Research Point – Domestic Interiors

Research Point – Domestic Interiors

When first given this exercise to research domestic interior artists, I thought it would be quite difficult to find many artists or images – but I discovered that it was quite the opposite. I found of an abundance of artists and images, I struggled to limit what it was I wanted to share. Here are a few images and thoughts as to why I chose them.

Figure 1: Sands, E (1910-1) The Chintz Couch, [Oil on wood] Tate Modern

Ethel Sands was known as a very gracious hostess, this she got from her parents. The image above shows a lavish couch with pictures on the wall framing the scene. The muted blue tones of the paint helps the vase of white lilies pop. At first glance I thought the painting was a mixture of blues and yellows but upon further study of this image I found out it was the background of the wood showing through. This minimalist approach was inspiring to show that you don’t have to fill the whole canvas to make an impact. I love how with the small band of white across the couch implies that there is a small opening in the closed curtains to the left.

Figure 2, Ratcliffe, W 1918. Attic Room [Oil painting on plywood] Tate Modern

William Ratcliffe was well know for painting interiors of his and family’s homes. The image above is the attic room he was staying in whilst visiting his brother. Before he became a painter he worked for a wallpaper design company. this knowledge and technique is shown through the continuity of the wallpaper and the reflection in the patterned rug. The dusky light shining through the window looks like it could be early morning and is giving a dusky rose tone to the entire room. This painting was done in 1918 which was post war. The minimalist style reflects this time as the war was ending and people often didn’t have much to in the way of lavish possessions. The room consists of purely the essentials. This is also shown through the fact that Ratcliffe only has he boots on show and no other clothes flung over the chair. To me this implies that Ratcliffe is a very, organised neat person.

Figure 3 Hockney, D  [paint on canvas] Tate Modern

David Hockney’s simplicity in his child like painting is alluring. His use of colour is exciting, the small flex of yellow imply the weather is warm and bright, but the blue of the terrace gives the appeal that it’s cool away from the hot sun. The overflow of giant leaves trying to onto the terrace adds to the shade appeal.

Figure 4 Hopper, E (1952) Morning Sun [Oil on Canvas]

I really like this picture of Edward Hopper’s Morning Sun, especially as most of my interior sketches are simple. The woman in the pink slip seems to be looking far off into the distance as though longing for something beyond the run of the mill life that the building out the window reflects. It was looking at this painting that I decided I wanted to try and get a section of window in my composition giving the partial view of what was outside.

Figure 5 Freeman, J 2016 Studio Interior #1. Woodcut Print

John Freeman is an artist, graphic designer. I really enjoyed this abstract design of his art studio from all the different angles. I really want to try and experiment with more abstract images. I really appreciate the technique and the disciple of the print work design and how with the different perspectives the compositions makes it look like an abstract guide to his studio. Despite it being abstract you can still get a feel of the layout of the room and how it feels to Freeman.