UPCOMING RELEASES: Kristin Endsley 5.20 | Annie King 5.23 | Janelle Martinez Cruz 5.25* | Andreina Bates 5.31
It's a common misconception that abstract art only works with a modern aesthetic. Although it does look great in modern settings, abstract art has the ability to liven up the most traditional interiors. Read on for tips on collecting abstract art for YOUR spaces, more on AK's Well + Wonder release, as well as her relationship with Shoppe Birmingham (the venue for these gorgeous photos).
Placement - Abstract art has the ability to set the mood of an entire room, consider hanging an abstract piece in contemplative spaces like bedrooms and sitting rooms.
Consider Color – Bold colors can stand up to existing colors in your room (for example, we think AK’s artwork looks gorgeous on the green mantle at Shoppe in the image above). Don’t fret if colors are not an exact match, in fact it’s often more interesting when they are not!
Neutral Rooms - If your room has a neutral pallet and you’re looking to add interest and a little edge, a vibrant abstract can be your solution. If you’re willing to step outside of your comfort zone a bit, you will likely be thrilled with the outcome.
Traditional Furnishings – If you gravitate towards traditional furnishings but want to ensure your home doesn’t come across too old fashioned, hang an abstract piece above your furniture and voila! The result is a fresh look with just the right mix of modern and traditional.
AK's Well + Wonder Release:
AK acknowledges color as the central theme of her work. This collection in particular embraces the way color affects emotions and so many aspects of our lives. She has this to say of her highly anticipated Well + Wonder release...
"There are so many feelings and emotions packed into this collection. The past several months have been so challenging, as they have been for everyone. During the pandemic my time in the studio has been sporadic and definitely not free from interruption. The time I did have helped me stay sane during the chaos. It also allowed me to experiment with many ideas and styles, including the colored backgrounds you'll see in this collection."
"Over the last month I've finally been able to focus in my studio and I am so excited to share the results with Well + Wonder. If you know me, you know I'm passionate about color and this collection is all about COLOR! They were a pleasure to create and my hope is that these pieces make someone else as happy as they make me. Thank you so much for the opportunity to share."
"My home and studio are in the Forest Park neighborhood in Birmingham, AL. Shoppe is truly an oasis in our neighborhood and is always a flurry of activity. I have become friends with Mark and Jay over the last few years as my second passion after art is gardening."
(Photo of Mark Thompson)
The feeling is mutual! Mark has this to say of AK and her family...
"From our storefront windows I see neighbors pass by each day. AK is one of those neighbors who has become a dear friend. Whether on one of her morning walks or stopping by in the afternoon with her whole family, she's always upbeat and has something insightful to say. This enthusiasm and energy is reflected in her art."