Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Picture Perfect

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Picture Perfect

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Byline: By Francesca Craggs

You don't have to be rich to own a piece of original artwork. Francesca Craggs discovers how art is more accessible than ever before and how it can speak volumes for your home.

Few can claim to own a masterpiece, yet original artwork for your home is less expensive and more available than you might imagine.

With homeowners turning ever more experimental in decorating their properties, artwork is fast becoming an integral feature of interior design.

According to Victoria Anderson of online gallery Art Evolution, the perception of art has changed dramatically in recent years.

She says: "Art is becoming part of everyday society, whether that be in our homes or through the fantastic public art that has swept the region over the past decade.

"The ethos of Art Evolution is to provide affordable artwork from some of the best North-East artists to our customers. We remove the strain of visiting a gallery that many find intimating, and bring original art to homes at prices comparable to mass-produced prints that are widely available in our high street stores."

As well as making a statement, artwork brings an essence of homeliness and can add character to any space, according to Victoria. This is one of the reasons she has joined forces with two local interior designers to launch Staging by Art Evolution ( an unique house-staging service using artwork by North-East artists.

Victoria, Rachel Poad of Creative Interior Design and Roz Gaskell of RozG Interiors have pooled their creative skills to ensure property for sale or rent is presented in the best light with maximum 'wow factor' for any potential buyer or tenant.

Victoria says: "The interior appearance of a property is what really clinches that top-level sale for the vender. Artwork is an essential part of that interior.

"We believe that to successfully market a property, it must portray that feeling of being a home so the buyer begins to see the emotional attachment they will experience when they make the purchase.

"This is the very reason we have developed the new house-staging service and offer a full consultancy for sellers to ensure a smooth and speedy selling process. …

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