With thousands of islands and distinctive dry and rainy seasons, Indonesia is a perfect example of tropical architecture and outdoor living. That’s why it is crucial to find the type of art which can survive in such a particular environment.
Heat and humidity are generally not ideal for artworks. We rarely advise acquisitions of works on paper, as the equatorial environment will eventually cause foxing, fungus, and mold.
Oil on canvas paintings is usually more resistant than paper, as long as the canvas is properly prepared. Consider paintings by old masters such as Rembrandt that can survive for centuries.
Extreme fluctuations in temperature and humidity can cause damage due to the expansion and contraction of the wood and canvas components of the painting. Wood and fabric absorb moisture which causes them to swell on humid days and shrink on dry days. Paint, however, is not as resilient and can crack and flake off as a result of the constant expansion and contraction of the underlying wood and fabric structures. These dimensional changes can eventually cause the canvas to become loose and sag.
The proper display and storage of paintings can be achieved by monitoring the temperature and environment in various rooms, in order to identify the best location for the artworks. Ideally, the paintings should always be kept in a stable environment, away from direct sunlight.
For homes in tropical regions, we highly recommend sculptures and three-dimensional artworks, preferably made of non-organic materials. We often advise our clients to opt for sculptures and installations, as they can create a different look for the interior while maintaining a modern feel. Artworks made of bronze, glass or certain types of wood are ideally suited for tropical environments.