With February 14th just around the corner, many people are searching for the perfect gift to express their adoration, individual charm, and thoughtfulness to their Valentine. This year, consider stepping away from the usual chocolate and flowers gig by choosing a creative work of art that will match your loved one’s unique personality and style.
Although the thought of gifting a piece of art may seem a little daunting at first, it doesn’t have to be! If your beloved is already an art collector, you can add to their home or office gallery with a sought after piece by their favourite artist. You can also consider introducing them to your favourite local artist, photographer or sculptor — or starting a new collection together.
No matter your personality, your love language, or your budget, there is an unforgettable work of art out there… Just waiting to be treasured by you.
Consider these 3 helpful guidelines on choosing the best piece of art for a truly sensational gift.
Fine art is a uniquely memorable gift that can spark emotion in the most profound sense. When we see a piece of art, our conscious and subconscious fuse together instinctually to evoke a primal reaction. We each bring our own blend of experiences to the viewing — that’s why they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Along with the artist’s mastery of a medium or execution of a particular art style, a painting’s emotional reaction also lends to its perceived value and beauty. It becomes meaningful, to us.
When choosing art as a gift, keep the recipient in mind (their style, preferred colours, decor) and invest in a piece of art that reminds you of them and suits their individual style. If your instincts are saying to go with a particular piece, that’s usually the best choice!
Rarity & Authenticity
The rarity or authenticity of a work is what gives fine art its value.
When choosing quality art, keep your eye out for original paintings/sculptures, rare prints, limited edition items, and authentic signed copies. Rare fine art purchases are usually wise long-term investments as their worth and value increase each year.
Purchasing creative works by emerging local artists also makes a great gift.
Besides the popularity of an artist or rarity of a piece, usually, size is what makes one piece of art more or less expensive than another piece.
A larger scale painting carries incredible visual appeal, leaving a lasting impression in any room. If your loved one is already a fan of the artist or style, don’t be afraid to go big.
If you have a tighter budget, choose a smaller original painting, sculpture or composition. Smaller sizes can be easier to find a place for in someone’s home or office, and less daunting than a larger piece if this is your first time buying art for them.
When considering the price of a piece of art you are drawn to, remember this… Art is worth whatever the purchaser is willing to pay.
Don’t wait for a Hallmark holiday, annual celebration, or life milestone to shower your partner — or yourself — with something special. Fine art comes in variable sizes, media types and price ranges, which means there is a memorable piece of art out there for every person and any occasion.
John Cutruzzola is a fine artist based in Brampton, Ontario.
Experience John’s many accomplishments at www.theartsofjohncutruzzola.com