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Maastricht
04-21-2011, 03:16 PM
Have you bought an original work of art lately? Not a reproduction, but something hand-made?

I like art on my walls, and I want something more then a framed poster. So on my walls I have:

- a big (6 feet by 5 feet) wall hanging, made from embroidered scraps from sari's and old afghan dresses. (120 dollar)

- a framed mirror with elaborately cut wooden leaves in the frame. (about 50 bucks)

- a very beautiful sculpture (about 3 feet square) made of a tree stump. It hangs on my wall, and a womans face is cut in the tree trunk itself, while the roots radiating from all sides are cut to be her flowing hair. ( 100 dollar)

All three of the above I bought at an ethnic store, not at a gallery.

And I am thinking of buying an sculpture like this one, for my garden. It is made by African artists from Zimbabwe, from a greenish stone that is common there. Here is a selection of the kind of artwork they sell. (http://www.helpzimbabwe.nl/beeldentekoopfotogalerie/tabid/65/AlbumID/392-2/Page/0/Default.aspx) I'm in love with a bird, nearly a foot high, with its tail craned over its head.


So, tell me about the kind of artwork you chose for your home? How did you get it, and how much did you pay?

jharvey963
04-21-2011, 05:29 PM
Well, I GUESS this qualifies...

On a recent vacation in Thailand, we bought an original painting...



(wait for it)





painted by an elephant.

:)

J.

Arrendajo
04-21-2011, 06:23 PM
I own this piece by Johanna Wright.
http://johannawright.com/artwork/view/item/ukulele-days/

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
04-21-2011, 08:50 PM
I got this a year or two ago--it's a hand-painted replica (snerk) of the cover of Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica by Cal Schenkel, who designed and photographed the original. The inscription at the upper left reads "For Biffy."

http://tinypic.com/r/vset6f/7

Implicit
04-21-2011, 08:54 PM
I recently bought 3 original drawings and had them scanned and inverted and printed (which was the intent of the artist since he draws the negative). They aren't hung yet. Here (http://i822.photobucket.com/albums/zz143/goosiluci/moonoriginal.jpg) is one with the original sketch for comparison.

Sam A. Robrin
04-22-2011, 02:29 AM
I've been kind of faunching for one of this guy's pieces:

http://stevekeene.com/

I do own an original Hembeck, and what he does for comic books, Keene does for album sleeves.

Maastricht
04-22-2011, 04:07 AM
I own this piece by Johanna Wright.
http://johannawright.com/artwork/view/item/ukulele-days/That is lovely! It looks like an illustration for a story.


I also have a sketch by an rather famous artist in the Netherlands, Herman Brood (http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herman_Brood). He was drug-addled enfant terrible and rocker, a bit like that English guy called Peter who dated Kate Moss. Anyway, at the end of his career he took al sorts of odd jobs to keep his debtors off his back. One of those jobs had him delivering a sort of (de)motivational speech for an audience of "employees of the month" from a temp agency. As part of the gig, he drew portraits of a few people from his audience and my husband was one of them. So that is why we have a portrait of my husband made by Herman Brood hanging in our living room. My husband hates it, but I like it and, you know, it is an real Brood and I'm kind of a snob that way.

Maastricht
04-22-2011, 04:10 AM
jharvey963 , I have linked to youtube clips of elephants painting like that. So you actually witnessed your painting being made? That is so cool. I would love to own something like that. If I may ask, how much did you pay for it?

Art Rock
04-22-2011, 04:44 AM
Well, my wife is a professional artist, so our walls are filled with originals. And I love them.

panache45
04-22-2011, 05:30 AM
Not only am I an artist, but both of my parents were. I would have to live in a mansion to have enough wall space to hang it all.

Lsura
04-22-2011, 06:04 AM
Yes - I was at an art fair last weekend and an item caught my eye enough that I bought it.

Student Driver
04-22-2011, 06:45 AM
I didn't buy them, but I scored a bunch of paintings, silkscreens, and photo prints from a friend who just moved from Indiana to California a few weeks ago. She's worked in the local art scene for years (and will continue to do so in CA), and amassed more than she could take along. In addition, my ex-fiancee was a painter, and she gave me a couple of paintings as gifts a few months before we broke up.

My apartment went from having nothing on the walls but a clock, to having art all over the place.

jharvey963
04-22-2011, 04:03 PM
jharvey963 , I have linked to youtube clips of elephants painting like that. So you actually witnessed your painting being made? That is so cool. I would love to own something like that. If I may ask, how much did you pay for it?

I didn't see my particular painting being painted, but I did see an elephant paint one. Ours had been painted on a previous day. As far as how much it cost, well, it cost the princely sum of SIX HUNDRED BAHT. Or about $20 US.

:)

Framing it once we got home cost us 6 times as much. sigh.

J.

hlanelee
04-22-2011, 05:09 PM
Have one, very much like this in my living room: http://www.beckysart.com/Small_World.html. Have had it since I left home.

Becky Lee is my mom, I just made her a website: http://www.beckysart.com/

I have several of her pieces and a few of my own and the one and only original by my dad.

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
04-22-2011, 05:14 PM
I didn't see my particular painting being painted, but I did see an elephant paint one. Ours had been painted on a previous day. As far as how much it cost, well, it cost the princely sum of SIX HUNDRED BAHT. Or about $20 US.

Yeah, but how much of that does the elephant get?

Miller
04-22-2011, 05:28 PM
Yeah, but how much of that does the elephant get?

Peanuts.

Le Ministre de l'au-delà
04-22-2011, 09:16 PM
Yes, just last summer we bought a painting by Andrew Stelmack (http://astelmack.com/) for about $2,000. As a singer, I've worked with him a couple of times, and I've really enjoyed his work for the last few years.

Mark Uhre (http://www.markuhre.com/) is another artist from whom I'd love to buy a painting; I just have to see how the finances go over the next few years.

Troppus
04-22-2011, 10:09 PM
Just purchased two pieces of Megan Levacy's (http://www.meganlevacy.com/mfagallery2010.html)art, but can't bring it home until her Master's exhibition is over: Ascencion (pictured on her site) and an unnamed piece. Megan painted taxidermied birds, much like Audubon and Gould. Except... Megan painted them as is rather than re-animating in their natural environment. Lying on their backs, claws curled, toe-tagged, and soundly deceased. My favorite isn't pictured; I'll post pics as soon as I bring it home.

newcomer
04-22-2011, 10:13 PM
My uncle from my father's side is a painter so I got most works from him... example of his work http://public.fotki.com/newcomer2004/paintings/

I have the 1st in the series - The Bull and one more large oil on canvas and also two large watercolours.

Then, couple fo works from Emir Dragulj - catalog PDF here http://www.grafickikolektiv.org/html/img/PDF/Emir%20Dragulj-web.pdf

Couple of oil paintings from Kelvin SMith with Canadian motifs http://www.robertsgallery.net/dynamic/artist.asp?ArtistID=106

One Marc Chagall (print) I got in NYC and another from Canadian Clarence Gagnon http://www.klinkhoff.com/canadian-artist/Clarence-Gagnon I got on the charity auction

Latest is from Safet Zec - http://www.safetzec.com/?prj=20 and now I'm putting together funds for a work from currently best Bosnian artist http://www.albemarlegallery.com/artists/mersad-berber

Maastricht
04-23-2011, 06:35 AM
All of you who posted and bought something: tell me how much you paid? I have the feeling that "normal people" , whatever your definition of normal is, will very rarily buy art at art-gallery prices.

As for me, Yesterday I bought that statue I mentioned upthread, for 120 euro's (about 150 dollar). Here it is in my garden (http://avanarum.hyves.nl/album/25750197/Vrienden/ZZN16Chr/fotos/1287725475/0/V1Ec/?pageid=3KGSVUKVXA4GSW480). I put it on a pedestal I made from a column of stone meant to edge some paving.

Telemark
04-23-2011, 07:43 AM
I buy new pottery from other artists in my studio on a semi regular basis. I'll probably pick something up at the sale next week.

hlanelee
04-23-2011, 08:09 AM
Two years ago I found a Gunter's chain at a flea market: http://hlanelee.angelfire.com/Stuff/Chain.jpg I was taking a surveying class and HAD to have it. It's not art but I hanged it on the wall anyway. As far as I know, they were all hand made.

Le Ministre de l'au-delà
04-23-2011, 08:25 AM
This seems like a good time to mention the Ontario College of Art and Design's annual Mystery Sale. Every work is the same size, every work is $75 but you don't know the name of the artist until you buy it and turn it over to look at the back. Some of the work is painted by current students, some by their teachers and some donated by celebrity artists. Link to the 2010 Mystery Sale. (http://whodunit.ocad.ca/mystery-sale.htm)

Maastricht
04-23-2011, 05:01 PM
Two years ago I found a Gunter's chain at a flea market: http://hlanelee.angelfire.com/Stuff/Chain.jpg I was taking a surveying class and HAD to have it. It's not art but I hanged it on the wall anyway. As far as I know, they were all hand made.I looked that up, it is a traditional device for land surveying, right? You must get interesting remarks on it from visitors.

Indeed, it can be fun to hang other things then paintings on walls. When I was a student living in a dorm, I pinned my collection of fiftie-era party dresses to my wallpaper. About four satin and lace dresses. It looked very nice.

Maastricht
04-23-2011, 05:10 PM
This seems like a good time to mention the Ontario College of Art and Design's annual Mystery Sale. Every work is the same size, every work is $75 but you don't know the name of the artist until you buy it and turn it over to look at the back. Some of the work is painted by current students, some by their teachers and some donated by celebrity artists. Link to the 2010 Mystery Sale. (http://whodunit.ocad.ca/mystery-sale.htm)What a wonderful idea!

Recently I got invited to a charity art fair to raise money. Their business model didn't make sense one bit, though, so it didn't raise much money. They did ask for artist to donate works, so far so good. But then they limited the artworks to about 50 and made people bid for them in an live auction. Most of the works were far to amateurish to merit any bidding. I found out that they were offered many, many more artworks. So if they just had organized an art fair for reasonable prices, i think they would have made much more money.

I advised them to do it next year again and then call it the poor mans TEFAF, (http://www.tefaf.com/)which is Europes most posh art fair and is also held in my hometown Maastricht once a year. I visited once; the entree was 50 bucks per person and it was the chicest place I ever saw. Art works started at about a million bucks.

hlanelee
04-23-2011, 06:23 PM
I looked that up, it is a traditional device for land surveying, right? You must get interesting remarks on it from visitors.

Indeed, it can be fun to hang other things then paintings on walls. When I was a student living in a dorm, I pinned my collection of fiftie-era party dresses to my wallpaper. About four satin and lace dresses. It looked very nice.

That's right, for land surveying. Most people comment on the big hornet's nest hanging from the ceiling though (one of three, two in opposing corners).

alice_in_wonderland
04-23-2011, 06:41 PM
I collect art and have run out of wall space to display it. The most recognizable piece I have is a Francisco Goya.

I have a large number of commissions from a well known local artist Dean Stanton (http://www.ilovestanton.com/ilovestanton.com/I_Love_Stanton.html).

I currently have my art collection insured for about $30K.

Purd Werfect
04-23-2011, 11:20 PM
I cannot afford or hope to afford works by my favorite artists, so I just hang my own photographs on the walls midst the cobwebs.

Maastricht
04-24-2011, 01:54 AM
I collect art and have run out of wall space to display it. The most recognizable piece I have is a Francisco Goya.
The Goya? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francisco_Goya) Wow! How did you get it? And what do you generally pay per art work when you buy something new?

alice_in_wonderland
04-24-2011, 05:59 AM
The Goya? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francisco_Goya) Wow! How did you get it?

Yep - that Goya. I have an original etching of Le Petit prisonnier (http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier:Goya,_Le_Petit_prisonnier.jpg). I purchased it on ebay - don't worry - it's real - I had it authenticated and cleaned when I first purchased it - it would also be a weird thing to fake.

And what do you generally pay per art work when you buy something new?

This really, really depends on the piece - anywhere from a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand dollars. I buy art because I love it and think it looks pretty. That some of it is a bit valuable is purely by accident.

jharvey963
04-25-2011, 04:43 PM
jharvey963 , I have linked to youtube clips of elephants painting like that. So you actually witnessed your painting being made? That is so cool. I would love to own something like that. If I may ask, how much did you pay for it?

I finally managed to find the elephant park my tour went to. They do have a web presence (http://www.chiangmaielephants.asia/products-page/) and do seem to sell elephant paintings on line, but for more than they cost in their gift shop. And they only seem to be selling one painting.

J.

Le Ministre de l'au-delà
04-25-2011, 06:08 PM
What a wonderful idea!



OCAD is a very interesting institution that way. There are lots of cutting edge ideas going on in there, they are as crazy as they want to be, and yet, when it came time to build their new building, with its 'pencil box in the sky (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeannot7/3371954181/)' design, the first thing they did was they approached the neighbourhood committees and addressed their concerns, following through on all of them. As a result, the new building went smooth as silk. Meanwhile, up the road, the Art Gallery of Ontario tried to push their renovation through contrary to the wishes of nearby residents. Result - rocky road to rebuild.

One of the things I love about the Mystery Sale is that it focuses on the direct appeal of artwork itself, without any of the commercial or resale concerns. You aren't buying it for the name, you're just buying it because it speaks to you.

freckafree
04-25-2011, 08:56 PM
I love the Mystery Art sale idea!

I bought two pieces at an art show last summer. (This is one of the hazards when I have very good sales at a show. I want to go around and buy things from other artists.)

One is a gorgeous little landscape in oil; the other was a watercolor. I think each piece was in the $125 range.

Excellent purchases, both. They make me very happy when I look at them.

infinitii
04-25-2011, 09:53 PM
I bought this piece, by a local artist who does alchemical-inspired work:

http://thedesignspace.net/art/gallery/main.php?g2_view=dynamicalbum.PopularAlbum&g2_albumId=4168&g2_itemId=132

I bought it because it very clearly has Ramon Llull as an influence, which is one of my personal heroes. $2000.

OpalCat
04-25-2011, 09:58 PM
My walls are covered in my own paintings, for the most part.

Siam Sam
04-25-2011, 11:36 PM
The most recent original we bought was this photo of Angkor Wat (http://talesofasia.com/photography-angkor-0053.htm) -- the largest version, 20" x 24" -- from the photographer himself, an American journalist based in Cambodia. Gave it a nice frame and put it up on the wall. That was maybe seven years ago.

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