The Art Collection
The Art Collection at Gallery Sorelle Sciarone
The January highlights of the current art collection available for sale at Gallery Sorelle Sciarone. We currently have approximately 100 paintings available by a selection of 8 artists. Because of our Art Historical background at the gallery, our focus is on a careful curation of artists and selecting their best work instead of a continuous stream of new art and artists. Art Historian Tascha Sciarone handpicks each painting.
Each month we pick five works to highlight:
1. Abstract Painting
2. Figurative Painting
3. A Seascape
4. A Landscape
5. A painting that highlights the season or the mood in society.
If you scroll down you will find an overview of all the available paintings.
Do you only want to see landscapes? Use the green button Landscape Paintings.
Highlighted Painting of the month
'Sketch of a sapling' (2020) by Adele du Plessis is the highlighted painting of January 2021.
Too tentative new beginnings.
Highlighted abstract paintings of March
Abstract 5 (2019) - Gemma Jonker
One of her newest abstract paintings in blue has a light feeling embedded as a perfect example of Lyrical Expressionism. As an optimistic starting point during the height of Northern Hemisphere Winter.
Abstract 5 (2019) Gemma Jonker Acrylic on Canvas 90cm x 70cm
Highlighted Figurative Paintings of March
Siberia (1992) Denise van der Burgh.
In Siberia we are reminded by Denise van der Burgh's beautiful rendition of a Siberian cottage door, that even the harshest of places, our human hands can create a beautiful and safe refuge.
Siberia (1992) Denise v.d. Burgh 60cmx 50cm Oil on Canvas
Highlighted Seascapes Paintings of March
Kite Surfers (2021) Jeanette Olyhoek.
Her newest painting, Kite Surfers, painted during the biting cold winter month of January.
Kite Surfers - 2021 - Jeanette Olyhoek - Oil on Canvas 40cm x 50cm
Highlighted Landscape Painting of March
Sunrise I (2019) Marko Klomp.
Sunrise I, a beautiful snowy winter landscape as the sun rises over the ridges of the forest. It is full of beauty and hope.
Sunrise 1 (2019) Marko Klomp - 100x160 - Oil on Linen
Highlighted Painting of March
Riding the Waves #2 Darker waters (2020) - Fiona J Williams
A painting that highlights the season or the mood in society. - Fiona J. Williams
Riding the Waves #2 the darker waves and body fighting into the waves, feels like an apt metaphor for how many people are struggling to keep up hope in the winter months and as COVID fatigue sets in. She is fighting, yet perfectly still while keeping her agency in this trying times.
Riding the Waves II (2020) - Fiona J. Williams - Acrylic on Canvas - 91cm x 61cm
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Buying a painting
Deciding to buy a painting might be because you have a new house or a new interior, or you are financially more independent or just because the image of a painting has not left your head or you have a vague idea of what you want. Usually, it is a combination of some or all these elements. You would love something real and beautiful to complement your life and your home.
Buying something like a painting can be a solitary experience. But buying a painting is most fun when done together with those who will interact with it the most. Paintings are beautiful creations that lend themselves for solitary contemplation and social centrepiece in any interaction.
Our first advice is to buy any and all art with your intuition. It is, in all honesty, the best way to buy art. Buy what you like and what you want. Whatever catches you or your partner's eye or even the children's eye.
However, if you are hesitant, we offer an insight into our curation process of how we curated the paintings Gallery Sorelle Sciarone.
Most of this process is intuitive, but we have taken the time to write out the process.
Our criteria for selecting paintings
Curating our selection of art work
At Gallery Sorelle Sciarone, we have gone through much thought and pains to find artwork ideal for the home.
We aim to represent an intersection of artists out of our region.
Our primary focus is art that resonates as romantic and/or reflective.
This is the criteria we use to judge art we decide to include in our gallery. All inclusion inherently excludes. We are not a gatekeeper to the art world; we merely swim in the larger art world that exists and have to demarcate a part of the ocean, lest we drown. According to the following criteria, the art is judged by best practice, technical knowledge, academic training, and personal intuition.
Hope this gives collectors insight into our curated collection of artworks
Our art Criteria
We look for paintings. We deal solely in painted artwork. Our criteria after that pertain to technical dimensions of artwork and qualitative use of technique compositions and materials by the artists.
First, we look at the dimension.
We look for artwork that fits per dimension in the space of a house. This usually means less than 100 cm x 100 cm due to housing constraints and space. We do, however, have larger works. They are just not taken to the art fair. If someone would explicitly ask for it, we could provide artworks from our artists in a larger format.
Secondly, we look at the quality of the material and technique.
Quality of Material
Even though many works are on linen, canvas or boards, if a work is on another material, we look at the background's sturdiness and longevity. Durability and quality are part of the criteria.
We look at an artist's paint technique. There is a difference between an artist who paints as an action and an artist that paints with a qualitative technique. We talk a lot about the democracy of art on our blog, but we look for artists who have a recognizable technique or style or themes when it comes to representing an artist.
How paint is used on a background and over layers influences the overall quality of an artwork.
Colour plays a massive role in our selection criteria.
We look for colourful work. You will see minimal grey or 'dark' toned works.
The colour blue and ochre are reflected in many of the works. This is due to the peace, stability and energy these colours radiate. We are firm believers in colour theory (and therapy).
Both colours are relaxing and subduing colours. So you will see a lot of rich ochres and blue (green) works in the gallery. Brown and ochre is a stable and warm colour that radiates simplicity and a solid foundation. The colour is safety and confidence. Blue is on the opposite of the colour spectrum and complements the brown colour. Blue conveys calmness and peace but can also stimulate the intellectual thought process. The colour is loyal, responsible and cooling. These two colours fit in a home in contemporary society where we are almost constantly overstimulated. That being said, these are not the only two colours in paintings. Brown can morph into a pale shade of yellow, and blue can progress into a cool green. Now there are reds, just not that much.
Red activates, is warm and can draw you in and overpower you. Red is passionate and dramatic. It is vibrant, energetic and sexual. Red makes you hungry and activates you to do. This colour has less space in a modern home where we are constantly sensory stimulated. So you see red to a much lesser extent in the gallery.
Beyond or above the range of average or physical human experience.
'the search for a transcendent level of knowledge.'
Surpassing the ordinary; exceptional.
'her transcendent beauty.'
- (of God) existing apart from and not subject to the limitations of the material universe.
- (in scholastic philosophy) higher than or not included in any of Aristotle's ten categories.
- (in Kantian philosophy) not realizable in experience.
The final painting alludes to a complete and full analysis. The artwork does not have to be understood entirely by the artists in depth and layers. A painting should have several layers embedded in the work. Depth is something that comes from a quality of technique, composition and thought. The artist may know the first layer and aware of more. We feel there should be several layers of emotion, meaning; sphere should be inherited in a piece of art. One can often immediately sense these different layers when one is present with a painting. What these layers exactly are, are not always apparent, but makes the painting suitable for active contemplation or as background pieces in any home. This is what truly makes a painting an artwork. The range a painting has passes its two-dimensional technical qualities.
Romantic and Reflective
We have further constrained the marker of depth by looking for a romantic and reflective character found in a painting. Romantic art used the western art historical canon to art stream from the end 18th century. It was seen as a way to uncover the great mysteries of life. Romanticism could uncover emotion, imagination, and intuition. Nature was especially celebrated as a classroom for self-discovery and learning, the place in which mysteries could be revealed to the mind of man. Romantic art is lovely, with a depth of human understanding. The term Reflective is superfluous and romantic art, as Romantic art reflects the self and society. However, reflectiveness is another criteria, as the term is also the act of painting itself. It's a conscious, thoughtful creation. Meditative is another term used interchangeably with reflective as the creation of the artwork should be, to an extent, thoughtful. Overtly violent or traumatic themes or layers are rejected as these are not what we want to present our clients or have in our homes.
Our criteria of depth and meaning is difficult to pinpoint what it is in an artwork. Our paintings have been chosen as they have several layers and makes you curious. We never just have a pretty painting of a cup or a flower or a tree without a more extensive association or emotion. It is not always apparent to the artist, us, or even the new owner. Often, we all see something completely different when we are pressed to express it, but we do feel that the artwork is more than just what we see. Without this, a painted piece just will not bring joy to anyone else except the maker for a short time.
We have sifted through hundreds of artists and thousands of work to curate this selection of paintings.
We hope you find something that speaks to you as these works have spoken to us at Gallery Sorelle Sciarone.
For a more in depth reading about our selection criteria, please visit this article.