As a designer, one of the enjoyable parts of my work is encouraging clients to include a budget for art in their renovations. Sometimes, we may forget or even take for granted the amount of art that surrounds us every day; art in the public sphere such as museums, corporate board rooms or sculptures in a park. It may also be in our private spaces as photographs, children’s drawings attached to the refrigerator or an antique quilt you bought at a flea market.
Art is a very powerful entity. It has influenced the design of the cars we drive, our cell phones and the plates from which we ate breakfast this morning. Art is in everything we see even though we might not think about it right away. It too is a part of our collective culture and a key element in finishing our homes and offices with pieces that articulates to us on a variety of levels. I’m not speaking of obligatory art…that which is placed on a wall to take up space or impress a visitor. I mean the rhythm and harmony of the way furniture is placed in a room and how collectables and artifacts are displayed in that space. Art belongs in our homes and where we work because it’s beautiful. There are no alternative reasons for having art other than for its beauty and the way it makes us feel. However, it isn’t a bad thing if it fits well in a room, enhances the mood and the overall symmetry too.
So speaking of taking your breath away, I want to share someone amazing with you today. Not only is she among the most talented artists I personally know, she is a wonderful human being that lights up a room when she enters.
Shula Singer Arbel is a Los Angeles artist working in acrylic and mixed media. Her work is an exuberant fusion of abstract and representational images; a flattening of form mixed with painterly surfaces. Using bold colors and patterns, she is constantly exploring new territory in her work, evoking the imagination and creating multiple meanings for the viewer. Using a variety of techniques and materials, she creates rich, multi-layered images that evoke landscapes and cityscapes. She has been studying and making art throughout her life, winning accolades and awards along the way.
1. You & Me (warm), 30″x24″ acrylic on canvas
2. Jardin de Joi #9, 24″x18″ acrylic on canvas
3. New Dawn in the City of Angles, 40″x30″ acrylic on canvas
4. Atitlan, 40″x30″ acrylic on canvas
5. City of Angels #2, 48″x36″ acrylic on canvas
6. Jardin de Joi #5, 24″x36 acrylic on canvas
We have several of Shula’s pieces in our personal collection as do a few of my clients. Her work is an inspiring addition to any space and she is available for commissioned pieces for your home or place of work. For additional information about Shula or to see more of her artwork, visit her at: www.shulasingerarbel.com. She is available by appointment and may be contacted in her studio.