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"This was one of my first
purchases, and it was just
love at first sight," says
the owner of this Perth
apartment, gazing at a painting by local
artist Robert Birch (pictured above). e
work -- a swirl of brilliant-green abstract
forms -- has defined the decor of a sitting
room at the front of the home.
"I just love the vitality of it and the
strength of line that it demonstrates," the
owner adds. "It immediately spoke to me
and I had to have it. I hadn't even worked out
whether it would fit into the house we were
living in at the time."
A tendency to buy work on impulse isn't
unusual for this art lover, and it is perhaps
the reason why her collection is so eclectic.
roughout the home, pieces by Australian
greats Margaret Olley, John Coburn and
Arthur Boyd intermingle with those by
lesser known artists and students. "I buy
for the aesthetic qualities, or maybe for
the promise that a particular artist shows,"
explains the owner.
"I'd like to feel that I was disciplined,
that I was buying within certain parameters
to represent a certain number of artists, but
I can't say that," she adds. Nonetheless,
an eye for beautiful, moving and sometimes
confrontational pieces draws this extensive
Since she began buying art in the 1970s,
the owner has accumulated more than
60 works. Her apartment, which was
purchased off the plan, has been modified to
accommodate as many of these as possible.
is included changing plans for a
bedroom door to allow for more hanging
space. e result is a gallery-like entrance
to the home, with artwork lining a hallway
leading to the main living area beyond.
"I buy for the aesthetic qualities... you can only be happy in a space
surrounded by things you enjoy and like, and have an affinity with."
Bold, vivid artworks by Robert Birch (left and above), add impact
to the sitting room at the entrance to the home. These paintings
steered the colour of the wall and furniture.
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