Considering what size artwork you need for your space (or whether you want multiple pieces in the space) is the most important thing to start with before you commence your search. Some artists only offer smaller pieces, others larger pieces, so knowing your space is an important first step.
The easiest way to visualize the perfect size artwork for your area is to use masking tape and a measuring tape. Mark out the area you want your artwork to fill and use that as a starter.
Bear in mind, there are some standard sizes for artwork which I've listed below for you. Aiming for something that's a standard size will make your search so much easier.
What colours do you already have in the space? What colours do you want to bring into the space? These are two key questions you will need to ask yourself to ensure that your art cohesively meshes with your room and existing decor.
One handy tool that I absolutely love to use when thinking about colour is the Pantone Studio App. This lets you take a photo of the space you are buying art for, and takes out the key main colours already existing in your room. It gives you a palette to work from, and also lets you add new colours so that you can visualise what additional colours will look good in your room.
The start and end point for what you can spend on art is almost infinite, which is why it's important to set your budget upfront. You will also need to consider that the larger the artwork you are looking for, the more expensive it will be.
Generally original paintings are more expensive than fine art prints. As a general guide, for an experienced artist you would be looking at spending a few hundred dollars for a fine art print and a few thousand dollars for an original painting. New and upcoming artists generally offer artwork at a lower cost.
Artwork is sold in a variety of mediums, materials and finishes. You should always refer to the artists description of the artwork to understand whether it will require framing once it arrives. The below is a guide to some of the more common options:
|Stretched Canvas||This usually means your canvas comes ready to hang on the wall, often with wire preinstalled. The canvas 'wraps' around timber stretcher bars 3cm thick. The edges of the artwork wrap around the frame for a clean, modern finish.||Not required. Stretched canvases can be hung on the wall directly. You may want to add a floating frame to the exterior of the stretched canvas.|
|Rolled Canvas||This usually means your artwork will arrive unframed and rolled in a tube. This is the most cost effective option, and you will need to arrange to have it stretched around stretcher bars, or framed traditionally behind glass locally.||Yes. You can opt to have it framed traditionally behind glass, or alternatively have your canvas 'stretched' - wrapped around stretcher bars.|
|Paper Print||Paper prints also usually arrive unframed and rolled in a tube, unless specified otherwise.||Yes. You cannot stretch paper prints, they must be framed traditionally, usually with a mount and behind glass professionally.|
Thanks to the internet, access to thousands of artists work directly has never been easier. Below are some great places to start, depending on what you are looking for.
|Etsy||Established and up-and-coming artists alike, offering a combination of fine art prints and original paintings. Quality sellers can be quickly found thanks to Etsy's Trust and review system.|
|Although not an online art retailer, Pinterest is the best way to discover artists with many directly promoting their own work on the platform. Just search 'buy wall art' to see what you discover.|
|Bluethumb Art||Representing over 11,000 emerging and established artists from Australia and work with 20 of Australia's most remote Aboriginal Art Centres to give you access to more Australian artists and their art than anywhere else in the world.|
This guide was designed to give you some starter information to begin your art search. Equipped with this knowledge, go with what feels right for you! You will fall in love with the piece and know that is the one you need for your space.
Do you have any other tips for finding great artworks, or recommend any new and upcoming artists? Comment below!
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