I've had people ask me why Original Art Work is so expensive.
What it comes down to is time. Creating a painting takes a lot more time than running a copycat of an original through an industrial printer which takes no time at all.
An artist can spend hours, days or even months ( I have ) creating an original painting. If the painting is very detailed it's going to be very time-consuming, aside from the time the artist invests in the creation process there are also upfront costs for the artist such as canvas, professional grade quality paint, special varnishes and mediums that will be used with each painting so that it will be around for a lifetime yes, a lifetime if the artist knows what they're doing.
So lets talk about Mass-produced work...
It's likely produced by a huge printer somewhere in a factory which produces several copies at one time in another part of the world.
There is no sense of connection with any one person when you buy a paper or canvas reproduction either online or at your local big box store. Your basically throwing away your hard earned money on something that has been produced a countless number of times and is owned by a countless number of people.
Another thing you probably didn't know is that reproductions are made with really cheap inks which give reproductions a "flat" and dull look. Unlike an original painting created by hand which will have layers of paint, texture and rich color.
You might be thinking this is why I don't buy Original Art and never will because it's expensive and I can't afford to let go of such a huge chunk of money and I totally get that but some artist's are willing to cut you a break with some sort of payment plan because not only are they flattered but they want you to have art in your home, real art not Big Box Stuff.
So these are just a few reasons why Original Art Work can be expensive. I'll continue to write more on this topic so if you have any specific questions let me know and contact me here.
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