To attain the full impact of beautifully crafted South African landscape paintings or any other work of art, for that matter, it’s essential to present them properly. Hanging paintings, so that they are the focal point of a room and enhance the space they are in, is an art unto itself.
We have compiled a number of tips that should provide a valuable insight into hanging paintings effectively.
Always ensure that the centre point of a painting or grouping of paintings is at or slightly below the eye level of an average person. Viewers should naturally be drawn to the exciting images without having to readjust their gaze.
When hanging multiple paintings in a group, it’s a good idea to treat them as a single unit. Then it’s simply a matter of following the steps set out below.
Always relate the art work to the size of the wall. Choose large, robust canvasses or a number of petite paintings, arranged in a square, to fill the big blank spaces in your home or office and smaller images for narrower walls and limited areas.
If you are intending to hang a work of art over a chair, lounge or table, it is crucial to correlate the size of the painting with the furniture. The general rule of thumb is that the painting should never be longer than the width of the furniture.
Although illuminating a painting brings out the textures, colours and overall beauty of the work, never hang a painting in direct sunlight. The colours will fade and the paint may peel or crack, effectively destroying an authentic and valuable piece of art.
Avoid extremes, be it heat or humidity, as they can also irrevocably change the appearance of the painting.
Most paintings are sold with a hanging device, which is in essence a piece of strong nylon string that stretches from left to right on the back of the painting. A hanging device such as this allows the user the freedom to adjust the height of the hanging picture simply by undoing the knots in the string - rather than installing multiple nails or screws into a wall.
If you follow these easy steps the perspective, colour, tone and mood of your newly acquired South African landscape painting will be enhanced to the optimum, creating a majestic display in your home or office.
South African landscape paintings
Browse our online collection ofSouth African landscape paintingsby emerging and established artists includingMauro Chiarla,Errol Norbury,David Bucklow,Willie StrydomandGerrit Roon, then select one that catches your eye and your home will never be the same again!
A frame is a decorative edging for a picture, such as a painting, photograph or print. The frame on a picture compliments the artwork’s content by enhancing its features, composition and colourations. Frames come in any number of different styles, sizes, colours and finishes - from simple painted wood to hand-finished gold leaf and everything in between.
Art mediums are the materials used by the artists to create a body of work. Oil paint, watercolour, acrylic paint and ink are popular media types, so too are a number of dry art mediums including pastel, charcoal, pencil and graphite.
The base material on which the pigment is applied is also considered an art medium. Canvas art, framed art and works on textiles, cardboard, wood, Perspex, paper, terracotta and a host of other materials are regularly used.
Township art has long been an integral part of South Africa’s long struggle for freedom and was, in effect, shaped and moulded by the politics of social change. Aspirant black artists chose to depict their oppressive realities in robust, colourful mixed media representations which were, and still are, completely unique to the region.