Finding art that appeals to your taste and fits your style takes time. It’s like finding a good wine. Not all are equal. Not all will suit your tastes. However, one of the best places to find a good wine could be a winery with a specialist familiar with each wine’s nuances.
Similarly, the best place to start your search for excellent art is at a reputable art gallery. A reputable gallery will have specialists that have relationships with many artists working in many different styles. They should be highly competent and excited to share their knowledge about each artist and that artist’s nuances. You should expect to find that kind of help at a gallery and should expect them to present ideas and recommendations as your communication unfolds.
If you have ever approached an art gallery and they failed to respond, that’s when it is time to move onto another gallery for help. Galleries shouldn’t be there just to sell art; they are there to share their expertise, to educate, to enlighten, to inspire, and to offer ideas and suggestions. The more customers know about an artist’s art, techniques, styles, and options, the deeper the relationship becomes with each piece of art, resulting in a more meaningful collection.
If you find something but are unsure about making a purchase, ask for a consultation. A Specialist will give you insight into what the artist is trying to convey and help guide you in deciding if that piece is right for your space. They may even let you take a piece home on approval before committing to being sure it fits your style and home. This way, you can take a day or two to live with your new piece. Sometimes you need to see it in your own space and test it in your lighting. Natural light and artificial light will change the way your piece looks, so checking the effects of day and night light are essential.
It also might help if you try different kinds of art in various mediums, styles, and areas of interest. Suppose you find a wall piece, a painting, or other types of wall hanging that you love but are unsure if it will go with your current décor. Try adding a three-dimensional piece that picks up colors in that painting, or try developing a theme. You never know what adding different textures and shapes will do to a space as they play off each other’s presence.
Once you have art in your home, you will want to find other pieces that work well together that bring interest and texture into your space. Pottery, glass, fiber art, wood turned bowls, one-of-a-kind hand-built furniture, metalwork, etc., these different pieces will take the eye from one piece to another and give the room harmony.
But you don’t have to stop there; you can curate your space, move pieces around to create new focal points, new areas of interest, and new conversation starters. Bring forgotten pieces out front and center to see how that changes the mood of the room. Then go on the hunt for new pieces to complement your newly curated room. I am sure you will find an art gallery that will help guide you in your art selection on this hunt.
Whether you are just starting out collecting art or working on complex projects, the right guidance from a specialist is important. If you need some guidance, please contact the Hunter Wolff Gallery. We are happy to help. Happy Art Hunting!
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Sharon is the owner of The Hunter Wolff Gallery, an upscale Art Gallery located in Old Colorado City.
She has an innate ability to identify accomplished artists as well as emerging artists to help fill her gallery with some of the most beautiful and thought-provoking art in Colorado. With over 15 years as an art dealer, she has acquired quite a lot of knowledge about the art world. I am pleased to have her as a guest author on the blog to share what she has learned.
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