Salon-style artwork displays are so popular these days in the interior design community, it’s easy to forget this hot trend has been around for hundreds of years.
Taking its name and appearance from the French Salons of the 19th century, where dozens of artworks were squeezed together onto walls as part of academic competitions, the salon-style hang looks polished and sophisticated when done well. The origins of this look mark a democratic turning point in the art world, where artists began responding to the public audience rather than royal patronage.
Farmboy Fine Arts developed a harmonious, eclectic, and elegant salon wall for the Marriott Hotel Downtown, Abu Dhabi. By grouping the works en masse, we created a bespoke collection high in visual impact, drawing the viewer’s eye to the entirety of the focal lobby wall. The collection features an array of artists from around the globe, specifically focusing on those working and living in the region. Abstract works, curated purposefully to fit together like a perfect puzzle, emphasize the cool tones throughout the assemblage, balancing pieces with active and calming energy. Thematically, the pieces all reference Arabic pattern work or calligraphy, sharing a sense of the gesture and movement that is so beautiful in hand-drawn calligraphy.
The impact of the art collection, sourced from FBFA’s connections in the international fine art market, stimulates dialogue and interaction between the diverse range of works on display. Take a closer look at the international artists behind this captivating collection.