Hampstead Fine Arts has one of the most prestigious classical art collections in England’s South-East, specialising in classical art across all mediums. The company was founded by a consortium of local art collectors, having between them over 30 years’ experience of the business, its artists and customers, and the classical art world in general. Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Hampstead Village, Hampstead Fine Arts was incorporated in 2016 as the culmination of the efforts of North West London’s most discerning art collectors, coming together to bring their expertise and passion for classical European and British art to the international market.

With an impeccable reputation for quality and honesty and a devotion to bringing exquisite paintings and sculptures to delighted clients in the farthest reaches, Hampstead Fine Arts has already established its presence in the Gulf Region, with expansion plans for the Far East and Africa commencing in 2018.

Classical European Art

The art of Europe encompasses the history of visual art in Europe. European prehistoric art started as mobile rock, and cave painting art, and was characteristic of the period between the Paleolithic and the Iron Age. Written histories of European art often begin with the art of the Ancient Middle East, and the Ancient Aegean civilisations, dating from the 3rd millennium BC. Parallel with these significant cultures, art of one form or another existed all over Europe, wherever there were people, leaving signs such as carvings, decorated artefacts and huge standing stones. However a consistent pattern of artistic development within Europe becomes clear only with the art of Ancient Greece, adopted and transformed by Rome and carried; with the Empire, across much of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

The influence of the art of the Classical period waxed and waned throughout the next two thousand years, seeming to slip into a distant memory in parts of the Medieval period, to re-emerge in the Renaissance, suffer a period of what some early art historians viewed as “decay” during the Baroque period, to reappear in a refined form in Neo-Classicism and to be reborn in Post-Modernism.

Before the 1800’s, the Christian church was a major influence upon European art, the commissions of the Church, architectural, painterly and sculptural, providing the major source of work for artists. The history of the Church was very much reflected in the history of art, during this period. In the same period of time there was renewed interest in heroes and heroines, tales of mythological gods and goddesses, great wars, and bizarre creatures which were not connected to religion. Secularism has influenced European art since the Classical period, while most art of the last 200 years has been produced without reference to religion and often with no particular ideology at all. On the other hand, European art has often been influenced by politics of one kind or another, of the state, of the patron and of the artist. European art is arranged into a number of stylistic periods, which, historically, overlap each other as different styles flourished in different areas. Broadly the periods are, Classical, Byzantine, Medieval, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical, Modern and Postmodern.

Why Classical Art?

There are several characteristics that differentiate classic paintings from their modern offspring. Generally speaking, choosing to decorate with classic paintings chosen by Hampstead Fine Arts means embracing these differences in techniques, colours, and subject matter

Classic Painting Techniques

Classic Painting Colours

Classic Painting Subject Matter

Why Buy Art?

At Hampstead Fine Arts, our mission is to bring the choicest selection of classical and vintage European art to you. Having original art in your home is vital to your well-being. Art is a key piece of furniture for many reasons and yet it is sometimes put on the back burner in comparison to other home objects. Brain scans have revealed that looking at works of art can trigger a surge of dopamine into the same area of the brain that registers desire, pleasure, and romantic love Romantic.

sublime landscapes provoke contemplation of nature and purity. Such works then create a mood of peace and are good for relaxation rooms such as the living room and bedrooms. We all love to express ourselves, be it through clothing, accessories, social media – the list goes on! Original, classical art in the home is a perfect way to express your artistic and aesthetic interests in a way different from most, because original artworks are one of a kind. When rooms have a lot of colours, or many shades of the same colour, it can become overwhelming. An original work of art is a beautiful, meaningful way to tie everything together and create a general focal point. When walls are empty, a room does not necessarily look bad, but by no means does it look finished. Rooms with empty walls are functional rooms in a house. Rooms with original art work are comfortable rooms in a home. Guests will always be curious about the choice of artwork, the story, have questions about the artist, etc.

It is a way to show off your art collection while having passionate conversations with house guests. Original artworks foster creativity, expression, artistic inspiration. This is particularly important in homes with children as being surrounded by artwork will allow creative thinking. Art can make rooms become comfortable working and living environments. A home office, for example, can transform from a place of work and business to one of relaxation and productivity all the with addition of an original work of art. Attached is an article explaining how artwork in office spaces improves employee productivity Owning an original artwork is also an investment. These artworks can be passed down through family and friends, be shared with loved ones for many years all while increasing in worth. Art is very conceptual, artists use it as a medium to express personal thought, political or social issues, and to make us as viewers think. Some people do quizzes or crossword puzzles to keep their brain active, but another way to do so is to own original artwork in the home, to just sit, look, and think. In a busy, fast-paced world that demands speed and productivity, home should be a place of relaxation. Coming home from a busy day at work to sit on your couch and stare at a TV or a blank wall is not as recharging or relaxing as enjoying an artwork purchased with the means to create a positive mood.

Last but certainly not least, curating a gallery is fun! Attending show openings, going to galleries, chatting with artists even, it is a fun experience! After a while you will start to notice a theme, in subject matter, colour, concept, etc. Playing with moods, composition, placement in the home, of all these reasons why to have art in the home, let’s not forget the fact that it is simply something fun to do.