What original art is and why choosing to buy original art over reproductions is a more beneficial decision.
“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who, with the help of their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun. “ Pablo Picasso
Why do you buy original art? Maybe you want to bring some life into your living room, you might be inspired by the style of a certain artist or you may have other personal reasons. You might have walked into an art gallery during your Sunday afternoon stroll or got lost into an online art platform like La Gallery. No matter what the reason is, buying original art is exciting!
Why do you buy original art? Okay, so you can buy the prints, the limited editions and all that jazz, but for a moment please consider these reasons why buying an original piece of art is something that you should do. What are you really getting at these stores?
In this article, we’ll go over the differences between mass-produced art and original art and try to figure out why you should buy original art?
What is “Original Art”?
Original art, or original fine art, isn’t “original” just because it’s creative—it’s original because it’s one-of-a-kind. Its opposite is a reproduction: a print or even a poster, manufactured in larger quantities by a machine. Original art is typically far more expensive than reproductions.
In the middle ground between original art and reproductions is the ‘limited edition’ print. Many photographers or graphic artists will only print a limited quantity of their artwork, anywhere from 1-200 copies. The smaller the edition size, the more valuable the artwork will typically be.
Why is Original Fine Art More Expensive Than Mass-Produced Art?
There are three main reasons why original fine art is more expensive than mass-produced reproductions.
Uniqueness – Scarcity
Imagine that there are thousands of people around having the exact same painting or poster on their walls. Who would want that!? Probably, none of us. We all are unique, have our own interests, style of clothing and way in life. There is no reason why this uniqueness and personality should not be present in our interior design too. Art is a great way to show your uniqueness and show little bits of your personality.
When you buy an one-off original piece from an artist, you can be sure of its uniqueness! By definition, it is impossible to make another piece exactly similar like the one you are possessing and that is the beauty of it.
Its one-of-a-kind nature makes original fine art a ‘rarity.’ Just like you, there are no other versions of this artwork out there, making it very special and valuable. For the right to have the only ‘living’ version of an artwork, you have to pay more. However, if thousands of people own the same artwork, it is no longer unique. This is why the mass-produced versions are far less expensive. Art buyers would not be willing to spend as much money for a ‘common’ item.
Ease of production
When you mass-produce an artwork, you can set up a large printer to manufacture several copies at once. The mechanical nature of this allows countless reproductions to be created at a time. However, original artwork takes a lot more time. The artist may spend hours, days, months, and sometimes, years, to produce the final product. Because of how difficult and time-consuming that artwork was to create, the artist needs to charge more money, in order to earn a liveable wage.
In order to be easily produced in large quantities, the quality of prints and reproductions suffer. There are no affordable technologies that can layer oil paints in a beautifully textured, delicate way upon the canvas. For this reason, prints and other reproductions will be made using less expensive materials, creating a much ‘flatter’ look than original fine art. Original fine art is hand-crafted by an artist, ensuring a finer, more carefully perfected quality.
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When To Buy Original Art?
Benefits of Buying Original Art
And what’s the point of buying artwork for your living space if it doesn’t look great? Original artwork is hand-produced, and every color is specifically chosen and hand-applied. Mass-produced reproductions use commercial inks instead of oil or acrylic paints, and they are printed by machines. Sometimes, your mass-produced artwork will look pixelated or digitally rendered when you look closely at it. Originals never have that risk, and even the most amateur art lover can tell the difference between an original artwork and a store-bought décor item.
A one-of-a-kind artwork will make your space your own. How often have you noticed the same Ikea artwork in several friends’ living rooms? Even if the artwork isn’t by a well-known artist, the originality of the piece evokes more of a sense of wealth and personality into your living space.
Original artworks have depth – literally. Whether gallery wrapped around stretcher bars or framed for protection, an original artwork will actually pop off the walls. Simply put, this depth will always fill a room more powerfully than a flat poster against a wall.
There’s not much conversation value in “Oh, I bought this from [any major retailer].
Humans are guided through by their feelings. Whatever we do in life, having a personal connection with something or someone always creates a stronger bond.
Knowing the artist and their story can give an extra dimension to an artwork. This could definitely be a reason to buy original art. A connection to an artist might also make you want to buy the certain piece of art. We stumbled upon a story of an amazing 5-year-old girl who has an autism, Iris Gray. Her art is her way to communicate with the world. After reading her story we at accessART almost bought a painting of hers right there! It is not only the physical painting, but the story and feeling a connection with the painter can make it that perfect artwork for you.
Next to knowing the story behind an artwork you can actually support artists. When you buy a piece by a living artist, you support them in their livelihood. You reward them for creativity and hours of work to create that one unique piece.
The great thing about buying artwork is that it can often appreciate in value. Unlike furniture or Pottery Barn statement pieces, artwork typically does not lose its value for having been pre-owned. Instead, if you invest smart, your artwork may be worth more after years hanging in your living room than it was worth when you first bought it.
You may also consider to buy original art for financial reasons. Investing in art is a serious profession and lots of money goes around in the art industry. It’s almost a sport to find those promising, emerging artists. When acquiring one of their pieces, the value of the piece could just sky-rocket.
Buy, investing in art is not easy. Finding the right artists, buying the proper works. It’s not a job for everyone! But, admittedly, in the worst case scenario, your piece of original art will be an investment that you can admire every day. And maybe even make you smile.
So when is it beneficial to buy art reproductions?
- When you’re decorating on a budget – one or two original artworks can add a lot of character to a room, but you might have a lot of empty wall space you need to fill. For these areas, a tasteful poster or print could do wonders.
- If there is a famous piece of art that inspires you – A poster reproduction of a Gustav Klimt painting may inspire you whenever you view it, and this is a valuable trait for a piece of artwork to have.
- For temporary spaces, like cubicles or dorm rooms – Sometimes, the effort of finding the right piece and hanging it can be too much, especially if you don’t plan on spending much time in that space. Posters and decorative art are great for these settings.
- For any messy area that would be too hazardous to place original works – Original artwork can be fragile. If there is a room in your home that experiences very high humidity, or has dirtier air (dust accumulation or tobacco smoke), you can decorate these areas with less expensive, printed artwork.
- For children’s bedrooms – Children are constantly growing up and changing their preferences. A less-expensive print, poster, or decorative piece can add character to their room without breaking the bank every time your child decides to ‘remake’ themselves.
Just because you fall in love with it
Where to Buy Original Art ?
If you don’t know where to look, original art may seem hard to come by. Fortunately, original art is more available than you might think.
Next time you’re looking for artwork, you can buy original art at:
- Art Galleries
- Art Fairs
- Craft Fairs
- Open Studios
…You can even find original art for sale online!
Keep an eye out in your local paper for art shows and events. When you go on vacations, be sure to check out the art scenes in your destination to get a taste of foreign flair.
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