Over the past few weeks our Art Law & More Instagram account has been sharing many fascinating artworks that hang in the homes of the Boodle Hatfield team. Called #OurArtIndoors, the ongoing campaign shines a light on the importance of enjoying art as we all spend a lot more time in our homes.
The new series was kicked off with two paintings by the London-based artist Nick Botting. Direct experience and careful observation are important themes throughout his work, which has been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery and most recently in the Portland Gallery in London. These pieces hang on Simon Fitzpatrick’s wall, who is the Head of the Art Law team at Boodle Hatfield and a friend of Botting.
In the first painting, commissioned as a special birthday gift from Simon’s wife, Botting shows the Fitzpatrick family in Highbury Fields in late Autumn 2016. The second painting depicts the entrance to the picturesque beach in Brancaster in North Norfolk. “It is these memories and the thoughts of revisiting such simple pleasures that we can all look forward to while we are staying safe with our art indoors,” noted the Instagram post.
Another captivating artwork included in the series is a self-portrait by Ania Hobson, which hangs in the home of Fred Clark’s mother. Fred is an Associate in Boodle Hatfield’s commercial art team and is currently based with family throughout the coronavirus outbreak.
‘Not Your Perfect Blonde’ was painted by the contemporary portrait artist in 2019. Based in Suffolk, the internationally renowned Hobson recently won the Young Artist Award at the 2018 BP Portrait Awards. Her striking works have been collected by Fred’s family for many years and this most recent addition was a gift from Fred’s late father to his mother.
A vibrant mixed media depiction of bustling London hangs in the dining room of Litigation Associate, Nikki Yates. It was executed by her brother in law Adrian Green, who is originally from Cardiff and has won Young Welsh Artist of the Year. His exciting works portray the busy life of cities from London and Cardiff, to Florence and Amsterdam. Green’s work reminds us of the cities we knew and enjoyed pre-lockdown and will one day enjoy again.
The youngest contributors to our campaign are Nikki’s creative children, artists Lulu (age 6) and Joey (age 8). ‘Flowers’ by Lulu was a Christmas present from her to Nikki and now hangs in their hall. Nikki explained that “I said I would like some colourful contemporary art and she came up with this fabulous creation. I love it!” Joey’s painting is imaginatively called ‘The amazing dots of wonder’. “He had the same brief as LuLu. Initially they were meant to create one together but they had artistic differences so each created their own piece!” remarked Nikki. “I love this one too. They are hung next to each other and work well together.”
Keep an eye out for many more contributions from our teams’ homes to Art Law & More’s ongoing series!