Sunday, August 24, 2008

Do people buy paintings in a recession?

Thoughts about Art in a recession.
  1. Art is a luxury item
  2. In hard times people spend less on luxuries.
  3. In hard times people like cheap up lifting entertainment.
  4. So entertaining art may sell better to the public.
  5. Some people do well out of a recessions and become wealthy.
  6. Wealthy people like to buy luxury items.
  7. People buy art as investments.
  8. Buying good quality art at a low price in a recession may pay off at the up turn.
  9. Original famous paintings are a safer investment than bank notes which devalue over time.

On the whole I feel that the higher end art market for well known and good quality items will either not change or actually increase.

The lower end art market for amateurs and production line paintings may decrease as the majority of customers will be watching their wallets. This could mean an increase in print sales and entertaining light hearted art, but could just mean less art sold to the general public.

If anyone has any thoughts, figures or info on this I'd love to hear about it

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The 'Art' of Hanging Pictures Like a Designer

The 'Art' of Hanging Pictures Like a Designer

You have just found a beautiful painting that you know would look wonderful in the living room. So now you have it at home and you hammer a nail into the wall above the couch and hook the painting over it. Easy! Pleased with your purchase you stand back. You tip your head to one side and then the other. Then you squint at the picture. Something is definitely not right but you can't put your finger on it. If you've ever found yourself dissatisfied with the appearance of the art or family photos on your walls you're not alone. Many people make the same common mistakes that the eye can read as awkward but the individual does not know how to fix. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when arranging art on a wall:


Large artwork will be a focal point so you should be careful to place it in an appropriate area. Where does large artwork look best? Try over a couch, behind the dining set, over a fireplace or on a feature wall. A feature wall is where the placement of furniture or the layout of the home naturally guides the eye to a wall - a great place to feature art.


Try to group small pieces if possible. Using similar or matching frames and mounts make this look more pleasing. Otherwise anchor the small piece visually by hanging it low and close to furnishings so it doesn't appear to be floating on the wall.


Whether you're creating a grid of equal sized frames or composing a collection of various sizes the rule of spacing is the same. Try to have them spaced approximately 3 inches apart. Try positioning them on the floor or a table to get a pleasing arrangement before placing the nails and measure carefully before making any holes.


Artwork should be hung with the center of the picture at eye level. That means the center should be about 60 to 66 inches from the floor. If you've visited a gallery you will see that the frames are not lined up by their top or bottom edges but that the pictures are all centered at the same height.

If the artwork is usually going to be viewed sitting down (as at a dining table or when viewed beside a couch) you would hang them at the sitter's eye level instead.

Artwork behind a couch should be no more than 8 to 10 inches above the back of the couch.

With these easy tips you should have no problem creating wonderful arrangements that will have designer appeal.

Article by Artyprints june 2008
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