Study: Men + Art = Happiness

Tweet In honor of Father’s Day, I thought I would share some insight into men: Art makes them happy! Norwegian Men are known for seeking happiness in life, they even build research teams tasked to discover how they can be more … Read More

In honor of Father's Day, I thought I would share some insight into men: Art makes them happy!

Norwegian Men are known for seeking happiness in life, they even build research teams tasked to discover how they can be more satisfied in life!

In a recent study conducted by these happiness seekers,  it was determined that men that enjoy cultural activities are better off in mind and body than their uncultured counterparts.  The study followed on over 50,000 men and women to tracked their personal satisfaction, perceived state of health, anxiety and depression. Overall, both men and women who participated in cultural activities—including enjoying fine artwork, had lower levels of anxiety and depression, reported more life satisfaction, and generally “felt better” than those not participating in cultural activities. But the biggest beneficiaries were men. And here’s the strange part: men more interested in watching and looking at fine art images— at home, in museums and art galleries – enjoyed the greatest benefits of all; even more than men actively participating in cultural and creative activities. Lucky for you guys, Gallery Direct has a lot of images hand selected just for the guys!   Here are our top "Guy Art" picks: [caption id="attachment_1410" align="alignleft" width="153"] The Gunfighter by Benjamin Arnot[/caption] This image, The Gunfighter, is a favorite among the guys in the Gallery Direct office. Printed on aluminum and framed it was recently featured in our Gallery right out, Joseph Garcia's office.  This is a creation by Benjamin Arnot, he combines his painting with digital imagery, adding in a geometrical element.  Very manly, yet tasteful! [caption id="attachment_1414" align="alignright" width="255"] Urban Radio II by Sara Abbott[/caption] Graffiti images are very trendy right now and are a top pick among our male customers. Sara Abbott has several graffiti images, including the image to the right. These images look great on any substrate, I think the bigger the graffiti image, the cooler the effect. These next images are sexy, yet sophisticated. Appreciating the female form in a tasteful way can liven up any room, giving it a sexy contemporary look. Cherry Rain I & II by Sia Aryai           For more art for guys browse Gallery Direct's Art For Him Collection

Most Delish Design Eye Candy: Lonny Magazine

Tweet As the visual marketing and merchandising lead for Gallery Direct, a major part of my job is keeping an eye on interior design trends. That means I get to spend part of my day trolling design blogs, Houzz, Pinterest … Read More

As the visual marketing and merchandising lead for Gallery Direct, a major part of my job is keeping an eye on interior design trends. That means I get to spend part of my day trolling design blogs, Houzz, Pinterest and Piccsy for the most stunningly inspiring images to share with Gallery Direct customers (I know, poor me).

I thought I'd start sharing a few of my absolute favorite web haunts for great design inspiration, and today I want to talk about Lonny Magazine.

Lonny is an an online design magazine that's chock-full of to-die-for products, great decorating tips, and house tour photo arrays that make me want to climb through my computer screen and make myself at home.

If you're an art and design junkie like I am, I highly suggest adding Lonny to your daily reading list.

I completely fell in love with two images in Lonny's November issue; both feature oversized artwork with a graffiti-esque, gritty feel:

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="476"] Image Credit: Lonny Magazine[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="476"] Image Credit: Lonny Magazine[/caption] Amazing, right? I'm considering a similar look for my new living room. If you're inspired too, check out our Urban Edge collection on Gallery Direct. I also took the liberty of pulling a few of my favorite pieces for your consideration: [gallery order="DESC"] Want one? Find them here...
Top Row:
Raisonne II by Sean Jacobs
Street Language by Todd Camp
Bottom Row:
Graffiti I by Sara Abbott
Rogue Waves I by Sara Abbott
East Side of Town by Sara Abbott

Imaginary Tales

Tweet It took me a while to warm up to the idea of figurative paintings. In the past, I felt weird about liking them—like, am I a huge creep for being so drawn to a picture when I don’t know … Read More

It took me a while to warm up to the idea of figurative paintings. In the past, I felt weird about liking them—like, am I a huge creep for being so drawn to a picture when I don’t know the person depicted? I recently decided I’m over it and Katherine Fraser is responsible for changing my mind. Whether I’m a creep or not, her paintings are just plain beautiful. And if the purpose of art is to make you think, they certainly do the job: Fraser’s portraits are haunting. Her images are striking in their vivid detail and a little bit disconcerting in their intimacy. I don’t know the women in Fraser's paintings, but I feel like I can imagine feasible stories about them based on their faces and surroundings. It’s become a game…what’s the story behind the image expressed in a single sentence? She’s swathed in black for a clandestine meeting; her feathery stole will help her blend in with the shadows. [Stare by Katherine Fraser]             She’s sleepwalking across an empty landscape, dreaming a dream-within-a-dream. [Constellations by Katherine Fraser]         She’s staring into her bathroom mirror and contemplating the symmetry of her reflected features. [Intuition by Katherine Fraser]             An oversized framed print of “Constellations” is about to find a home on the wall of my new den. I love the look of black and navy together, and I think the inky blue of the night sky in the piece will look fabulous with my soft grey walls and graphic black-and-white throw pillows: See more of Katherine Fraser’s gorgeous portraits here.

Figurative = Feeling

Tweet One of my most favorite paintings is “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt. I remember studying this piece in my Art History course in college. Did you know it is one of the top 10 most famous paintings in the … Read More

One of my most favorite paintings is "The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt. I remember studying this piece in my Art History course in college. Did you know it is one of the top 10 most famous paintings in the world ever according to mostinterestingfacts.com? Gustav, the Vienna master, painted this in 1907. The painting depicts a couple surrounded by a gold blanket and ornaments sharing a moment of shear passion: the perfect kiss. Every time I look at it, it gives me many feelings and memories of times I've felt these feelings before. Figurative art seems to do that for me. I guess it's something about seeing the expression or position of someone as well as the perspective. In this case the facial expression of the woman being kissed. Did you know you can order a print of "The Kiss" at Gallery Direct? The customers who have purchased it have given it 5 stars. Here is what one said about it: "I was so excited when I received my Klimt. I chose it to go over my fireplace in my living room and it looks perfect there! It really makes a statement and sets the tone for the entire space, which is exactly what I was looking to accomplish. The construction of the canvas on a wood frame is so light weight it made it simple too hang and it looks like a real piece of art. I couldn't be happier!" Besides selling many of the famous paintings in our Vintage collection we also have lots of figurative art by our current exclusive artists. Some of my favorites are: Deep Contemplation by M. Drake. Classic Beauty V by St. John. And Red Wing by Tatara. So be sure to check them out and see if figurative art does the same to you as it does for me. Also I am going to give you a sneak peek of our upcoming new artist who paints beautiful figurative art. Her name is Katherine Fraser and her art will be launched on March 26th! Here is a sample of some of her art..