By Amy Mehrten, CREVI + CO
Art can be tricky, it can be extremely expensive or cheap looking and very run of the mill. We’ve all seen the Eiffel Tower pieces and Empire State Building ones over and over. Don’t get me wrong, I adore a good photograph of world land marks, they are inspiring and magical. It’s that little piece of paradise and freedom in our lounge room or bedroom, but if you are anything like me, you like switching things up and don’t mind something a little different.
Throughout researching for clients and myself I have come across some fantastic suppliers and ideas. My first suggestion is to find a great framers (there is likely a local one to where you are), this opens up many many options and with the boom of online stores, art often comes unframed now. The Minimalist and Norsu are some of my fave online stores for art! Tea towels from overseas trips or great patterned ones, special pieces of children’s clothing or vivid fabrics such as Marimekko, beautifully framed, makes really fantastic but most importantly unique art.
Middle of Nowhere can do no wrong – great colours, attractive price point, playful and versatile. United Artworks does a killer abstract, you are even able to custom choose your colours through the website or the range of pre made ones is impressive too, and very affordable. For something with a larger price tag you can look to Otomys. The artist they represent are truly beautiful. They produce pieces of art that are timeless and in my opinion worth the money. In art terms they are still responsibly priced compared to what some pieces can sell for. Trevor Mein and Chris Warnes are two artist Otomys represent and they produce phenomenal imagery.
When shopping for art, keep it real. You can absolutely purchase fabulous art on a budget but if you are wanting a special piece, be prepared that it will come with a price tag. Through my purchasing over the years for myself and clients I personally have decided I prefer investing in neutral pieces and often photography over paintings. I think a loud abstract or fluro canvas is perfection in the right place and the likes of Bromley and Matthew Johnson sell so well for not only their talent but great colours used. It is all about what works for you and in your space. Another point I must add is fall in love with the artwork, don’t settle for ‘ok’ if you want to purchase a feature piece. Be patient, sometimes its can take months and months before you find “the one”.
Art is so personal and that is what is so great about it, there is no right or wrongs. Hopefully this post fuels your imagination and gives you some suggestions you may not have already considered. Happy shopping!
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