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Art2Arts Online Magazine

Featured Artwork, Art News, Artists & Exhibitions.

  • Everything you need to know about framing art

    There’s nothing better than the amazing feeling you get after buying a brand new piece of artwork, especially if it’s from one of your favourite artists. The excitement of receiving a new addition to your collection and deciding where you’re going to put it can’t be beaten. The only issue after that is how to frame your new piece, which is a problem that a lot of collectors and art lovers face. Choosing a frame can be just as important as deciding on the painting itself, so we’ve put together a few tips on how to go about framing your artwork.

    Contacts

    In the world of art it’s always good to have a list of useful contacts that can help you find the type of art you’re looking for and also point you in the right direction when it comes to framing your paintings. It’s a good idea to get in contact with a custom framer or a collector who can help you pick the best type of frame for each of your pieces. If you’re unsure on the type of frame to get then there’s no one better to help you than a professional who does it for a living.

    Decisions, decisions

    As soon as you get your new painting you may already have an idea of the type of frame you want to put it in, which means you might find yourself getting frustrated because you can’t find the perfect one straight away. But don’t worry about rushing to get your art up on the wall because it’s more important to find the right frame first. Search through as many vintage collections as you can and look at some custom designs such as floating frames before you make your decision. It’s important to have patience when choosing a frame, it may take some time but eventually you’ll find one that you know is perfect.

    No frame?

    Sometimes the best way to frame a painting is to not frame it at all. A lot of art, especially more contemporary pieces, can look better without being wrapped in a frame. If you’re having a lot of trouble trying to find the right frame for your painting then the best option might be to give up and let the piece speak for itself. A lot of contemporary galleries have moved past the idea of having to frame artwork so this idea could certainly work for you.

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  • Art2Arts pick of seascapes to celebrate summer

    As summer approaches, people naturally flock towards the sea to cool down and appreciate the beauty that a sun-soaked ocean has to offer. For art lovers who want to keep a little piece of that beauty at home, you are sure to find something you like in this collection of Art2Art’s seascape imagery.

    Tide

    Artist: Kalpana Soanes

    Kalpana Soanes

    https://www.art2arts.co.uk/tide#.WSwzhXXTVTc

    This simplistic piece by Kaplana Soanes is a beautiful abstract illustration that uses subtle tones with a splash of colour. The artist is known for her flamboyant style and use of experimental techniques when painting. Inspired by her early years which she spent crafting her skills in East Africa, Kaplana has produced a portfolio of beautifully intriguing abstract artwork. Tide is one of many available on the Art2Arts store.

    Eternity I

    Artist: Peter Goodhall

    Peter Goodhall

    https://www.art2arts.co.uk/eternity-i#.WSw39nXTVTc

    Artist Peter Goodhall is a world-renowned painter that has won multiple awards for his work. The incredible amount of intricate detail in this painting is simply amazing. The portrayal of movement within the waves really brings this piece to life. Peter is known for his fascination with water and the inspiration he draws from the ocean. This particular piece is a great example of his outstanding skills when it comes to illustrating water.

    Some Sort Of Paradise

    Artist: Graeme Robb

    Graeme Robb

    https://www.art2arts.co.uk/some-sort-of-paradise#.WSw4pXXTVTc

    For anyone looking to brighten up a room with a beautiful seascape image, then this impressionistic-style painting by Graeme Robb is a perfect fit. The use of warm colours against the cool blue of the sky gives you the same feeling of starring at a beautiful sunset. Inspired by the sea of Cornwall, this piece is a bright but calming painting that would look perfect on a bedroom or lounge wall.

    Burst Of Summer

    Artist: Melanie Graham

    Melanie Graham

    https://www.art2arts.co.uk/burst-of-summer#.WS1E4GgrKM9

    The great use of colour in this piece is a perfect representation of summer. Melanie has created a beautifully composed piece with the deeply saturated plants contrasting the pastel blue sky. She is known for her dramatic and eye-catching artwork, implementing a unique and raw contemporary style.

    Red, White and Snooze

    Artist: Paula Oakley

    Paula Oakley

    https://www.art2arts.co.uk/red-white-and-snooze#.WS1A5mgrKM8

    If any painting truly encapsulates British summer time, it is this one. The contemporary realist style incorporated by Sussex-based artist Paula helps to create an iconic image that represents the British seaside. The subtle colouring and warm tones really sums up the feeling of relaxation on the beach.

  • Britain's most famous artists and what makes them so influential

    Britain has been a hub of art and culture for thousands of years and has been home to some of the greatest creative minds in history. Throughout the years there have been many famous British artists that have put paint on canvas to produce some of the most recognised pieces of art in the world. Here at Art2Arts we know very well the breathtaking amount of talent that the country has to offer and we value all of our artists for the amazing work they do. This post celebrates a few of Britain’s most famous artists, with a look at how they became so popular.

    Damien Hirst

    This artist, entrepreneur and collector needs no introduction for anyone familiar with the British art scene. Since gaining huge popularity in the 90s Hirst has risen to become one of the most prominent artists in Britain, with some of his paintings selling for millions to collectors and galleries all over the world. As a key member of the Young British Artists, he rose to fame with his unique works of art that often feature an underlying theme of death. His use of intricate detail and unique stylistic techniques are what continue to keep people bidding for his art.

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    Banksy

    There are still many people that wouldn’t consider graffiti a true art form but there’s no denying the incredible impact that urban artist Banksy has had on modern culture and the world of art. Over the last decade the anonymous street painter has created a series of pieces that question the current social and political climate of the western world. In a time of political distrust and social unrest Banksy has tapped into the issues that many people face with the use of striking contemporary imagery. Mystery and anonymity have also played a big part in the rise of Banksy, with everyone talking about who the man behind the art is.

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    David Hockney

    As the king of British pop art, this painter, photographer and printmaker has become one of the UK’s most respected artists. He gained a lot of popularity in the 60s thanks to his amazing contribution to the contemporary scene of the time. He specialises in pop art and has also recently embraced technology by creating pieces using iPads. His timeless works of art can be found in galleries and collections all over the world and he has started to focus more on set designing and book writing.

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  • Will Brexit impact British art?

    Brexit is an issue that has been on everyone's mind for a while. The political and economic effects of leaving the EU have created a lot of public concern. Most of the political debate has revolved around things like immigration and business trading. The question of art and culture in Britain has not been talked about much, which has left people wondering what effect Brexit will have on the UK's creative industry. Here is a look at some of the ways in which Britain’s exit from the EU may impact British art.

    Tighter borders and stricter travel regulations could make it harder for British art exhibitions to tour Europe. Getting across EU borders will be more time-consuming and may cost a lot more due to visa laws. Being part of the EU allows for seamless travel throughout the member states, which makes it a lot easier for artists and dealers to showcase their work to a much wider, international audience. Freedom of movement will become a lot more restricted after Brexit, making it more difficult for British artists to display their art across the continent.

    Buying and selling art within Europe could be more expensive depending on the methods you use. If you’re selling your art privately and directly, then you could see an increase in cost due to potential import tariffs. Those who import their artwork from within the EU may see a similar price increase after Brexit. However if artists sell their work through an already existing distributor like Art2Arts, then they won’t be as heavily impacted thanks to our established industry links and global distribution channels.

    One of the big concerns throughout the creative and cultural sectors in the UK is the issue of funding. Being part of the EU means that Britain has access to the Creative Europe program, which provides funding to support the promotion and growth of creative industries. This funding has helped hundreds of companies, organisations and art-based schemes throughout the UK. Losing this funding means that the cultural sector may take a big financial hit that would affect creative education in schools, as well as museums and organisations that rely on donations and outside funding. This is particularly worrying because it could restrict the amount of opportunities for people to get involved with art. Although any artist or designer knows that the love of art and culture will persevere through anything.

     

     

  • Why you don’t have to break the bank to own impressive art

    Many people may assume that buying and collecting art means that you have to spend thousands or millions in order to get the best pieces, but that is not necessarily the case. Purchasing and appreciating artwork is a very personal experience and just because a painting or sculpture is worth a lot of money doesn’t mean it is any better. Here is some advice on collecting great art without breaking the bank.

    Just like any other creative industry, the world of art is subject to new trends popping up. It is important to stick to what you like and appreciate art regardless of whether it is the ‘in thing’. When something gains a lot of popularity the price tends to rise, but you can save money by avoiding new fads or trends. Just because a lot of people are talking about something, doesn’t mean you have to have it.

    Stick to what you like. If you want to spend a lot of money on a piece you really enjoy then by all means, go for it. But if you’re on a budget and see something good for a cheaper price then don’t hesitate to snap it up. Buying art is a personal experience and should be based on your own personal taste. Don’t be put off by the lower price tag because art is subjective and its quality or appeal is not dictated by its price.

    Where you buy art from can have a big impact on the price you pay. Seeking out less expensive auctions or dealers that are selling art is a great way to find a bargain. Buying art online can also be a lot cheaper than buying from a high street gallery or exhibition. At Art2Arts, we have a vast catalogue of beautiful artwork, with pieces to match anyone’s budget.

    Just because an artist is not world renowned, doesn’t mean their work isn’t world class. The world is full of amazing artists who create beautiful collections of work, often at much lower prices. Seeking out artists using Art2Arts is an easy way to purchase some great artwork without spending massive amounts of money. With access to a huge roster of professional creatives, with decades of experience, you’re bound to find something perfect to match your budget.

     

  • Why property developers are using art to sell homes

    If you've ever visited a museum to browse the carefully chosen selection of masterpieces displayed on its walls, you may have been unaware that you were probably standing on top of a basement packed full of other masterpieces. It's standard practice for art dealers to keep their stock safe in a museum storage room, while searching for a buyer. However, this can be quite an expensive service and also means that a number of artworks are left to gather dust. A new trend amongst dealers seems to solve both of these issues.

    The idea is for museums to lend artworks to private homes in order to save space and reduce costs. The reduced amount of space available at UK galleries, means that private homes can offer a cheaper storage alternative and provide a blank canvas for art to be displayed. The idea was thought up by a curator at one of London’s top museums, as a way to tackle rising rents in expensive areas. A number of museums and galleries have expressed the need for an alternative due to increasing fees.

    This is a win-win situation for museums and property developers. By outsourcing their services, museums will be able to free up some much needed storage space and display artwork for free. Developers and interior designers can acquire art from a huge catalogue, letting them create a more luxurious style at a lower cost. This is a great way for them to increase the chance of selling homes, which is why the idea has been welcomed by many developers and designers. By using high-end artwork to decorate private housing, developers can drastically increase the value and appeal of their properties.

    Lending paintings, statues and furniture to private homes is a great cost-saving idea but more importantly it means that countless pieces of art can now be displayed instead of going to waste in storage. Art is meant to be seen and appreciated, so this system is a great way of showcasing some brilliant, unseen pieces. There are countless artists who produce amazing works that often go unappreciated due to a lack of buyers. Lending to private homes means that their work is given more display time, increasing the chance that it will sell. This means that more artists will receive the commission and recognition they deserve.

    Want to start your own collection? Browse our beautiful selection of art online from a range of artists.

  • Artist’s guide: how to write an effective biography

    If you’re just starting out as an artist then it’s important to put yourself out there and try to get recognised for your work. If you’re a professional artist it’s a good idea to put out more information about yourself so buyers can find out about the artist behind the piece. Art2Arts is a great example of how the art community can come together to create a bustling marketplace where buyers and collectors can read about the artist before buying one of their pieces. A personal biography is an extremely useful tool for an artist but it can often be hard deciding on what to include and how to write it. Here are a few tips that will help if you’re trying to write an effective bio.

    Keep it concise

    A bio is very important when it comes to expressing yourself, your influences and what you have to offer to the world of art but it’s important not to make it too long. A bio should be short and concise, with just the key information that you want to include. It’s good to outline your background but you don’t need to give a full recollection of your entire artistic life. Similarly, you don’t need to list every single artist, painting, place or thought that has ever inspired you.

    Key points

    It can be hard deciding on what to include in your bio, especially if you’ve never written one before. As an artist it’s important for people and potential buyers to find out more about your style so be sure to talk about how you define your artistic style. People love to find out more about the person behind the art so give a brief outline of your background and how you got interested in art. Outlining a few of your influences is also a good for giving people a better idea of how you developed your style and techniques.

    Be proud

    There’s nothing wrong with being proud of your artistic achievements so if you have any accolades worth mentioning then don’t be afraid to. If you’ve sold a lot of art, been featured in museums or won any kind of award then be sure to include that in your bio so people can see that you’re an established artist.

    Maintenance

    This isn’t necessarily specific to an artist’s bio but it’s just as important as any of the other steps. Make sure your bio is well structured, legible and free from spelling or grammar mistakes. This will maintain a sense of professionalism and ensure that buyers can understand your bio. It’s also important to maintain your bio by regularly updating it with new information and recent accolades.

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  • The most influential female artists in history

    History is full of famous artists that have all made amazing contributions to the world of culture and art. Some of the big names that come to mind when most people think of art are people like Van Gogh, Picasso and Da Vinci. All of these creators have one thing in common, they are men. History has not been kind when it comes to equal rights for women, but fortunately that didn't stop these artists from following their creative passions. Here we showcase some of the female artists who made amazing contributions to the world of art throughout history.

    Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755-1854)

    This famous French artist is well known for her acquisition of fame during a time when women faced a lot of adversity. After overcoming a number of social and political hurdles, this self-taught painter became one of only four women to be admitted into the French Academy. Initially based in Paris, Le Brun was forced to leave France during the revolution. While travelling around Europe she received numerous commissions thanks to her more sympathetic style of painting which was ahead of its time.

    Georgia O'Keefe (1887- 1986)

    As one of the very first American artists to experiment with purely abstract paintings, Georgia O’Keefe is an iconic figure in modernism. Her work was known for its high-energy expressive nature. The artist often liked to explore creative themes such as music, and experimented with illustrating them.

    Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)

    No list of great female artists could be complete without mentioning Frida Kahlo. The Mexican born artist, with her iconic personal image and unique artistic style, was a prominent figure in the world of art. She developed her style based on traditional Mexican folk art, intertwining realism and fantasy. As an advocate of women’s rights, Kahlo’s work incorporated strong political and social messages. Her face has recently become world famous after being featured as a filter on Snapchat.

    Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011)

    American born colourist Helen Frankenthaler is famous for her innovations in ‘stain’ painting. The abstract impressionist used a method that consisted of throwing tins of paint directly onto her canvas, in order to create emotive imagery. Her unique style broke through into the world of art at a time when male artists often dominated the spotlight.

    Judy Chicago (1939)

    Feminist artist Judy Chicago is known for her celebrations of female icons throughout history. One of her most famous installations was ‘The Dinner Part’ which consisted of a mixture of mediums including embroidery and engravings. Chicago was a prominent figure during the 70s, a time when there was a surge of activism regarding equality and women’s rights.

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