Layaway Days: Art collecting on a Budget
A few weeks ago, I was Instagram-stalking British artist Mary Jane Ansell, when I came across a post from February 1st. Before I get too far ahead of myself, Mary Jane is a lauded figurative painter whose works depict strong, young women. Her subjects exude confidence, curiosity, and a delicate wit. They are often pictured with props including: flags, hats, guns, birds, butterflies, masks, & more. Her models are not only beautiful, but are uniquely so (see: Georgie Hobday)
Anyway, back to the Instagram post. I was reading the comments on this particular post and was taken aback by the comments of one poster. The post was authored by someone who owned` an original Ansell. Essentially, they asked that she not make prints of her work. This is problematic for several reasons. The first reason, as described by Mary Jane, is that it’s another revenue source for the artist. The second issue worth discussing is that it provides collectors with limited resources, an opportunity to own a work by their favorite artist.
I’ve started this hobby blog to promote art and art collecting. I think too many people have either never purchased art for their home or have purchased ‘art’ from Ikea or Wal-Mart. I haven’t defined the term ‘affordable’ or my interpretation of it, but will do so in the next few weeks. The abridged version, however, is something under $500. Whether it’s an original, sketch, limited edition print, open edition print or similar, I think providing collectors and fans with a piece for <$500 is appreciated.
Mary Jane Ansell is able to do this by creating her own prints. Her editions are relatively small, which allows collectors an opportunity to own her work, without flooding the market. The original ‘Liberty Sleeping’ painting is listed on Artsy via The Corey Helford Gallery, for $29,500 but you can buy a print (6 available) for 150 GBP. There is no comparison between an original piece and a print, but it’s appealing when artists recognize us passionate collectors, who may not have money for a down payment on a house, let alone for a painting.
Mary Jane Ansell has several prints available. Her work is truly remarkable and I hope to add a piece to the collection, shortly.
Prints are available here:
*Currently 15% off w/code OFDREAMS*