When you decorate the walls in your house, there are lots of details, that support you need to purchase paintings directly from an artist, rather than buying reproductions in online shops or physical shops.
You get an original, unique painting that Nobody else has
The painting is carefully made, down to the smallest detail
You get a quality product, made of excellent materials
You get the most bang for your buck – no commission to online or physical galleries
The selling price is higher when you want to make adjustments in your collection
You get a better service, the artist will answer some queries you have
You get an original unique painting
When you get an original, unique painting from an artist, you get a special piece of art, there’s just one of one-of-a-kind.
And you may use the art to design the decor in your house with your own special touch, without any fear your family, friends or neighbors already have the same painting or may imitate your decor.
If we examine the definition of the word”first”, The Danish Dictionary says it is an”object or phenomenon that’s the basis for a copy.”
Be aware that many online and physical stores that market with”first” paintings, actually sell reproductions at which the artistic value is practically non-existent.
Copies are generally made at art factories in China and other Eastern countries. The workers there doesn’t always have the best working conditions. Employees work many hours a day without any breaks, and the production is made in structures, that lack basic needs like glass in window and heating during winter.
There’s also a few Danish mass producing art factories, which employ Danish artists that produce copies under pseudonyms.
It may be difficult to spot whether it’s a fictitious or real artist and if it’s an original painting or a copy – here are a few tips you can use, factors that indicate it is a real artist:
Start by Googling the artist and see what information comes up. Does the artist’s contact info appear, is he having his own website, does the search show 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 photograph of the artist.
Things that indicate it’s an original unique painting:
When there’s a true artist behind and not 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
The result is an art with endless modest details, beautiful colors and amazing depth, so you will always discover new details, textures, and details.
Originally the artist plan the composition, style, subject, and medium. After that, the process of making the painting consists of a set of different steps: priming of the canvas, applying texture pulp (1-3 surgeries ), painting the topic (1-5 surgeries ), top end and at last, a topcoat.
It changes a lot, how often an artist must work on a painting before it is ready for the public, but typically it’s worked over 5-10 times. Particularly when the creation demands many thin translucent layers and transparent colors, it must be worked over many times.
Characteristic for the creation of reproductions is, that there’s hardly any time for producing every painting, normally there are only 15-20 minutes out there.
This means, it is only possible to make a painting with a maximum of three layers before it’s ready. Often the painting will be manufactured in one process, and the employee is parallel working on up to 50 copies of identical paintings.
You get a quality product
Many artists enjoy 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.
What factors do determine the quality of the painting? It’s a question of the pigments used, the percentage pigments have relative to the fillers, and the bindings.
The highest quality paint is using the most expensive pigments, the largest share of pigments and contains little or no additives.
School quality is the most affordable and is used for training in college classes. It’s not suitable for a real painting, used to decorate your home with, because the inferior quality means problems in mixing with other colors, the paint can’t keep the texture and dries to a flat shape, and lack colours fade resistance, opacity, tinting strength and transparency.
Student quality is a basic paint, which can be used for priming of paintings and opaque surfaces. It is a sound quality, that has some great characteristics so the colors can be mixed, and they keep the texture to an acceptable level. The only problem is, that these colours have trouble showing transparency without the use of mediums.
Artist quality is top of the line with high lightfastness, higher opacity, powerful color tinting and higher transparency. In general, it gives the chance of making paintings with very nice details, vibrant colors, and terrific depth. And the high proportion of pigments secures the paintings will have a very long shelf life, with no colours starting to fade off or paint flaking off.
The artist uses canvas in great quality, made from cotton and/or linen.
The vast majority of artists always finish the process with a layer of protection in the shape of gel or varnish.
Reproductions usually utilize artist paint in school quality and student quality – the outstanding artist quality won’t 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 manufactured from 100% polyester, giving a rigid surface, that is unable to stretch with the paint under various humidity conditions.
If artists are selling through online or physical galleries, they often must pay up to 50% of the sales amount to gallery owners.
Obviously when you are dealing directly with the artist, there’s no paid commission, and there is thus no costly intermediaries to market on the artworks.
The selling price is greater
When you want to sell a painting you originally bought from a professional artist, the costs keep a higher level, in comparison to copy paintings you buy online and in physical stores.
Generally, you can get approximately the same amount as your buying price for paintings purchased from an artist, whereas reproductions fall drastically in price, so you only get about 25% of the amount you originally paid.
And if you spot a talented artist, you can make money when you sell again.
It requires a whole 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’ll answer any questions you have. Whether it has to do with design, materials, maintenance or otherwise.
And you have obviously also the possibility of letting the artist creating a special piece with your own colours and designs.
Many artists also offer to assist with transportation.