PROJECT IMAGES & INSPIRATION

happenings

Kantoor, pronounced “contour,” is the Dutch word for office. This fall, DeGroot Fine Art will curate an exhibition in our office space in Chicago’s West Town gallery district. Open from September 13th-November 1st, Monday-Friday 9:30 am-5:30 pm, the show will take place in conjunction with the autumn exhibition season ahead of Expo Chicago. This will also serve as an open house, welcoming visitors to our new office.

Kantoor is a group exhibition of artwork made with pencil or graphite by five artists based in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. The exhibition will showcase artists who are popular picks with our client base. As corporate art consultants, we assist companies in acquiring artwork that compliments and elevates their corporate aesthetic, while supporting the local art community and our national network of artists.

Artists in the Exhibition:

Carly Glovinski
Melissa Leandro
Geoffrey Todd Smith
Sarah Weber
Scott Wolniak

Exhibition flowers by Field and Florist

SCOTT WOLNIAK

SCOTT WOLNIAK

 CLIENT ACQUISITION

 
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After acquiring this piece by Detroit-based photographer Vanessa Miller for a corporate executive suite, we worked with a framer to create a custom gilded face that matches the metal elements in the executive's office. The gilding process takes several weeks, building up the pigment and texture of the metallic paint layer by layer.


jaime’S PICKS

JACOB CARTWRIGHT

JACOB CARTWRIGHT

CHLOE WEST

CHLOE WEST

SARAH DAVIDSON

SARAH DAVIDSON

SRIJON CHOWDHURY

SRIJON CHOWDHURY

PAOLO ARAO

PAOLO ARAO

NEIL RAITT

NEIL RAITT

 CLIENT ACQUISITION

 
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Alex Maier is an avid chronicler of Chicago’s urban landscape. We recently helped one of our corporate clients purchase two photographs by Maier. In one photograph, Maier uses the landmark Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza to build a fresh composition. The other photograph turns an everyday street scene into something ethereal and grand. These pieces will be perfectly at home in an executive’s downtown Chicago office.

 CLIENT ACQUISITION

 
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We recently helped a private client add this graphite piece by Scott Wolniak to their collection. Wolniak is a versatile Chicago-based artist who works across media to create intricate artistic worlds. The drawing invites the viewer to come closer, an interactive piece for its viewers.

local exploration
 

Elizabeth Loftus,  Untitled , 2019, Mixed media on canvas

Elizabeth Loftus, Untitled, 2019, Mixed media on canvas

An essential part of our process as a corporate art advisory includes visiting artist studios, galleries, and museums. These experiences provide continual opportunities to foster connections with the art community around us. When engaging with artwork in person, we gain a deeper connection which informs our best recommendations to clients.

Each academic year at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) culminates with an exhibition featuring the work of second year studio art graduate students. In 2019, the DeGroot team attended the exhibition on opening night to take in the art and mingle with current students, alumni, and faculty at SAIC. As art consultants, we like to watch the field of emerging artists to see whose talent might create great artwork in the coming years. These students become the experienced artists that we may recommend to our clients in the future.


 CLIENT ACQUISITION

 
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Melissa Leandro is an artist who works across the mediums of drawing, painting, and textiles. The artist believes that certain emotional memories are particles of identity and place, which she represents through embroidered fragmented lines. We recently acquired this piece for a corporate client. Textile works like this weaving by Leandro add depth and unexpected texture to an office space.

local exploration
 

Falls Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Falls Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

An essential part of our process as a corporate art advisory includes visiting artist studios, galleries, and museums. These experiences provide continual opportunities to foster connections with the art community around us. When engaging with artwork in person,  we gain a deeper connection which informs our best recommendations to clients.

During a recent site visit to an office in Sioux Falls, SD, we flew in a day early to get a feel for the city. Walking through downtown, we quickly learned how important artwork is to the locals: dozens of sculptures lined the main streets, as well as mosaics and murals. The city hosts annual sculpture walks for the public, prioritizing outreach and accessible artwork. We’re looking forward to keying into the local arts culture in Sioux Falls for our upcoming project there.

 CLIENT ACQUISITION

 
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In his work, Stephen Eichhorn meticulously cuts and collages vibrant flowers, plants, and other natural elements. Sourcing from biological textbooks, Eichhorn applies each cut-out as if they were strokes of paint, creating dizzying compositions with his organic forms. One of our corporate clients was delighted to add this pair to their collection and noted that the intricate media pulls people in as they pass by the artwork, creating an engaging dialogue with their employees.

local exploration
 

WILLIAM J. O’BRIEN SHOWING HIS COLLECTION TO THE DEGROOT TEAM

WILLIAM J. O’BRIEN SHOWING HIS COLLECTION TO THE DEGROOT TEAM

An essential part of our process as a corporate art advisory includes visiting artist studios, galleries, and museums. These experiences provide continual opportunities to foster connections with the art community around us. When engaging with artwork in person,  we gain a deeper connection which informs our best recommendations to clients.

We recently visited William J. O’Brien’s studio on the west side of Chicago. O’Brien was preparing for an exhibition in Atlanta when we visited, so we had the opportunity to see new art in progress. The artist–who works with a wide variety of materials from ceramics to yarn to paint–also showed us his extensive archive. There is almost nothing we enjoy more than poking around an artist’s studio, on the hunt for the perfect piece for our clients. O’Brien’s workspace was not only functional, but filled with personal flourishes, like a wall filled with the artist’s collection of outsider art and sketches from former students. The artist keeps his inspiration just a glance away.

client acquisition

 
DUTES MILLER & STAN SHELLABARGER

DUTES MILLER & STAN SHELLABARGER

 

Dutes Miller and Stan Shellabarger are partners who create artwork collectively, in addition to their individual practices. Their work is performative and multidisciplinary, and includes photography, sculpture, and works on paper. Together they have exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and their work is in numerous museum collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago. One of our client’s was delighted to add this photograph to their collection, as Miller & Shellabarger are fixtures of the Chicago art community.

local exploration
 

ZACH MEISNER AT MICKEY

ZACH MEISNER AT MICKEY

An essential part of our process as a corporate art advisory includes visiting artist studios, galleries, and museums. These experiences provide continual opportunities to foster connections with the art community around us. When engaging with artwork in person,  we gain a deeper connection which informs our best recommendations to clients.

We recently popped over to Mickey, a gallery in our new neighborhood, to check out Zach Meisner's exhibition. This showcase of petite sculptural relief paintings perfectly juxtaposes the grandiose gallery space and allows for the necessary room to enjoy the art both intimately and from afar. Using a map to navigate around the room of nameless works you can experience the interplay of manipulated colors and materials that pack a hearty punch as they resist definition.   

BYNN’S PICKS

CHRISTIAN HAUB

CHRISTIAN HAUB

KATE BRINKWORTH

KATE BRINKWORTH

ARIEL BASSON FREIBURG

ARIEL BASSON FREIBURG

DANNA RUTH HARVEY

DANNA RUTH HARVEY

YRJO EDELMANN

YRJO EDELMANN

MARY ELLEN JOHNSON

MARY ELLEN JOHNSON

client acquisition

 
ROBERT SAGERMAN

ROBERT SAGERMAN

 

This textured piece by Robert Sagerman was recently acquired by one of our clients. Sagerman’s work dances along the line between painting and sculpture, building up oil paint into three-dimensional forms on panel. As he paints, Sagerman counts each mark he makes, which later becomes the title of the piece, like this work: “13,357.” The repetition of paint strokes turns Sagerman’s work into a meditation on process and time.

client acquisition

 
Kristen Van Deventer
 

Several months ago, we saw an exhibition of paintings by Kristen Van Deventer at a local gallery. We were struck by the subtle color changes and elegance in her work and suggested her as an option for acquisition. Our client was eager to add this painting to their collection; Van Deventer’s ethereal composition adds welcome contrast to the collection, which focuses on prints and works on paper.

Julia’s Picks

JUDITH GEICHMAN

JUDITH GEICHMAN

RYAN FENCHEL

RYAN FENCHEL

JOHN PITTMAN

JOHN PITTMAN

ALEX CHITTY

ALEX CHITTY

ANDREANNE GODIN

ANDREANNE GODIN

IAN DAVIS

IAN DAVIS

client acquisition

 
Heidi Norton
 

Many of our clients love photography, and we’re always on the hunt for options that will enhance their collection. We were delighted when this pair of photographs by Heidi Norton were selected for acquisition. Norton’s work was highlighted in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and is included in numerous prestigious collections, such as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Photography.

happenings

Our founder Jaime DeGroot was recently interviewed by artist Matt Morris about her interest in perfume. Her responses illuminate connections between art consulting and fragrance:

“As an art consultant, I share my experience with my clients using vocabulary I have built up around my sensory experiences. When I started training my eyes to make connections between art and life, my world lit up, and I love illuminating it for others in this way. I equate fragrance to art often, in that learning to connect what you smell to your brain is very similar to learning art history.”

You can read more about her insights here, as well as responses from other artists, curators, and leaders in Chicago’s art community. It’s interesting how significant a role art history plays for many of the interviewees, including the iconic alter-ego of Marcel Duchamp, Rrose Sélavy, and her signature scent, Belle Haleine eau de Voilette, 1921.

MARCEL DUCHAMP as RROSE SÉLAVY

MARCEL DUCHAMP as RROSE SÉLAVY

client acquisition

 
Paul Wackers
 

We recently helped a client acquire this dynamic ink drawing from New York artist Paul Wackers. His work examines objects in artful ways, and he incorporates unique materials into his drawings. This adds texture that our client was drawn to, and the black & white aesthetic looks bold and contemporary in their space.

Julia’s Picks

BOBBY CLARK

BOBBY CLARK

JOSH DIHLE

JOSH DIHLE

ANGELA HEISCH

ANGELA HEISCH

AARON ELVIS JUPIN

AARON ELVIS JUPIN

GRIT RICHTER

GRIT RICHTER

MICHAEL SALISBURY

MICHAEL SALISBURY

client acquisition

 
Robert Burnier
 

This sculpture by Chicago artist Robert Burnier was recently acquired by one of our clients. Their collection is focused on local artists, and they were pleased to include this wall-mounted sculpture. Burnier creates his work by manipulating aluminum sheets into complex three dimensional forms. He then applies pigments that are drawn from Chicago history; some are from the iconic green light posts, others are from vintage CTA station designs. This creates a contemporary repurposing of Chicago’s unique visual history.

RECENT PROJECT 

JAMES COLLINS

JAMES COLLINS

client acquisition

 
Louis Sullivan
 

Our client reached out to us about finding an architectural art object to complement an existing Louis Sullivan Stock Exchange Grille in their CEO’s office. We sourced options with historical significance and acquired this historical plaster mold. We then arranged to have the artifact conserved and stabilized, and designed a custom mount to display it.

Designed by Louis Sullivan, this mold was used to imprint the iconic acanthus leaf motif in Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre, which were then adorned with goil foil. Acanthus leaves have been featured in architecture since the Classical era, and Sullivan used them as organic ornamentation in many of his buildings.

EXPO CHICAGO 2018 inspiration

BRIAN CALVIN AT CORBETT VS DEMPSEY

BRIAN CALVIN AT CORBETT VS DEMPSEY

ANTHONY MISERENDINO AT MOSKOWITZ BAYSE

ANTHONY MISERENDINO AT MOSKOWITZ BAYSE

TERESA BURGA AT GALERIE BARBARA THUMM

TERESA BURGA AT GALERIE BARBARA THUMM

EVELYN STATSINGER AT RICHARD GRAY GALLERY

EVELYN STATSINGER AT RICHARD GRAY GALLERY

CLAIRE SHERMAN AT DC MOORE GALLERY

CLAIRE SHERMAN AT DC MOORE GALLERY

ALEXA GUARIGLIA AT MOSKOWITZ BAYSE

ALEXA GUARIGLIA AT MOSKOWITZ BAYSE

client acquisition

 
Sarah Weber
 

This large-scale painting by Chicago-native, Sarah Weber, was recently acquired by one of our clients. A graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she now maintains her active studio practice in Los Angeles. Weber employs watercolor, colored pencil, and acrylic paint to compose ethereal and abstracted landscapes.

This painting was selected to enhance a newly-renovated public space, and connects to the bold palette of its surroundings. We worked with a local framer to develop a custom-stained frame to match the surrounding design. It adds a dynamic element to the space with its intricate texture and layered pigments.

local exploration
 

An essential part of our process as a corporate art advisory includes visiting artist studios, galleries, and museums. These experiences provide continual opportunities to foster connections with the art community around us. When engaging with artwork in person,  we gain a deeper connection which informs our best recommendations to clients.

In many of our jobs we collaborate with architects and interior designers, striving to connect artwork to the form and function of a space. In the case of Volume Gallery, where their program focuses on design-centric art and objects, we love expanding our vocabulary of what art is. Their current show featuring the work of Jonathan Muecke is a great example of this exploration. His furniture offers a considered approach to the objects we take for granted. Why just a regular chair when you can have this one?

client acquisition

 
 

We were happy to work with an NYC gallery to acquire this Carly Glovinski drawing for a client. After managing secure transportation to Chicago, we worked with local artisans to design a contemporary, custom frame to complement the piece.

Glovinski uses pigment marker and acrylic paint to investigate pattern and repetition. Her process results in vibrant trompe l'oeil compositions. Her work has exhibited across the country, including shows at Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL; and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT. 

Julia’s Picks

VIVIAN GREVEN

VIVIAN GREVEN

CHRISTINE LIEBICH

CHRISTINE LIEBICH

RICHARD COLMAN

RICHARD COLMAN

LAURA LETINSKY

LAURA LETINSKY

JEREMY SHOCKLEY

JEREMY SHOCKLEY

RUBENS GHENOV

RUBENS GHENOV

client acquisition

 
SCOTT WOLNIAK

SCOTT WOLNIAK

 

We were pleased to aid a client in acquiring this intricate drawing by Scott Wolniak. A multi-disciplinary Chicago artist, Wolniak's work has been exhibited widely, including a show in the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. His process involves keen observation of nature, digital replication, and includes a variety of media. This drawing is heading to a corporate office in Iowa. 

local exploration
 

JEFF SONHOUSE

An essential part of our process as a corporate art advisory includes visiting artist studios, galleries, and museums. These experiences provide continual opportunities to foster connections with the art community around us. When engaging with artwork in person,  we gain a deeper connection which informs our best recommendations to clients.

A pillar of the Chicago gallery scene, Monique Meloche recently moved to a large, impressive space in West Town. We stopped by and were struck by the work in Jeff Sonhouse's solo exhibition. His inclusion of struck matches makes the paintings feel performative, and also feature sculptural metal elements. This group of figural works suggest a psychological narrative and mythology that draw in the viewer immediately. 

Jaime’s Picks

STEVEN COX

STEVEN COX

PAUL WACKERS

PAUL WACKERS

GRETTA JOHNSON

GRETTA JOHNSON

JEREMY MIRANDA

JEREMY MIRANDA

HILMA AF KLINT

HILMA AF KLINT

EMILY NOELLE LAMBERT

EMILY NOELLE LAMBERT

client acquisition

 
CODY HUDSON

CODY HUDSON

 

This Cody Hudson piece caught the eye of a Metropolitan Capital client at our "Construction Season" show. It was a great opportunity to speak with them about the nuances of Hudson's fine art and graphic design practice and helped get this painting to its forever home. We are always excited when we can help connect local artists and galleries with a sale.

local exploration
 

GWENDOLYN ZABICKI'S STUDIO

An essential part of our process as a corporate art advisory includes visiting artist studios, galleries, and museums. These experiences provide continual opportunities to foster connections with the art community around us. When engaging with artwork in person,  we gain a deeper connection which informs our best recommendations to clients.

Recently we visited with Gwendolyn Zabicki at her art studio turned house of mirrors. As a realist painter she focuses on imagery involving the portal elements of windows and mirrors. Both physically and mentally reflective, these works and the lustrous walls around them challenge the viewer to find their relationship in space. Many of her pieces address the politics of housework, dripping with details like cleaning vinegar and prismatic rainbows.

client acquisition

MATT IRIE

MATT IRIE

Chicago artist Matt Irie constructs his paintings by creating lines of latex paint, dripped down the side of a paint can, and layering them in complex compositions. After acquiring this work for a corporate office last year, we recently heard it has become a favorite among the employees. The painting sparks conversations about how innovative techniques in artwork facilitate creative thinking and problem-solving at work. 

Jaime’s Picks

ISABEL YELLIN

ISABEL YELLIN

CHRISTY MATSON

CHRISTY MATSON

MIYOKO ITO

MIYOKO ITO

JORDAN NASSAR

JORDAN NASSAR

KATY KRANTZ

KATY KRANTZ

CELESTE RAPONE

CELESTE RAPONE

local exploration

LESLIE BAUM at HEAVEN GALLERY

An essential part of our process as a corporate art advisory includes visiting artist studios, galleries, and museums. These experiences provide continual opportunities to foster connections with the art community around us. When engaging with artwork in person,  we gain a deeper connection which informs our best recommendations to clients.

We recently stopped by Heaven Gallery on Milwaukee Avenue to see Leslie Baum's exhibition of new paintings. The geometric shapes in her work reference forms from iconic artworks of the past, functioning like 'Easter eggs' to be discovered by the viewer. These connection points build a bridge from the history of art to the present; at 20 x 16 inches each they shine as gems of contemporary, local art.

 

 

RECENT PROJECT 

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COLE PIERCE

COLE PIERCE

inspiration

SCOTT WOLNIAK

SCOTT WOLNIAK

KATHERINE WOLKOFF

KATHERINE WOLKOFF

SURREALIST-INSPIRED BLACKWING PENCILS

SURREALIST-INSPIRED BLACKWING PENCILS

CHAD KOURI AT ACE HOTEL CHICAGO

CHAD KOURI AT ACE HOTEL CHICAGO

KAT HUTTER AND ROGER LEE

KAT HUTTER AND ROGER LEE

ALLISON SCHULNIK

ALLISON SCHULNIK

LAURA LETINSKY AND JOHN PAUL MORABITO

LAURA LETINSKY AND JOHN PAUL MORABITO

local exploration

ADAM SCOTT'S STUDIO

An essential part of our process as a corporate art advisory includes visiting artist studios, galleries, and museums. These experiences provide continual opportunities to foster connections with the art community around us. When engaging with artwork in person,  we gain a deeper connection which informs our best recommendations to clients.

An illuminating studio visit with Chicago artist Adam Scott led to engaging conversation about his process, including his impressive series of sketches from Joshua Tree. After our visit, an opportunity arose to collaborate with Adam by including his paintings in a group exhibition at Metropolitan Capital Bank. 

client acquisition

 
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This painting by Anna Kunz was recently acquired by a client whose collection focuses on contemporary art relating to Chicago. Artwork in this collection is characterized by bold colors that impact and refresh their environment, creating a dynamic work space for their employees. Kunz applies pigment through nets to build texture in her compositions, and her work explores the cognitive and perceptual experience of light and color.   

 

 

 

happenings

 

This private residence was profiled in Modern Luxury Interiors one year ago. We consulted with the owners on many of their artwork purchases, including the Neil Goodman sculpture pictured here. Their artwork collection was mindfully structured to reflect the harmonious relationship between the home and the trees surrounding it.

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Jaime’s Picks

MICHELLE BLADE

MICHELLE BLADE

ROBERT BURNIER

ROBERT BURNIER

SCOTT FORTINO

SCOTT FORTINO

SCOTT STACK AT THE CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER

SCOTT STACK AT THE CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER

SCOTT STACK DETAIL

SCOTT STACK DETAIL

MARGOT BERGMAN

MARGOT BERGMAN

LOCAL EXPLORATION
 

XYLOR JANE at EXPO CHICAGO

An essential part of our process as a corporate art advisory includes visiting artist studios, galleries, and museums. These experiences provide continual opportunities to foster connections with the art community around us. When engaging with artwork in person,  we gain a deeper connection which informs our best recommendations to clients.  

EXPO Chicago is the largest contemporary art fair in the Midwest. It provides a host of opportunities to connect with colleagues, discover new artists, and meet with galleries from around the world. We saw a couple of notable paintings by Xylor Jane at Parrasch Heijnen Gallery's booth. She applies meticulous dots of paint to compose examinations of numeric systems. 

client acquisition

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This diptych by Canadian born, Brooklyn-based artist Amanda Marchand was recently acquired by a client, whose collection focuses on contemporary works on paper and photography. Marchand captures delicate moments in landscape with her intricate compositions. In this series, Marchand partners images from disparate locations to create a visual couplet. 

inspiration

ANNA BOND OF RIFLE PAPER CO. OFFICE

ANNA BOND OF RIFLE PAPER CO. OFFICE

REBECCA SHORE

REBECCA SHORE

CODY HUDSON AT LONESOME ROSE

CODY HUDSON AT LONESOME ROSE

TESS MICHALIK DETAIL

TESS MICHALIK DETAIL

KEN FANDELL

KEN FANDELL

 
KELLY KACZYNSKI

KELLY KACZYNSKI

 

recent project

                                                                                                         JESSICA LABATTE

                                                                                                         JESSICA LABATTE

local exploration
 

MICHELLE MAGOT at THE MISSION PROJECTS

MICHELLE MAGOT at THE MISSION PROJECTS

An essential part of our process as a corporate art advisory includes visiting artist studios, galleries, and museums. These experiences provide continual opportunities to foster connections with the art community around us. When engaging with artwork in person,  we gain a deeper connection which informs our best recommendations to clients.

The Mission Projects in Chicago represents artists from the United States and Latin America. Their exhibitions include a wide range of contemporary artwork, often experimental in nature, which explores cultural and societal issues. Michelle Magot's work struck a chord with us, using powerful color blocking and unique source materials.

Office inspiration

CLARE GRILL

CLARE GRILL

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AMBER RENAYE

AMBER RENAYE

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client acquisition

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This etching by renowned artist Judy Pfaff was acquired by a client whose collection focuses on postwar and contemporary American artwork. Pfaff is well-known for her experiments in printmaking techniques, airy abstract compositions, and multi-media installations. Her work can be found in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. 

recent project

ELIJAH BURGHER

ELIJAH BURGHER