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Interior Designer, Julie Ann Segal, Comments on Aleah Koury's Koi Series Artwork
Our expert, Julie Ann Segal, from Metropolitan Interiors reviews one of her favorite artwork pieces by artist Aleah Koury.
The richness of the surfaces, the bold use of color, and the dramatic composition tell the story of Koury's Koi series. These pastel mixed media drawings are a statement of whimsy and natural observation. This is a series that is inspired by the joyous movement and playful antics of these aquatic creatures that Aleah observed on his own land.
When Julie Ann spoke to Aleah, he said "I have a Koi pond on my property, and would observe the koi fish. From my observations I started painting them, although I didn't realize they would become so popular and become a niche in the marketplace."
As a feng shui designer, Julie Ann believes this piece could enhance the wealth of the occupants in a space because it is a water feature, affirming prosperity when placed in the wealth area of the *bagua of a home or office. The front entry is another area that wealth and prosperity could be elevated by this piece.
*a feng shui grid that can be laid over a space to determine where in that space an area falls
About Aleah Koury:
I approach my work in a non-traditional way. My academic background is in both two and three dimensions and I am currently walking the fine line that sometimes conjoins them. Ceramics started it. Transforming earth, water, fire and air into something expressive struck me as magical. And, over the years that process has had it’s way with me.
I love honesty in materials and use many mediums in their purest form. This is certainly true in my recent work. Rust is rust. Fire is used as a mark making tool and transformer. Copper, steel and bronze powders are left to present as themselves. These are my usual vehicles. Making art is key for me. It is my way of communicating personal vision using developed visual language.
Creating fills me with a sense of accomplishment and has proven valid for translating inner vision into outer reality. I paint from the inside out. It was 1979 that I decided to call myself an artist. I took an image from a dream that inspired my first large, controlled environmental sculpture utilizing the four basic earth elements.
I recently moved to a small ranch on the Central Coast of California. Inspired by a sense of continuity in my surroundings and the inter-connected web between all things natural, I began working on two new series. “Before Genesis” and “Oh Happy Days”. Here I have allowed some imagery to take center stage but know it is the sum of the parts that becomes the work. It is all inter dependent.
About Metropolitan Interiors:
Metropolitan Interiors is the top interior design firm in Minneapolis established in 1992.
Julie Ann Segal, president of Metropolitan Interiors, is known for her deep commitment to providing her clients with state of the art design. Always on the cutting edge, Julie Ann's dynamic approach is to utilize all resources within her reach. Ecclectic to classic, modern to traditional... there is nothing she and her team will not do to create that "wow factor" that has exceeded her clients' expectations for over two decades. From residential to commercial, Metropolitan Interiors creations have been showcased throughout the Twin Cities. Trustworthy and dedicated, Julie Ann values the relationships she has formed with her clients and strives to design the homes and businesses of their dreams.
As a Feng Shui consultant, Julie Ann infuses the elements of this ancient art into all her design endeavors, revealing environments rich in comfort, beauty, balance and harmony.
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Julie Ann Segal’s deep love of all things aesthetic and the desire to create spaces that not only look good, but feel good, was the foundation for starting Metropolitan Interiors in 1992.