Fine Art Gift Guide: What's in my 2016 Holiday Budget?

This time of year, many of our clients are looking to give the gift of art, or treat themselves after earning that holiday bonus. Here is our 2016 guide with examples of the work you have to choose from in the wide range of fine art available.

UNDER $100

If you're looking for a small, inexpensive add-on for the art-lover on your list, a framed print is the best option.

Kat Katie Wild Limited edition signed print Edition of 5 11 x 14 in. $50

Kat
Katie Wild
Limited edition signed print
Edition of 5
11 x 14 in.
$50

 

$100 -$500

At this price range, you can either find larger high-quality editioned prints, or start shopping originals. Works on paper are most common under $500, and with a nice frame, can be a great addition to someone's art collection.

Kwait (Flower), 2016 Natalia Wróbel Watercolor on handmade Italian paper 4.5 x 6.75 in. $275 (framed)

Kwait (Flower), 2016
Natalia Wróbel
Watercolor on handmade Italian paper
4.5 x 6.75 in.
$275 (framed)

$500 - $1,500

Above $500, you can kickstart someone's collection with a small painting or sculpture.

Slack Water, 2014 Keenan Derby Acrylic and sand on panel 12 x 9 in. $1,400

Slack Water, 2014
Keenan Derby
Acrylic and sand on panel
12 x 9 in.
$1,400

Curl, 2016 Jenny Swanson Saggar fired earthenware, terra sigillata, wire 6.5 in. (height) $950

Curl, 2016
Jenny Swanson
Saggar fired earthenware, terra sigillata, wire
6.5 in. (height)
$950

$1,500 - $3,000

Above $1,500, a variety of sizes and mediums become available. If you really want a larger work to fill someone's empty wall or furnish their new home, look into supporting an emerging artist. Mid-sized framed photography prints are also an excellent option.

Reflections on McGregor Lake, 2016 Caron Tabb Acrylic and charcoal on canvas 48 x 30 in. $2,800

Reflections on McGregor Lake, 2016
Caron Tabb
Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
48 x 30 in.
$2,800

 
Samson, 2016 Benjamin Flythe Archival pigment print. 24 x 30 in. $2,500 (framed)

Samson, 2016
Benjamin Flythe
Archival pigment print.
24 x 30 in.
$2,500 (framed)

$3,000 - $8,000

In the mid-thousands, moderately-sized works and a wider range of sculpture become more accessible. Mid-sized oil paintings, which can be more expensive due to the inherent cost of the medium, are now within range. 

Winter Mountain, 2016 Julia S. Powell Oil on linen 36 x 24 in. $4,500

Winter Mountain, 2016
Julia S. Powell
Oil on linen
36 x 24 in.
$4,500

Verano, 2016 Elisa Adams Soapstone 8 x 14 x 6 in. $7,900

Verano, 2016
Elisa Adams
Soapstone
8 x 14 x 6 in.
$7,900

$8,000 – $12,000

If your budget is more open, and can extend into the $10,000's, larger paintings, as well as mid-sized work by more mid-career and established artists become available.

Plunk, 2016 Adria Arch 72 x 60 in. Acrylic on canvas $10,000

Plunk, 2016
Adria Arch
72 x 60 in.
Acrylic on canvas
$10,000

$12,000 - $20,000

For a really special work of art, there is no real limit. Past a certain point, there's a variety of established artists to choose from. Many galleries offer payment plans and services like Art Money offer loan programs to help you purchase that perfect piece. 

Spatial Apperception, 2010 Soo Sunny Park Shoe polish, paint, graphite on paper 61 x 60 in. Contact for Price

Spatial Apperception, 2010
Soo Sunny Park
Shoe polish, paint, graphite on paper
61 x 60 in.
Contact for Price

 

 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016: Puloma Ghosh