How to: Buy and View Fine Art Prints
With increased availability of art via the Internet, often directly from the artist or print maker, more of us have growing collections of fine art prints – whether they are pieces of gallery, smaller limited edition prints or mass market letterpress prints which have grown enormously in popularity in recent years.
Often pieces are sold unframed, so we end up with hidden prints until we get them framed or hung. Traditional framing can be expensive, so it’s important to get it right the first time or research other ways to display it.
Local art print experts Endemic World not only have a huge, eclectic selection of art prints to buy, they have an in-house framing service, which means you can choose bespoke framing options. and have your art prints delivered, ready to hang.
Consider turning family or vacation photos into art. The online printer is the perfect place to have personal photos or artwork reproduced into unique poster-size prints, with an online step-by-step guide and bespoke service options.
If you’re looking for local, fresh art prints, then browsing the markets is a gold mine for budding creatives selling their wares. Many smaller start-ups are on the market circuit, and it’s a great place to connect with local makers and support New Zealand manufacturing. The Auckland Fair, a bi-annual market, takes place in July and is the perfect place to add to your art collection.
We asked a few creative Kiwis for their time-tested tips for buying and displaying art.
New Zealander based in London, Georgina Skinner is an intrepid photographer, who documents her travels through her prints and has the ability to evoke nostalgia in her work.
Georgina recommends displaying your art in a way that doesn’t distract from the image itself.
“White frames are great for framing a color photograph because your eye is drawn to the color of the picture. Black frames with a white frame are great for framing a black and white photograph. I always like to leave at least one inch of white border around image for mount.
“Another idea is that you don’t always have to spend a lot of money framing your pictures and art. Recycle old frames, which your parents or grandparents may have had, or which can be salvaged from thrift stores, can look great with a modern frame to photograph and are easy to DIY”
Skinner advises being experimental with shapes when framing. For example, a square image in a rectangular frame or a circular photograph in a square, off-center frame can create a point of difference.
“When I have a series of pictures on the same wall, I tend to stick to a uniform frame size and style to make the series of pictures stand out”
Made from Scratch lifestyle blogger Rachael McMahon has a penchant for beautiful interiors and a knack for creatively displaying homewares and art.
“The great thing about art is that it doesn’t have to be expensive to be beautiful or meaningful. I fell in love with this calendar from Rifle Paper Co years ago. years after we returned from a trip around the world. We’ve been to all but three cities, so this was a perfect piece for our home and to remind us of our incredible adventure.”
To create a beautiful piece of art like this in your home, simply find a calendar you like, cut the dates off the bottom, and make every piece the same size. And then just hang on your favorite wall with mini bulldog clips hanging from thin dressmakers pins.
Considering how the art will be displayed in your home at the time of purchase is also a good way to start exploring different mediums, shapes, and colors. Greg Straight Art is a good example of Kiwi artists experimenting with alternative display options.
Last year they started experimenting with printing on different substrates such as plywood. These look great and smell divine too.
The beauty is in the unique wood grain for each piece and also in the fact that you don’t have to frame them.
Plywood prints are perfect as an oversized statement piece or as smaller pieces lined up in a row.
Hannah of Greg Straight Art, also the creative force behind Duett Design, suggests using ledges and shelves for display.
“I love using the picture ledges, the Ikea Ribba ledge is great. Displaying artwork on a ledge makes it easy to change, mix and match your artwork and store it on a ledge. easy addition of other complementary items such as ceramics, vases and small plants to add interest to your display. The result is effortless and eye-catching.”