John and I are blessed to be able to buy and collect beautiful and interesting art. We have a number of signature pieces by some well-known artists but this week we decided to buy a piece by our friend the French-born artist Pierre Picot. Pierre was once a student of John’s father, the artist William Brice, when he taught at UCLA.
Pierre has just held an exhibition at the Craig Krull Gallery at Bergamot Station, Santa Monica and kindly came to our house to lay out some of his vibrant and lively pastel drawings for us to choose from. Pierre lives with his wife, the designer and perfumer Wendy Holden, in a chateau in Brittany France, where the forests and the architecture of nature delights him. This is evident in his drawings – full of the vigour of dreamlike swirls juxtaposed with the formality of the diametric.
Well, the problem, as you can see, was which to buy. We had a choice of fifty in total. Luckily, John and I agree on most things taste-wise and in the end we decided upon this – It reminds me of a TV set for that 1970s sci-fi series, Lost in Space. I’m sure I can hear Dr Zachary Smith whispering in my ear, ‘Never fear, Smith is here.’
It will be a special addition to a house already filed with art. Now all we need to do is find a spare piece of wall to hang it. The designer and all round polymath, William Morris, once said, ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.’
A mindful adage, but difficult to adhere to if you like collecting …