Mixed Media Art Auctions
Mixed media art auctions have a lot to offer. Today I found several seriolithographs. I liked the colors that the Polish artist Zamy Steynovitz used.
The fun part of mixed media art auctions is that you just never know what you’ll find. I found a pebble art piece from the 1960’s that featured a bare-chested chariot driver cracking a whip. The piece also had three horses. The medium of pebbles was very interesting.
Another interesting find while I was looking through mixed media art auctions was a mirrored wall hanging that represents the Manhattan skyline. This piece was made before the destruction of the World Trade Center buildings and they are represented in the piece.
Sometimes the medium used in mixed media art is the same as other categories of art. I found a nice acrylic painting in a mixed media art auction that was unusual because of its subject. The artist painted a red sea dragon with a lovely woman. I learned that the artist was influenced by Salvador Dali, HP Lovecraft and his love of the game Dungeons and Dragons.
I found a really pretty 3-D art collage shadowbox while I was looking through the mixed media art auctions. The title of the piece was True Confessions of a Mermaid Gone Bad. The piece was listed as professionally framed art with glass in yellow stained wood.
Mixed media art auctions bring so many different artistic styles to light. I found a Scandinavian inspired design of two peacocks on a hand stitched wall hanging. The piece was surrounded by a decorative border and the frame was reported to be in great condition.
Sometimes the mixed media art auctions include artistic things like hand made cards. I found an artist that lists auctions of greeting card collages. The ones that I was looking at used vintage images, ink and extremely decorative paper.
There was an item of art that came up in my searches of mixed media art auctions that I really liked. It was listed as a beautiful abstract tin art. It was actually quite impressive and was listed as measuring two feet by two and a half feet. I think this would actually look great on my mother-in-law’s wall.
So many of the paintings I found listed in the mixed media art auctions were just unusual versions of mainstream subjects. I have found so many art auctions with poppies painted on canvas, but today I found a white poppy painted in oil with a brilliant emerald green background. It was very striking and I think that the contemporary feel to this piece came across very well.
I had never considered vintage maps to be art before I found them in the mixed media art auctions. I guess when a map becomes antique and is no longer useful for its original intended purpose, it can become art. I found a listing for battle maps that was very intriguing. This map would look good framed and displayed with other war related memorabilia.
Mixed media art auctions really do have a lot of different kinds of art represented. I found an artist with items listed whose medium is purses. She makes purses from cigar boxes and solders a handle and various embellishments on the side. The purses are really quite delightful.
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Shop for Art off the Beaten Path
Art is one of many cultural draws in New York City. There are art galleries in abundance in this great city and almost certainly an artist to fit almost any taste. Art has always been to some degree in the eyes of the beholder and beauty in the city of New York is in abundant supply.
Whether you consider yourself an enthusiastic supporter of art and the arts, it’s hard to deny the fact that New York has a great deal of art to offer those who are willing to seek it. From the graffiti that is so artfully rendered along bridges, buildings, busses, and signs throughout the city to murals and store windows that are so wonderfully made art comes in this city in many forms. You will find artists, sketchers, painters, and those seeking muses wandering around various parts of the city that may be particularly lovely, inspiring, or even forlorn.
The art doesn’t end with sketches, drawings, or paintings. It goes well beyond that. In this great city you will see sculptors with magnificent works that might be inspiring to you and might be utterly and completely unintelligible and you might find art that touches your heart and simply won’t let go. For whatever reason, art for most of us is purely emotional. This isn’t only true for the painter but also for those who witness the beauty of the art that has been created.
There is also pottery, blown glass, metal works, wood works, and literally dozens of other works of art within this city. You can stroll through the many galleries of the city or walk along the streets and through the parks seeking art and the artists that create these wonderful works. You might find the grandest work of art in the hands of the slightest of creatures or in the most unlikely of places. New York is full of surprises that go far beyond the beaten paths.
If you are truly seeking art to bring home from your trip to New York, the best place to look is in second hand or consignment shops. You can generally find nice pieces of art at unbelievably low prices. This is one of the best ways to begin building your collection and there are some second hand shops that specialize in artwork or ‘junk art’. Of course there are galleries that deal with rare second hand art and it is highly unlikely that you’ll find a discount there. Stick to the consignment shops, flea markets and used furniture stores if you are truly seeking some nice pieces that are seriously undervalued.
Image: Above Beardsley Park, Bridgeport, Connecticut. By Levi Wells Prentice (public domain).
Keep in mind that the art you choose only needs to speak to you (and hopefully match your décor to some degree, unless of course you are searching for an excuse to redecorate) and doesn’t have to really mean anything at all. When you do find a piece of art that you feel you must own, price is often not a consideration. This makes the fact that you’re looking in a second hand store a much better way to shop. At least in this instance you won’t have to deal with sticker shock from the massively over inflated price tags you will find in most galleries. Of course that is because they are recovering their commissions off the top so you’re automatically knocking off that much of a discount by shopping second hand and off the beaten path.
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