Knowing how to display your Inuit art is just as important as the art itself. So many of our clients acquire incredibly beautiful pieces from our gallery, and I am always curious to know where and how it is displayed in their home.
The number one most crucial thing is deciding where to place your piece. Pairing your pieces together in groupings are a common theme in Inuit art. When doing this, it is crucial to pair each carving in such a way where they do not blend in with one another. An example would be to pair a darker piece with a lighter one.
Another important criteria in choosing your space, is making sure your piece will be viewed in an open airy space. A venue with high ceilings is highly desired. In doing so, this enhances the artworks synergy with its natural habitat. Having it in a closed confined space does not allow the carving to breathe.
Lighting is also an incredibly important factor. This is not always possible. If their is an option to do this, than proper lighting onto the carving will greatly enhance its colors, glitter, sparkle and reflection. Serpentine stone is especially known to really flourish under a spot light. The desired lighting are track lights that will beam onto the carving.
The other key factor is light placement. You want the glow of the lighting to hover around the carving. You do not want it to be to close and create an overly harsh reflection of light.
Recessed lighting is a great way to do this. If this is not an option, a work lamp with an arm extension works very well too.
Work lamps can be inexpensive and will really make the brilliant coloration in the serpentine stone "pop". They are especially good for smaller / medium sized carvings. To maximize the presence of a smaller piece, a work lamp with an arm extension placed over the piece will make it a central attraction for any room.
In particular, when smaller in size, we at the gallery really admire apple green carvings. There is no artist that performs better owls in these striking apple green stone than Pitseolak Qimirpik. When put under a light, his vivid colored green and brown owls become incredibly electric!
If you are looking to make a small investment in an exquisite piece of art, Pitseolak Qimirpik owls are some of the best pieces to own in any Inuit art collection.
Here are some additional examples below of how and where to place your Inuit Art.