Street art has been heating up in the art world! We’re talking about the much anticipated Barbican exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat. The exhibition Basquiat: Boom for Real in September is the UK’s largest exhibition of the 80’s street artist’s work (21 Sept 2017 – 28 Jan 2018).
Jean-Michel Basquiat (image from ‘Independent Lens’, pbs.org)
Born in Brooklyn, New York, the young prodigy radicalised the international art scene, introducing graffiti and street culture to art galleries in the early 80’s. His work is laden with urban cultural references and has been widely referenced in Hip Hop music.
We’re buzzing because King & McGaw has exclusive prints of his rare and valuable work (recently a 1982 Basquiat painting sold for a whopping $110.5 million at auction).
As street art is becoming more and more popular, here are some insider tips on how to style the artwork prints of Basquiat (and other street artists) in your home.
Even if you don’t have a loft, you can create the Urban loft look. Hang multiple prints up on a painted or exposed brick wall. Grey also works really well. Mix and match colours, styles, frames and sizes to design your own unique gallery wall. Large scale framed prints look great leaning against a wall too. Style with large potted floor plants to add some greenery into the space.
A modern nod to mid-century style, why not design a monochrome wall in your home? Stick to slick black frames for a tidy finish. If you’re feeling adventurous, black and white prints also look stunning on a painted block-colour wall. Keith Haring’s work is great for this look. We love this style with mid-century inspired furniture.
Street art prints don’t have to be bold. They can also be used to make a space feel airy and light. Neutral tones and natural ornaments set the scene for a beautiful print on your wall. You could also lean smaller frames on a table or desk. If you like the pastel aesthetic trend, go for prints with softer colour palette like dusty pink.
From the streets to your living space, accentuate the symbolic graffiti of top street artists in your home. Try graffiti photographs on a darker wall to make them pop. Team prints with greys and darker tones and textures for a sombre but stylish interior. Pawar and Banksy prints are perfect for this style.
Choose a feature print for your neutral walls, display it like an art gallery and let colourful street art liven your room This theme is great for smaller rooms. You could try to pick up on the colours in the print with textiles in your room like a rug or cushions for subtle continuity. Plants are a must.
No matter which room you’re decorating, street art style can adapt to lots of tastes and spaces. Why not explore our Street Art collection for more inspiration?