How to Become a Savvy Art Consumer
If you are looking for something to display on your walls, how do you know what art to buy or where to purchase it? Sure, you could go to a local store that sells art reproductions en masse. But, you could also look on your computer to do a little shopping for something unusual that will get your home noticed and have guests asking, “Where did you get that piece?”
If someone goes to a dinner party, it has long been a fasion faux pas when two women show up wearing the same dress at an event. People begin to whisper and the two ladies often search for excuses as to why they appeared wearing the same creation. So, why would you want a similar incident to happen in regard to art? There is no sense in walking into a friend’s house only to see a print that is identical to the one in your livingroom plastered on their bedroom wall. There are simple ways to avoid that trap.
Becoming a savvy purchaser of art is quite easy actually. Begin by perusing internet sites. Seek out artists whose work speaks to you personally. If you have a particular interest, look for art that pertains to that. As an example, if you are a 1950s memorabilia buff, look for thematic art that is relevant to your collection. It is not only fun to search for, but you could find just what you are looking for within a short amount of time without wasting fuel going from store to store.
Additionally, you may want to do a search and enter in a specific type of art, whether it is mixed-media, altered art, portraits, etc. Seek out art challenges to view pieces that have been recently created, often using the latest techniques. Most art challenges transpire weekly, so you will see the latest items that artists have created.
Finally, begin a dialogue with an artist whose work that you enjoy. it can be as simple as sending them an email. You may discover many interesting facts about them that you could later tell people when they are admiring the art on your walls. People love to know the history behind artwork and you can be prepared to tell a succinct story if anyone asks for the information.
If there is a piece that you are particularly fond of but cannot afford to buy it at the time, let the artist know. They may have something that is more fitting to your budget that is not shown on their website.
Most of all, have fun! Searching for art can be rewarding and enlightening. You may find that there are many original works of art that you never dreamed of owning that are quite affordable. Beginning the process can be the start of a life-long appreciation that you can enjoy while getting yourself noticed for your discriminating taste at the same time.