In this post, we bring your four works of fine art from the 2000s that differ in many ways—such as genre, style and artist—but which all seem to be asking to be brought home and hung on your living room wall. Eduardo Ojeda, founder and head curator of The Art Dome, selected them for their beauty and ease of display. Let’s take a look.
Red Peaches (2000) by Tony Scherman
Size: 60 x 60 in (152.4 x 152.4 cm)
To create this still life painting, Canadian artist Tony Scherman used the encaustic technique, which involves mixing pigments with melted wax to create a layered effect. The uneven texture, combined with the deep shades of red and orange featured, contributes to the dramatic aesthetic of this fine art piece.
About the artist
Tony Scherman was born on August 13th, 1950 in Toronto, Canada and, sadly, passed away just this year at the age of 72. He is best known for creating intricate encaustic paintings, rich with visual metaphor, that explore historical and cultural themes.
A Canadian by birth, Scherman and his family moved to Europe when he was a child. He started his artistic career at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London, then went on to get a master’s degree from the Royal College of Art. It was during this period that he was introduced to the encaustic technique that would later become characteristic of his work.
Scherman returned to his native Toronto in 1976, and word of his talent soon spread within Canada and beyond. His career would eventually include over 100 solo exhibitions throughout North America and Europe, teaching positions at the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto, and induction into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
A painter with an unmistakable style and a razor-sharp ability to express universal and historical themes through his work, we mourn the loss of one of Canada’s most influential contemporary fine artists.
This is a large painting, so we recommend displaying it in a spacious room. Choose a wall that allows the piece to be the focal point of the space, and which complements the color scheme of the artwork. A plain white or light-colored wall, or a wall with one of the dark colors featured in the painting, can work nicely.
Without Title I (2008) by Silvia Bächli
Size: 23 x 31 in (58.42 x 78.74 cm)
This piece by Swiss artist Silvia Bächi combines drawing and collage, creating a final result that’s both abstract and striking with its modern, minimalist aesthetic. The medium is gouache on paper.
About the artist
Silvia Bächli is an acclaimed fine artist, photographer, and teacher who’s known for creating minimalist, abstract works that explore the interplay between line, shape, and space. She was born on March 16th, 1956 in Baden, Switzerland and studied at the Basel School of Design and the School of Fine Arts in Geneva.
Bächli's work is characterized by its simplicity and elegance, often consisting of spare brushstrokes or shapes on a white background. Her drawings and paintings are informed by her interest in architecture, design, and the human body, and often suggest a sense of movement or rhythm.
Bächli has exhibited her work extensively in Europe and the United States, and her art pieces have been featured in numerous collections, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She has also been the recipient of many honors, including the Montres Breguet Prize for contemporary art, the Meret-Oppenheim Prize, and the drawing prize from the Daniel and Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation.
Throughout her career, Bächli has continued to push the boundaries of her art, experimenting with new materials and techniques while maintaining her signature style. Her works of art are celebrated for their ability to convey a sense of intimacy and introspection, while also inviting viewers to engage with the complex relationships between form, space, and perception.
It’s a good idea to hang this piece on a white wall in order for the different tones of gray to take center stage. However, if you like creating contrast, you can do so by adding colorful decorative elements in the room, such as a brightly colored vase. You can also use a spotlight or track lighting to bring out the texture of the gouache.
An Evening’s Music (2004) by Alejandra Icaza
Size: 51 1/8 × 92 1/2 in (129.54 x 233.68 cm)
This piece by the Spanish fine artist Alejandra Icaza, which features lively colors and figures that appear penciled in, is made with oil paint and the previously mentioned encaustic technique.
About the artist
Alejandra Icaza is a Madrid-based fine artist born in Bilbao, Spain in 1966. Her training includes studies at the Saint Martins College in London and The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture in New York.
Icaza's works feature a diverse range of subjects including trees, animals, abstract patterning, floating elements, bubbles, and plants. Her paintings are characterized by the repetition of colors and shapes, and the interplay between different planes.
Icaza has exhibited her work in various galleries and museums, including the Edward Tyler Nahem Gallery in New York. She also received the prestigious painting award from the Fundación Barceló in Palma de Mallorca.
This is a large painting, so it will look best in a spacious room. We recommend a thin, light-colored frame that doesn’t distract from the colors of the work. Since the oil and encaustic medium creates a three-dimensional effect, we recommend using lighting to highlight the texture.
Lies, Waiting (2005) by María Martínez-Cañas
Size: 34 x 25 in (86.4 x 63.5 cm)
María Martínez-Cañas demonstrates the aesthetic impact that fine art photography can have with this piece that’s as beautiful as it is haunting. The format is archival pigment print on watercolor paper.
About the artist
The Cuban-American fine artist María Martínez-Cañas is known for her innovative works in photography and mixed media, many of which feature themes of heritage and identity. She was born in 1960 in Havana, Cuba, but her family moved to Miami shortly after, then later relocated to Puerto Rico when she was still a young child.
Martínez-Cañas moved to the US in 1978 and studied at the Philadelphia College of Art, earning a bachelor’s degree in photography. She went on to obtain a master’s degree in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1985, as her talent started to gain her recognition, she received a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to do research and practice her art form in Spain.
Martínez-Cañas was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1988. She has also won numerous other honors, including the Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship in Umbertide, Italy. Her work is displayed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as other museums and galleries.
This is the smallest of the four works, so it is the best suited for a smaller space that you want to fill with art. We recommend a simple frame, not one that’s colorful or thick, as it could distract from the mysterious mood this piece creates.
Each of these pieces has its own unique style, but all of them are guaranteed to add personality and sophistication to your home. Add one of them to your collection and you can enjoy its beauty every day.