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With the new reno the mrs is keen to get good art.

 

Just wondering whats the most you've spent.

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We moved into a new place in the last 2 years. After a lot of intense and extensive looking, we have averaged only about $200per piece. Some small, some big. About 10 pieces in all. No names, mainly prints.

 

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Rob's an amatuer photographer and a hell of a designer etc so about everything in our place was done by her.

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One very nice painting by a recently deceased aboriginal artist. Price undisclosed. Every time I look at it brings me delight.

 

Last week I collected from the conservation framer 15 etchings of early Sydney that were my grandfather's collection. Average cost of restoring and stabilising the paper and framing was well over $500 per, depending on the amount of work to restore. It's taken me over a decade to commit the funds and the result is outstanding.

 

I once baby sat for a family who had a large Fred Williams in the lounge and a painting in one of the children's bedroom with their names, happy christmas 1964, Bill (Dobell) amongst a house full of Australian modern masters.

 

I think what you are prepared to spend on art is quite subjective. Buy what you love. As much as you can afford. Not necessarily all at one time.

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Just get a kid from kindy to slap some paint around a canvas frame it ..put a bullshit price tag on it in the corner ..say 1k and people will marvel at the shit !

Nah they won't. Most kindly stuff I've seen really is shit.

 

Daycare is a farkin waste of money.

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Just get a kid from kindy to slap some paint around a canvas frame it ..put a bullshit price tag on it in the corner ..say 1k and people will marvel at the shit !

Guessing you will like this article. Oh the memories. ... ;).

 

www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2016/09/pardoning-expressionism

 

"The painting, which the hard-drinking Pollock supposedly began during a drunken session with two friends, did not find a receptive audience upon arrival. “$1.3m for drips and drabs”, ran one newspaper headline. Another raged that “barefoot drunks painted our $1m masterpiece”. If Australia’s tabloid journalists... "

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Have not bought a new piece in 10 years. Ran out of walls!

Prob spent 10k on 5 pieces 10-15 years back.

Lotsa other $200 bits n bobs.

 

What ever happen to taping a magazine poster to the wall ? !

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We have done a couple of things:

 

In terms of paintings we have a couple at approx. $1000 a pop. But they are by no means collector pieces .... my wife and I rarely agree on a painting that we like, but the ones we have are mostly from holidays (street fairs or random artists in places we have visited - its not like we go into exclusive galleries or anything). Our favourite is a painting that we bought on our honeymoon - its two boats tied together - which seemed appropriate given that we had just tied the knot.

 

We also have one very large photo from a professional photographer - it is a panoramic scene from near where we live.

 

The other thing we have done is professional family photos - some really great ones of the kids etc. We've had them printed on large canvases for one wall

 

We have also had our (nearly) 3 year old paint some A3 paper and tell us what he thought he had painted. Put it in a $40 frame that we bought at K-mart or Ikea with a title and date etc. It actually gets a lot of comments and is something we can keep. When the kids are a bit older I want to buy a huge canvas (like as big as a door) and get them to paint it.....

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$500 is the most on one piece outright, got invited by a friend to their Mother's art exhibition opening night, wife and I really liked a landscape painting and we had just bought our first house so we got it, came close to buying a second piece. No one famous, not likely to be but we really liked the piece.

 

My wife bought a couple of large celtic prints (talking over a metre each side) when in Ireland prior to us meeting, they take centre stage in our formal lounge, pretty sure transportation and framing on those pieces would have taken more than $500 each

 

Got one shot of my own we're talking about getting printed and framed at the moment, hopefully first of many to come

 

We're oing to an art and photo exhibition this weekend at San Remo, might be a chance for you to get something on the cheaper side Peter, keep your wife out of the inner city hipster galleries and control the costs

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We've got a few of my MiL's paintings. Nothing to write home about, but they are nice and they mean something. We bought a limited edition print for a few hundred from a local SEQ artist. Magnificent rainforest scene. Cost a motza to get framed properly, but has pride of place as the first thing you see when you enter the house. Well worth what we spent.

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We have an eclectic bunch of stuff.

 

No theme just stuff we have liked, funnily the most exxy piece is a crayon on canvas of hippos I bought for my wife before we were married. Still like it.

 

Other stuff is some indigenous art, and also some art from a local women in kurnell and also some cheap beachy style stuff. Not much of it has made it back on the walls yet though.

 

Other thing we have done in our travels is bought some nice postcards (some arty, some just nice images) of places we have been and then framed them when we get home.

 

If you want to match a colour scheme in your house, an idea is to go to a few markets and you will often find an artist displaying their works, find one whose style you like and talk to them and see if they can do something in the style you like but with colours you choose. We did this with a few pieces before and it is a cheap way to get "custom" art.

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We have a couple of landscapes that apparently mean something to my wife that were rather expensive 5k+

Otherwise some oils we really like from a friends mother who was a great artist and we liked the paintings

We have a number of pottery jugs from our travels and tend to collect these as apposed to other art.

Last year we did a wall of photos from our 20 years together, these show sences, people, activities etc. there are about 40 photos in the collection in a wide variety of frames

Some of my mothers watercolours of mainly around where I grew up so have as much emotional as artistic attachment.

 

One of the best is the "mothers day hands" this is a canvas about 1x2m and each mothers day the kids put a new hand print on it. started it when the oldest was about 4, so 13 years of hands. It is getting a little crowded but still has pride of place in the dining room. It has become a bit of a ritual to do the hands each mothers day.

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Does my framed IM medals count as art, if so thats the most expensive piece I have :lol:

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Best thing we have in our house is a photo my wife took and printed as a cyanotype. It got accepted for display in the McGregor photo competition up here which I gather is a fairly prestigious photo competition, and even being accepted for display is an achievement in itself.....

It's a portrait of me! ;)

 

We also have a photo, the footprints, and a pressing of the dried flowers from Jacob who we lost at 18 weeks. Some people find him a bit confronting, but it's not there for them.

 

In our bedroom we have a grouping of 6 photos each of both our kids births. Black and White, so they aren't grizzly. Both were Ceasars. The best is Jasmine, who came out butt first and I caught a light the right way so it looks like the Sun is shining out her arse!

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Only the must have pic from Le Tour back in the day with the guys smoking. Like 30 bucks.

:lol: yeah I have that one too.

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well I just went to an art auction and bought a piece by some famous guy.

 

A new TT bike would have been cheaper but given I ride like crap, this might be better off

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I have a nice painting by a (now deceased) Brushman of the Bush. No idea what it would be worth but would guess a couple of grand. The rest are photos. Five photos from when I won a major award and rest are pics of the family. Didn't cost much but are priceless.

 

Edit to add I've been thinking a bit differently for our next house. I'd like to buy a nice new surfboard and display it (when not in use) and a nice classic Stratocaster to hang on the wall but can play whenever I get the urge. I'd also like a hand made, kangaroo hide bull whip - just because they look super cool.

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I just bought this for 4K USD from an eccentric English guy from South Africa, Mark Hilltout. We need something a bit weather proof for a big wall on our verandah, He makes art from aged corrugated iron. http://markhilltout.com

 

 

Also bought a couple of pieces from a 100 year old Japanese lady Toko Shinoda. Here is one of them:

 

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Just moved it to the wall of our new beauty salon. It was about $3K AUD.

 

I recently went to an 'affordable' art show in Singapore and there was hardly a piece under $5k and we didn't like anything very much.

 

We really love these pieces and don't regret the purchases at all.

 

 

 

 

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I'm building a portfolio of my daughter's paintings to frame eventually. Unfortunately bought her a drawing tablet 15 months ago and will have to hack her macbook to see some of her best stuff.

 

The other issue is we have an open plan house with lots of windows and bugger all wall space to hang anything much.

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I don't 'get' art at home. Sure some things I have seen here and there at galleries and the like open a conversation but if you are at my house the conversation is about my BBQ skills and about how you could have tapped your secretary last xmas party.

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I have nothing against art, I just wouldn't spend money on it.

I got some free from a mates garage sale once, when he couldn't sell it. More landscape types. River, trees etc. And a funky shoeing flys vegemite painting.

 

Have spent maybe 20 on nice photos at Salamanca markets in hobart

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On ‎16‎/‎03‎/‎2017 at 9:04 PM, The Turtle said:

I got some free from a mates garage sale once, when he couldn't sell it. More landscape types. River, trees etc. And a funky shoeing flys vegemite painting.

As you already know, my wife just writes quotes on our walls...  That works for me.

Plus we've got a few photos from the places that triathlon and other events has taken us to.  Not sporting photos, and not even all that great photos really, but they mean something to us and they bring back some good memories so that's all that really matters.

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So Pete, I finally took a photo of a print we have. This was the most expensive we paid. From memory it was about $300+. This is my little corner of the house where I lounge.

I can't remember the site I bought it from but all I did was google up "yellow wall art" (I was after something with yellow tones). It took me a while to find on the site as there are 000's of prints. It's bigger than it looks as the 3 seater in front will attest.

FM - the cheap art officiado

 

 

 

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On 19/03/2017 at 11:48 PM, Go Easy said:

The funky shoeing flys vegemite painting thing sounds interesting...  I think I'd like that!

 

Peter Browne 84.

Maybe someone will pipe up its worth some $$?

 

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My kids primary school had an art exhibition at their fete last year.  Each class (class, not year so around 24 of them) did a piece of art which was basically made from memory out of their hands put in pant and put on the canvas or similar.  At the fete they were all lined up in the hall, and a silent auction ran to the end of the day.  From memory a number of them when between $500 to almost $1,000 as the parents outbid each other.

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On 10/03/2017 at 9:00 AM, Ex-Hasbeen said:

We bought a limited edition print for a few hundred from a local SEQ artist. Magnificent rainforest scene. Cost a motza to get framed properly, but has pride of place as the first thing you see when you enter the house. Well worth what we spent.

And just last weekend it dropped off the wall and smashed, and a piece of the glass wrecked the print. 

I looked her up on line but couldn't find anything other than a reference to a gallery at Tambourine that she used to display at, so we went down there for lunch today. The owner said she now has her own place further down the road, so we went and had a look. We had a chat with her for a while, and when we told her what happened the first thing she did was offer to have her husband frame up a smaller print of the same painting (she no longer does the large L/E prints). We thanked her, then told her what we were really after was something to replace what's missing on the wall, and would like a painting rather than a print.

So, it turned into a bit of an expensive lunch, and we really can't afford it, but we both love the new painting we picked.

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I came across this original framed 1935 etching signed by the artist, Arthur Heintzelman, in an antique shop just outside Dundee, Scotland. It looked quite masterful and I just loved it, so at £90 I snapped it up - the photo doesn't do the workmanship justice. Got it home and did a bit of research. Turns out Heinzelman is known as one of the greatest etchers of the 20th C and worked mostly around the New England area of the USA but also spent significant time in Paris. This particular print can also be viewed at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston and is valued at just under £300 so I did quite well to spot it. Can't retire yet though.

Last thursday, I spent the day at the Picasso Museum in Malaga, Spain - Picasso's city of birth. No words to describe his brilliance.

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Last May I bought this piece from a student graduating from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee. They have an annual Degree Show for graduating students - it's huge. Biggest event in Dundee.

The piece is made with ink and acrylic on paper and is 1.6m wide by 1m deep. I just loved the richness of it. It represents the landscape of the Isle of Skye. At the age of 21, the artist is already a very competent and mature, and has further exhibitions lined up internationally. So, with that in mind, and the fact that I had a nice big wall above the mantle to display it on, I bought it for £400. I think it's a solid investment and look forward to finding another piece to buy at this year's Degree Show.

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On ‎9‎/‎03‎/‎2017 at 8:32 PM, Peter said:

With the new reno the mrs is keen to get good art.

 

Just wondering whats the most you've spent.

Unless you a collector or looking for an investor forget what the price is. For a new reno, just go for something that is large, vibrant and colourful...just like life!..........and I assume you live a full and colourful life! You want to bring out the life of the room, thought naturally it needs to match flow with the room/house. This is what we did with out place after the reno's.

Other than that you should get what you like...... art is very personable and subjective.

 

PS: as a kid, we had a Van Gogh (Sunflowers) on the wall of the fibro beach house. When we move to a bigger beach house the Van gogh was the only thing we took with us other than the usual stuff, Bed, kitchen stuff etc. It now sits on the edge of the kitchen wall. Its obviously a painted copy and well over 50 years old, but I always tell people (tongue in cheek) that its an original!!! :)

 

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1 hour ago, The Customer said:

Last May I bought this piece from a student graduating from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee. They have an annual Degree Show for graduating students - it's huge. Biggest event in Dundee.

The piece is made with ink and acrylic on paper and is 1.6m wide by 1m deep. I just loved the richness of it. It represents the landscape of the Isle of Skye. At the age of 21, the artist is already a very competent and mature, and has further exhibitions lined up internationally. So, with that in mind, and the fact that I had a nice big wall above the mantle to display it on, I bought it for £400. I think it's a solid investment and look forward to finding another piece to buy at this year's Degree Show.

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Like we said, art is very subjective... a bit like coffee...... Everyone's taste is different.:)

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4 hours ago, The Customer said:

Never confuse art with decoration.

Art can be a decoration, art can be anything. I could take a crap on a plate and call it art and no one can say otherwise. Actually I'm sure some NYC type has probably already done this in a gallery somewhere.. 

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I like Banksy's stuff. Besides that it's all just another painting to me. 

If I had to decorate a new place it would be with photographs of places we have travelled. Probably the same reason why I like watching movies that are filmed in the cities we have visited. 

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We got given this as a farewell gift from neighbours who were having a garage sale. It’s an original painted on canvas that they picked up on a trip in NT it think.

We had it reframed as the original frame did not do it justice.

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On 10/03/2017 at 9:00 AM, Ex-Hasbeen said:

We've got a few of my MiL's paintings. Nothing to write home about, but they are nice and they mean something. We bought a limited edition print for a few hundred from a local SEQ artist. Magnificent rainforest scene. Cost a motza to get framed properly, but has pride of place as the first thing you see when you enter the house. Well worth what we spent.

Unless you use the tradesman entrance like I'm required to do

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34 minutes ago, Mike Del said:

Unless you use the tradesman entrance like I'm required to do

You usually turn up on your bike.

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On 17/03/2019 at 6:24 PM, Ex-Hasbeen said:

And just last weekend it dropped off the wall and smashed, and a piece of the glass wrecked the print. 

I looked her up on line but couldn't find anything other than a reference to a gallery at Tambourine that she used to display at, so we went down there for lunch today. The owner said she now has her own place further down the road, so we went and had a look. We had a chat with her for a while, and when we told her what happened the first thing she did was offer to have her husband frame up a smaller print of the same painting (she no longer does the large L/E prints). We thanked her, then told her what we were really after was something to replace what's missing on the wall, and would like a painting rather than a print.

So, it turned into a bit of an expensive lunch, and we really can't afford it, but we both love the new painting we picked.

And picked up the new one today. It took a while for her to finish it as she wanted to reblend some sections after it was framed, and she was put in hospital with an "undiagnosed kidney problem". At one point she was in IC for 4 days. Doctors couldn't find the issue. Her husband did some research and identified a similar problem OS with patients taking the antibiotics she had been given for another issue, and viola, 2 days later she was home and starting to recuperate. Doctors are still not admitting that was it though.

Anyway, we now have the new painting, and can't wait to mount it to the wall, PROPERLY.

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And she also had a smaller print of the original we had framed up for us as a thank-you for coming back after so many years. (photos definitely don't do either of them justice)

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Every now and then I capture an episode of Fake or Fortune on the ABC.  I really love the initiative stuff they do to determine if a painting is original or not!

There's a pretty famous episode where they try to prove a painting is a Job Constable.  The current owner bought it for 30000pounds from one of the two that actually host the show.  Before settling it, he'd tried twice to prove it was but never could.  But this time they tracked is lineage (or ownership line) and also found sketch paintings which were used to prepare out.  And I think also traced is ownership to America etc, and back to the UK.  In the end, it finished up being worth 2mill pounds and considered one of the most important paintings in English history.  Was really cool.

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