Work at scale: is affordable large-scale work affordable?

Drawing in two parts by Trude Gunther

Art is a great way to add personality and character to a space, and large-scale artwork can make a significant impact on the look and feel of a room. However, purchasing and displaying large pieces of art requires careful consideration and planning. In this article, we will explore the various factors that go into purchasing and displaying large-scale artwork.

One of the first things to consider when purchasing large-scale artwork is the aesthetic of the piece. Art has the power to transform a room and set the tone for the space. As such, it’s essential to have a clear vision of how the artwork will look in your space before making a purchase. It’s also important to take into account the size of the piece. Megan Becker, an art restoration specialist, recommends that art should fill at least 75 percent of the wall space. However, it’s also important to consider eye level and centering to ensure that the artwork looks balanced and well-proportioned in the space.

Another important factor to consider when purchasing large-scale artwork is framing. When buying an unframed piece, it’s likely that you’ll need to have a custom frame made, which can be costly. However, choosing a frame that matches the style and aesthetic of the space can enhance the overall impact of the artwork. Additionally, the way in which the artwork is framed can make the piece look and feel bigger, which is great when you’re trying to create a statement wall.

Space and storage are also important factors to consider when purchasing and displaying large-scale artwork. Before making a purchase, it’s important to ensure that you have enough space to display the artwork properly. 

This includes considering the wall space required and the distance from which the artwork will be viewed. Additionally, you’ll need to consider the logistics of getting the artwork to its destination, including transportation and installation. Finally, if you’re not planning to display the artwork immediately, you’ll need to consider how to store it safely and securely.

In terms of affordability, large-scale artwork can be expensive, especially when custom framing and installation are required. However, there are ways to make large-scale artwork more affordable. For example, purchasing unframed artwork and choosing a simple, affordable frame can help keep costs down. Additionally, there are many talented emerging artists who offer large-scale works at more affordable prices. Finally, purchasing artwork directly from the artist can often be more affordable than purchasing from a gallery.

In conclusion, large-scale artwork can be a worthwhile addition to any collection. However, it’s important to carefully consider the aesthetic of the piece, framing, space and storage before making a purchase. Additionally, it’s important to consider the affordability of large-scale artwork and to explore ways to make it more affordable. Ultimately, when displayed properly, large-scale artwork can transform a space and bring a sense of personality and character to any room. So go ahead, take the plunge, and add that statement piece to your collection.

Written by Shayna Rosendorff 

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