What we hang on our walls tells a story. Sometimes the story is nostalgic, sometimes it's hopeful, and sometimes it's an escape into another world (where we may very well live like kings and queens). Any armchair psychologist can deconstruct a person based on the art they display, but that doesn't mean the exercise lacks sentimentality or amusement.The Romantic Who Once Backpacked Europe
Steeped in nostalgia and longing for that lost summer day when they climbed the stairs of La Basilique du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre (the only
way to speak of such a hallowed place), romantics pine for the day they quit their jobs in a dramatic display of moral conviction and catch the next plane to Paris. It is there that they will fall in love over chocolate croissants and lattes and learn to truly carpe diem
. Their way of preserving the moment in time is to celebrate the memory daily with black-and-white images of nondescript alleyway cafés and vintage posters
advertising obscure Parisian wines.
"No public restrooms."The Dance Lover
"Dance like no one's watching," they always say. It certainly rolls off the tongue nicely, but sometimes that's the only easy thing about the idea. The dance lover enjoys a festive and kinetic atmosphere, and has maybe even taken some dance classes, but feels that the real passion is in the art of it. "Dance lovers" come in all varieties, from sports enthusiasts
to jet pilots, and enjoy being surrounded by images that inspire graceful energy and movement, even if no amount of inspiration in the world will get them on the dance floor.
"Showoff."The 5-Year-OldKids love art
, too, and not just for drawing their own art on top of it. Children are (most obviously) stimulated by visual objects and imagery, and are known to form what could be called "opinions" about it at a very early age. Of course, if you hear the phrase, "I find baroque artwork very tedious," come out of your 5-year-old's mouth you can assume you've got either a very awesome or very scary situation on your hands, but otherwise you can rest assured that the tyke's tastes are pretty wide open.
"I prefer abstract giraffes, Mom."The Clothes Folder
These are the ones who are refolding the shirts at Gap even though they don’t work there. They thrive in an orderly environment and love the rule of thirds. They measure twice and cut once, keep things tidy and find beauty in simple, natural things
. The art in their homes has clean lines and patterns that celebrate the mathematical symmetry found in nature. Oh yeah, and it can also drive everyone else in the house crazy
"Be perfect - like this shell."The Animal Adorer
One of the most interesting things about a friend to the animals is that she or he will often choose a favorite animal,
or a favorite artistic medium that expresses them. You know these people. Your Aunt Millie loves cow stuff. She's got cow paintings and cow statuary, but she's also got cow-themed oven mitts and cow-print placemats. Uncle Melvin, on the other hand, loves animal prints
of all kinds - as long as they're pastels.
"Feed me, Melvin."Naturally, there's no end to people's tastes in art and we at ATGStores.com
think that's a very, very good thing.