New Art Thursday: The Great Outdoors

In this week’s new art, we noticed a lot of beautiful snapshots of the outdoors. From someone frolicking in the snow to an adorable pig wading through the water, these images got us in the mood to get outside and play. 

Peruse a few our favorites below and check out the full collection here. What’s your favorite? 

Gary Spetz, Many Glacier Lodge, 2014

Maria Plotnikova, Triple Somersault, 2013

Michael Busch, Winter Surf on Fire Island, 2014

Ronald Erskine, Scripps Pier, 2012

Chris Gug, Hog Heaven, 2013 

Eye on Interior Design: Christina Sanchez

Creating the perfect interior environment involves a few good elements and oftentimes someone to help you put all the pieces together. 

In our new series, Eye on Interior Design, we speak with interior designers about their passion, background and designing tips — especially when it comes to art! In this installment, we caught up with Christina Sanchez from fawn.

Christina loves seeing the potential in spaces and finding objects that really catch your eye. Keep reading to find out more about her! 

Tell us a little bit about what you do

I have a natural ability to visualize space and a passion for design. I use this to help people reimagine a space and bring new life to their homes and workspaces. My specialty is in renovating houses. I see a lot of homes from the 60’s and 70’s that need updating. I can almost instantly see the potential of a space and love helping people imagine and bring to life their dream home.

When did you first get interested in interior design?

When I was a kid. I would sit in a space a redesign it in my mind. My first memory of this is about age seven. Then I found myself doing this almost everywhere I went, observing details and thinking about ways I would change a room. I started reading Elle Decor when I was ten or so and always found myself in the design section of a book store paging through exotic design books. I was so thrilled when I found out that interior design was a job!

Your company is called ‘fawn’ and has a cute little deer logo. Where did you get the idea for the name?

I made it up! It describes two things. The first is the feeling you get when you see something special, just what you’re looking for, and it inspires you and stays with you. I’m all about finding that inspiration and using it in creating space. I thought this process related best to the term “fawning” over something.  

The second reason comes from my education. I studied Frank Lloyd Wright in college and wrote about the integration of nature into his designs. He had a philosophy that a home should feel like a fawn sitting at the edge of a forest — protected and comfortable, while looking out at a vast expanse in front of them. This image stuck with me and has influenced my design philosophy. It was just a coincidence that fawn ended up being the name of my company, but looking back I’m sure that image stayed in my subconscious somewhere.

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What kind of art do you like?

I like many different styles and have always been drawn to realism through my studies in art history. I spent a semester living in Italy studying art history and Roman architecture so the Italian aesthetic has become part of my genes. Primarily I love rich color, movement and a story behind a piece of art. Generally I tend to specify more modern work in my interiors, but really I buy art based on what speaks to me. My personal collection has modern New Mexican folk art paintings and photography.

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

Go with your gut. If you love a piece then it’s likely you’ll love it for a long time.

Give us a fun fact about yourself

I can never stop designing. I’ve done wedding coordination, furniture design, photography and have recently gone into personal styling. I think it’s in my blood, both of my grandfathers designed homes for themselves and my father was a photographer for 25 years.

Stay tuned for the next interview! 

A Special Room Makeover with a UGallery Piece

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We love seeing how artworks can transform a space — especially when it’s a UGallery piece! 

Bri Emery of designlovefest recently decided to give her bedroom a makeover. To give the room a fresh look, she asked Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay for help (she’s guest curated for us before!). Together, Bri and Victoria created a gorgeous bedroom design that includes a work by Gregory Hochmuth called The Sky Above. 

We love the way Victoria and Bri use the image to really tie the room together. The pops of pink and grey color really help certain tones in the photograph stand out, too. 

Bri writes: 

the photo above the bed is by an artist named  gregor hochmuth and is available through ugallery here. it’s the danish pavilion at shanghai’s world expo 2010. i also realllllly love this print from their shop! it sort of reminds me of a wes anderson vibe.

Check out her full blog post here and an entry from sfgirlbybay. Special thanks to Victoria and Bri. What a great project! 

All photos courtesy of designlovefest, taken by Laure Joliet

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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