What We Saw at Silicon Valley Contemporary

This weekend, we stopped by Silicon Valley Contemporary, the first contemporary art fair to take place in Silicon Valley. The fair was held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center from April 10 — 13. As the website explains: 

The fair’s mission is to create the “next generation art fair” by establishing a bridge between the worlds of art + tech by showcasing cutting edge new media and moving image works and installations.

We walked around the booths and also attended a panel discussion called “How to Effectively Build a Corporate Collection.” The panelists included gallery and architecture experts as well as Five Senses Art Consultancy founder Alexandra Ray and Saatchi Art Chief Curator and Director Rebecca Wilson. The talk highlighted some key points about art collecting today, including the idea that physical galleries and online ones can coexist.

We saw some interesting pieces as well. Check out photos from the fair below! 

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Sunday’s attendees

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Before Warhol by Devorah Sperber

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Mirus Gallery booth 


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Paintings made with drones by KATSU 

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Horizon by Thomson and Craighead 

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detail, Proximity Cinema Performance Documentation at The Black Forest, Germany by Tiffany Trenda

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Addressability by Jeff Guess

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Depth Charge by Gary Hill

New Guest Curator: Curbly

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Capree Kimball is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Manager for Curbly, a design community for people who love where they live and want to bring out the best in their home. With a deep love of Victorian-era “fancy lads,” 19th Century anatomy drawings and tin robots, she is bringing her unique and bold aesthetic to her very own UGallery collection.

We love the group of pieces that she put together! Check out some her favorites below and see the full collection here.

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DL Watson, Pink Martini, 2014

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Lucille Pack, Miss Universe 1953, 2009

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Susan K Boyle, Rhythmic 3, 2013

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Ina Shtukar, Peonies in a Vase, 2014 

Eye on Interior Design: Lauren Flax

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Do you love this work space design as much as we do? This is the work of interior designer Lauren Flax of Flax-Design, the newest designer featured in our Eye on Interior Design Series.

Lauren also runs the blog Splendid Objects, a website dedicated to showcasing beautiful design, art and spaces. The blog caught our eye for its gorgeous examples of how to use art to design a great room. 

We asked Lauren about her passion for design, advice for decorating with art and more. 

Tell us a little bit about what you do.

I’m an interior designer with a residential and hospitality focus. My day-to-day schedule involves a lot of running around. I’m either sourcing for projects, managing renovations or meeting with clients. I’m very rarely at my desk!

When did you first get interested in interior design?

I have always been interested in design – for as long as I can remember. When I was 5 years old my parents hired a decorator and I nixed all of his ideas. I realized that this was my calling right then and there. I had strong opinions on how things should function and look.

I noticed you also run a blog portion of Splendid Objects. What has been your favorite post so far?

I began running Splendid Objects while I was in design school to build up my taste and aesthetic and it became a great reference source for my design business. I’ve cataloged so many great ideas over the years that have been so helpful in current projects. I don’t think there is a single post that I love the most. I’m inspired by a variety of different design related topics, I can’t pinpoint just one.

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What kind of art do you like?

My art taste these days is modern and abstract. I love bold brushstokes, color and high contrast. I love discovering emerging young artists, everyone needs someone to back their work in the beginning.  

What’s your best piece of advice when it comes to decorating a home with art?

The best advice I ever received (which I always refer back to when it comes to design) is that the art should dictate the room’s design and not the other way around. Ideally, you start with a painting or a photograph and you draw your colors, texture and pattern from the painting so that the room’s design is cohesive and the painting blends into the design seamlessly.

Give us a fun fact about yourself. 

If I weren’t designing for a living I think I’d be an equestrian. I love horses as much as design! 

You can follow Lauren on InstagramTwitter and Facebook

Art One-on-One: Saying Hello to Spring

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Roxanne Steed, First Blush – Rhododendrons in Sunlight, 2012

Our recent new art and the uncharacteristically warm weather near our San Francisco office got us thinking about Spring! 

One of the best parts of the season are the colors — bright sunshine, blooming flowers, gorgeous butterflies and more. We can almost hear the birds chirping.

We decided to spend time on a painting that reminds us of the season’s beauty. For this Art One on One, we focused on a piece by Roxanne Steed. The oil painting on masonite board captures the gorgeous color of flowers in a vase.  

Roxanne explains: 

I crave brilliant light on flowers. I painted this piece en plein air in my garden. The sunlight through the cobalt blue glass casts wonderful shadows on the white linen tablecloth. 

Many of our artists paint en plein air — which means outside in nature — and it really shows in their rendition of light and color. The painterly texture reminds us of an Impressionist painting. Even focusing just on the vase reveals a lot of activity, like the mixture of different shades of blue and purple. We can’t see much background so it feels like an intimate, up-close encounter with these pretty flower.

It’s great to slow down and focus on details like flower petals, the color of a vase and the shadows on a tablecloth. We love that artists can help us look at common objects in a different way.

What do you think of the piece? Share your thoughts on this piece in the comments! 

Thursdays are Better with New Art

Make this Thursday even more artsy with our new pieces. Photography, painting and more come together in this week’s colorful set. We’ve got some pieces especially great for all you music and ice cream lovers. 

Peruse a few works below and see the full collection here. Tell us which pieces you enjoy the most in the comments! 

Charles Pace, Musician’s Piano, 2013

JJ Galloway, Ice Cream Sandwich, 2014

Najib Aschrafzai, Luminous Nights in Central Park, 2012

Recap: UGallery at the Affordable Art Fair

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We’ve wrapped up our time at the Affordable Art Fair! 

The fair took place April 3 — 6 at The Metropolitan Pavilion. The event takes place with the goal to expose artists to viewers and let buyers take home some great art. We’ve participated in the event for a few years now and this year was another success.

It all started with a few boxes… 

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…then we chose just the right places to showcase the work. 

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And the fun began! In booth 1.56, we showcased the work of Allen Wittert, Jonelle Summerfield, Jessica JH Roller, John Diehl, Warren Keating, Piero Manrique, Krispen Spencer, Robert Mullenix, Scott Bergey and Jim Zwadlo. 

It was a record-breaking year for us — we sold about 58 artworks! 

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We also loved the crowd. They kept the energy going throughout the day. This year, AAF introduced a late night event on Thursday that got the party going with cocktails. On Sunday, plenty of families stopped by to check out our pieces. It was also great to see our artists Piero and Allen.

All in all, a fantastic few days with art lovers and talented artists! 

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If you missed out on the event, you can browse our AAF pieces here. Thank you to New York for a wonderful time!  

New Guest Curator: The Effortless Chic

Wardrobe stylist Jen Pinkston of The Effortless Chic has en eye for fashion, interiors, entertaining and more! She especially loves “effortless, everyday style.” Jen has worked on projects for major brands like Anthropologie, Coach and Gap. 

We asked her to pick the UGallery pieces that she loved most. Check out some of her favorites below and see the full list here.

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Rebecca Plotnick, On the French Rivera, 2011

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Simon Lee, Umbrellas, 2009

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Autumn Rose, Fancy Pants, 2014

Artist in Focus: Susa Dosa

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Light Hug, 2011

Photographer Susa Dosa describes her work as feminine and dreamy and we couldn’t agree more. Susa creates beautifully composed photographs all taken under natural light and then blurred slightly afterwards. We love the soft scenes she creates and chatted with the artist about her background and process. Keep reading to find out more about Susa and a special giveaway! 

What is your earliest art/photography memory?

In my childhood when I was about  seven to eight years old my sweet neighbor a girl, just few years older than me, was a multi-talented soul: drawing, painting, making jewelry. I was amazed of her talent, and I fell in love with the act of “creating.” I learnt from her many craft techniques, and basically that was the time when I opened my mind to crafts and arts as well. 

When a child is inspired, magic happens; the creative way of thinking I believe, will be there for ever. For decades I didn’t see her, and I never had the chance to tell her how much she affected my life: maybe it’s time to say a thank you for being a patient friend and teaching me: Thank You Iren Lövey! 

What is your favorite piece in your UGallery portfolio? 

My favorite piece must be “Light Hug,” a sensitive timeless piece, for me. Or maybe “Unconditional”… hard to decide. We all wish to experience unconditional love, but unfortunately many people never get it. On the hand, people give up just because they get tired of the search or hate being alone, then they living in a unhappy partnership. “Unconditional” is about waiting calmly for the “real thing.” I love everything about those two pieces. Those are very much about love, the real and true “me.” Oh, dear I am deadly romantic.

What/where would you say is your greatest source of inspiration?

My inspirations are paintings and the subject itself. Most of my works are assignments, private artistic nude photography, bodyscapes. Woman love to document their beauty. The inspiration is always original ‘cause I combining the subject’s needs and what I see — what I find the best to show about her. The end result, I can say proudly, is always a success. Most probably because the images has an artsy sensual feeling and I never go to the side of commerce erotic style. My goal is to create art with average people, kind of what they are able to display at their home.

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Silk and Hide, 2011

What is the best piece of advice that was given to you in terms of photography?

Oh, that was not an advice but a simple question from my friend while she was browsing the first nude set I ever made: “when will you understand that you are a real  artist?” That was a kick that time because until then I photographed just for “myself.” I understood then that people see me as an artist — damn, I am an artist. So, I got the courage to share and sell my images on the net.

Are there any photographers/artists that inspire you or that you try to emulate?

No specific artist because there are so many amazing artists out there. There are specific pieces or details that inspire me: the angels of William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Caravaggio, “Blue Nude” by Picasso, Christian Lacroix’s colors and patterns on his design. My favorite photograph is “Balance” by Gregory Michael King. Also the very honest portraits of Thomas Balsamo. It’s a pretty eclectic set. 

What is your most important photography tool (whether it be physical or mental)? 

Being alone at least an hour before a nude photo session is very important for me. If I am calm and relaxed the subject also feels that and easily opens up, trusting me from the start.

What is it exactly that you want to say with your photographs?

Every woman is beautiful. Sensuality rules. Love in every form is the most important act of life!

We’re giving away one of Susa’s photographs! Visit our Pinterest photography board this Saturday, March 29 at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST for a chance to win! 

New Guest Curator: BriGeeski

We are giving a big welcome to our newest guest curator BriGeeski! 

BriGeeski sums up her personality in four words: designer, blogger, foodie, momma. This graphic designer and blogger runs a beautiful blog with tips on how to decorate for events, what to whip up in the food and drink departments and more! If you have a party coming up, definitely check out her party planning section.

We love Bri’s photography and writing and asked her to curate a collection of UGallery pieces. The pieces she chose show a great variety of artists and mediums. 

Check out some of her favorites below and see her guest curated collection here.

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Justin Wheeler, A Cuppa Joe - Koffee Klatch, 2010

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Alexandra Henry, Chinatown Graffiti, 2010

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Chelsea Fisher, Shades, 2010

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Paolo Ferraris, Vibrato, 2013

New Art to Add Some Color to Your Day

Take your Thursday from average into beautiful with some new additions to our collection!

Each Thursday, we add more pieces to our ever-growing collection of photographs, paintings and more. This week, we are introducing some soothing landscapes, captivating city views and touching photographs. 

Check out some of the pieces below and browse the full collection here.

Michael Busch, World Financial Center and Freedom Tower, 2014

Talia Rainyk, Wind, 2014

Cheryl Johnson, Layer Layer, 2013


Victoria Veedell, Autumn Light Vermont, 2014