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Tips For Choosing Online Print Art As A Gift Option This Holiday

It is that time of the year once again and like always, we are all wondering what to get for our friends, families, colleagues, or partners this season. Whether you are a novice to the art world or an avid art enthusiast, picking out online print art for someone else can be daunting, but don’t worry. This article is meant to ease the process of selecting and buying the right print art gift this holiday season.

Online print art is one of the most common and affordable art forms existing today. Apart from it being a great gift option, the ability to print art makes it easy for artists to sell their digital paintings online to art lovers, art enthusiasts, or anyone who wishes to buy prints in general. Without further ado, let us dive into four simple things you need to consider when picking out online art prints this season as a gift option.

1. Who is the art for – An Art lover or a Novice?

When picking out a present in general, it is important to distinguish who the receiver is and target your choice to the receiver’s tastes and preferences. As such, it helps to know whether the person is an art enthusiast or a novice. Art lovers generally have more knowledge about artists and are more inclined toward certain artworks. On the contrary, art novices have limited knowledge about art and artists in general.

As such, when picking out gift art for an art lover, choose prints from their favourite artists, or a piece from an art collection that matches their general taste. You are more likely to select something they would love by leaning towards their artistic preferences to inform your choice of gift. If your receiver is a novice, try picking out a print that matches their personality, home, or office décor, etc. The next section elaborates more on this.

2. Where is the art meant to be? In the home, office, etc.

Art, like clothes and furniture, works better in some settings than others. As such, some prints are best for specific places in home décors (bedrooms, kitchen, living spaces, etc.), others work better in office spaces, while some are multipurpose. Before settling on a given print online, first, decide on where you would like it placed and go from there. Just in case you are uncertain about where your receiver might want to place their gift, try picking art based on the general theme of their home’s canvas and décor, colour palette, etc.

Some people like minimalistic designs, others more complex ones, and some love plants, animals, etc. Having these insights might help you pick online prints that beautifully complement your loved ones’ space. Art is meant to be hung, not hidden behind cupboards. As such, picking the right online print art for a space will help the receiver easily display it.

3. What platform will you use to buy the prints?

There are so many online art sellers. Picking out the right platform to buy your prints makes all the difference. Whatever platform you decide to use, it is advisable to vet its reliability. You can do this by going through customer reviews, articles about the seller/platform, etc. before making a purchase.

Just in case you are wondering what platform to use, try BIDGALA. It is a reliable online platform that equally gives you the option of talking directly with artists before settling on an art piece. You can learn more about the meaning and inspiration behind the art you wish to buy and more! Most importantly, BIDGALA’s secure platform protects both buyers and sellers from fraud. Feel free to go through the bountiful online gallery of prints to find yourself a gift this holiday. - Thank me later.

4. How will you parcel it?

Congratulations! You have found the ideal online print gift for that special someone but wrapping the gift is something few people really think about when it comes to art. However, knowing how to parcel and preserve an art piece after purchasing it is extremely important.

Unlike other solid holiday gifts such as clothing and toys, online prints are fragile and can be destroyed before they meet the end user. So, it is essential to package them in a beautiful way that prevents them from getting damaged. It doesn’t hurt to spend a few extra coins on secure packaging to ensure that your beautiful gift gets to its final destination in one piece.

Note: You don’t have to worry about parcelling hazards when you shop at BIDGALA. Our artists make sure your package is secure and beautiful before handing it over.

We hope these tips help you pick out the best art this holiday and many other days to come. We love to hear from you. Feel free to share your art-shopping experience in the comment section below.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Created on: Nov. 30, 2022, 2:42 p.m.

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Four Must-See Contemporary Artists’ Exhibitions Today

Art Gallery of Toronto:

Denyse Thomasos: just beyond

Denyse Thomasos’ just beyond collection contains more than 70 paintings and works on paper that demonstrates how she used formalist approaches to mix personal themes with politics while challenging racism and the conventions of abstraction.

About the artist: Denyse Thomasos was a Trinidadian Canadian artist who explored topics such as the African and Asian diaspora, slavery, and captivity. She earned a BA in Painting and Art History from the University of Toronto in 1987 and completed her MFA in painting and sculpture at Yale School of Art. Major corporate and governmental organizations have all acquired pieces of her work such as Rutgers University, the Bank of Montreal’s operational headquarters in Toronto, the Art Gallery of Guelph, the University of Toronto, and numerous private collections across Canada and the United States.

Why you should see this exhibit: Her paintings add a level of complexity and are multi-faceted. Aspiring artists will appreciate and learn from her body of work as they embark on their creative journey. Also, many of her paintings in this exhibit haven’t been revealed before, so you will get to see and appreciate new artwork.

Infinity Mirrored Room - Let’s Survive Forever

Let’s Survive Forever features the visitor being inside a large, mirrored room with mirrored spheres hanging from the ceiling and arranged on the floor. A sense of infinity is offered through the play of reflections between the circular shapes and the surrounding mirrors.

About the artist: Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese contemporary artist who grew up in Matsumoto, Japan. After WWII, at the age of 19, she travelled to Kyoto to study the ancient Japanese painting technique known as Nihonga. Kusama created her first Infinity Mirror Room in 1965. Kusama has created over twenty unique rooms since then. Paintings, performances, room-size presentations, outdoor sculpture installations, literary works, films, fashion, and design comprise her diverse body of work. In 1993, she became the first woman to have a solo presentation at the Venice Biennale’s Japanese Pavilion, and in 2016, Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world.

Why you should see this exhibit: Kusama is considered one of the best living artists and Let’s Survive Forever is one of her masterpieces. It is a beautiful, mesmerizing piece of work that allows the viewer to disappear into another world unlike one they have seen before.

Art Gallery of Hamilton:

Gatherings: Roger Ferreira and Kareem-Anthony Ferreira

The Gatherings exhibition features over 30 paintings depicting Roger's 35-year career. It equally contains artwork from both father-and-son Hamilton artists Roger Ferreira and Kareem-Anthony Ferreira which include topics such as Black culture, Canada, Trinidad, and family.

About the artist: In the late 1980s, Roger and his family moved to Hamilton, and he started working with kids and young people to share his knowledge. For more than 15 years, Roger taught at Columbia College and in the Catholic school system. He also developed a career as an art instructor in the city of Hamilton. Kareem was born in Canada not long after his parents left Trinidad. Before earning his MFA at the University of Arizona in 2020, Kareem studied fine art at McMaster University and now creates paintings that resemble memories of growing up in Hamilton and Trinidad.

Why you should see this exhibit: It explores how both artists interact with their cultures and equally immerses viewers into a world of visual identities and family that makes memories and events feel personal and familiar. We learn and get inspired by studying what has been done in the past.

Vancouver Art Gallery:

Jin-me Yoon: About Time

About Time investigates the Korean diasporic experience as influenced by intertwined vestiges of colonialism, imperialism, and militarism through photography, video, and installation. The exhibition focuses on Jin-me’s ongoing prioritization of the constellation of relationships between people and places across time and space.

About the artist: Jin-me Yoon is a South Korean-Canadian contemporary artist whose art talks about culture, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. She earned her MFA from Concordia University in 1992 after earning her BA in psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1985. She was awarded a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in 2013. She is currently an instructor at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts.

Why you should see this exhibit: By studying artworks about historical events, we can travel back in time and experience a moment different from our own. This can help us appreciate the differences and inspire new ideas.

Created on: Nov. 23, 2022, 3 p.m.

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How Art From Waste Is Going To Influence The Future

In this contemporary scenario, our surroundings get clogged up with a vast amount of waste materials that can never be recycled. Though most of the materials are expected to get recycled, only a few of them meet the final stage of the process. Local artists, who wish to contribute their part to society, contribute through art. Art made from waste/recycled objects utilizes any material that no longer serves its primary purpose. We are all aware of how these waste materials are creating a major impact on the environment. Various emerging artists worldwide take the responsibility of delivering a strong message by converting this waste into aesthetic works of art.

Emerging artists usually work with a theme or for a cause to deliver a strong message while working with recycled materials. These meaningful artworks are displayed as installations in public spaces that are also used to attract a public crowd. They have also been used in closed spaces like shopping complexes, museums, subways or metro stations, etc.

“The sole purpose of creating art from waste materials has a personal impact on human level compared to other ways of using it”

Source: Recycled Art - Exploring Impressive Art Made From Recycled Materials (artincontext.org)

The local artists who are well aware of their surroundings experiment with recycled art to any extent from 2D to 3D scale. They address various issues such as extinction, pollution, and sustainability. The list is expanding as artists have been exploring various innovative methods to re-utilize materials.

Common Used Materials:

In case the material doesn't meet the recycling process or can be recycled in a large quantity, it can be recycled for the artwork. Especially materials collected from construction waste, oceans, or non-biodegradable ones can be converted into artworks. It also depends on the artist's mindset to decide on the materials based on the message they are trying to deliver.

A few materials that can make a good installation are electronic waste, paper, metal, plastics, glass bottles, mosaics, and fabric.

5 Artists to Know About:

Working with recycled materials involves a lot of experimenting and research before starting the work. It requires patience to collect the necessary materials and decide on the process of using them. The emerging artists listed below have committed to creating this type of art.

Wim Delvoye: A Belgian artist known for his neo-conceptual works, Delvoye creates intricate works widely used as installations. He has displayed his works in many solo exhibitions and museums in various cities. His works are mostly nature-inspired. He gives a new perspective by making hand-carved, intricate details on rubber tires without changing its form.

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Carved detail on a rubber tire by Wim Delvoye

Guerra de la Paz: This is a collaboration between two Cuban artists Alain Guerra and Geraldo de la Paz. Their work is known for the brilliant usage of unwanted or leftover textiles. Using unwanted clothing, they create abstract colour and form-based works as well as literal forms such as people and landscapes.

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A family sculpture made from textile waste by Guerra de la Paz

Michelle Reader: Michelle is known for her bespoke eco-friendly and recycled sculptures that are made based on the event or organization. She also works as a freelance art educator in schools. Her work involves attractive figurative materials that are made from electronic waste or scrap from toys.

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BOMBUS LUCORUM (Recycled sculpture of a bumble bee) by Michelle Reader

Francisco de Pajaro: He draws inspiration from and expresses himself with street waste. In general, he finds garbage in the streets, paints directly on it, and leaves after signing his creations with his brand name. “Art is Trash gives a voice to anyone who can not scream. Against the negative things we face,” commented the artist to express his thoughts on the social economic crisis in Spain.

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A work depicting Francisco’s style by Francisco de Pajaro

Martha Haversham: She is an interdisciplinary contemporary artist, based out of London, who is known for reusing women’s fashion waste into art. She gives a particular term for it as ‘Trashion’. She has participated in several individual expos and a few public installations.

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Dead Summer Flowers with Small Bird Carcass and Paper Collage (2018) by Martha Haversham

These emerging artists can deliver meaningful and powerful messages by making art out of waste materials. This type of art appeals to people for its artistic value and contribution to the planet's well-being by giving the materials a second life.

Sources:

https://inhabitat.com/wim-delvoyes-incredible-rubber-carvings-turn-tires-into-art/

https://www.marthahaversham.com/

https://www.marthahaversham.com/divided-society-portraits

https://www.designboom.com/art/guerra-de-la-paz/

https://www.michelle-reader.co.uk/

https://globalgoodness.ca/en/this-artist-turns-waste-into-works-of-art/

Created on: Nov. 16, 2022, 2:32 p.m.


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