Agricultural Head Office in Calgary
A multinational chemical engineering corporation recently moved 80 of their Agricultural Solutions team from eastern Canada to western Canada to set up a head-office in Alberta. BASF Canada chose the beautiful SE community of Quarry Park in Calgary to do this. Once moved, they realized that their walls were pretty bare, and they needed art! The owners wanted to support local Calgary artists, so they found ArtMatch to fill this requirement.
Working with a senior interior designer from Calgary’s Riddell Kurczaba Architecture Engineering Interior Design Ltd., BASF chose to have seven custom-commissioned original paintings created and purchased six existing paintings from the ArtMatch website. Vandy Midha, art consultant and business owner of ArtMatch, worked with both clients to assist with communicating the custom painting requirements from the client to the artist.
The main boardroom has a very large wall with a neutral palette that needed a very wide and bold-colored painting. After searching many prairie-like scenes, they decided to go with something similar to Prairie Sunrise by artist Alison Philpotts in a larger size. The designer wanted a 10-foot wide painting to fit the wall nicely but it was decided that a triptych would work best with each panel at 40 x 48 inches in size. Here is the original and the final product in the boardroom:
The kitchen is a bright, airy room with fresh lemon-yellow furniture and a large counter. The beautiful and majestic aspens of Alberta are depicted with their warm, seasonal leaves in three large, original works by artist Holly Burghardt. Holly uses a palette knife to show the texture of the bark and the leaves with a heavy acrylic application to create these masterpieces. Of course, the blue Alberta skies must be part of the scene!
Mountains and rivers play a huge role in forming Alberta’s landscape as well so in the main lobby, the designer chose artist Dawn Thrasher’s painting Panoramic. The warm wood accents of the reception desk and the chairs work well with the soft hues of the rocks and prairie in this original. This painting was already framed so this made the overall look in the main lobby a bit more formal.
A secondary meeting room appropriately named Lentil Room by this agricultural head office, required a painting showcasing an actual Alberta lentil field. The ArtMatch website had no existing lentil-themed painting but the client had some photos depicting the kind of field they wanted. Vandy sent these photos out to all 32 of the local artists she represents to see if any of them had interest in coming up with their own versions of this field. ArtMatch artist Cindy Bouwers was chosen to complete this commission and the final painting ended up being the perfect choice for this room.
In the office area, there are six smaller meeting rooms that required narrow paintings to fill the space. So the designer chose from an existing series called Just Be which depicts all four seasons through the changing of birch trees. The artist, Holly Burghardt, was asked to create two other paintings to follow the same theme. Each of these boardrooms now has its own, unique season!
One final large painting was created for the training room and the choice was to have a larger version of Fields of Gold by artist Chester Lees. This painting is a custom 60 x 40 acrylic original showcasing the expansive canola fields of Alberta. The wispy detail work in the foreground of the grasses and the warm gold hues of the undulating fields create a masterpiece fitted ideally for this space.
We hope BASF Canada and its employees enjoy all the beautiful scenes of Alberta every day which were created through the eyes of our talented and local Calgary artists.