Art buying is personal and subjective, but taking the leap can result in enhanced spaces and brighter experiences. There is no right-or-wrong answer or one method to follow, but here are some easy basics to get you started!
1. Blank walls are better than bad decisions. The art in your home should be a unique statement of what you love and feel. This can be as simple as yellow always makes you smile or anything with an animal in it does the trick– just look out for any personal connection that draws you back to the piece.
2. Original art is attainable. Yes. Prints, copies, and editions are great for commercial spaces with lots of traffic, or kids’ spaces with frequent use. After that, I always steer my clients to buying original work because it is the artist’s hand and that moment-in-time that is reflected in an original piece. Uniqueness is something I am drawn too, and this is hard to accomplish when dealing with multiples. Of course the price and budget is always a concern, but emerging artists or even student works can often be purchased at friendly prices.
3. Get familiar with art! Go out there and see what is around you. Seeing work in person is so much more satisfying. Galleries and museums are pretty much my first stop when traveling or visiting a new place. I know galleries can be intimidating, but it’s ok! Walk right in, tell them I sent you! If you are just starting your art love, there are so many sites at your fingertips to explore what appeals to you like etsy and 20×200. They feature artists around the world and can show you a wide spectrum of styles and materials. Seeing a wide variety at one time may help you formulate what it is you love or don’t love.
4. You don’t have to match your walls to your interiors (or your lipstick to your nail polish). When you meet the right piece, your gut will let you know and you will find it a home. A piece of art is not just a decoration that goes in and out of style, but more like a friend or family member that’s going to stay with you for a while. Find the love connection!
(Oh Hey Tootsie!)
Although it may make logical sense to look for a particular thing for a particular spot, I often find you end up with something you weren’t looking for! You don’t have to buy for an exact space, but rather buy what you love and it can work in a number of places and you will likely keep it forever.
Once you start to get a sense of what types of art are getting your attention, get to know artists – you can quickly get a read on an artist’s inspirations or studio practices by following on social media. If you identify with an artists’ work, you likely respond to the same things that inspire them. Look out for next week’s round up of Southern artists to follow on Instagram.
*About Anna! She’s a Memphis-based art consultant, Anna Wunderlich, we asked Anna to advise novice art collectors here on the Daily South. Wunderlich, an artist herself graduated from College of Charleston studying art and art history. She’s also the daughter and granddaughter of two practicing artists Joy Bateman and Joyce Gingold. She’s also sister-in-law to Arkansas Delta artist, Betsy Brackin Burch and sister to local Memphis chef, Brown Burch. In short, she’s saturated with the creative genes. As a mom of three, she realized that she didn’t have the uninterrupted time she desired to work full time in the studio making her own work. (representational imagery in oil and watercolor). Instead, she travels the South and beyond meeting and connecting artists and galleries to a new audience looking to start a meaningful collection.