Throughout VTHome we consistently make reference to juxtaposition and the idea of eclectic styling in the home. This week, we’re going to explore the idea of African and tribal art in contemporary homes and provide examples of how it can look fresh and modern.
During the early 1900’s African art became a major influence among European artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Cezanne, and Gauguin. In fact, African figures were what inspired the faces in cubism and helped define the early modernist movement.
My good friend and African Art expert, Cole Harrell, President of Harrell African and Oceanic Art, has a couple of tips to keep in mind if you are considering adding African art to your collection.
1. Look for narratives or themes within your existing collection
For example, if you are a water person, love the beach or have a connection to the water, look for African materials or tribal art that centers around water spirits and coastal regions, etc.
2. Always be sure to check the three A’s
Age, Authenticity and Aesthetics. Make sure that what you are considering is from a reputable source.
3. Don’t be afraid to seek second opinions
Make use of the tribal art community as dealers and as consultants. Most dealers are happy to help new collectors make educated buying choices.
Below are some ideas to inspire you if you are considering spicing up your home with African art.