The initial rule for buying art is to love it. The second rule is to be able to pay for it with out taking out a bank loan. And, rule #three? Feel good about what you paid for it.
So, how do you know that a piece of art is worth the asking price? If you love it, and can afford it, ought to you acquire it?
We asked over one-hundred interior design professionals for some assist. We asked them to review pieces of art and tell us what they believe about the top quality of the work and the asking price. Every designer chose five pieces of art to review from over 4000 original and limited edition artworks created by independent, fine artists whose work is readily available at www.DiscoveredArtists.com.
Designers were asked to comment on how they might use the art in an interior room design, and were asked to only review artworks that they felt were worth the asking price. In other words, would you recommend that your client buy this piece of art at that price. Here’s what they said:
Terry Symington is principal designer and owner of T. Symington & Co. Interiors in Brenham, Houston, and Austin Texas. She is a large fan of making use of art in her interior designs and suggests that “For rooms lacking a proper focal point, an oversized painting makes a wonderful statement!”
Ms. Symington reviewed Fleurs Rondes #19, a 12″ x 18″ contemporary collage by Canadian born artist Lisa Carney. The artwork is a mixed media original on panel priced at 5. Lisa Carney is a formally trained, emerging, full time artist who is represented by galleries. She creates abstract, modern, and fine art utilizing multi-media approaches and materials. Her work is specifically suited for decorative interior design.
Symington’s review of Fleurs Rondes 19: “I would love to see a grouping of many of Ms.Carney’s collages in an interior to make a truly big statement. Her combinations of materials, textures and colors are very pleasing … the the pricing makes it really inexpensive!”
Elaine Buderer, principal designer for Restoration Interior Design, LLC in Columbia, Maryland writes, “Great art brings some life into a space,” and adds that she approaches design by, “Making use of color, texture, furniture, art and the existing elements of a residence.”
Ms Buderer reviewed Drayton Hall #20 a 21″ x 25″ limited edition by fine art photographer John Michiels. The artwork is an edition of 40 that is signed and numbered by the artist, matted and framed with glass, and sells for 5.
John Michiels’ primary style is fine art, his signature style is southern gothic. He is a mature, juried artist who is represented by galleries. Michiels personally completes every step of the printmaking process in his studio in his Charleston South Carolina studio presently offering prints in editions of 45 or less.
Interior Designer Elaine Buderer’s review of Drayton Hall #20: “This is a spiritual piece. It hints of serenity (supplied by the classic balance) with a vision of hope beyond. It would be a soothing vista in a quiet room.”
Nicky Quartermaine Scott is owner and principal designer for Quartermaine Interiors in Plainfield, Illinois. Her advice to art buyers in general is “If you’re stuck selecting a color scheme for your residence, look to art for your inspiration. Choose a piece that you genuinely love, and begin from there. Art will reveal some great colors that you can use as a foundation for your project.”
Ms. Scott reviewed Italian artist Mauro Celotti’s big, landscape titled Follow the Clouds. It is a 50″ x 40″ original acrylic on gallery wrap canvas priced at 00. Celotti is a mature, professional artist, formally trained and juried, who paints abstract, modern, surreal and figurative subjects.
Scott’s review of Follow the Clouds: “This piece is reminiscent of Van Gogh, but with a twist. I love the color combination of orange, grey and white. It has a masculine quality to it, with diagonal line and strong movement, but the soft, undulating earth reflects back nicely to Mother Nature herself.”
So, going back to the rules for purchasing art, if you require a second opinion you definitely should get 1. But, it seems that the driving force behind every of these professional reviews is how a lot they liked the artwork and how they may well use it in a room. So, if you love it, and can afford it, it deserves a place on your wall.
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