It used to be that once you hung a painting or print in the home, there it stayed. For ever. After all, it was chosen for a reason. Either because you absolutely loved it, or it had sentimental meaning or, (and this is the worst reason of all) it’s colours matched the decor. But not any more. Art prints are so inexpensive and available these days that you can afford to change your art at whim. It’s one of the easiest ways to refresh a room. There’s no framing problems as long as you choose a new print the same size as the old one. You just take the old one out and pop the new one in. Voila, you have a brand new look for next to nothing. And I can’t begin to tell you the vast array of choice out there. Once you start looking you’ll know what I mean.
But today, I’m just going to show a few of the most colourful prints that have caught my eye lately. Instant sunshine in a frame. Some sources you’ll already know. Hopefully some are new to you. They’re certainly new to me.
Take a Look
Bex Parkin is a freelance illustrator and designer based on a hilltop in rural Staffordshire where she lives with her family. She lived for many years in London undertaking various artistic jobs but it was her work sourcing vintage and antique textiles for the fashion industry that really sparked off her love of print, pattern and colour. From her website she sells the most beautiful scarves and cards but it was her giclee art prints that stopped my in my tracks. Above are (clockwise from top left) Sloth and Monkey, Cheetah in Morocco, Toucan, and Cheetah which are all available as A4 and A3, at £14 and £24 respectively.
These giclee prints are by Paul Jackson and are available from Pencil Tree. Each A2 print is A limited edition of 30, hence a bit more expensive at £120. But each print is signed by the artist, and the limited edition number is stated. Paul is a British artist with a love of surfing & beaches, Modernist architecture, and the natural landscape. Above are Kaufmann House, Palm Springs (left) and Ibiza Villa (right).
Lovers of nature and watercolours will love these prints from Mode Prints. Bright and contemporary, they are available in a variety of sizes, either framed or unframed. The smallest unframed print starts at £7.95. Above are (clockwise from top left), River Reflections, Ocean Landscape 2, Rocky Rivers, River Reflections 2.
For anyone who likes to have a bit of fun with their art, these dashing remakes of ancestral portraiture would be just the ticket. The Duke (left) and Princess Leopold (right) are available in A2, unframed from Audenza. Both £35.
If you like bold, abstract designs there is huge selection at Abstract House. You could even match a print to your cushions if you want to, but then I’d send round the design police. They are available framed, unframed or printed on canvas and in a variety of sizes. Prices start from around £8.95.
Blow the Budget
Finally, I had to include this stunning framed print of New York by Mind the Gap. Sometimes you just have to blow the budget when you find something that is exactly right! It’s available (100 x 70 mm) from Decoville for £250.
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