Feel good art with FOAM.

Words byHayley Hayley

Henry Thoreau had it right when he said, “It’s not what you look at that matters; it’s what you see.” Because art is really about the way the viewer sees it and what they take from it. When life is difficult and there is little outside stimulation (hello, lockdown!), one of our favourite ways to bring joy into our lives is to look at art, to be inspired by beautiful things.

And while we haven’t been able to while away Saturday afternoons at museums or breeze through galleries on our lunch breaks in quite some time, we can all still indulge our creative sides by bringing art home. We had a chat with FOAM about their most beloved pieces that help them see the world through new eyes and Feel Good.

For those who aren’t quite ready to take the plunge and buy something themselves, FOAM has an incredible digital exhibition that can be viewed online – or in FOAM Magazine’s Talent Issue – from the comfort of your home. FOAM Talent | Digital features the works of many talented, up-and-coming artists, offering them a springboard for their work. One of the most wonderful works from the exhibition is Kamonlak Sukchai’s The Rebirth of Red Lotus, from the 2019 series Red Lotus. The piece is vibrant and alive with colour – just the thing to liven up these dull days.

Kamonlak Sukchai’s The Rebirth of Red Lotus, from the 2019 series Red Lotus.

Another powerful work from one of FOAM’s current exhibitions is Les Adu’s I Am a Black Man. This vulnerable, honest self-portrait from his 2020 series I Am is a compelling commentary on the Black Lives Matter movement. As soon as FOAM opens its doors again, you absolutely must visit this exhibition to feel the power and positivity of his work for yourself.

Les Adu’s I Am a Black Man.

Ready to take something home and add a bit of dimension to your walls? FOAM has some incredible pieces available from their gallery, FOAM Editions. Three of their favourites are Alice Quaresma’s 2019 piece Casa, William Klein’s 1955 work Stickball Gang, New York and Johan van der Keuken’s 1958 photograph Quatorze Juillet.

Alice Quaresma’s 2019 piece CasaCasa, William Klein’s 1955 work Stickball Gang, New York

Casa, William Klein’s 1955 work Stickball Gang, New York

Johan van der Keuken’s 1958 photograph Quatorze Juillet.

Johan van der Keuken’s 1958 photograph Quatorze Juillet.

So whether you’re adding to your own collection or ambling through a virtual exhibition, embracing the joy and pleasure of art is sure to make you Feel Good.