Temperature finally under 80°F ✓
Okay, I think I’m ready. It’s time.
Tonight, I wanted to finally tackle the issue of ‘affordable art’. The term is subjective. There is no set, objective definition of what constitutes affordability. Two collectors of similar financial means may differ on the same piece. I’m three weeks into this blog and I wanted to share my views, as a lay collector.
The purpose of this blog is to match art collectors and potential art collectors, with artists and galleries. I want to show that the art world doesn’t have to be this big, scary place. I’m just a blue collar Canadian kid with no art training, who has a passion for art. $500 is a lot of money and will always be a significant amount of money to me. I will be posting works by artists that make an effort to remember us little people.
I want to focus on artists that produce limited edition prints, open edition prints, sketches, or original works below $500 ($1000 for originals). I think this will give readers several different options. So far, I’ve posted prints as low as $20, (see Casey Weldon, Jasiel Caminante & Nick Walker) with most prints occurring between $150-350. No matter what your financial situation, there will be available options from galleries, artists, or printers. And the blog is called ‘Layaway Days’ for a reason. Sometimes you need a bit of time to pay off a piece. If a piece costs $300, you can pay $25/month and have it paid off in 12 months. That’s less than $1/day!
Not every artist or gallery will allow payment plans, but from my experience, most are open to a conversation. Even if nothing is purchased, I am hoping readers will be exposed to new artists and enjoy the blog. I want to support artists and our community. Art isn’t purchased at Ikea or Wal-Mart. Stop buying weird mass-produced canvases and reach out to an artist or gallery.
Thanks for reading,