The Style Fix: Acquiring Affordable Art
Welcome back to my monthly style fix where I offer my advice to help you make the most of your home on a budget. My message is to not let budget restrictions hinder your desire to create something beautiful. Take the inspiration you see and run with it, just remember to add your own personality and go with what YOU love.
This month I’m offering a few tips on how to get was is often thought of as unattainable – ART.
Selecting art for your home can be a stirring venture and a foundation for gratification for many years to come. The secret to achieve this lies in what style of art you prefer and how it fits in with your home décor, not forgetting the way in which you display it. I recommend using a respectable framer to project your art, if you opt for a small print.
I am by no mean an art critic (not many of us are), but after some research I’ve come across some people that are and have collated all their info for you below. Saatchi Online in particular can help you choose according to the key factors above.
Saatchi Art have an unparalleled selection of paintings, photography, sculpture, and drawings by over 50,000 artists from around the world. Their personalised art advisory service gives you access to your own expert curator, free of charge. In addition they have powerful search filters to narrow down your selection to find the right works for you. Saatchi Art features works at a wide range of prices to suit all budgets and projects and offer global shipping.
2. NICOLE COHEN ART / @sketchfortytwo
Nicole is an abstract artist, design enthusiast and blogger living in NYC. Through her blog, Sketch42, her home aesthetic and paintings have quickly caught the eye of collectors and designers alike. Her work and home have been featured in various publications, including popular blogs like Elle Decor, House Beautiful, My Domaine, Harpers Bazaar, NY Cottages and Gardens, Design Sponge, Time Out NY, Adore, HGTV, and Rue Magazine.
This is how I stumbled across Nicole, and since discovering that her photographic art is affordable I’m hooked. Her photography is stunning and a small print can be picked up for about £40 plus shipping to the UK. Nicole offers various sizes for each piece of art catering for all budgets.
Citizen Atelier is an online art gallery that brings together contemporary photography and works on paper from a range of international artists, both emerging and established. Named one of the top online art galleries by Elle Décor, and featured in publications such as Vogue, MyDomaine and The Zoe Report, Citizen Atelier was founded in 2014 with the vision to inspire with art and make the art buying process easier and more accessible.
Structured as an online marketplace, Citizen Atelier offers a selection of handpicked open-edition and limited-edition works of art. From abstract to monochromatic to floral, they offer everything. Their inspirational gallery is great to help you get a sense of what art you may prefer if you are unsure.
Artsnug currently work with more than 30 fascinating independent and emerging artists and with prices starting as low as £25 there is something for everyone – be it a londonphile, film buff, botanist, pet lover, foodie, urban explorer, photographer, or fashionista!
Artsnug have a monthly pop-up art shop at West Elm in London and will be back from 31st March – 2nd April!
55Max, an inspiring art consultancy and design, are a team of real artists, passionate about what they do offering unique and diverse affordable art from around the globe. If you can’t find something you like, get in touch and they can source an image for you!
6. THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS SUMMER EXHIBITION
Everything you’ll see at the Summer Exhibition represents what is happening in the art world right now. New and recent art created by everyone from emerging artists to the biggest names in contemporary art and architecture.
The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show. Now in its 249th year, the Summer Exhibition provides a unique platform for emerging and established artists to showcase works across painting and printmaking, photography, sculpture, architecture and film – and now artwork is also available to buy Online.
7. THE AFFORDABLE ART FAIR
You don’t need to be an experienced art collector, nor an expert in contemporary art to find a piece to fall in love with. Their seasonal showcase of affordable art in South West London will be bursting with art that’s great for your space and good for your soul! With everything from contemporary painting to stunning sculpture and editioned prints to eye-catching photography, you’ll find works to suit every space, taste and budget. Online shop soon to be launched. The Affordable Art Fair is on now till Sunday 12th March.
8. ART BOOKS, EXHIBITION CATALOGUES, MAGAZINES AND JOURNALS
Quite simply, frame the pages of whatever you love from any of the above. If taking the scissors to something so precious irks you then buy two copies ;). The National Galleries Scotland offer a great range to choose from.
Until next time.. Ruth x
Credits: Written and curated by an interior stylist Ruth Daniels from Milla Decor, please follow Ruth on Instagram @milla_decor. Cover image Flamingos art by Nicole Cohen
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