From Artists: How to Buy Art
Art is at the center of our business, and literally in the center of everything we frame. Oftentimes we don't really find our favorite pieces of art, they ~ f i n d ~ us. However, for those of you looking for a less serendipitous path to your next masterpiece, we enlisted the help of a few of our favorite artists to give us their professional advice on how they approach buying art. Get ready to go gallery hopping and art shopping, you're about to be seriously empowered.
"Go directly to the artist! Browse Etsy, artist websites, go to galleries, things like that. Many local art colleges have student art sale events, those are great, too. The closer you can get to buying art directly from the artist, the more the artist pockets from that sale, the better it is for the artist, the more they can make a living through their art." Read more from Chris →
"Invest in art that has the ability to tell guests who visit your space something about you even in your absence. Buy art that reminds you of something beautiful from your past, or informs you of an ideal or feeling you’ve hoped for – you’ll cherish it wherever you go." Read more from Marianne →
"I strongly believe in surrounding yourself with objects that are functional, meaningful, or beautiful. Someone looking to purchase art should make sure that the piece they are considering purchasing fits into any personal criteria they might have for purchases they make. Does a particular piece have special meaning for you or conjure positive feelings and or memories? Or perhaps you're inspired by the artist and her story? If so, purchasing the art is probably a great idea. If not, then don't make a purchase. The ultimate power of art is the ability to move you and make you feel, think, and experience. If a certain piece doesn't speak to you in any way or have special meaning, keep searching." Read more from Christine →
"Buy the art that you want to buy, buy the art that you love! Andy Warhol prints and Hokusai's The Great Wave posters are popular and might make a space look nice...but are those really the images that illuminate and reflect you? Don't be afraid to go out on a limb and buy the art (no matter how strange it might be) that appeals to your personal aesthetic! If you want a psychedelic cowboy painting, buy a psychedelic cowboy painting...even if it might clash with those eggshell white linen drapes." Read more from Ben →
"Buy what you love! It doesn’t have to match your couch, or be by a famous artist, or be expensive. If you love it and it means something to you, you’ll find a place for it. I have a lot of art in my home from all over the world and one of my favorite pieces is a painting of a Pan Am jet soaring above a layer of fluffy white clouds in a blue sky. It’s on a thin piece of roughed up chip board and I have no idea who painted it. I found it in a little shop in Michigan and paid maybe $20 for it. I adore it because I love airplanes and flying and Pan Am makes me think of my parents." Read more from Kerry →
"Don't overthink it, just go with your gut. Find a piece that means something to you, and you'll never go wrong." Read more from Allie →