A designer’s perspective
My name is Karen Lange and I am a Sydney-based Interior Designer, with a strong contemporary design aesthetic. I hold a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland and an Advanced Diploma Interior Design (Distinction) from the Enmore Design Centre. I have specialised in the sourcing and placement of Aboriginal Art for the past 10 years.
The extraordinary opportunities offered by Aboriginal Art, the world’s newest contemporary art movement, originate here in Australia. Although it can be traced back thousands of years, the growth of indigenous contemporary art, and more specifically the growth of female indigenous artists in Australia is what I am most passionate about.
Recognized internationally well before it gained aesthetic momentum in Australia, contemporary Aboriginal art sits perfectly in our urban residential landscape, both modern and traditional. With the majority of Australians living on the coast, in a climate dominated by bright light and blue sky, the raw, natural colours and organic quality of an Aboriginal painting brings a uniquely Australian element into both living spaces and commercial and corporate realms, where generally neutral and muted colour schemes can be augmented with vibrant, colourful large-scale canvases that resonate the Aboriginal dreamtime stories and capture the attention of the occupants.
The Aboriginal Art Interiors collection of work comprises my active stock of investable, gallery quality works painted by established and emerging indigenous artists. The collection has recently been folded into my new enterprise artplacement.com.au – contemporary Aboriginal art rental for the workplace. artplacement.com.au enables businesses and private individuals to experience the pleasure of living and working with magnificent Aboriginal artworks, without the capital expenditure associated with purchasing works. Being a legitimate business expense, the annual rental fee is generally tax deductable as well, making it a win win all round!
Artists include Minnie Motorcar Pwerle, Emily Pwerle, Molly Pwerle, Josie Petrick Kemarre, Walangkura Napanangka, Dorothy Napangardi, Barbara Weir, Stumpy Brown, Makinti Napanangka, Mitjili Napurrulla, Kudditji Kwngwarreye, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Walala Tjapaltjarri, Sally Gabori, Barney Campbell Tjakamarra and others. I have visited many of the artists and families in their isolated communities, art centres and small towns. One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is being present when an artist paints a work from beginning to end and witnessing the emergence, stroke by stroke of a beautiful painting.
I regularly source specific works for design clients and the general design/architectural market and as a designer, I believe it is imperative that each painting finds its sense of space and place – something uniquely Australian, totally at one with the modern interior context.
Paintings from my collection sell in Sydney through top-end design/furniture stores such as FANULI and ORIENT HOUSE and MACLEAY ON MANNING. All works have been sourced through ethical suppliers, who represent the artists directly and have long standing relationships with them and their families. Each piece comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from a reputable specialist supplier or gallery. Many have been visually documented with work in progress photos and/or video.