If you are looking to customise your home and make a mark, finding abstract paintings could be the right decision. But, before you look for an abstract painting for sale, you have to consider some critical choices.
Also, the artwork will say a lot about you, but it must be consistent with your house; it must match the furniture style, be in line with colours and also with the room dimension. So, it is something that is connected with your feeling but should also match your house.
Ask yourself a few simple questions in order to help you move forward through your artwork research!
What kind of art am I interested in?
Are you looking for modern art, landscape paintings or real-life scenes? If the answer is modern art or abstract art, you have made your first choice, and the scenario is now more straightforward.
Where can I find abstract paintings for sale?
There are two art markets:
- Art primary market – when the artists sell their pieces directly or through an art gallery
- Art secondary market – when the artist is resold by a mediator or an auction house
If you do not have a huge budget, the primary market is your place, as you will discover new emerging artists at a more affordable price.
How do I search for abstract paintings for sale?
There are two ideal ways to search for artworks:
- On search engines, for example, Google, search for keywords like abstract art for sale and find a never-ending list of websites to go through
- Check museum or galleries for modern art or contemporary art in your city or nearby; this approach helps to see exhibitions of art near you or opens the way to a weekend trip to visit your art event
How can I identify the artwork for myself?
An abstract painting is something that must match you. Some people pass over while looking at a specific artwork; others are just caught and can’t stop looking at it. If you feel a connection with an abstract painting, it might be a good match for you to investigate further if you feel happy, angry or attracted by it, especially if it really means something to you.
Visiting a modern art museum or a modern art gallery, or going through the pages of an artworks’ website, will help you understand what kind of painting you are looking for.
Once you feel connected with some paintings, try to identify some common patterns; are they random, chaotic or geometric compositions? Do they have a similar subject (landscape, sunshine, portrait, people, animals, etc.) or do all of them show a predominant colour? Do they use a similar material?
If you have a clearer idea about what kind of abstract painting you are going to buy, it is time to imagine it in your house, in the specific room where you want to put it.
Maybe it is the living room, and then it will be something to share with friends and relatives when they visit you, something that will tell them about you. Or, maybe you’ll hang it in your workroom, a space where you spend most of the time alone, a place where to connect with what the artwork means for you, for moments of genuine introspection.
Where is the artwork going in my house, and how can it work with the rest?
Now that you have answered all the other questions, now that you know what abstract paint for sale you’re going to look for and buy, and now that you have also decided where in your house you want to show your new painting, it is time to check if it all knits together.
Artworks are things that represent us, but our homes also do it! Then, our new artwork should match our house. And it is not only about colours and styles.
We should put our artworks in a room where they find a balance with the other décor elements. Our abstract painting will probably be the main protagonist, but we should avoid showing it close to further details that can divert attention because of their size or colour. So, when we welcome our new painting into the home, we must create the right environment for it.
There are no precise rules to fit an abstract painting to a room properly, but we can find some conventional wisdom to follow:
- The background of the painting should match (tone) the wall colour.
- Match the painting with the rest of the room using the same colours but different shades.
- Choose an abstract painting that matches the room’s main elements; this matching can be, for example, by colours or theme.
- If you decorated your home inspiring to a specific style, let your artwork follow it. Art is personal, and if a particular style inspired you for a room, then follow that inspiration when choosing your new paint.
- If you have a colour theme that inspired you to decorate a specific room, follow it when choosing your painting; let it sing as one of the room orchestra members. Use the same colours but in different shades to create a tone-on-tone new matching.
- If you have an inspiration piece in your room, choose your abstract painting; accordingly, the inspiration piece can be everything, a sofa, a rug, a vase or another artwork. This matching can be by colour, style, subject, theme, etc.
If you are finally ready to buy your painting, if you know what you want and where it will go in your house, you have only to decide the budget for your next purchase.
Artworks can start from £25 and easily exceed £5,000. Where you buy it and how much the artist is established in the market can impact the final price. Since paintings are value-things, the materials used in their composition can increase their value.
My name is Alessandra Viola, and I’ve loved art since I was a child. My work has been chiefly abstract, but I am now investigating tangible human elements in my art. You can visit my online gallery and see if some of my unique works can inspire you.