Posted by Penny Tristram
Whether your summer has been balmy or a bit of a washout, a sun, sea or landscape piece is the ideal way to transport yourself to a sunny happy place, and memories of nature, holidays and adventures.
Art2Arts has over 500 sun, sea and landscape paintings in all kinds of styles and moods. Here I’ll feature some of my favourites to guide you through the options.
Ricky Figg’s Elephant Sundown is a bold accent piece, transporting us to a warm African sunset. This painting is an ideal match for an uncluttered, contemporary interior, in particular a bedroom or living room.
Sanctuary Series 3
Sanctuary Series 3
Alison Johnson uses abstraction to intriguing effect in her Sanctuary Series 3. The deep colour scheme conveys a sense of calm while reflecting the power and mystery of the ocean. Surface contrasts and texture add further interest to these paintings. These paintings would stand out well as statement pieces in a somewhat minimalist interior. They’d also be great for bathrooms.
Philip Wilson’s Venetian Reflections captures Venice’s warmth and charm perfectly. His interpretation of the reflections in the water are particularly engaging. This summery piece will enhance any interior with a warm colour scheme.
End of the Line
End of the Line, by Victoria Stanway, brings to mind quiet coastal villages and train trips away. Its faux-naïve style lends a sense of fun, narrative, and lots of visual interest. Great for a quirky interior, or children’s room. This painting would also make a great gift for a train fan, or dare I say, train spotter.
Nepalese artist Kaluram Tamang has a light, airy and illustrative style, and his work brings to mind the fantastical landscapes of manga cartoon productions. Stupa is Kalram’s interpretation of the Monkey Temple in Kathmandu .This work would suit a quirky, artsy interior well. Due to its size, it would really stand out in a small wall space, or displayed salon-style, grouped together with other small artworks.
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Posted by Penny Tristram
Zulu Sensation by James Grimditch
With stock market investments hardly the go-to choice that they once were, investing in art has been steadily growing in popularity and becoming a more mainstream choice over the past decade.
The art investment advice we hear most regularly is to buy art you really love, rather than art you don’t really resonate with, but you believe will gain in value. This is really great advice and illustrates the primary advantage of art as an investment – you get something to display in your home or business premises that gives you real joy and pleasure over the years, whether it gains in value or not.
Graduate art is the cheapest to buy. You may not every sell the piece you buy for millions – but there’s a chance that you might, and the initial investment is low enough to be worth the risk. Art by famous and well-established artists is expensive to buy, and the net returns are lower, but the investment is a far surer one.
A couple examples among the hundreds of artists who have gone from little-known graduates to multi-million sellers within their lifetimes are Peter Doig and Tracy Emin. Doig sold little work when he graduated, but is now Europe’s most expensive living painter. Emin’s crude and sketchy style may have been passed over by many visitors to her graduate show, but uber-collector Charles Saatchi recognised the challenging shock value of her work early in her career, and helped propel her to fame and fortune. She’s now one of the world’s top-ten most expensive living artists.
So with this in mind, how do you go about choosing your investment from amongst the many new and undiscovered artists practicing at the moment? Two elements are important; one involves your emotional response to a piece, and the other involves a bit of practical research.
In terms of the work’s appearance, as I noted earlier, you have to like it and be able to imagine living or working with it on your walls. But secondly, undiscovered art which has the potential to go *really* huge at some point in the future will have an, if not shocking, then arresting sense of originality. It needs to be something that is just really, really different –this shows that the artist has a well-developed visual identity and is ahead of his or her time.
The second and more practical consideration is the work’s longevity. Paintings, for example, should be properly stretched and use professional quality, lightfast paints. This is something you can determine when you speak with the artist, agent or gallery.
Elvis - by Steven Coughlin
With installation and sculpture, think about how you will store and preserve a piece if the material or execution are unusual. Mark Quinn’s “Self”, for example, is made in frozen human blood, and its owner (currently the National Portrait Gallery )must keep the freezer switched on at all times, to avoid this multi-million pound piece simply melting into a puddle.
Ready to invest in a piece you love by a new or emerging artist? Visit Art2Arts’ Latest Artwork section to see the newest of the new.
My hot picks for three of the best investments on Art2Arts are James Grimditch, Steven Coughlin, and Laura Fulner.
It Doesn't Matter What We Were, Only What We Are Now - by Laura Fulner
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