"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time," said the twentieth century writer and monk Thomas Merton.
"To appreciate a work of art, is it okay to like what you like, and the heck with the art critics and experts? Absolutely." When such a comment comes from the late Thomas Hoving, a former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art, you can feel confident in whatever decisions you make.
London has some of the best museums and galleries in the world, famous for their scope and size. It also has some delightful, lesser known ones that are just as fabulous.
Spring is a busy period for the art world, with Europe, the spiritual home of some of the most avant-garde movements of the twentieth century, a positive hive of enthusiastic activity.
Vodka is not usually the beginning of any good ideas but in this case it was the beginning. Designers from Evolution Photo Art have taken inspiration from a vodka advertisement to make these gorgeous personalised wall pieces.
Amazing antiques and a treasure chest of fine art can be found at an annual fair coming up in London. The Winter Fine Art and Antiques Fair at Olympia is held from November 12 until November 18.
Art meets the lines of the human form in this cheeky piece for the home. The Seatseat is a hilarious sculpture/piece of furniture from company Flock-Follies.
Student art portal DegreeArt has joined with many up and coming artists to stage a design event called ArtHAUS. The exhibition space on Vyner Street, London has been transformed into five different rooms.
Do you sit and look at works of art longingly wishing you could have a piece in your home? A new website called Rise Art makes this possible with the launch of a rental art service.
Silkscreen prints are an affordable way to boost your urban pad's artwork collection without spending a fortune. This bold, whimsical design from Mengsel is perfect for a clean, contemporary living room, bedroom or guest room.
If you, like many people in the UK, were appalled by the recent rioting and looting, you can now do your bit to help out the shopkeepers and homeowners affected. More than 80 artists and other businesses have united to donate prizes for Riot Raffle.
How long does it take you to decide on decor? A new survey found almost two thirds of us have at least one picture that is still waiting to be hung, as homeowners procrastinate over the best spot for their artwork, according to Command Products.
Looking for an alternative night out in London? Later this week, on Friday August 5, the National Portrait Gallery will launch a one-night-only exhibition that will offer a 'total sensory visitor experience' - Late Shift Extra: ReAnimate.
Iconic landmarks of London, including Savile Row, London Street, Victoria Station and the Parliament, provide the inspiration for Richard Ryan's latest artwork. The Santiago-born and Stockholm-based artist has released four new silkscreen prints.
For friends who are good with words... No scribe's urban pad should be complete without artwork like this new print from Coulson Macleod. The iconic typography printed onto solid limestone will look fabulous with modern, contemporary colour schemes.
When it comes to art, light installations are still a sought-after and impressive focal point in urban pads across Europe. Form Us With Love has made arguably the most outstanding structure yet, using 91 linked, 24-carat gold covered Work Lamps.
The most prominent paintings from the 2011 BP Portrait Award will go on public display at the National Portrait Gallery in London tomorrow (June 16), it has been announced. Included within the show will be the first placed painting, 'Distracted' by Wim Heldens.
Affordable art group Art Under a Monkey has signed up contemporary Irish artist Michele Grimson, offering a new range of colourful, abstract and surrealist artworks perfect for your urban pad's focal points. Grimson's work has a Mark Rothko feel.
You can decorate your urban pad for less and help struggling students, too, with a new online initiative. Buystudentart.co.uk was set up by an enterprising creative, Kerri Lister, who wanted affordable art to brighten up her own walls.
Looking to invest in installation art? The Rough & Ready collection by up-and-coming artist Vanja Bazdulj is an experimental furniture collection that is perfect for an urban pad. All models can be adjusted to suit your colour and space requirements.