It is said that, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and never has this been more true than in art. Art means something different to each of us and ones unique experience depends primarily on what they see and feel in a particular work. The more you learn to see and understand art the more enjoyment and fulfillment you'll ultimately experience with it.
In this series "Where To Buy Art" we'll take a closer look at some of the most common (and not so common) places where art can be found, as well as the pros and cons of each. Today we begin with the most familiar of them all, the art gallery.
Don't fall victim to the art forgers and fakers of the world. With a little insight and common sense you can outsmart them and insure yourself an authentic work of art that you will be proud to own and admire for many years to come.
Paintings and drawings have historically maintained two completely different perceptions; both in the eyes of the public and for collectors. We'll uncover how this perception has played a key role in the pricing and desirability of these unique types of art.
There are no fail proof methods forselecting an artist which will experience a huge amount of success in the future; However, by keeping an eye on these indicators, your chances of finding an artist that has the potential for greatness will be widely enhanced.
We all have preferences when it comes to the type of art we like. After all, art is a subjective matter and can bring out polarizing opinions. There are certain character attributes however, revealed by what particular art styles we are drawn to. Today, we'll explore the different types of art and what they say about you and your personality.
Original artworks are paintings, drawings, sculptures etc. created directly by the hand of the artist. They are not original because there is a unique idea at their heart but because they are one-of-a-kind and created by a more or less established artist.
While there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding this topic, one thing is certain, it’s a lot more than simple talent or ability. Let’s examine the factors that influence the value of an artist’s work in order to better understand this intriguing phenomenon.
The finite nature inherent in limited edition prints gives them far more prestige over just any other un-authorized reproduction ultimately making them all the more rare and sought after by collectors.
When you think about framing art, it’s natural to start by considering your decor. Not so fast, the most common mistake we see is people choosing a frame to match their home, rather than to complement the art. If you choose something timeless, you only need to frame it once and you can move it from room to room, and decor style to style. And remember, the frame can make as much of an impact as the piece itself. Framing is a decorative art, even simple gallery frames yield an aesthetic.
Expressionism puts the personal and emotional at the forefront of art, with subject matter and accuracy as the last of its worries. In fact, the term “Expressionism” was coined by Czech historian Antonin Matějček in 1910 to specifically mean the “opposite” of Impressionism.
Depending upon the genre, and the use of grey, which softens the contrast, the beauty of black and white artwork is that it suits all types of interiors, from traditional to the most modern, from serious to playful.
The Cubist painters rejected the inherited concept that art should copy nature, or that artists should adopt the traditional techniques of perspective, modeling, and foreshortening. They dismantled traditional perspective and modeling in the round in order to emphasize the two-dimensional picture plane.
Instead of painting in a studio, the impressionists found that they could capture the momentary and transient effects of sunlight by working quickly, in front of their subjects, in the open air rather than in a studio.
An artist's style is basically the manner in which the artist portrays his or her subject matter and how the artist expresses his or her vision. Style is determined by the characteristics that describe the artwork, such as the way the artist employs form, color, and composition, to name just a few.
The concept of "movements" in art is usually linked to a specific time in history. Although art styles can be resurrected from the past, the movement itself is still anchored in its original position on the art history timeline.
Seri comes from the Latin work for silk and graphein, from the Greek, means to write or draw. The origin of screen-printing may have been in Japan, where artist made large, delicate paper cuttings in which the elements were joined and held together by human hair. The hairs served as stencil ties without interfering with the printmaking process.
A linoleum cut or "linocut" is a relief print carved into linoleum rather than wood. Linoleum is composed of burlap coated with linoxyn; polymerized oil mixed with ground cork and pigments. The best grade, battleship linoleum, is usually brown or gray.
During the 1700's and 1800's Japanese artists produced outstanding woodcuts that greatly influenced such European artists as Degas, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh. In the 1900's expressionist artists such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner of Germany and Edvard Munch of Norway created many fine woodcuts.
To create a woodcut, the artist draws a design on a piece of wood sawed lengthwise across the grain. Pine is the wood most commonly used, although fruitwoods such as pear or cherry may also be used. After smoothing the surface, the wood may be hardened by treating it with shellac. This makes it more durable under the pressure of a press and also makes it easier to carve strong, bold images.
In the 19th and early 20th century many people saw lithography only as a less expensive means to own a work of art by a well-known painter. However many European artists began experimenting with lithography soon after its invention in 1798. Some of these early masters included Eugene Delacroix, Pierre Bonnard, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Edvard Munch.
Designs are drawn or painted on a level, porous surface with a greasy material, such as conte crayon, grease pencil or a greasy substance called tusche. The most commonly used surfaces are limestone or plates made of metal or plastic. After the image is drawn, the stone is dampened and ink is applied with a roller. The greasy image repels the water and holds the oily ink while the rest of the surface does the opposite.
Watercolors should be framed with UV protection glass to prevent any damage from moisture or sunlight. Getting a watercolor wet will result in sever damage to the pigmentation and could potentially ruin the artwork.
Oil paintings are strong. The pigmentation hardens over time and often will be varnished making it extra resilient, however occasionally they will get dusty and need special care to help them look their best.
The exclusive nature of a limited edition print effectively raises its value and, therefore, its price. Although there are many factors to consider, because they are limited to a certain number and can never be duplicated again in the same capacity, they are often prized and sought after by collectors and art lovers alike.