Last week, I talked a bit about prints and why I love them so: they’re (relatively) cheap, and as such a great way to build an art collection. But today, I wanted to discuss that other, perhaps more traditional, way of building a collection, original fine art.
I come from an art-loving family. My parents’ house has more paintings than wall space (it’s a problem), and I grew up visiting art galleries with both my parents, and on occasion seeing them purchase a piece they both loved (especially when on vacation – art makes the ultimate souvenir!) It’s also somewhat in my blood; my grandmother was a gifted artist, as was my dad when we was young, and I’ve already (embarrassingly) shared some of my own childhood works on here.
There’s something wonderful about hanging something on your wall which is original to you, that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world, or only does in limited quantities. Of course, this exclusivity can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are three ways to go about acquiring original works on any budget:
If you’re serious about investing in some original pieces, check out art fairs and markets in your area. The well-known Affordable Art Fair has exhibitions all over the world, with prices as low as £40 here in the UK.
It might sound a little bizarre, but buying vintage art can be ridiculously fun. If you don’t care about an artists’ name (and really, why should you?) head to your local flea and see what you can dig up. Prices can be really reasonable, and if they’re not, haggle!
Everyone’s favourite handmade marketplace is a great place to start building a collection; many gifted artists all over the world are eschewing local galleries in favour of reaching new customers directly. There’s everything from watercolours to etchings and oil paintings here, so you’re bound to find something you like.
These are only a few ideas, and there are lots of others ways to get your hands on some original art. Befriend an artist and trade your products/services, or even take an art class and try your own hand at creating it. What about you– do you have an art collection? How are you building it? Any tips to share?