Art and the Home: A Conversation with Contemporary Artist Gunnar Magnus

By Linda Guido, Lic. Assoc. R. E. Broker, Brown Harris Stevens

Welcome to Art and the Home, a monthly series featuring interviews with contemporary artists and interior designers, as well as resources for your own art collection. This first conversation is with Gunnar Magnus, a young New York-based artist whose figurative abstract expressionist works have been gaining attention in galleries around the city.

Before jumping in, a little bit of context for how and why this series came about. As a teenager, I was filled with passion for all kinds of art: pottery, jewelry-making, painting, and drawing. I’d spend eight hours a day in class at the Parson’s School of Design, then go sit at The Met or The Frick and draw for hours. For various reasons, I eventually migrated into the business world, and in 2002 joined Halstead as a real estate agent.

A few years ago, I was introduced to a gallery owner in search of an apartment in Manhattan. During his home-finding process, we developed a friendship and I began attending his openings. My love for art was rekindled. I soon realized that my real estate career and the art world were closely linked—once someone finds a place to call home, they naturally seek out artwork with which to fill it.