Design Council: Otto Baron

ART EDIT’S PANEL OF DESIGN EXPERTS ARE BURSTING WITH IDEAS ABOUT HOW TO HANG AND STYLE THIS ARTWORK IN YOUR HOME.

Brett Mickan

Brett Mickan Interior Design, Sydney

Suzanne Gorman

Suzanne Gorman

Kathryn Robson

Otto Baron, Cathedral Madonna Del Fiore. Acrylic & oil, 120 x 120cm with 28cm extension.

BRETT MICKAN

Brett Mickan Interior Design, Sydney

This work reminds me of a classical triptych in the style of abstract realism. Such reference calls for a classical space. I would hang it at the end of a large dining table where you can view it as you enter the room. Walls upholstered in caramel-coloured wool, an oak table and navy mohair upholstered chairs with grey-stained timber frames. All sitting on a vintage Persian rug in shades of brick and blue.

SUZANNE GORMAN

Studio Gorman Interior Design, Sydney

Santa Maria del Fiore is the third largest cathedral in the world, built in the 15th century. This history is evidenced by the heavily textured layers in the work. Otto Baron has, in a light-hearted way, brought it to the present by juxtaposing a modern street sign. There is a lovely lightness in the palette and the brush strokes suggest the painting would sit well in a study, amongst other collected and gathered pieces from travels abroad, where the smell of loved books hangs in the room.

KATHRYN ROBSON

Robson Rak Architecture & Interiors, Melbourne

This is not just another painting of an Italian cathedral. The short brush strokes and pastel colours create a powerfully soft vision of this amazing building. The really special element of the work is the 28cm extension to accommodate the cupola atop the Duomo. I imagine the artist getting carried away with the passion of painting the Duomo and running out of room on the canvas! The insertion of a contemporary stop sign at the foreground of the painting gives the work a modern context and a point of difference to the multitude of other paintings of this iconic building.

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