Art and Stagecraft

May 21st 2015 Comments: 5 Topics: , ,

Objet d’art. The literal translation is an object of art. Art in the home (especially paintings) is often seen as a precious item meant to be framed and situated gallery-like on a wall. Like a postage stamp on an envelope, these pieces are meant to be viewed:  as a result, a distinct and separate barrier exists between the artwork and the viewer. But what if this “fourth wall” could be broken? What if you could exist in a painting?
e7d844f8f01c786b426bf88f4e7b345dOften in our interiors, we use large paintings as an atmospheric device; these become dramatic backdrops to create mood. This takes painting from mere object to stagecraft – think of the elaborate painted flats found in theatre or opera. Once lowered into place, these enormous backgrounds established setting, at once changing a blank stage into an Italian palazzo or an English countryside. Why not pull off the same encompassing theatrics in your house? Suddenly, you can find yourself dining in the Sudan, amidst a contemporary graphic or in a picturesque verdant forrest. One might consider such gigantic paintings overwhelming. On the contrary, I find large scale pieces provide a peaceful mise en scène to the unfolding drama of life.

Acting as benevolent witnesses, grand paintings can transform any room into an etherial shadowbox. It seems that whatever is placed in front of these artistic backgrounds, becomes elevated. Shakespeare was famous for saying “All the world’s a stage.” Give it a great setting.

interior designer,






Greg Tankersley for McAlpine Tankersley


  1. Debra says:

    Beautiful work – is there any information on the individual artists you could share? Plus, I could swear I saw the last landscape in an early episode of Nashville.

    Thank you,

  2. Imelda says:

    Gorgeous ethereal works. Would love to have the names of the artists.

  3. Wanda Hodge says:

    Amazing! I like this.

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