Artists take great care to ensure that their artwork will live on for generations to come. Said care of which includes using anti-corrosion materials. Add in the natural durability of metal and the artwork should be enjoyed for years and years to come.
Functionality of Metal
Many metal artworks are also imbued with certain functionality along with the beauty expected of art. For example, metal wall hooks are made into whimsical, fantastical and beautiful shapes so that these items can serve a functional purpose of a place to hand coats, jackets and ties as well as be a thing of beauty in the home.
If you are looking for beautiful, durable and functional decor, look for metal artwork for walls and you will be supremely happy with the choices.
This list includes both British born artists and those who were born elsewhere but did the majority of their most important drawings in the U.K. The selection is listed in chronological order by date of birth.
William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)
He was born in London and apprenticed to an engraver where he studied his trade. He became a painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, social critic and editorial cartoonist and has been accredited with pioneering sequential art or the cartoon strip.
His output ranged from realistic portraiture to comic strip-like series of pictures known as "modern moral subjects". His most famous works are no doubt "The Harlot's Progress" and "The Rake's Progress".
Isaac Cruickshank (1756 - 1811)
Cruickshank was a Scottish painter and caricaturist who was born in Edinburgh. Cruikshank's first known publications were etchings of Edinburgh "types", from 1784.
His water colours were exhibited, but in order to make a living it was found that it was more profitable to produce prints and caricatures. He was responsible in part for creating the figure of John Bull, the nationalistic representation of a solid British yeoman.
Isaac Cruikshank was a contemporary of James Gillray and Thomas Rowlandson, and he was part of what has been known as "the Golden Age of British Caricature.
Thomas Rowlandson (1756 - 1827)
Thomas Rowlandson was an English painter and caricaturist. He was born in London and after he left school he was educated at the Royal Academy. He was thought of as a promising student and if he had continued his early diligence he would have made his mark as an artist.
But he inherited Â£7,000 from a French aunt and dived into the dissipations of the town (he was known to sit at the gaming-table for 36 hours at a stretch).
He quickly squandered his inheritance but the friendship and examples of James Gillray and Henry William Bunbury seem to have suggested caricature as a means of filling his stomach and purse.
He also produced a collection of erotic prints and woodcuts, lots of which would nowadays be thought of as pornographic .
James Gillray (1757 - 1815)
James Gillray was a British caricaturist and printmaker who achieved immense fame for his etched political and social satires, mainly in print between 1792 and 1810.
Some of his best known caricatures were directed at the Royal Family and George III in particular. He is also responsible for probably the most famous political cartoon of all time.
It was entitled "The Plum Pudding in Danger". It was published in 1805 and shows Pitt and Napoleon carving up the plum pudding of Europe.
By 1811, madness, no doubt exacerbated by his excessive life-style, was overtaking him and he passed away in 1815.
George Cruickshank (1792 - 1878)
George Cruickshank was born in London, the son of the famous caricaturist Isaac Cruickshank and started his working life as apprentice to his father.
He later started out as a caricaturist in his own right and was even paid Â£100 in return for a promise not to satirize George IV. In later life he turned to book illustrating and illustrated "Sketches by Boz" and "Oliver Twist" for Charles Dickens.
After creating palsy he died in 1878. Punch in his obituary said "There never was a purer, simpler, more straightforward or altogether more blameless man. His nature had something childlike in its transparency."
Many people love the look at the feel of the West, and the Southwest specifically. It's very easy to create a room or a home that is based around a western feel. One way to accomplish this is to first make sure that the walls are painted in colors that are found in the west, or that are inspired by the west. These might be colors such as gold, mustard, peach, terra cotta, or earth brown. Then, a person can hang up western wall art of all sorts. Since this style of decor is very popular, there will be lots of options to choose from, when it comes to art to hang on the wall.
For example, a person can hang framed photos. These photos can be pictures of mountain ranges, adobes, or of desert vegetation, such as aloe plants and cacti. Some people want to capture the environment and the terrain of the Great West. They will hang photos of the big blue sky, with its rich cloud patterns. They might also hang photos of the dried clay earth. In fact, photos of dried and cracked earth is a very popular image that people associate with the West. Another popular image that people associate with western art is photos of sand dunes in the desert.
Western wall art doesn't have to be restricted to photos, although there are plenty of them on the market. One can also hang up paintings. One of the most popular Western artists is Georgia O'Keefe. There are lots of her reproductions for sale that can be hung up in a home that features western art. There are also many other visual artist who offer paintings for sale. Beyond paintings or photos, craft objects can be used for western art. Lots of crafts are made from iron and from copper in the west. These crafts are very popular to hang up in a home featuring western art.
For example, people buy iron and copper works of art, such as crosses, or stars. The Lone Star comes from Texas, and nothing represents the Old West like anything Texan. Speaking of other objects that come from Texas that can be used for western wall art, many people hang Longhorn cattle horns in their homes. But the use of horns isn't restricted to Texas, to Longhorn cows or even horns. Many people hang moose, elk or deer antlers as well. They also use animal pelts or woven Mexican blankets for western wall art as well.
Western wall art items are plentiful, and they range in a wide variety of prices. Lots of truly amazing artisan items can be purchased and displayed in the home to create a rich and relaxing atmosphere.