Superyachts and art come hand in hand, with owners wanting the beauty of their interior to match the breathtaking horizons when they step outside. Superyacht owners are often art collectors themselves and, in fact, the value of the work on board can often outweigh the value of the yacht itself! It is no surprise then that curating the perfect pieces of art for a yacht can be a complex process; selecting the right artists, ensuring that the artwork is in synergy with the interior design and the owner’s tastes, and then there are factors such as protecting the artwork from the elements and ensuring it remains secure whilst sailing. It is not uncommon for pieces to be built into the yacht’s structure, requiring collaboration with the shipyard in the very early stages of the build, or for owners to request rare materials which need to be sourced and shipped specially.
We caught up with international art consultants, Artelier, for a glimpse into this fascinating world. They tell us how they go about curating art for yacht owners, and their predictions for superyacht art trends in 2021 and beyond…
What would be your dream addition to a superyacht interior?
Rather than a single addition, a dream yacht project would be one that incorporated sustainability into every aspect of the engineering and design. There is a growing interest in innovative yachts that harness clean energy like wind or solar power, and even use recycled parts for the mechanics. The art we source could then tell the story of the project’s sustainable ethos.
Artelier often collaborates with artists who work with natural and eco-conscious materials, and revive ancient craft techniques that are inherently a more sustainable way of working. For instance, Stuart Ian Frost is an artist who works with natural foraged materials, and transforms them into distinctly contemporary artworks.
How do you go about selecting artwork for a particular space?
Initially, we get to know the client’s interests, style and taste in depth, as well as tuning into the vision of the interior designer. We consider key materials, finishes and colours that are being used throughout the project, and imagine how they can be incorporated into art. It’s also essential to understand the theme and intended atmosphere of the project, to then source art that enhances that experience.
Our art consultants then go through our database of 12,000 artists – carefully selected over a decade – and pick artists who really have a synergy with that particular project. We curate and present different options for the client, and after their feedback, establish a group of selected artists.