What is the best way to recognize high-quality sculpture? That’s a question I hear asked often from fellow art enthusiasts who enjoy seeing local artists at work. They want to know what sets their favorite sculptors apart from the dozens of other artists creating cookie-cutter pieces of art. It can be really challenging to distinguish between “good” art and “not so good” art, but the only sure way is to take an honest look at the piece and make your observations. If you can’t honestly say that you could recognize the work of any local artist, then perhaps it’s best that you look for other options.
Visit local gallery
There are a number of different places that you can purchase high-quality sculptures from. One of the most convenient options is to visit your local gallery. Most modern galleries will have an art section featuring the latest works of contemporary artists from all over the world. If there is not a single artist’s gallery in your area, don’t worry; you can still find great buys on the Internet.
Read blogs about sculptures
Sculpture blogs are another excellent resource. Many popular blog sites offer an extensive collection of high-quality sculptures from all over the world. Some of these blogs will even offer descriptions of the piece of art so you can see what it looks like right off the bat. This is very helpful, especially if you are a first-time buyer. Here, the artist’s gallery description will give you an idea as to the piece’s style, size, and clarity of detail.
Go through the online database of fine arts
Another option is to peruse through the online database of fine arts. Most online galleries will have a list of high-quality sculptures listed in alphabetical order. You can also find photographs of each piece and information about the artist. You can take it a step further and engage an artist directly. You can email or call artists directly and ask specific questions about their works.
Start with smaller sculptures
Of course, this is not recommended if you’re looking to invest large sums of money in high-quality sculpture. Instead, look for smaller, more affordable pieces. For example, if you love a certain style from a local artist but can’t afford anything as fancy as their work, consider buying an oil painting of their work. You can get that beautiful art without the high price tag. Just keep in mind that an artist’s reputation can carry weight with art buyers.
Consider online retailers
If you want to find the perfect item for an avid fan or collector, consider purchasing items from online retailers. These often have a better selection of fine arts than brick and mortar shops, and they don’t take up as much space. In addition, online retailers can provide added customer service support and discounts. You may even find that the shipping is free.
Finally – set a budget
Before purchasing any sculpture, whether it be online or from a local retailer, be sure to set a budget. Sculptures are not cheap. If you plan to add a permanent part to your home, such as a statue, make sure you can afford the piece before adding it to your budget.
If you are looking for a sculpture that will live on, consider purchasing something decorative rather than functional. A marble sculpture that has been carved into a unique shape may look beautiful in your home, but marble is more likely to chip or break. This type of sculpture should be reserved for your children or grandchildren. In addition to looking beautiful, these items also have a timeless beauty to them. They will always remind you of the person who created it, and the care that went into creating the piece.