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Create an Easy Feature Wall With Dramatic Artwork

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Ideas abound for feature walls, from tiles or textures to wallpaper and wood. Another great idea to consider is art.  No matter if it’s an expensive painting or simply a piece that you love, it can make the room special. An artwork is a great way to draw attention to a space whether it is the centerpiece of…




What looks like ceramic is actually a different material in this work by Japanese avant-garde artist Yuko Nasaka. With the circle as her central theme, Nasaka creates her panels by coating wood in a layer of glue plaster and clay. Then she puts this on a turntable and carves the surface with a palette knife the finished pieces are sprayed with automobile lacquer. Her work is heavily influenced the Japanese industrial revolution of the 1960’s and she was one of the Gutai Group, the first radical, post-war artistic group in Japan. This particular piece uses repetition of the basic shape to engage the viewer. Work by Min Jung Kim Wall Art 150x150
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Cool Dramatic Wall Art Ideas

In a modern take on the mosaic, Doug and Mike Starn have created an engaging piece made from Inkjet prints on Zerkall paper glued to cut LP album covers, and then combined with acrylic paint and magnets. The two are twin brothers and collaborators who mix media and installation methods. They gained a good deal of notoriety when they installed their enormous “Big Bambu” series at the Venice Biennale after debuting it on the roof of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Creating thoughts of time and space, these works by Ma Yongqiang are very provocative and visually engaging. The round mixed media pieces are titled My ID and The Origin of the Universe. Not bold in color, the drama comes from the perspective used and the feeling of movement in the elements of the work. Especially in My ID, the numbers interspersed among the zooming dots lend an even greater futuristic spin to the theme.
Lets Talk Bordeaux Wall Art
Sculptural abstract art is another feature wall option. Colorful and very dimensional, Brian Belott’s puff wall relief is modern and unconventional. Belott is an artist, performer and found art maker based in Brooklyn New York.
Art doesn’t have to be colorful or modern to belong on a feature wall. A historical piece like this model tipi cover from the Donald Ellis Gallery is a perfect example of an important cultural item that is visually striking.  Known internationally for its expertise in antique North American Indian art, the gallery focuses on Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands and Eskimo cultures.
Repetition is also the main technique used here in Zhang Ding’s “Devouring Time.” The large feature wall piece is made from stainless steel cups,  spoons, and copper chopsticks, all plated in 24k gold. Zhang creates pieces that focus on ethnic tensions and marginal urban culture that are undertones in Chinese society. The up-and-coming artist also creates large installations and says he is influence by Federic Fellini, the iconic Italian film director.
Black and white is always a fitting color combination, namely in this wonderful work by Eduardo Terrazas, that lives at the intersection of geometry and traditional handicraft.  This four-piece work is called 1.1.263, and comes from his series “Possibilities of a Structure”, under the subseries “Cosmos.” Many of his works are created like this one, from wool yarn on a board, covered with Campeche wax. Others focus on different materials, as he as been a prolific creator over the past five decades.
Austria’s Marina Anton creates works that show the world of plants and trees but in a very abstract way. The individual elements that you expect to see, such as leaves, branches and roots, are only hints of color, texture or form in her works. The acrylic on canvas pieces express abstract movement and depth and intricacy in a work that’s very alluring. The folds and undulations draw you in to examine their depths.
Love You to the Moon and Back
A bold and colorful piece of art is a real attention-grabber. This bold piece from Puerto Rican-born Angel Otero is large and engaging. Otero uses a technique in his cool paintings whereby he uses “oil skins” in his works. This involves directly applying thick sheets of paint, or thick sheets that have already dried, in his abstract works, that are very textured.
Ideas abound for feature walls, from tiles or textures to wallpaper and wood. Another great idea to consider is art.  No matter if it’s an expensive painting or simply a piece that you love, it can make the room special. An artwork is a great way to draw attention to a space whether it is the centerpiece of a accent wall or the sole decorative element on the wall. Homedit has visited some great art shows over the past few months and has put together a selection of some remarkable works that are great examples of art for a feature wall.
When it comes to art, moving beyond the square and rectangular for a feature wall can be very effective. These two round works are by Matteo Negri and are called the “Kamigami Sea Bubble” and the “Kamigami Sun Bubble,” both created in 2017 from mixed plastic media. The novel framing, round shape and bright colors immediate render them a focal point. Negri, from Italy, focuses on round sculptures and studies “the visual seduction of form, through manipulation of matter,” he writes in his statement. These two pieces, as well as his other cultures, are colorful, lighthearted and thought-provoking.
A vivid geometrical mash-up of elements come together in this enthralling feature wall piece by poet and librarian Ben Gocker. The multi-talented artist creates these mixed media pieces that center around text. By formal training, Gocker is a poet, having studied at the world-famous Iowa Writers Workshop, feeding ground for famous authors the likes of Kurt Vonnegut, Flannery O’Connor and John Irving. His collections include larger installations as well.
Ma Yongqiang Wall art
From paintings of sea creatures or forest fauna to collages of bursting champagne bottles, the works by Swedish-born Karin Brauns are varied and intriguing. This one features a construction made up of antique Bordeaux wine crates in a piece called Got Wine? Let’s Talk Bordeaux. Part of her Wine Art series, it is perfect for wine enthusiasts to display in a tasting area or in any room of the house.
Sculptural art is a more dimensional option that can add interest to a feature wall. The late Italian artist Fausto Melotti created these charming fish sculptures. He mostly worked in brass sculptures and small ceramics.

Bold And Colorful More Wall Art Feature Ideas

Whimsical themes are great options for wall art, especially when they are three-dimensional. Called Love You to the Moon and Back, the wall art is by Olga Lomaka and is part of her series, Pink Magi. While it features the playful  figure of the pink panther, the work is actually an exploration of the “interplay between the masculine and feminine — as both universal and individual energies which organize, determine and create our existence.” It is made with Acrylic on canvas, xirallic paint (alumina effect pigment made of aluminum oxide platelets covered with titanium oxide) and fiberglass.

Angel Otero Shipwrecked Wall Art Feature
This is Otero’s “Shipwrecked,” which he created in 2016.
Angel Otero Shipwrecked Wall Art Feature Design
Here’s a closer look at part of the detail in Otero’s piece.

More three-dimensional is this piece from German artist Heinz Mack. Working across many media, Mack has always experimented with light and color in order to examine the possibilities of movement, reflection and structure. Works that play on light and reflection give special beauty to a feature wall by adding another visual dimension that can morph with the changing nature of a day’s light. This is Mack’s “

Dramatic Lee Kun Yong Wall Art
Lee’s works are displayed in museums across Korea and galleries around the world.

Another example of a piece that is not necessarily what it seems at a distance, this work by Min Jung Kim looks like a drawing, perhaps with painted rounds or collage pieces. Yes, it’s mixed media on mulberry paper, but look closer and you’ll see that it is also layered to create the bursts of lines in each round, which are made by burning the edges of the paper.  Interestingly, Kim works on the floor, which is an Asian tradition.

Brian Belott Wall Art Feature with a colorful design
Rounded forms, paint, paper and found bits comprise this work called Puuuuuuuffs.

Large drawings work well for a feature wall. This diptych, presented by the Frederick Snitzer Gallery, is moving, with its exuberant lines and graphics done is a monochrome palette of beige and off-black. The aggressive lines of one panel contrast against the other, which has a style reminiscent of an architectural blueprint or tech design.

Blaine Southern Gallery London german Painter
Anfras, oil on canvas, was created in 2017.

In the hands of a skilled artist simple elements become a complicated piece. Chilean artist Marlis Lund says she work mainly with the incidence of light. Lund says it directly affects the way we perceive things, our behaviors, even our moods. These two works are part of her cube series, made of wood or MDF and acrylic paint. Lund’s works may be modest in size but they present a great deal of dimension and captivating shadows of color and light. This is the perfect type of wall art for a room where you can appreciate the look of the art in the shifting daylight.

Yorgo Alexopoulos Digital Art
Multiple screens placed in side by side present the image as one, often including evocative music.

Rock music fans may want to declare their love for their favorite artist and there’s no better way than by displaying a painting by Tom Lohner. His love for the rock culture led him to create a collection partly dedicated to some of the most popular rockers. This portrait is of Alice Cooper is a colorful and edgy take on the well-known rock legend. Austrian-born, Florida-raised Lohner is a successful artist with a charismatic persona of his own. Adding this piece of wall art will start many a conversation thanks to its very artsy take on the classic portrait.

American artist Ed Paschke Wall Art Feature
Paschke was known as “Mr. Chicago.”

Chilean artist Marlis Lund

Philadelphia artist Isaac Tin Wei Lin
Isaac Tin Wei Lin is represented by the Fleisher/Ollman Gallery.

In eras gone by, portraiture was often used to create a feature wall in private spaces as well as areas for entertaining. While painted family portraits have fallen out of favor, an artful modern portrait can serve as a provocative feature wall element. American artist Ed Paschke is influenced by Andy Warhol’s photo portraits. He created used an opaque projector to meld items from TV, magazines and newspapers into compositions such as this one. In fact, Paschke was among the first to use this technique.

Lebanese born artist Nabil Nahas Wall Art Feature
Nahas’ works are featured in museums across the globe.
Lebanese born artist Nabil Nahas Colorful wall Art
The painstaking casting and coloring work is evident.

Venezuelan born Tom Criswell

Multiple colors Wall Feature librarian Ben Gocker
This piece is titled “Fuzzy Future.”

More theatrical is this piece from Jonas Burgert, a German painter who paints huge canvases with apocryphal settings that reference Freud as well as Renaissance and Flemish painters, comics and science fiction.  The intriguing composition attracts attention and is suitable as a focal point on a feature wall.

Donald Ellis Gallery Wall art
This model tipi cover is Cheyenne ca. 1860 hide, and is made of sinew and paint.

Framed wonderful work by Eduardo Terrazas feature wall art

Artist Fausto Melotti fish wall art sculptural
A grouping of whimsical pieces makes for a dimensional feature wall.
Oloring and details of Melotti’s ceramics are natural
The coloring and details of Melotti’s ceramics are natural.

In a mix of pop art and street art, these works are bold, edgy and a but rough. Created by Con$umr, an artist from Brooklyn, New York, they are made with spray paint and, like most all of his works, a commentary on s societal topic. The artist says that he is inspired by street art, pop art, and the teachings of Buddha, as well as his artist colleagues.

The Sigh Wall art by Frances Goodman
Goodman is a South African artist, known for her sculptures using fake fingernails.
Francis Goodman design Feature Wall
A closer look at the sequins making up the “painting.”

A single pop of color in a room can instantly transform a plain wall into a feature wall, and there’s no better way to do this than with a showy piece that has a pop-art feel. Created by Mexico’s Jose Davila, the oversized, simple set of brushstrokes are a powerful piece that stokes the imagination and conveys movement.

Work by Min Jung Kim Wall Art
Kim’s work evolved over time to focus on the “expressive value of marks and maculas.”
Minjung Kim Paper Wall Art Feature
Here you can see the lightly burnt edges of the paper.

A little less colorful but equally dramatic is Lee Kun Yong’s piece from his major series called The Method of Drawing. Lee, who lives and works in Kunsan, Korea, is known for his studies of art in relation to the body and space. In this work, Lee artist stands at the canvas and paints on it by moving his arms up and down or to the left and right, creating a shape around the body

Black and white presented by the Frederick Snitzer Gallery art
A lack of color does not equal a lack of drama.

Mosaics have been popular for centuries as art and certainly as feature walls for castles, churches and private homes. Britannica notes that whte first mosaivs were made of pebbles and it was the Greek culture that refined this technique. Still today, mosaics can be a grand way to create a feature wall, and similarly, a striking mosaic art piece can achieve the same purpose. This wonderful work by Monir Farmanfarmaian, Iranian artist born in 1924, who is recognized “as one of the most innovative artists working in mosaics and geometric patterns,” writes the on-line forum Hyperallergic. Farmanfarmaian moved back to Tehran in 2004 after 24 years in exlie in the United States.

Work by Monir Farmanfarmaian Wall art
“Gabbeh,” created in 2009, is comprised of mirror pieces, reverse-glass painting, and plaster on wood.

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Vintage mosaic Doug and Mike Starn
The vintage mug shot adds retro flair to the work.

Bold geometric pieces project an electric tension in this work by Philadelphia artist Isaac Tin Wei Lin. His creations are said to play at the junction “where where representation and buzzing abstraction meet.” Painted and drawn by hand, the geometric designs are meant to evoke written language. The piece is called “Open Light.”

German artist Heinz Mack Wall art Feature
The work was created using aluminum, glass, wood, and stainless steel.

Digital art is a fantastic option for a feature wall, particularly for those who love technology. The Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery showed this work at the 2017 Armory Show in New York. It is called Split Swell, created by Yorgo Alexopoulos. The video work by the new media artist focuses on creating digital images that immerse the viewer in a particular experience.

Filmmaker Alfredo Jaar LED light
This neon work translates into “As far as I can see,”

Austrias Marina Anton

Colorful framed Created by Mexico’s Jose Davila art
This piece was shown at the Armory Show 2017 by the Sean Kelly Gallery.

A black and white mixed media piece by Venezuelan-born Tom Criswell might be hard to classify, but it is a very engaging piece of wall art. The painted pattern and myriad shapes and segments come together in a very complex work. The materials he uses for his art are discarded waste and the embellishment is inspired by the concept that there is an obscure, somewhat incomprehensible, universal language that connects everything.  Together, those two tenets inform Criswell’s works.

Setarah Gallery Hans Hartung abstract art
The dark central form on the vivid canvas draws the eye to the work.

Created by Consumr an artist from Brooklyn

Kamigami by Matteo Negri Ceramic Feature Art
The shine and color qualities of the pieces are very interesting to examine at close range.
Kamigami by Matteo Negri Ceramic Feature Art Colorful
An ombre quality adds interest to the color in this work.
Clear Kamigami by Matteo Negri Ceramic Feature Art
A clear coating adds to the shine. Looking at the piece, you’re immediately drawn in to contemplate the holes.

Making art the focus of a feature wall is a fast way to change your space. If you live in an apartment, it’s also an easy way to decorate dramatically without investing in any major changes to the wall. More importantly using a piece of artwork to make a feature wall is a wonderful way to showcase a dramatic work that you love. Placing art it where it gets the most attention and makes the biggest impact is sure to generate more interest in the work and will likey be a conversation starter in your home.
Portrait is of Alice Cooper i

Wonderful work by Eduardo Terrazas weaving process
A close-up of the work reveals the intricate yarn work.

Lebanese-born artist Nabil Nahas has developed a body of work that combines, color, texture and dimension into compelling pieces that are inspired by the patterns in nature and traditional Islamic art. Melded with abstract painting techniques, the artworks feature forms like seashells that Nahas casts individually in acrylic paint and then mounts to the canvas. The resulting organic, texturally undulating piece is nothing but sheer color drama.  Perfect for a feature wall.

Japanese avant garde artist Yuko Nasaka wall art
The depth of color and its variation is attractive.

Brushstrokes were central to work by French-German artist Hans Hartung. The WWII veteran was motivated by freedom and spontaneity in his works, and tried to paint his abstract creations with a sense of freedom. This led him to use unconventional tools to apply paint to canvas, including tree branches, spray paints and rakes, which often yielded unusual and surprising results.

Zhang Ding Gold Wall Art
The depth of color and its variation is attractive.

Works made with unusual materials are appealing, especially when they are large. Used on a feature wall, The Sigh, by Frances Goodman, takes center stage. The piece is part of her Sequin Paintings. Its sexual connotations focus on “woman as automaton” both as the subject of manipulation and the manipulator. A provocative piece, it would command the room both from the perspective of size as well as subject matter.
Or, a piece created entirely from light can help create a feature wall and stimulate riveting discussions. Created by Chilean-born artist, architect and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar, the work is more than just art — it is a political statement. Jaar’s art centers on examining global power, injustice and exploitation, and has drawn a great deal of attention for his larger light installations in the US and across the globe. The intellectual themes behind his groundbreaking works have earned him prestigious awards, particularly the Guggenheim Fellowship as well as the MacArthur Fellowship.

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