The Affordable Art Club: Volume 1

Hey guys,

As promised, here is the first chapter of my Affordable Art Club series. To kick things off, I’ve decided to “start from the beginning”, as it were, and introduce you to a few artists that have held a special place in my heart for YEARS. I have possibly the most assorted taste imaginable, so hopefully there’ll be something for everyone in this mix. 

 

Joel Birch

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Shine On – Joel Birch
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Part of “Hopeless and Romantic” Exhibition – Joel Birch
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Love Conquers All – Joel Birch

 

Joel, Joel, Joel. Where do I even begin to describe my how much I adore and respect this man. Too much? Perhaps, but it’s true. Not only is he the lead singer any my favourite band, but Joel is an incredibly talented typographer, illustrator, graffiti artist and photographer. On top of all this and the band gig, he also has his own clothing brand, Fairly Ordinary, which shows a darker side to his creative expression. The majority of Joel’s work is lyric-based, whether they are his own or the beautiful thogutsh of others, and I have always admired his attention to detail and experimentation when it comes to typography. I’m the proud owner of 4 of his prints (2 fine art, 2 poster style) and they are worth every cent. His silk screen prints start at $100 and are of impeccable quality, but if you’re wanting to snag one of his works for a little cheaper his poster prints range from $10-25. He also recently released a film photography book which I’m yet to purchase, but it’s on the list! Find all the good shit here.

 

Rik Lee

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Night Train – Rik Lee
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Left Handed Studies – Rik Lee
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The Woods – Rik Lee

Have I already mentioned Rik on here? Probably, because his work ROCKS. I found him through the magical mind field of instagram back in 2012/13 and absolutely fell in love. Of course, it took me over a year to finally buy anything from his shop because I couldn’t decide on just one. I wanted them all, and ended up buying 3 of his lovely prints on a 3 for 2 deal (that’s still running, btw) and am still one very happy customer. Rik’s work is bright, quirky and downright dreamy. I’m a huge fan of his non-dominant hand sketch series, and the best way to keep up with him and all of his WIPs are via his instagram account. I always make sure to watch his stories, as he does a lot of behind the scenes and asks his followers for their input on his drawings, which I love. The majority of his prints are A3 and are $35, which is such a bargain considering what beautiful quality they are, and if you’re feeling spendy he also sells a range of coasters, lapel pins and clothing, which are all available here.

 

Ali Gulec

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Skull 2 – Ali Gulec
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Gramophone – Ali Gulec
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Room Skull – Ali Gal

I discovered Ali on Society6 back in 2013 or so, and fell completely in love with his “Skull 2” print. It was one of the first nice art prints I’d ordered and because of its peculiar size (my fault for choosing it, of course) it sat in its postal tube for about 3 years. A lot of Ali’s work on Society6 has skulls as a reoccurring theme, and has made quite a name for himself with turning something once associated with death and loss into something beautiful and interesting. Ali’s prints range from $20-$50 depending on size, and because they’re on Society6 you also have the added option of getting them on t-shirts, wall tapestries, cushions and a whole lot more. Find all his work here.

 

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I loved babbling about these guys. Stay tuned for Volume 2!

 

The Affordable Art Club: Prologue

If you’ve been hanging out here for a while, then you’ll know how much I love collecting art. My obsession began at a young age; from ripping out funky pictures from magazines and carefully hiding them in a manilla folder, to covering my walls in Blunt band posters, to having a go of creating some pieces of my own, artwork has always been a major part of my space. 

I’m a visual person, meaning 2 things: 1) I like to have pretty and inspiring things on display, and 2) I am constantly having to battle with my inner hoarder on how many of these things I really need – because this gal does NOT like clutter. My personal style and taste has definitely evolved over the years, but one thing remains: I still like my walls covered in pictures.

These days, said pictures have been sourced from all over the world and come in many different forms, whether they be fine art prints, photographs, oil paintings or mixed media pieces. I’m a sucker for anything that has soft colours/watercolours mixed in with sharp lines and edgy aspects. Which is possibly the vaguest description I could offer, but hey, that’s my taste! 

So in light of this love, and because I have neither the cash flow nor the wall space to keep up with my findings, I have decided to start a new little segment on the blog: The Affordable Art Club. The name is pretty self-explanatory, but I think it’s important nonetheless. We are living in a time where we have the art world at our finger tips, being able to watch faraway exhibitions on Youtube and gawk over snaps from the Louvre that pop up in our news feeds (and give us instant holiday envy), and that also comes with another added bonus: accessible and affordable art pieces. Hooray!

When I first made the transition from band posters to a more mature taste, I didn’t know where to look. Instagram was obviously an amazing tool (and I have in fact found the majority of my favourite artists through that handy little square-space!) but now has become quite overwhelming when trying to search for stuff. 

Enter, the ever trusty Affordable Art Club, where I’ll be showcasing all of the cool artists, designers and stores I discover, with all of their links attached (because there’s nothing more annoying than finding a piece that you adore and having NO FREAKING CLUE where to find it). I’m hoping to add to this series every 4-6 weeks, which means I will have absolutely no excuse not to uncover some new gems for you in between posts. 

I’ve scheduled the first proper instalment for Monday in two of weeks, so until then…

Happy art hunting!

Viv xo