The Gift of Art: What to consider when buying art as a gift
Art can be the ultimate gift. It can say anything you like - whether that’s “I love you”, “happy mother’s day”, “congratulations on graduating” or “enjoy your new apartment”. However, figuring out the ins and outs of giving art can be elusive. Here’s a brief guide to hunting down the ideal gift on canvas.
First off, who are you buying for?
There are three things to consider when mulling this question over - how do I know this person, why am I celebrating them and what do I want the gift to reflect about me. Essentially, buying a gift for your partner, won’t mirror a gift for a new boss.
Nudes can make for an intimate yet deft declaration of love. Landscapes on the other hand, say enough without giving too much away. Spread across a wall - a sublime landscape is both a strong and universal statement. Or else, hunt down a work that speaks to your recipient’s uniqueness. If you’re still at loss for inspiration, there’s the eternally symbolic floral painting. Simple, expressive and an aesthetic delight - fine art flowers are the best kind of birthday bouquet.
Where is your present heading?
If your recipient lives far away, shipping a work of art can seem tricky. The easiest and most affordable works to ship are photographs and prints - they can simply roll up and slot into a crush-proof tube and be shipped worldwide.
Where will it be hung?It matters where a work is hung. Consider whether your recipient has enough wall space to hang up your gift - or whether it will suit their home. This is particularly relevant if you're after a house-warming gift. Pop art can be a fun prize piece for the burgeoning home. Graphic, punchy and tongue-in-cheek - pop art has style, without taking itself too seriously.