The Wayne Pate Collection of Hand-Painted Tiles from Balineum

Where’s Wayne Pate? We follow our favorite traveling artist on Instagram (@waynepate), where he recounts his work with its whereabouts – lately, Paris, Brooklyn, Shelter Island and now Wellington, New Zealand. Pate’s fanciful geometric imagery refers to the School of Paris and lends itself well to all kinds of applications. Two years ago, Studio Four NYC presented a Wayne Pate collection of fabrics and wallpapers: see Bloomsbury in Brooklyn. Saved NY recently released a bunch of Wayne Pate cashmere blankets and pillows. And last week, Sarah Watson of Balineum in London launched Pate’s first ceramic tiles.

“Putting Wayne’s work in check has been on my list for a long time,” Watson tells us. Working during the pandemic with a remote team, including artisans outside of Naples, Watson poured out Pate’s paintings on paper and canvas, and came up with a first edition; from there, she and Pate created a group of nine designs that straddle the line between art and decor. Looked.

The Wayne Pate I tile collection is hand painted on terracotta.  There are nine patterns: five rectangular vignettes and four abstract square patterns.
Above: The Wayne Pate I tile collection is hand painted over terracotta. There are nine patterns: five rectangular vignettes and four abstract square patterns.

“Due to the complexity of production, these tiles are best suited for smaller scale projects,” says Watson, who writes on Instagram (@sarah_balineum): “I can’t wait to see how customers use them – one border only or repeatedly for an entire wall? Installed vertically or horizontally? I would definitely imagine a row as a kitchen backsplash (with a skirted sink). “

Frames incorporated into the designs give the tiles the appearance of canvases.  & # 8
Above: The frames incorporated into the designs give the tiles the appearance of canvases. “The designs are very contemporary and modern, but they’re done in the traditional way, painted using the same blends that have been around for centuries,” Pate explains. The collection was created to work with Balineum’s S-series solid color tiles, which use the same varnish palette.

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