Styling With Art: Agnes Martin-Inspired Abstract

Posted in Out of the Studio by Mandy Poernig on 22nd December 2015

This week’s styling with art takes inspiration from Tate Modern’s Agnes Martin exhibition. These minimalist furnishings and artworks prove that anyone can bring a little abstract spirituality into the home….


Martin’s body of work encapsulates remarkable abstract minimalist pieces, including the delicate pastel colour washes that became her signature. Channelling Asian belief systems, Martin’s work was underpinned by the intrinsic belief that art should be inspired by spirituality and not intellect. Her works, although minimalist, eloquently evoke pure emotions - and as Martin's gallerist Arne Glimcher said, within her artwork the viewer experiences a pure state of existence.

Untitled #3 1974 by Agnes Martin

(photo credit: Tate)

It only takes a few statement pieces to transform your home, and we shall begin with this striking artwork by Kimberly Poppe. Whilst Poppe employs bolder colours in her works, and so is perhaps not the obvious choice, Poppe’s work has an immense feeling of spirituality.  In her own words, she creates art that gives people's minds the space to rest. Shot through long exposures at dusk, the weather, light and water create an illusion of floating bands of colour, culminating in a single moment of perfection.



Kimberly Poppe

Martin’s work balanced spiritualism with methods that were mathematically precise, restrained, and minimalist.  Bring this look into your home by accessorising with furnishings.  A collection of Wolf and Badger graphic pipe pattern cushions will create a statement look for your sofa or bring colour and simplicity to your living room with this standout glass top coffee table from Glas Italia.  


1. Waffle Design Albion Cushion

2. Brink And Campman Fresh Pastel Stripe Rug

3. Pinorama S Wall storage - Hay

4. glas italia dark side of the moon low table

5. Mojo Bone inlay side table

6. Eventide by Kimberly Poppe

7. Wood Tiled 3-Drawer Chest


If you’re looking to bring more of the abstract onto your four walls, then check out some our most exciting abstract artists on Rise Art!  Including Marion Jones, Stuart Dodman, Leigh Bagley and many more.... Click HERE for our featured abstract artists!

Blue Drip Zone Painting by Marion Jones

Hybrid 14 by Leigh Bagley

II c.5 by Stuart Dodman