Friday, March 29, 2013

ICAA upcoming lecture

Join the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the ICAA (Institute of Classical Architecture & Art) on Thursday, April 18th, for a lecture given by Gary L Brewer, partner at Robert A. M. Stern Architects, on their latest book Evidence. I've already purchased my copy and can assure you it matches the quality of Stern's other books and is such a beautiful exhibit of their work. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the lecture.
Also I'm pleased to announce that I'm now a board member of the Mid-Atlantic ICAA and I encourage you to join us for our lectures and tours located in the area; join the organization at the website. I'll be sure to share them all with you here on the blog for those unable to attend.
Information on the lecture is available here, hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

An artist at home, Pierre Bergian

As a blogger one receives masses of press releases, most of which prompt you to hit delete before even opening. Once in awhile though something intrigues me and pulls me in -this happened recently when someone from the Purdy Hicks Gallery contacted me about the artist Pierre Bergian who currently has an exhibit in their London space.
Pierre Bergian is known for his stark views of interiors -think "World of Interiors" magazine painted. It's no surprise his work is so intriguing to me as he studied art history and archaeology.
Pierre also took these photos of his own house so it's an intriguing look at how the artist perceives his own interiors in life as well as in his work. I love the book filled library above.
See the similarities between his own house and his work? The paintings are kept spare so that the eye focuses on composition and proportion.  The rooms are from memory; of abandoned grand country houses he visited as a child.
Pierre lives in Bruges, Belgium, with his family in a 19th century former soap factory (circa 1825) which has the proportions of a house from the 18th century. While he loves the diversity of the architecture in the small town he loves to travel to more cosmopolitan cities as often as he can. Notice the shelter magazines piled all over his house, (similar to my own!). There is more than one way to travel after all!
Pierre collects an assortment of items from all time periods. I love the eclectic assemblage in his rooms.
I also love the feel of casual European kitchens like his below; so much more cozy than our American counterparts which often feel like cold showrooms. Don't you love that light fixture above the stove too?
Pierre's favorite thing about his house is the amount of windows -light is always important to an artist. The living room has a beautiful skylight with stained glass laylight and overlooks the rear garden. New Replacement Windows, perhaps?  I wonder if the fireplaces work? 

Pierre's wife, Angele Boddaer, is also an art historian and works as a muralist and restorer of wall art. Don't you just want to be friends with this fascinating couple?

The spare use of strong color is found throughout the house. Why be afraid of color when you know how to use it? Restraint is key.
 Their bedroom is a serene baby blue but is kept from being too sweet by the spareness of the furnishings.
Pierre at work in his studio - the organized clutter is a keen insight into how his mind works.
 Each photograph is composed as a still life. I wonder what the stacks of drawings contain?
Inspiration is found throughout the many magazines and books he collects.
Pierre's work is available through the Purdy Hicks Gallery in London, how I wish I could visit! If you find yourself in London, stop in and tell them ArchitectDesign sent you!
The Purdy Hicks Gallery is located at 65 Hopton Street in Bankside. All images in post are courtesy of the artist.