This week we are inspired by artists who use interiors as the subject of their paintings. Interior design is the most important part of what we do here at Jean-Marc Fray. The beauty of this business is being able to pick pieces and create designs that help people visually understand why they are drawn to something. We mix iconic furniture from various time periods together to show the versatility and scale of all our unique pieces.

Similar to a painting, each element in an interior has a purpose. Whether it be color, texture or form, we are the artists behind the design selecting each element intentionally for the pleasure of our clients. These same elements are fundamental to both being compositions of these pieces as well as the craft the artist brings to it. It is quite incredible to physically enjoy the effects of a good design, but being able to experience it visually through art is an entirely different effect. Here are a few artists we are inspired by that capture various types of interiors.

Elizabeth Hoopes

Elizabeth Hoopes was known for her watercolors of interiors, and captured 37 rooms decorated by McMillen for prominent American families. In 1934 McMillen founder Eleanor McMillen Brown enticed Hoopes to return to America to paint watercolor portraits of the company’s finished rooms. The artist’s talent for representing texture can be seen in the details of the interiors, such as curtains trimmed with tassels, Chippendale furniture, tufted upholstery, and a leopard-skin hide.

Sarah-Jane Axelby

Sarah-Jane Axelby makes beautiful artworks of beautiful rooms, and her #sketchaday project during the covid lockdowns has made her something of an Instagram superstar in the interiors community. Her mixed media works – combining fine-liner pen drawings with watercolour, markers, oil pastel and pencil – are wonderfully distinctive and characterful, perfectly capturing the eclectic, colourful interiors she uses for inspiration


Jeremiah Goodman

Jeremiah Goodman, was one of American interior design’s most luminous lights. His talent was not for decorating rooms but for recording them, through the media of watercolors and gouache, and dramatic technique “No one captured the magic of the great interiors of the past like Jeremiah Goodman,” says interior decorator Bunny Williams. “I will treasure the few pieces I have of his forever.”


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