The Art of Choosing Art

Hot News, Artscope, 2006.

The Art of Choosing Art

Internationally recognized Perth artist, Shannon Hamilton, has these tips for how to choose the best piece of art for your home or office or office.

Shannon creates appealing a contemporary artwork, and developed her self-taught career as an occupational therapist. Her work has been featured in galleries in New York, Singapore and throughout Australia.

“Artwork can change the entire look and feel of a room – but for the artistically challenged choosing the right piece can be a daunting task,” says Shannon.

1. Listen to your instincts – your immediate reaction to a painting is a strong guide as to whether it will fit into your home or office space.

2. Test the Water – most galleries and artists will allow you to loan artwork for a week with a security deposit. Look at the piece at different times of the day and see how it makes you feel.

3. Size does matter – the size and shape of a painting will have an impact on a space. To frame the work nicely, place the artwork at eye level, trying to keep an equal distance between each side and the edge of the wall.

4. The frame game – unframed canvases create a casual feel and a formal appearance can be created with a framed work.

5. Get the right light – direct natural night can often create reflection and detract from apiece of artwork, particularly if it is framed behind glass.

6. Feature benefits – creating a coloured feature wall behind artwork may help to attract the eye to that part of the room.

7. For business and pleasure – do your research; ask for the artist’s CV, previous exhibition list, pricing history and collectors who have purchased their works. This will help you choose artwork that is not only enjoyable, but will hopefully appreciate in value.

8. Enjoy yourself – artwork is pleasurable to choose and own. It should make you feel good everyday.

Most of Shannon’s works are sold studio direct which means buyers get to ‘connect’ with the artist. To view a range of her work visit