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Art and Interiors: Abstracts

by habituallychic

10 . 25 . 10
My love of abstract art is no secret.  I love the colors and movement of the paintings like the one in Kelly Wearstler’s home above.  I think a lot of people see abstract art as just paint slapped on a canvas but a lot of thought usually goes into the work.  Abstract Expressionist artist Joan Mitchell once said, “The freedom in my work is quite controlled, I don’t close my eyes and hope for the best.”  It’s also clear from these examples that they can add life to any room.  I especially love abstract paintings from the 1960’s mixed with furniture from the 18th-century.  Don’t forget to visit the Abstract Expressionist exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art to learn more!
David Collins London flat.

Suzanne Kasler
Elle Decor, March 2008
David Hicks, 1964

Joan Mitchell painting from March 2010 Elle Decor.
Will Wick from Western Interiors magazine.

Elton John residence.


Celerie Kemble
Valentino’s New York apartment.

Stephen Sills

Isabel Lopez Quesada

Stephen Elrod

Morris Louis painting in room by Stephen Sills.

Morris Louis on Reed Krakoff home.

Franz Kline in room by Miles Redd.

Courtney Giles

David Hicks

Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline paintings in Eastman apartment by Billy Baldwin and photographed by Horst.

Steven Gambrel

Heather Clawson

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  1. Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ October 25, 2010 | 2:04 pm

    some really great pieces – my boyfriend was telling me i should be a photographer – i’m thinking of giving it a GO ..

    *kiss kiss*
    PS – love for you to stop by and :
    *Enter Camille Beckman Luxury Give-Away Here*

  2. the NEO-traditionalist October 25, 2010 | 2:10 pm

    Abstracts are some of my very favorite as well. I hope the exhibition is still at MOMA when I’m there in December! Especially love the last shot with your work. So handsome!

    xx Katie

  3. 18 Kerut October 25, 2010 | 2:10 pm

    Yes Indeed! Love that contrast also.

  4. MsMaryContrary October 25, 2010 | 2:33 pm

    I never loved abstract art, but having an instructor in college who forced us to paint and draw abstract really opened my eyes to how difficult to make an abstract interpretation of a thought, person or thing really is.

    A good frame helps too!!

  5. quintessence October 25, 2010 | 2:48 pm

    Also am a huge fan of this mix. The French and Italians have been doing this for decades – we seem to be more recently getting the hang of it.

  6. Karena October 25, 2010 | 2:53 pm

    Heather,you know that abstracts are my very favorite. They are so intriguing. Wow I would love to know the collector with the Rothko, de Kooning, and Kline works!

    Art by Karena

  7. Katie @ Noodle and Boof October 25, 2010 | 2:58 pm

    Will Wick and Suzanne Kasler are my faves!

  8. Modern Country Lady October 25, 2010 | 3:15 pm

    Love the interiors-my favourite-the Franz Kline and the Rothko’s paintings.
    Would I have the time I could do you a quick copy of the Franz Kline-I was trained as an artist and can paint anything you like!!
    Quite handy if you have to decorate on a budget..:-)
    Presently I have ” Lady Agnew” by John Singer Sargeant over my fireplace- actually-a copy- but gives a room a certain chique je-ne sais-quoi!

  9. recessionistala October 25, 2010 | 3:20 pm

    I love how that David Hicks living room from 1964 feels so current, as if it was done this year.

  10. Teresa at Splendid Sass October 25, 2010 | 3:23 pm

    Of course love the Rothco paintings. I really love the paintings in Elton John’s home and the unknown painting.

  11. lisaroyhandbags October 25, 2010 | 3:38 pm

    i love abstract art and the thing that these all have in common is the huge scale of them – they really make an impact in the space which I think makes all the difference. go big or go home! 🙂

  12. Alcira Molina-Ali October 25, 2010 | 4:08 pm

    Beautiful all around.
    The art punctuates and finishes the spaces perfectly.
    Love that swanky shot of the batch pad, btw.
    Ties-in well to the vibe and color scheme of my gaucho-themed post today.
    Cheers, Alcira


  13. Heidiopia October 25, 2010 | 7:36 pm

    Isn’t it funny that the older I’ve gotten, the more I love a well-placed abstract painting in an interior. Wonder what that means?

    Thanks for these beautiful images!

  14. Jessica Davis October 26, 2010 | 2:54 am

    I LOVE this post – in the process of creating a large abstract piece for my living room. I’ll send you a message once I have it up and done and posted on my blog!

  15. qerat October 26, 2010 | 11:00 am

    A Really beautiful post with some of the most striking interiors.

  16. Tina Steele Lindsey October 26, 2010 | 1:42 pm

    As an abstract artist (I see you are, too, very nice, and some others who have commented here) I very much appreciated this post because, yes, abstraction is difficult. I am taking a break as we speak from working on some. Thank you for bringing this to light.

  17. Style Maniac October 26, 2010 | 2:37 pm

    I am in complete abstract agreement. That March 2008 Elle Decor image is one of my all time favorites and resides in my Inspiration Files. The Kasler, Hicks, Gambrel are stunning as well … heck, they’re all great!

    Thanks for the tip on the MOMA show … definitely going to try and make that one.

  18. With love... October 26, 2010 | 3:02 pm

    Wow, these are all amazing. I especially love the one from Stephen Sills. Such a great combination.
    Priscilla Joy

  19. laughingsalmon April 9, 2011 | 4:43 pm

    As an abstract painter over the past %^&)* years…I really LOVE to see exciting pictures beautifully arranged…