Displaying and Lighting Art

Every summer, visitors flock to London, Paris and New York for the city’s blockbuster art exhibitions. From Picasso to Klimt, 2018’s behemoths are certainly worth planning a visit for. The last few years have seen a huge surge in art appreciation, with 'gallery wall' becoming one of the most searched-for terms on Pinterest. If you’re planning a gallery wall, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to hanging, but if you want your art to shine, then it’s worth giving lighting serious thought. 

As AD100 designer Richard Mishaan says in an interview with Architectural Digest, “There’s nothing better than a beautifully lit piece of art. It enlivens everything in the home.” Whether you’re lighting art in a hotel or a residential project, there are several options to consider. For larger pieces, directional spotlights are a great choice – we’ve got a large selection by Davey Lighting in a variety of finishes, all fitted with an anti-glare bar to provide a discreet source of targeted light. 

If you’re looking to create an intimate display, or have a specific piece you wish to highlight, our new state-of-the-art Cooper Picture Light could be the answer. Sleek and streamlined, the Cooper combines Davey’s metalworking expertise with our LED brand Beadlight’s engineering and eco credentials. Designed with an equal focus on form and function, the Cooper’s LED diffusers are housed in beautifully machined polished brass, weathered brass or polished chrome cases, ensuring a precise, concentrated pool of light where it’s needed most.

“We created the Cooper in response to requests for the perfect picture light. The purity of our LED technology provides absolute colour accuracy, while the elegant, unobtrusive design ensures the Cooper enhances but does not compete with your finest paintings, photographs and objets,” explain our founder Peter Bowles and Director Charlie Bowles.

London and New York 

In the mood for art and a city break? Then why not book yourself a weekend away. London has so much to offer this summer, with the Picasso retrospective at the Tate Modern an absolute must-see for art fans. Our lights feature in many of the capital’s best hotels, from bespoke outdoor lights at The Ace Hotel in Shoreditch to Davey Pillar Lights at the Firmdale Group’s Soho Hotel and Task table lights at the Ampersand in South Kensington, conveniently close to the museums.  

If you’re in the U.S, take a trip to New York for masterpieces at MoMa and The Met Breuer.  If you’re looking for hotel recommendations, check out more Firmdale magic – our lights feature in the bathrooms of The Whitby Hotel and The Crosby Street Hotel.


A little later in the year, Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Louis Vuitton Foundation runs alongside the Musée d'Orsay’s Picasso Bleu et Rose.  Stay at The Hoxton Hotel’s Parisian outpost, which features bespoke Davey Lighting wall lights in a special finish which we created for The Hoxton’s stunning industrial-style bathrooms. 

To find out more about the Cooper and our range of directional spotlights, visit one of our flagship showrooms in London, New York and Paris or one of our many stockists worldwide.