During each High Point Market, home furnishings manufacturer Global Views uses the corner of its hallway to showcase something new.
For October’s market, the Dallas-based purveyor of lighting, accent furniture, mirrors, decorative accessories and more introduced its newest offering, original wall décor, there.
Originally, the pieces were created by Creative Director George Sellers and his nephew and apprentice, Eli, as late additions to the company’s summer 2019 catalog shoot, intended as a way to help fill blank spaces on walls in the various room scenes. After the catalog was printed, customers began asking about the art and if the pieces were for sale, which CEO David Gebhart took as a sign to venture into the category. A year later, the pieces were ready for their at-market debut.
“This seemed like the missing piece to our puzzle and it seemed like a natural addition,” Gebhart said. “We’re doing the rugs, we’re doing all the other wall décor, the furniture, everything for the home. It made sense to go ahead and look at doing the original art.”
When creating the originals, Sellers and Sellers stretched drop cloth canvases over wide, thick frames — some as large as 4×8 feet — and painted the images. Prior to joining Global Views, Sellers founded Arete Collection, and Gebhart said he knows his way around any artistic medium. “He’s an artist in all ways and he’s been doing product development work for so long that he truly gets the materiality necessary to achieve certain things.”
The new artwork category is being produced domestically for Global Views as part of a strategic partnership. In all, there are seven pieces in the initial roll-out, all of which are abstract and unsigned, by design.
“There’s no signature on the pieces either, so it makes it possible for you to position it in all four directions. They’re so abstract in nature; you can position the long ones vertically or horizontally to make different pieces of art,” Gebhart said. “Some of them are diptychs and some are triptychs and we sell them individually. There’s a lot of flexibility built into the way they were formulated and painted originally.”