Iï¿½ve had scores of interior designers filter through my gallery over the years.ï¿½ Out of all these, there are only a handful that I work with.ï¿½ For the most part, the others are always trying to match paintings with the colors of carpets and fabrics.ï¿½ They donï¿½t seem to understand that a painting is a window into another world, and that you donï¿½t try to match a window with anything.ï¿½
ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Iï¿½ve made dozens of presentations to interior designers, Iï¿½ve addressed them in groups, Iï¿½ve addressed them individually, and still little has come of it.ï¿½ For whatever reason, many of those Iï¿½ve encountered donï¿½t seem to speak the language of art so much as the language of decoration.ï¿½ Nor do they seem to understand how difficult the artistï¿½s life is.ï¿½ As a reflection of this, Iï¿½ve often had interior designers borrow paintings to show their clients, then fail to return the works when the sale fell through.ï¿½ Worse yet, a decorator once asked one of my sculptors to design a piece for a foyer, then changed his mind about the whole thing without bothering to tell us, resulting in much wasted time on our part.ï¿½ You should have seen the letter I wrote him.
ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Due to these experiences, I’m highly selective about which interior designers I’ll work with.ï¿½ As for those golden individuals, do they understand art?ï¿½ Very well.ï¿½ Do I give them a discount?ï¿½ Every time.ï¿½ Do I enjoy working with them?ï¿½ Enormously.ï¿½ These designers are competent, hardworking people who love what my artists do, and love introducing them to their clients.ï¿½ How could I find fault with that?ï¿½
ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Similarly, no matter where you live, there is bound to be a group of designers who do have a passion for art, a firm understanding of it, and great respect for the hardships that artists endure.ï¿½ These designers are very much worth working with.ï¿½ I urge you to find them, get to know them, and, if possible, make fans of them.ï¿½ Youï¿½ll benefit from the association, and so will they.
ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ My experience with architects has been quite different from that of designers.ï¿½ After all, it was architects who hired me as art consultant for the National D-Day Memorial, as well for a convention center in Kansas City, as well as for a project at the Mayo Clinic.ï¿½ These projects were significant, but when you consider all the hundreds of mailings Iï¿½ve sent to architectural firms, and the hundreds of conversations Iï¿½ve had with them, the return seems rather small when compared to the effort.ï¿½
ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Thereï¿½s a reason for this.ï¿½ Architects, for the most part, are artists; their projects are their art.ï¿½ As a consequence, they tend to leave the installation of art up to the client, or the clientï¿½s interior designer (God help us).ï¿½ Even so, most major architectural firms do have a designer whose job it is to select art for projects where there is a call for it.ï¿½ These people can be very helpful in assisting you with theï¿½placing of your work.ï¿½ As with designers, make sure you get to know them, and that your galleries do the same.ï¿½ One good architectural contact can, over time, bring you more work than you can easily handleï¿½an enviable dilemma by most standards.