Art for art's sake

Monochrome Picture Wall at Shoreditch House

Art. It’s a minefield. It can cost ten quid or ten million quid. And sometimes it’s pretty hard to see the difference between the two. Since the advent of the trend for curated walls in our homes, and art in volume in bars and restaurants, there has never been such a huge demand for affordable, interesting pieces.

You will find some people are very scathing of art that you can buy off the internet, framed prints and posters that are produced in volume and cost next to nothing. I say ignore them. Great, lovely, beautiful art doesn’t have to be expensive, or noteworthy, and anyone who sneers at that is a boring old snob.

The studio at Print Club London

If you can afford to pay thousands for a piece of art then that is fantastic and you definitely should. If you can’t, there are lots of options.

Perhaps support young artists and buy something from a print collective. Places like Print Club London provide facilities and a selling platform for young hard working creatives to print editions of their work, you can find some great pieces, and you’re supporting art at grass roots level. Buy something wild and exciting and beautiful (and preferably a bit shocking). I’m dreading the day that my kids are tall enough to look closely at some of the stuff that’s on the wall in my office.

Tom Pigeon Print Triptych

At the next level, the (almost) Affordable Art Fair and printmaking galleries like Jealous run the gamut from new unknowns to some of the best known artists of the moment. Invest a few hundred quid, but make sure it’s something that you love. Leave collecting for profit to the professionals.

Finally, you may not even have to buy art at all. Pick up great postcards wherever you see them. Flyers, beermats, posters and your kids drawings. Curate your own gallery, frame as you see fit. If it looks like art, it probably is. And that’s something that the critics and I agree on.

Curated Walls at Berners Tavern