Design Council: Sandy Okalyi

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

Sandy Okalyi, Pied Cormorant (Ref. 1849). Acrylic and pencil with floating Tasmania oak frame, 125 x 94cm.

BRETT MICKAN

Brett Mickan Interior Design, Sydney

This work is a great mix of graphic block colour and organic texture. I would love to contrast the subject by hanging it in a sophisticated living space with matt, brick-coloured walls, a couple of burgundy velvet arm chairs and a contemporary modular sofa in a burnt red wool. Place the upholstery on a graphic thick stripe, cut pile rug in caramel and black with accent pieces in gold and black metal. By contrasting the subject of the work with this sophisticated monochromatic space you elevate it to star status.

SUZANNE GORMAN

Studio Gorman Interior Design, Sydney

Sandy Okalyi has crafted sophisticated and complex colours in her painting, Pied Cormorant. Simple in style, that is the piece’s cleverness: its flatness and line work form an unassuming backdrop for those bright yet muted colours. I imagine a sparse and generous living room with high vaulted ceilings, worn leather sofas and white linen oversized armchairs. The living room morphs into a luscious private garden, boundaries blurring between the foliage and the crisp white interiors. This is such a special piece, layered and simple, that can energise and relax simultaneously.

KATHRYN ROBSON

Robson Rak Architecture & Interiors, Melbourne

This water bird is quite the character! Perched on his rock with a crab about to nip at his toes with a cubist sun baring down, perhaps he’s seen his prey and is about to dive for his catch. The use of strong primary colours and bold line work would appeal to public spaces where the viewer needs to be put at ease. I can also see the bold graphic nature of this work appealing to children and younger viewers.

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