Do you shudder at the thought of buying art? Do you assume it is just for people who have lots of money? Well, think again.
Winnipeg artist Shawna Dempsey has some great advice for you to heed if you would like to dress up your walls and spice up your life with some real, honest to goodness artwork.
You can test out these tips on Sunday March 18, from 2:00 - 5:00 when MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women's Art) holds it's Over the Top Auction and Cupcake Party.
Five Tips for Buying Art by Shawna Dempsey
Buy what you like. Think about what you'd like to look at every day.It
doesn't matter if the artist isn't famous or if the work doesn't match
your couch. In fact by not matching your furniture, you will create a
more interesting environment in your home. Remember, art isn't décor;
art is images and ideas. Choose something that inspires and intrigues
2. Buy art that reflects your budget. I usually dedicate one week's salary per year towards buying art.
Avoid posters. They are boring and cheap and mass produced. You are no
longer in university! You have grown up and become an individual. Let
your taste in art reflect that.
4. Buy local. Winnipeg's
contemporary artists are very affordable, despite their presence on the
world stage. If you see something you like, ask who made it. Google
them. Chances are they have a website. If you are serious about
purchasing, don't be shy about calling up a local artist and saying so.
They will no doubt welcome you into their studio, and provide you with
an interesting behind-the-scenes look at how they work.
Or go to
artist-run spaces such as Manitoba Printmakers Association
edition prints are great value) and Cre8ery
, or private dealers such as
Mayberry Fine Art
or Gurevich Fine Art
. Even the Winnipeg Art Gallery
has an art sales and rental department. And there are many charity
events, like MAWA's upcoming Over The Top Art Auction and Cupcake Party
where you can find treasures by established artists and the most
emerging, rising stars.
5. Don't worry about resale value. Chances are you'll never get around to it and, unless you own a
big-ticket item, art is difficult to bring to market. This doesn't mean
that your collection won't increase in value, but hopefully you'll end
up loving the work too much to consider parting with it.
Then once you have bought that piece of art.....
Invest in professional framing. And don't dilly dally! Once you've
bought an artwork, honour it by having it framed rather than leaving it
sitting in an envelope or on a shelf. You bought the piece to enjoy it. A
well-executed frame job will enhance the experience and is well worth
the $300-500 investment.
2. Hang your piece where you can see it.
Although galleries usually hang art with the horizontal centre around
57" from the ground, your home is your gallery, so make it work for you.
For instance, if you'll be lying on the couch looking up at your new,
fabulous artwork, hang it at an appropriate height for your vantage
point. Or use your own height as a guide and centre the work there. I
tend to hang the art in my home lower, so I centre it about 4" below my
standing eye level. Remember, do whatever looks and feels good to you.
Buy more... one piece is not enough! Art buying can be addictive. And
so fun! Fill your living space with excitement, colour and joy. It will
make every single day more interesting.This content is provided by Shawna Dempsey.The views expressed do not express the views of CBC. CBC is not responsible for this content.Listen to Shawna Dempsey on SCENE: On Air with her tips for buying art.