Fancy creating a gallery wall but lack the creativity or the resources to put one together? Take a leaf from art exhibitionists the world over, and create a thematic gallery wall.
Every art exhibition is unique, but they all have different feature displays. Those are just a collection of different works of art arranged with a particular theme in mind.
Exhibition displays begin with the same concept as a gallery display. That is to bring a relevant collection of art together to form a cohesive display.
4 Creative Ways to Arrange a Gallery Wall Display
- Solo artist collections
The single-artist display at art exhibitions is always a favourite for display stands intended to drive sales. If you like one painting or print, the others are at-the-ready for the upsell.
For collectors, these are ideal for gallery walls where you have a collection of prints or paintings from just one or two artists. If your collection is a mix of different artists, this is unlikely to be of help. Where these stand out is for displaying portfolios.
- Display photos by era
A photo wall display based on an era can be a fantastic way to display family photography. The most common in modern photo frames is the multi-photo frame perhaps used to display school photos from the first day to graduation. Or for wedding storyboards such as a collection that begins with a print of the place a couple first met, then ends with a photo of the couple on their honeymoon, or perhaps a baby bump photoshoot. These can then lead to a secondary feature display of the children in another multi-aperture picture frame.
- Arrange a feature display by the medium used by artists
Mediums in art refer to what the artist used to create the art. This is typically oil paints, acrylic paint, watercolours, charcoal, graphite pencils, coloured pencils, pastels, or ink in the case of calligraphy art.
A gallery wall can be arranged with a single medium or in the case of multiple art pieces, arrange the display in rows so that a few oil paintings are hung together followed perhaps by a large calligraphy print in an oversized frame, then a horizontal row of pencil sketches.
- Geographic regions
Art displays based on geographic locations are best known for being landmarks.
- France - Eiffel Tower
- Britain - Big Ben
- India - Taj Mahal
- USA - Statue of Liberty
- Italy - The Leaning Tower of Pisa
Prints of famous landmarks can be mixed up by using them as the leading print piece that then displays works by artists in that region below or alongside them in a gallery display.
For example, a gallery wall with a few prints or paintings from an Indian Artist would be displayed in a row with the Taj Mahal as the first print. The next row could be the Leaning Tower of Pisa featuring a stack of prints or framed paintings created by Italian artists.
Globetrotters can easily adapt this to display their favourite travel photos as a feature wall display.