Consider Buying Editions Instead of Original Artwork
An “edition” is an authorized print of a piece of art that’s produced in limited quantities. It allows a buyer to purchase artwork for a fraction of the cost of the original; in effect, making the works of popular artists more accessible to the average Canadian. Keep in mind, the larger the print run, the more affordable the print will be in relation to the price of the original.
“Of course, it’s a trade-off,” says Soboleva. “Would you rather get a large painting by an unknown artist or a well-known artist’s edition from a large run?”
For a great selection of editions, Soboleva recommends checking out Caviar 20 in Toronto and The Print Atelier in Montreal. If your budget is very tight, try an affordable art subscription such as Papirmass, which delivers small, non-numbered prints from emerging artists to your door every month.
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