The collection of art is never something that is confined just to millionaires and billionaires, much as some may make their presence and their bulging wallets felt at auctions of famous works by some of history’s greatest artists.
Just as important now is the collection of contemporary art; not only is this because many fine pieces today may be produced by artists who will be more celebrated in the future (such as Vincent van Gogh, who allegedly sold just one painting in his lifetime), but also because you can capture the zeitgeist of the most exciting styles and movements of the early 21st century.
For this reason, custom picture frames can be ideal for the works you may purchase. To buy a standard frame might be to create a mismatch between the picture itself and what it is placed in. This can produce a disappointing compromise when the aim is a powerful visual impact.
There is no doubt that the years since the Millennium have very much been the age of Andy Moses. Born in 1962, he was anything but a spring chicken in the art world by the time this century dawned. But his signature style of using acrylics and floating paint, developed over many years, took a leap forward when he started applying it to concave surfaces in 2003.
As his biography indicates, this enabled him to apply more light and depth, as well as mixing the abstract with the profoundly real. Landscapes and seascapes could be combined with twisting, spiral or hexagonal shapes in a combination that some might go as far as to see as a symbol of a post-modern age.
This has led to a production line of stunning artworks, each a bewildering swirl of shapes and colour. While red and blue are often combined, blue itself is a feature of nearly all of his works. The prominence of this colour is perhaps no coincidence; like another Moses, making the sea move is a stock in trade for an artist who grew up a keen surfer, familiar with the rhythms of the waves.
The growth in his popularity has led to a plethora of exhibitions in recent years across the world, including in London. Indeed, twice in 2022 there were exhibitions here in the capital featuring the artists’ work, both at the JD Malat Gallery in Mayfair. The first, titled Andy Moses, in search of the sublime, was swiftly followed by the Summer Exhibition 2022.
While the latter was a wider exhibition to which Andy Moses was one of several contributors, including his near-namesake Ed Moses, the first was all his own work. Featuring 11 different works, these were all classics of his very own genre, the familiar swirls and shades as mesmeric as ever.
It remains to be seen when the next Andy Moses exhibition takes place in London, but those who have admired his work, whether from afar or close up, will well appreciate how they could provide their home with a starting and dynamic new focal point by owning and displaying one of his pictures.