SUBMIT YOUR RESIDENTIAL PROJECT TO OUR EXPERTS TO RECEIVE A CURATED ART PROPOSAL FOR YOUR CLIENTS WITHIN 48 HOURS
Welcome to our online service – curated fine-art on demand, we´ve launched exclusively for architects and interior designers, without leaving the office, you are now able to submit your project details online and receive a tailored art proposal of available artworks including-of-a one-of a kind statement pieces for your clients residential project within less than 48 hours. With this new service, we open the door to an uncomplicated and comfortable way of receiving a curated art proposal which is tailored to the design brief, client preference, mood board provided with the budget, project deadline and medium required in mind. Through Curated fine art on demand, we support you on your day to day operations from the art sourcing process to the art handling with white glove door to door service to save you valuable time and money…because art makes a difference and adds cultural capital to your project!
Branding Director V AGENCY & Managing Director Middle East
Magdalena Pieper – is an Austrian Dubai-based design and art consultant specialized in creating and implementing corporate interior experiences. As a brand management specialist and design leader, she successfully implements brand and design projects in the retail, automotive and hospitality industry for start-ups as well as large companies at international levels. With a strong background in corporate design management, Magdalena focuses on authentic and integrated design development – strengthening brands in redesigning their showrooms, creating art and interior concepts and implementing design strategies. With a proven track record within the marketing and design business sectors and her Masters in Design and Product Management, she brings over 15 years of experience as a design management professional. Magdalena worked several years for Porsche, shaped retail design projects as Managing Director of a design and brand communication agency and had the lead of versatile retail consulting projects.
Magdalena manages the V-Agency and the entire UAE region for VELVENOIR and our clients with regards to hospitality and real estate developments.
Art Advisor / Blue Chip Brokerage
Catherine Asquith is a highly educated and experienced arts professional. A former Melbourne-based gallerist (10 years), Catherine is tertiary educated and has an academic background in Art History, extensive international travel and residency and, in excess of 20 years working within the Australian art market, and latterly, the Asian art market, across both the primary and secondary sectors. In the past 3 years, Catherine’s focus has encompassed the international blue chip sector, managing off-market private transactions for internationally-based collectors and collections, for Modernist, Post-War and Contemporary artworks. Attaining a BA with a major in Art History (LaTrobe University, Melbourne), Catherine undertook post-graduate studies in Sociology and completed a thesis for her B.Litt. (Hons.) degree (Deakin University, Melbourne). Thereafter, Catherine commenced a Post-Graduate Diploma in Museumology and Curatorship at the University of Melbourne. Alongside this latter degree, Catherine also undertook studies in Shakespearean literature at the University of Cambridge in the U.K.
Over a period of 20 years, residency in London, New York and Singapore availed an appreciation of the global art market, in addition to attendance at various major international art fairs, such as Frieze London, Art Cologne, Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Stage Singapore, and the Korean International Art Fair (KIAF).
Catherine’s expertise rests with a working knowledge of contemporary art practices inclusive of painting, sculpture, photography, and works on paper, in addition to a nuanced understanding of the unique Australian Indigenous art practices. Specialist areas include Australian Art (Impressionist, Modernist, Contemporary), Aboriginal Art (Pintupi / Papunya Tula), and Asian Contemporary Art.
Catherine has curated exhibitions, nationally and internationally; published catalogues and articles on the art market; has been invited as a guest speaker for gallery exhibition openings, as well as exclusive corporate events; provided reportage on international art fairs; been the subject of television interviews in Asia in respect of art and investment; collaborated with auction houses on selected exhibitions; and has placed numerous artworks with significant institutional and corporate art collections, in addition to private and institutional art collections located across the globe. Catherine has held various Board positions within the Arts, acting as an advisor and mentor, is a member of the Australian Art Consulting Association, and in January 2018, was appointed Managing Director of the Blue Chip Art Brokerage department for international art consultancy, Velvenoir.
Catherine Asquith manages the Blue Chip Art Concierge for VELVENOIR – further details here
Art Advisor - US WEST COAST
Alexandra Ray gained a BA Honors Degree in Fine Art at Central St. Martin’s in London, England, and an MA in contemporary art at Sotheby’s Institute in London. Born in Los Angeles, her family moved to London where she grew up and received her formal education. After college, she went on to have a successful career as an editorial photographer for magazines worldwide. In 2002 she launched Five Senses Interiors, an interior design company, with an art advisory add- on service, whose guiding philosophy was to stimulate the senses through color, visual art, texture, sound and customized scents.
Due to her earlier training in Fine Arts she began to focus on projects that would integrate contemporary art into both corporate and residential spaces. Alex Ray also began dealing privately in art in London at the pinnacle of the exploding British Art scene in the late 90’s and dealing has been a passion ever since. She has been responsible for contemporary art acquisitions for numerous corporate art collections and individual purchases of blue chip and emerging works, both in Europe and the USA. Having relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, she set up Five Senses Art Consultancy on the West Coast, focusing primarily on European Contemporary art and emerging American art. 2016 saw the change of her consultancy name to Alexandra Ray Art Advisory. She currently serves as a member of San Francisco MOMA’S SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) BAMFA, Artadia, and is a board member for StART Up Art fairs in L.A and San Francisco.
She currently hosts and curates pop up exhibitions, showcasing new talent every few months in the Bay Area and supports VELVENOIR throughout various hospitality, residential and commercial projects within the West Coast Area.
ART CONSULTANTS - BERLIN / GERMANY
Natascha Dallwitz & Inga Rück
Our professional collaboration, Natascha as an architect and Inga as an art historian, is the optimal combination for the targeted professionally planned art projects in the corporate and architectural context. Inga already examined the function and significance of art in the corporate context in her thesis of art history. In addition to professional experience in art marketing for world sports events and classical activities in the gallery and exhibition industry for private collectors and gallery owners, she focused in her collaboration with her professional partner on the integration of art in companies and construction projects. Natascha completed a profound and extensive education as an architect with international experience in Buenos Aires and New York. After her activity in architecture offices through all design and engineering phases, she used her knowledge mainly in private construction management and interior design. The combination of the fields of architecture and art history enables the professional integration of art in every phase of planning and in every architecture.
Inga Rück and Natascha Dallwitz, are managing all VELVENOIR enquiries in Germany with an office based in Berlin.
Art Consultant - Texas
Karis Murray earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Painting and Art History from The Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. At SCAD she was encouraged to develop relationships across all creative disciplines and quickly saw the benefits of using fine art and commercial design to inform each other. Upon completion of her degree, she moved to New York to learn more about the industry around fine art. Working next to the director at a prominent gallery in Chelsea, she gained experience managing artists and matching clients with the artwork best suited to their aesthetic. Returning to her home in Dallas, TX, Karis began her career in corporate art consulting as part of a team that provided artwork for hospitality and healthcare facilities. Evolving from a coordinator to project manager, she learned all aspects of identifying and delivering art to clients that satisfied their time and budget constraints, while exceeding their expectations of quality. From there she expanded into the high-end residential market, working for the largest gallery in Texas to place blue chip and emerging artists from around the world in private and corporate collections.
Over the past 8 years, she has worked with clients like Samsung, CBRE, Baylor Scott & White, Bell Helicopter, Copart, Reliant Rehabilitation, Structure Tone and a variety of healthcare providers, hotels and law offices to ensure the artwork reflects their branding and elevates their clients’ overall experience.
Karis currently manages projects throughout Texas for VELVENOIR.
Art Consultant - Atlanta
Denise holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Applied Behavioral Sciences from National-Louis University. She has studied with the Node Center for Curatorial Studies in Berlin. Denise has had an art consultancy in Atlanta, Georgia (US) since early 2008. She has consulted with individual and corporate clients to secure art for their spaces, and worked closely with interior designers on their design projects. She was an Art Consultant with Restoration Hardware (RH) Contemporary Art, when they were dealing in original art. She assisting in opening the contemporary art component of four new RH design galleries across the US in 2015. She founded and ran an art gallery, initially in the Fulton Cotton Mills in 2009, and in Castleberry Hill in downtown Atlanta from 2010 to 2013. She featured new art exhibits every month, worked with a myriad of artists and was instrumental in the vibrancy of the area’s monthly Art Stroll. She served as Curator for the Movement Gallery of Art in Brookhaven, GA from 2014 to 2015. Denise has curated more than seventy-five art events in the last ten years. These included art events for developers in condo and loft developments, and art event in hotels, restaurants and showrooms. She has collaborated with the likes of the High Museum of Art, the Woodruff Arts Center, the Atlanta Opera, Arts on Atlanta, and has appeared in the Piedmont Review, Atlanta’s Finest, Delta Sky Magazine.
Her most recent project involved bringing Quebec artist, Marc Seguin, to the US to screen his film about an art dealer. Past projects include bringing Barcelona artist, Martin Frias, to the W Atlanta Downtown and the Atlanta Design and Arts Center (ADAC) with a feature on CNN and the Huffington Post, and showing Julie Ross at Fridge Art Fair NYC during Frieze Week. With an earlier career in banking and finance, she is also savvy in corporate matters. business development and relationship management. She has chaired events for charitable organizations, including the American Cancer Society and the Georgia Transplant Foundation, served on numerous non-profit boards and hosted local television.
Denise Jackson, manages activities and projects within the Atlanta Area for VELVENOIR.
Art Consultant New York & Seoul
Liz Yisun Kwon
Liz Yisun Kwon is a curator and writer based in New York. She is a Founder / Director of LYK Art Projects LLC, a curatorial agency working for public and private sector clients on a variety of international art and design projects. Liz studied Art Education from Korea University, and holds Master’s degrees in Art Theory from Seoul National University, and in Arts and Cultural Management from the Pratt Institute. She has developed many research projects on art museums and has gained experience in both the curatorial and management areas of art organizations. Her exhibitions and writings on contemporary art have bridged the New York and Korean art worlds.
Working as a gallery director in Chelsea NY for the past years, she organized numerous exhibitions and educational programs. In addition to consulting the private and corporate collections, she is an avid art writer whose publications include ‘Art for All: Public Art in New York 모두의 미술, 2017’, ‘Museums make New York Peculiar 뉴욕의 특별한 미술관, 2012’.
Liz supports our VELVENOIR NYC advisors with various residential, hospitality and commercial projects with her curatorial expertise and know-how.
Art Consultant - Asia Region
Jules Lambe works with various art and design consultants together to curate, source, budgets, design – develop & facilitate bespoke public art programmes including lighting & tile installation,Studies @ Sothebys Institute London covering 20th Century Design. She curates more than 30% of her annual workload such as Venice Biennale 2013, 2015. Furthermore, Jules sits on board MOCA Museum Beijing. In decorative Arts, she has a strong interest & works with NGO’ & Artisans to contemporize traditional Crafts within sustainable development. Jules brings over 14 years of experience as an Art & Design professional throughout the Asia Pacific Region & America and has developed strong relationships with other art professionals including Art Law to assist Corporate & private clients.
Jules supports VELVENOIR with her know-how in the hospitality industry as well as manages all enquiries from the Asia Region with regards to our services.
Art Advisor Europe
Claire Alliot Soto
Claire Alliot Soto,has worked extensively in the art world since 2010. Since completing a BA in Culture, Curation and Criticism at Central Saint Martins, College of Art and Design, London and a BA in History of Art at the Sorbonne University, Paris, she has engaged with the contemporary art scene, working both for the private and public sector. First working at the FRAC Ile-de-France / Le Plateau (Regional collection of contemporary art in Paris), she gained her consultancy experience at Laurence Dreyfus Art Consulting in Paris, managing a number of high profile private collections and dealing with blue-chip galleries and established artists.
Back then, she engaged closely with the work of internationally acclaimed artists Olafur Eliasson, Anish Kapoor, Anselm Reyle, Robin Rhode and Tomás Saraceno among others. She also collaborated with respectively British and Romanian art magazines Art Review and All Hollow. Since 2016, Claire supports VELVENOIR with her expertise and know-how on various projects.
Art Advisor - New York City
Christine Lee obtained a BA in Comparative Literature, a Masters in Communication Design from Pratt Institute, and a Certificate in Modern and Contemporary Art, Connoisseurship and the Art Market from Christie’s Education in New York. With over ten years of experience in contemporary art, art writing and design, she is an art consultant to private collectors, corporations, hospitalities and architects, nationwide, and internationally. She provides comprehensive guidance for her clients in selecting artwork/s or building collections for their residences, offices or public environments–tailored to specific interest or goals of each collector or collection. Christine works on all aspects of the collecting process including research, identifying and accessing artworks, negotiating acquisitions, curating, framing, installations and deaccessions.
Prior to, Christine worked as a gallery director, art consultant, art writer, and held various positions in international art galleries such as Haunch of Venison of Christie’s, Arario Gallery, Martos Gallery, SUN Contemporary and Galerie Richard based in New York, Seoul and Paris, which allowed her to experience modern and contemporary art from around the world. She is also a contributor to three publications, Art Radar, The Culture Trip and Forbes, writing about art, Asian contemporary art and investing in art.
Christine Lee manages as part of our NYC based advisors’, clients with hospitality and commercial projects – for VELVENOIR.
Art Consultant & Museum Curator - Toronto
Marla Wasser is an independent museum curator and art consultant heading Pursuits Inc., founded in 2007. With three decades of collecting experience, Marla is passionate about it’s rewards and sensitive to its complexities. Compelled by art’s unique ability to impact the many layers of today’s culture, Marla believes that art’s crossovers with technology, fashion, design, and politics create a stage of opportunity and conversation. As an art specialist, Marla’s expertise is wide-ranging, with projects from pop to contemporary and new media art. Pursuits Inc. combines Marla’s business savvy with her intellectual perspective. She has written on the business of collecting as well as on topics in art history and has curated three museum exhibitions in Canada. In early 2015, Marla explored new media art for the second iteration of the award-winning museum exhibition ‘RAM: Rethinking Art and Machine’ at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Curating is the foundation of Marla’s consulting practice, and it is her long-standing relationships with top international galleries and Foundations that create unique opportunities within all of her projects.
Marla is also an Arts Contributor at the Canadian publication the ‘Bay St Bull’, reaching one of the most influential, diverse and powerful market segments in Canada. She shares perspectives and in-depth analysis of contemporary art, events and trends. Dedicated to both the local and international art communities, Marla has supported the Art Gallery of Ontario’s smART Women and the National Gallery of Canada. She has also held positions with the Canadian Art Foundation Art Advisory Committee and the North American Acquisitions Committee for the Tate Museum in London. Whether working with public institutions or private clients, Marla is committed to connecting others with art.
Art Consultant San Diego - USA
Antoinette Genevieve Williams
An independent art consultant, curator, and writer, Antoinette is an enthusiast for the art of all media. Currently based in San Diego, she has participated in organizing exhibitions in the US and abroad. She earned her BA in Art History from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and gained her MA in Fine and Decorative Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. Antoinette is currently a contributing writer for Rise Art, Or Does It Explode Magazine, and Vanguard Culture. She previously penned articles for Fresh Paint Magazine [now Create! Magazine] and Artfetch [merged with Rise Art].
Antoinette runs all VELVENOIR activities and works with clients throughout San Diego and Southern California, she aims to offer brilliant options to collectors and commercial clients both in the region and abroad.