Emerging Australian Artists You Need To Know
TOP AFFORDABLE AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS TO COLLECT RIGHT NOW
As we’ve slowly but steadily evolved our homes, both Steph and I have become focused on more permanence in our buying choices. Less disposability, buying right and buying once... easier said than done as the temptations of seasonal trends are always luring us in the peripheral! But the one thing which we’ve both really honed focus on in the past couple of years is the art we choose to display at home. Moving away from art just for the sake of a suitable colour palette, we have instead been investing both emotion and thought into what we’re acquiring.
There is little you can add to a room to bring more character and personality than through the art you collect, and knowing that you’ve made a lifelong purchase and supported someone’s career along the way is all kinds of warm and fuzzy. What a lovely thing that down the track you’ve created a beautiful and meaningful collection of works that will one day become precious family heirlooms - regardless of their fiscal value.
This year I commissioned my first artworks - with my biggest investment to date (and most prized possession!) in the form of a huge earthy abstract from the divine Carly Williams, quickly followed by a pair of commissions from Angus Martin who I discovered while trawling through Bluethumb (the customer service team can facilitate the whole commission process for you!).
My other major art acquisition this year was the beautiful Water People by Tony Belobradjic - pictured here hanging above the bed in our Master. It’s such a nice change from the many abstracts I have at home, I love how he captures dappled light, water and flesh, this painting bottles the feeling of Sydney summertimes, jumping into the harbour! I love it so much.
Since then I have been fixated on trying to collect some smaller pieces to create a gallery wall, my search led me back to Bluethumb every time, as they have such an enormous catalogue of artwork for sale allowing you to search thousands of originals with handy filters like size/colour/medium. My so called “short” list has close to 50 paintings saved in it… not doing so well with being decisive!
With such a huge volume of works on the site It does take a little time to pore over everything and find the pieces which speak to you. Given i’ve spent so much time on there already, I thought I’d save you the trouble and share my current Top 5 artists on the site! I recommend starting your own shortlist so you can start to get a feel for your favourite pieces and get your very own art collection underway.