How To Determine Your “Style”
The first step to determine your art “style” is to set an intention to discover and educate yourself on the issue of artists and their work. Even with busy schedules, I always attempt to make time to visit artist studios, peruse local exhibitions, and attend art openings making this one of the most rewarding parts of my work. To remain updated about the exhibitions in Los Angeles, I subscribe to For Your Art weekly newsletter. I do all these things before investing in art I like.
The Seesaw app also includes major cities in the United States and abroad, categorizing upcoming shows according to your neighborhood.
It is highly recommended that you visit art galleries and museums in your local area, as well as when you travel. Exploring online platforms can also be beneficial to understand the context behind the concepts of art. Don’t be afraid to go engage with the artists and make connections, and always try to seek advice from industry experts. This will seem overwhelming in the beginning – to approach an art expert with questions, but they enjoy engaging with people and sharing insight into the different artists’ work.
Where To Find Art That Can Be Purchased
You can buy contemporary art directly from art galleries, you should check other opportunities like art fairs where you can discover new artwork in a short period of time. If you want to begin a substantial art collection quickly, then it is recommended you build a relationship with an art advisor who can help you navigate the murky waters of the art industry. Online platforms can also be highly beneficial resources for investing in art. Here at Tappan, our experts cover all of the mentioned areas allowing artists to reach wider audiences with the e-commerce platform. Our exhibitions also provide the buyer with opportunities to engage with the work while the in-house team offers one-on-one guidance.
How To Determine A Suitable Art Budget
When determining a suitable art budget for yourself, it is important that you set a number you would prefer to remain under. Of course, if there is a piece of art that you feel you cannot live without, you may need to stretch the art budget slightly; however, this should only be done in the rarest of occasions! Try a seek advice from friends in the industry who can help you determine why art is priced the way it is, as well as ensuring you invest in the correct artwork.
Beginning To Build Your Own Gallery Wall
Larger scale pieces of art are often costly, but it is possible to develop a dynamic gallery wall with a collection of less expensive smaller items. It is advised that you stick to a consistent color palette to ensure a strong aesthetic feel instead of mixing different mediums; consider what works on paper, photography and prints will work on your wall, and will evolve with you as time continues. Check back soon for a step-by-step instruction post on how to build your own gallery wall!
Leaning Towards Photography
If your art space calls for a particular anchor item, then landscape photography may be the ideal option. Not only is it more affordable than canvas-based work, but it can also be psychologically beneficial. Evidence has found that photographs of horizon lines and nature are useful for meditation and can also help make smaller living areas appear larger than they are.
Patience Is A Virtue
Locating the art you love can be a tiresome process, regardless if the process is in person or via the internet. Do not rush to fill all of your empty walls at once. Begin with one or two anchor items, live with them for a short time, and then build the gallery wall one by one from that point. You must enjoy the process of discover and allow the collection to develop naturally without forcing it.
Matte Can Be Your Friend
Framing smaller photographs in a matte border allows the frame to work as a type of “window” surrounding the artwork; thereby, providing the art with more impact. This technique is used regularly by Tappan artist, Travis Schneider, when framing Polaroids and elevating a small item into a medium-sized piece. Online framing businesses tend to offer more beneficial prices, but this will vary dependent on the value of the artwork. It is recommended that you speak with a local framer before making a purchase regarding the archival materials and UV glass protecting the picture against the direct or indirect light.