I’ve worked with Jeremy Burns as an art installer for my clients for over 5 years now and it took me a while to realize that not only is he a working artist, he’s also responsible for some of my favorite murals around Denver. I thought this would be a great place to talk with him about some basics for how to hang art, where to start diving into the local art scene and how to commission him for a portrait. There’s a link to his art at the end of this interview. The holidays are creeping up on us again and a pet or child portrait might make the perfect gift – I have a serious hankering for a Jeremy Burns portrait of my cat…
1. How did you get started hanging art? I used to work at a frame shop called Platte River Art Services. Whileworking there building frames, I was introduced to installation andafter some training I eventually became their main installer. After leaving Platte River, I decided to set out on my own and started On TheWall Installations. That was 9 years ago!
2. What height do you recommend hanging art at? Unless the piece is really tall, I always recommend hanging things at60″ from the floor to the center “waistline” of the piece. This is thestandard height for museums and galleries. Taller works get dropped alittle, especially in situations with lower ceiling heights.
3. Do you have any tips for starting a large scale gallery wall?
I like to lay things out on the floor first and decide if I want thearrangement to be symmetrical or not. I also like to use my phone tosnap pictures of the floor arrangment so as you go and start hangingthings you can refer to the original idea.
4. Is there anything you see people doing with art in their home that you wish they wouldn’t do?
I often see work hung too high. I feel like this is done just to filla wall and not for the proper viewing and enjoyment of the art. I alsooften see things being hung in relation to, or centered off ofthermostats or fire alarms. I always prefer to center things on thefull wall and to visually ignore those pesky alarms and thermostats.
5. You have your BFA in painting and printmaking from Western State in Gunnison, any advice to someone who would like to start learning about and investing in local artists?
I would reccomend going to art walks, gallery openings and openstudios to see the work that the local artists are producing. Andalways buy the work that draws you to it. Don’t buy things to match a wall color or couch! Build a collection of work you like to look ateveryday and don’t worry about everything matching.
6. Your murals brighten up my day when I see them around town. I read in Go Play Denver that you started doing these after a car accident where you hurt your arm and it was a way for you to continue your art – but using your large motor skills. Has doing the large scale work influenced your other work at all?
Thank you!! Yes I believe it has! After tackling huge walls, it givesyou a boost of confidence when approaching a big canvas. And it hasgiven me confidence that my style can work on large and small scaleworks. I also hear much more feedback on the public pieces which isalways a great thing that never happened as much when I was justselling paintings out of the studio. All of these things are great athelping me believe in my vision.
7. I also read that you’re doing commissioned portraits and other work – how can people learn more about this?
I am! The best way is to shoot me an email!! I also have a website anda facebook page which are great for seeing what kind of work I do!
Laura is a Denver Interior Designer who runs an Interior Design Studio based in sunny Colorado with a strong commitment to livable and interesting interiors. She also runs The Colorado Nest, a Denver blog about Design, Art and Life in the Mountain West and co-hosts the hilarious book podcast "The Inside Flap" on iTunes and Stitcher.
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