So you’ve survived the post-Christmas back-to-the-office jolt, and the food, the merriment and the glittery Christmas parties are but a distant dream. You’ve even made it halfway through January, successfully navigating these cold, wet and grey days (did I mention cold? Because it is, really, really cold). At this time of year, it’s easy to feel surrounded by darkness, but fear not, we’ve got the perfect remedy for your January blues. Raise your spirits with our 10 uplifting artworks set to bring warmth back inside, transforming your home into your very own port in a storm.
1 Farlight, Tessa Houghton
This is the perfect piece with which to reign in a positive new year. Shades of pink are soft yet uplifting, and the first rays of light beginning to break through in the distance fills me with excitement for things to come. This is such wonderful work, with a truly otherworldly feel, inviting you to fall into the piece and allow yourself to be transported elsewhere.
2 Utah Green, Tommy Clarke
I'm such a fan of Tommy Clarke, regularly featuring his works on the blog. His use of an aerial view completely distorts our perception of a familiar subject matter and invites the viewer to conjure their own interpretation.
3 Drift/Derive, Elizabeth Jardine
This work draws you in so completely, with a spiral of light that leads the eye into the depths of the woodland. I love her use of green shades that brighten as you take a closer look at the speckled paint detail. This piece is definitely on trend for Pantone’s Colour of the year 2017, Greenery.
4 Intermittences, Nadege Druzkoski
Druzkowski was inspired by the French novelist Marcel Proust, who believed that art has the ability to transcend life and transport us out of time, a theme that I think is very evident in this piece. The unusually warm colour palette and purposeful placement of trees creates a harmonious image, exuding a calming effect.
5 Windermere at Night, Nick Miners
I often get lost in this piece, incredulous at how it could have been captured within our world. This is such a serene scene, with stars emerging over the misty lake in a truly mesmerizing way. As I’m stuck on a busy train I close my eyes and hope to open them standing at the end of this jetty.
6 Tower Bridge Panorama, Adam Butler
Now this blog might be all about striking works that give us the feel good factor on a cloudy day, but it’s not just about the countryside; the cityscape is a force of beauty too. As a Londoner, I look at Adam Butler's photography and get an overwhelming sense of belonging and pride that I live in such a captivating city. He catches London in its most enchanting light and his works are perfect for anyone looking to pay homage to the city they love.
7 Neon Desert II, Steven Irwin
Irwin’s unique photomontage style creates a real hit of bold colour. I keep revisiting Neon Desert in futile attempts to decipher the intertwined elements of architecture and nature. This stimulating piece will inspire any viewer, getting the brain ticking over again after the Christmas break.
8 Autumn in Houroy, Pol Ledent
I regularly daydream about escaping to a sunny, relaxing country retreat (doesn’t everyone?) and this artwork so nearly captures my imagined utopia. The thick brush strokes of oil paint add such rich texture and depth to the perspective so that it feels as if you’re in the scene, peeping over the flowers to admire the view. Create your own personal gateway to paradise in your living room with this painting.
9 Uropia XV, Derek Curtis
I’ll be honest, this is not my default art style of choice, but I can’t help but being absorbed by this piece. When the world is grey and all I crave is colour, I can fall into the bright, almost vulgar colour palette that contrasts with the traditionally quaint scene it envelops.
10 My Sunshine, Alexandra Gallagher
If there was an artwork that would define my thinking behind this blog then this would be it. I love her use of a realistic concrete road leading into the woodland, with mystical mountains behind. It truly captures the essence of how a certain train of thought can move from the mundane to the fantastical in a matter of moments.
January Curator's Picks | Browse the Collection
Head Curator Rebecca Gordon brings in the new year with her top picks for January, featuring bright and beautiful must-have works from our finest emerging and established artists. If you’re eagerly searching for some respite from the overwhelming darkness of January, then this collection of artworks will provide the visual escapism that you’ve been looking for.