When you spend as much time in one place as we do in our offices, you want to make sure it’s a pleasant environment. Everything contributes to a comfortable and happy workplace – the furniture, the temperature, the view. Perhaps nothing is as important or as overlooked as the artwork in the office. Over the years, I have found that the right artwork can truly change the feel of a workspace – transforming it from a box with desks and computers to a living gallery that stimulates the mind and encourages creative thought, collaboration and a general feeling of well-being.
I thought it would be fun to introduce you to the art and the artists of our office. If you’ve visited us before, you may recognize some of these pieces. Some others may have missed your attention, but I’m certain that their presence affected your experience in our office.
Krasnyansky was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1930, and grew up under the U.S.S.R. He emigrated to the United States in 1975, seeking more creative freedom. While his early works focused on architectural structures and cityscapes, he progressed to a more abstract, almost surreal form with bright colors and masked figures. Karsnyansky’s work can be found here.
The two Krasnyansky works in our office were purchased through Park West Gallery on a cruise several years ago. The large work, entitled “Phoenix” is a hand embellished serigraph produced in 1998. This work was hanging in the ships stairway, and we passed it every day. I loved it so much that on the final day of the cruise, I insisted that they add it to the art auction, and was able to purchase it along with the smaller piece. These works add life, movement, and color to our office, and we all love them.
Ariela is a Cuban-born artist, who has lived in the United States most of her life, and currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I actually met Ariela through my friend Hal, who is her son. Ariela uses color and light to create amazing natural images. When I saw her work, I knew I needed to have it in my office. Ariela’s work can be found here.
I sent Ariela photos of my office and the artwork we already had and she produced two original mixed media works that I immediately purchased. These works combine geometric blocks of earth tones with stark silhouettes of trees. I particularly love the one called “Sunset”, which incorporates the fiery reds and yellows of a sunset with the earthy trees and color blocks.
Elizabeth is not only a talented ceramic artist and mixed-media sculptor, she is also my wife. Elizabeth studied ceramic arts at the University of Utah and has produced and shown ceramic sculpture, pottery, and fine jewelry. When I moved into my current office space in 2010, one of the first decisions I made was to show two of her sculptures in my office. These large abstract figural sculptures incorporate light and shadow, balance and tension, all while subtly suggesting the human form. Currently, Beth’s sculptures cannot be seen online, but her jewelry can be seen here.
The first artwork you might see when you enter our office is a large mixed media canvas created by my son Abraham shortly after his third birthday. The above video shows him creating this work.
Abraham has been painting since he was a small baby, and my wife has been encouraging me to hand one of his paintings in my office, but I never felt like one fit with the feel of this office until this one. I was actually worried while he was painting it that he was going too far, but the end product was exquisite and is a perfect fit for my reception area. I’ve seen many abstract paintings in many offices, and for my money, this is as good as any of them.
We have more artwork and plants scattered throughout the office to keep things lively and visually interesting, but these are just a few of my favorites. I hope when you visit our office, you’ll enjoy them as much as we do.