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New Art for Your Home

Unless you’re an art curator, gallery owner, or artist, chances are that buying art does not come very naturally to you. During a visit to artist Zoë Pawlak’s studio in Montréal a few years ago, the subject of choosing art for your home came up. We touched on questions like How do I choose? When do I invest? How do I educate myself? Should I go for black-and-white abstract art or colorful photography?

Suddenly, the prospect of choosing artwork seemed less daunting. She had such interesting thoughts on choosing art for your home that I knew I needed to pass on her wisdom. Ready to get rid of those blank walls? Read Pawlak’s top tips, and you’ll be on your way to becoming an amateur art curator (for your home, at least).

Like What You Like



“While your home décor can obey certain rules, such as investing in neutral couches or flooring, I urge people to use their walls for irrational or eclectic choices.

“Art is a place for expression through color, content, and texture,” says Pawlak. “Choose art at a heart level, and don’t forget about sculptures and rugs!” They can make artistic statements too.

Get to Know the Artist



“Getting to know the artist that made your art helps you to understand the content of the work and the context around the piece itself.”

If you don’t get the chance to meet the artist in person, read up. Many contemporary galleries such as Uprise now offer artist profiles online. Read up on the people who produced your art, or follow them on Instagram to get a glimpse into their lives!


Payments Plans Or Trades Are Often Totally Legit



“You can always suggest a payment plan or a trade. It never hurts to ask.”

Did you fall in love with a piece that’s slightly above your budget? “Maybe that artist wouldn’t mind receiving a few hundred dollars a month,” she says, “or maybe they need your mad Photoshop or portrait-taking skills as much as you need their art in your life!” Harness your own talents, and see if you can be useful to the artist in any way.

Be Ready to Act Fast or Miss Out

“There are exactly three pieces I regret not investing in at the time. How do I know that? I still think about them.”

Art is often unique and one-of-a-kind (unless you’re buying from a photography or limited print series). If your heart leaps at the sight of a piece, don’t hesitate too long, or you could miss out. “The film Herb & Dorothy is a great example of how you can buy what you love and still live on a budget,” says Pawlak. We’re adding this one to our list of films to watch.