When you decorate the walls in your house, there are lots of facts, that support you should purchase paintings directly from an artist, rather than buying reproductions in online shops or physical stores.
When you get an original, unique painting from an artist, you get a special piece of art, there’s only one of one-of-a-kind.
And you can use the artwork to design the decor in your house with your own special touch, with no fear your family, friends or neighbors already have the identical painting or may imitate your decor.
If we examine the definition of the word”original”, The Danish Dictionary says it is an”object or phenomenon that’s the foundation for a copy.”
Be aware that lots of online and physical stores that advertise with”original” paintings, really sell reproductions at which the artistic worth is practically non-existent.
Copies are generally made at art factories in China and other Eastern countries. The employees there doesn’t always have the best working conditions. Employees work many hours a day without any breaks, and the production is made in buildings, that lack basic needs such as glass in window and heating during winter.
There’s also a few Danish mass producing artwork factories, which use Danish artists who produce copies under pseudonyms.
It may be difficult to spot whether it is a fictitious or real artist and if it’s an original painting or a copy – here are a few tips you can use, factors which indicate it is a real artist:
Begin by Googling the artist and see what information comes up. Does the artist’s contact information appear, is he having his own website, does the search series earlier exhibitions?
If there’s an artist on the shop’s website, and it shows a photo and a biography of the artist.
If an artist profile with biography is connected to the painting, and there is shown a picture of the artist.
Things that indicate it’s an original special painting:
When there is a real artist behind rather than only a pseudonym.
If the painting is signed with the full name, title and year on the back of the canvas.
The painting is created with great care
Unique paintings, made by real life artists, are characterized by the artist using hours and hours of work on composition, texture, color composition and color blending. The end result is an artwork with endless small details, beautiful colors and amazing depth, which means you will continuously discover new information, textures, and details.
After that, the process of creating the painting is made up of set of distinct steps: priming of the canvas, applying texture pulp (1-3 surgeries ), painting the topic (1-5 operations), top finish and at last, a topcoat.
It changes a lot, how many times an artist must work on a painting before it is ready for the public, but typically it has worked over 5-10 times. Particularly when the creation requires many thin translucent layers and transparent colors, it must be worked over many times.
Characteristic for the creation of reproductions is, that there is hardly any time for producing every painting, normally there are only 15-20 minutes available.
This means, it is only possible to make a painting with no more than three layers before it’s ready. Frequently the painting will be manufactured in 1 process, and the worker is parallel operating on up to 50 copies of identical paintings. Therefore, reproductions are often missing details and depth.
You get an Excellent product
Many artists take pride in using paint, materials and tools in a very high quality.
Basically, a distinction is made between three different qualities within artist paint: School quality, student quality, and artist quality.
It is a matter of the pigments used, the proportion pigments have relative to the fillers, as well as the bindings.
The maximum quality paint is using the most expensive pigments, the biggest share of pigments and contains little or no additives.
School grade is the cheapest and can be used for training in college courses. It’s not suitable for a real painting, used to decorate your house with, since the poor quality means problems in mixing with other colors, the paint can’t maintain the texture and dries to a flat shape, and lack colors fade resistance, opacity, tinting strength and transparency.
Student quality is a simple paint, which can be used for priming of paintings and opaque surfaces. It is a solid quality, which has some great characteristics so the colors can be combined, and they keep the feel to an acceptable degree. The only problem is, that these colours have trouble showing transparency without using mediums.
Artist quality is top of the line with high lightfastness, higher opacity, strong color tinting and higher transparency. All in all, it gives the possibility of making paintings with very fine details, brilliant colors, and great depth. And the high proportion of pigments secures the paintings will have a very long shelf life, with no colors starting to fade off or paint flaking off.
The professional artist uses canvas in great quality, made of cotton and/or linen.
The huge majority of artists always finish the process with a layer of protection in the shape of varnish or gel. It secures a painting that will last for many years, and also makes it easier to clean.
Reproductions usually use artist paint in school quality and student quality – the outstanding artist quality will not be used due to a high price. And copies do not get the topcoat that protects from UV rays and sunlight and offers durability for several years to come.
The canvas they use are often made of 100% polyester, giving a rigid surface, that is unable to elongate with the paint under different humidity conditions.
You get the most bang for your buck
If artists are selling through online or physical galleries, they often must pay as much as 50% of the revenue amount to gallery owners.
Obviously when you are dealing directly with the artist, there’s no paid commission, and there is thus no expensive intermediaries to monetize on the artworks.
The selling price is greater
When you want to sell a painting you originally purchased from a professional artist, the costs keep a high degree, compared to copy paintings you purchase online and in physical stores.
Normally, you can get roughly the same amount as your purchasing price for paintings bought from an artist, whereas reproductions fall drastically in price, so you only get about 25 percent of the amount you originally paid.
And if you spot a talented artist, you can earn money when you sell again.
It requires a lot of practice, and that you understand what to look for when buying art.
You get a better service
When you deal directly with a professional artist, he or she will answer any queries you have. Whether it comes to design, materials, maintenance or otherwise.
And you have obviously also the possibility of allowing the artist creating a unique piece with your own colors and designs.
Many artists also offer to assist with transportation.