By joannearnold, Jul 14 2014 12:38AM
Original art is where it’s at. Long considered a luxury item, it doesn’t take wealth to acquire high end work. Like purchasing a vehicle, you stay within your price range.
I acquire art one piece at a time. Having a personal connection to the art or the artist is a good starting point. It’s nice when the art has a story attached to it whether the story is by the artist or by the collector.
Selecting art for the home is a fun process. Dimensions, color and mood are only a handful of considerations in finding the right space to display new work. Some people rearrange entire rooms around their art.
The art you display is a huge statement. It says as much about the collector as it does the artist. More than anything, it’s a joyful connection. When you live with original art, you are responding to your world with visual expression.
If you can afford a Home Goods matchy matchy picture over your sofa, you can afford to go original. When pockets are not so deep there are a variety of ways to acquire art by creating a savings fund, bartering or making a payment plan. College art majors are also a good source. Commissioning the artist is not always collecting if there are parameters put on the creating of it. Original art is a luxury item because there is an investment of time and expense.
I’ve never done an inventory of the work displayed in my home but I do know its value. I respond to it and it has meaning to me. It is a personal connection, no words required.
I look forward to bringing home all my latest acquisitions. It was unintentional that I have collected four new pieces in the last two weeks. I am happy that I found and acquired the perfect Orazio Salati oil painting from his exhibition at Windsor Whip Works. I have waited a period of a few years for the piece that ‘talks to me’ and is the right size for my walls. I did have to save up for this one!
I couldn’t resist the whimsical Barbara Bertstein glass head at the “Off The Wall” show at the Cooperative Gallery 213. I’m already thinking of hanging it in some kind of light and keeping it ‘off the wall’.
Most recently, I purchased two small Jim Mullen watercolors at the Butternut Gallery in Montrose, PA. The work is affordably priced and he is donating the proceeds to the Good Shepherd Community Foundation. Jim Mullen is a master with line and color. The work is exquisite and both pieces have a ‘story’. I must say, I am fortunate for the talent that surrounds me.