Wednesday, 24 October 2012

House for an Art Lover Christmas Show

I'll also have some work on display at Glasgow's House for an Art Lover over Christmas.

The House for an Art Lover is a design by Charles Rennie Mackintosh made in 1901 (for a competition run by a German design magazine, but disqualified for being a late entry).  It was never built in his lifetime, but was later constructed in Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, opening in 1996. 


Here's the rather fine Music Room.


It combines all the typical Mackintosh aesthetic, that so wowed the Secessionist movement on the Continent, especially in Vienna, but largely left Mackintosh an unsung hero during his lifetime. The contrasts and tensions between black and white, masculine and feminine, organic and geometric, and the sense of the vitality and cycle of life with the design references to trees, buds, flowers and seeds, were all startlingly different to the dark, cluttered look of contemporary Victorian interiors. 

Detail from the Music Room, House for an Art Lover by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Declan O'Doherty)
 


Stained Glass Door Panel, House for an Art Lover by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Declan O'Doherty)



 Detail of Door Lock Escucheon, House for an Art Lover by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Declan O'Doherty)
 
 Detail of Chandelier, House for an Art Lover by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Declan O'Doherty)


He had amazing attention to detail, designing the house right down to the cutlery as an organic holistic whole, a machine for living.  Mackintosh's rooms are very clean, uncluttered, enveloping, and sensual.  The man himself was rather hot as well.


Anyway, there's a Christmas show running at the House for an Art Lover from 26th November - 7th January, with a Private View from 6-8pm on Thursday 29th November, so if you're in the area, please do come along.

These are the works on show - 

At the Edge of the Water, White Sands, Morar (Oil on canvas, 20 x 20)
 
Study, Dark Sky, Yellow Moorland (Oil, 6 x 6)

Study, Yellow Grasses, Hell's Glen (Oil, 6 x 6)
 
For more information about the House, please click here.


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