If you are serious about owning great art and looking for something unique that appeals to your emotions and human instincts, then an original work of art has no equal. The satisfaction of owning an individual piece of art created as a dialogue between the artist and viewer is unsurpassable. There is simply no alternative to an original work of art. Original artworks help to create a unique home that reflects your personality in a way that cannot be matched by the best interior designer. If you are moving home and looking for the best interior design tips then along with the fabrics, paint colours and floor finishes consider a unique piece of art as a design statement. Sleek white porcelain tiles on the floor, neutral walls and a huge, bold canvas artwork take some beating.
Firstly, it is important to recognise the difference between hand-painted art which has Originality and hand-painted art that is mass-produced in “art factories” to a formula with no originality to the pieces. If you like such a piece of art that’s fine but you shouldn’t pay much more for it than the price of a good quality Limited Edition print. There will have been many, many very similar pieces produced. This type of factory art is hand-painted but cannot really be classified as “Original Art”.
Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s move on to the advantages of buying truly Original Art.
The resolution of an original painting, whether it is acrylic or oil paint on canvas, or pastel, gouache or watercolours on paper, will be stunning. The artist will have hand-painted it using high-quality paints mixed in a completely individual way to create an unlimited range of colours. So the colours can be deep, rich, subtle or vibrant depending on the effect the artist wishes to create. Not only will the brush strokes be visible but particularly with acrylic and oil paints, the paint itself will add texture to the work which imbues it with enormous character.
Many Limited Edition Prints are of a very high-quality and are a great way to own an artwork if the cost of the original makes it unattainable, but even the most superior quality prints, by their very nature, have a relatively limited colour palette. They use just four basic inks colours (cyan, yellow, magenta and black) to attempt to recreate the range of colours and hues in the original artwork. And, of course, they will have none of the texture of an original, which can make them seem lifeless.
Good original art has an enduring quality quite opposed to our throwaway society. It is an antidote to the mass-produced images urging us to conform in our tastes in art and to the view that a piece of art is purely a decorative item designed to match your decor. The difference between truly original art and a poor-quality reproduction is comparable to the difference between a drinkable wine and the pure pleasure of a fine wine or the sound of lift “musak” and the delight of a live performance.
Fine art is a reminder of the quirky, deeply emotional and inventive qualities of the human imagination. It appeals to our emotions and intuition rather than to our analytical and logical selves.
So don’t be tempted by a mass-produced print, instead imagine the satisfaction of owning an original piece of contemporary art which nobody else has. Of course, it is now common for even serious art collectors to include high-quality limited edition prints in their collections, but only if cost is an issue are they acceptable alternatives to an original work. And remember that one of the best painters of all times could currently be a struggling local artist.