Art brings soul to a space and individualises it. I believe in buying real art, not replica, mass-produced prints and posters. A successful piece of art connects with the audience. It moves and effects them on an emotional level. A room isn’t complete until the art is hung. Mia Oatley is an artist whose work I follow closely. I admire her creativity and how she embraces colours that evoke pure joy and freedom. She was also recently was a finalist in The Archibald Prize.
I was lucky enough to chat with Mia, to find out more about her vibrant style. I have selected great furniture pieces to complement my favorite artworks by Mia.
Vivid, free and constantly evolving. I believe in colour psychology. The power colour has to influence moods, emotions and behaviour.
I’m an energetic and positive person and my colourful paintings are an extension of that. It makes me happy when people tell me that my work brings them joy!
When I’m decorating at home I love making my huge paintings the main feature. The paintings create a lot of personality and mood within the space.
To create a relaxed and calm, feel I’d use cool greys, deep blues and white, with some funky prints or collages of sea scenes or cloudscapes.
Larger portraits or figurative pieces work very well in living rooms. Colour wise I love teal green, vivid white, orange and splashes of soft violet.
To encourage energy, inspiration and creativity, I think birds or animals would be great in an office environment. It’s fun and fresh. In terms of colours, I like magenta, yellow, turquoise and soft greys.
I love every colour! But my go-to happy colour is yellow.
I am drawn to painting curvaceous women. Outside of painting, I believe very strongly that confidence and health are a woman’s best assets.
Miranda Skoczek, Rachel Castle, George Raftopoulos, Mark Whalen, Lionel Bawden and Kate Banazi.
If the piece is relatively inexpensive, then connection and just loving the artwork is the main thing. If the piece is more expensive, do your research.
Want to see more of Mia Oatley’s work? If you’re based in Sydney check out her solo exhibition at NG Art Galleries from 29 July- 14 August. You can also view Mia’s work at Gallery One on the Gold Coast or on her website.