A Perspective by Krish Datta, Founder of MayinArt
Mayinart.com was founded with a couple of integral objectives in mind. Besides the overarching goal of discovering undiscovered artists and their art, and empowering them with better possibilities, another key intention was to bring original and high quality art to first-time buyers at an affordable price. We needed to build trust and confidence in first-time buyers that would pave the path for long term relationships that create repeat customers. To enable this with the greatest integrity, we decided to curate the whole process from Easel to Door.
I have come across several friends and curious art minds who would appreciate a lovely piece of original painting but would not mind buying a print. Many art aficionados discuss serious art and boldly hang up prints, while some others are embarrassed to own up. I have often been asked what is the difference and how it matters. Here are my 2 cents’ worth on the Original Vs Print dilemma
Admittedly, I have often dabbled with the idea of selling prints on MayinArt in addition to the Original artworks that we now represent. There is a market that is growing for both, and I want to share some open views around this. Our customers often ask us this innocent yet loaded question: “should I buy original art or can I buy cheaper prints?”
Original art is a single, unique piece created by an artist exclusively and never printed or reproduced again. However, because of the improving quality of print and their lower prices, buyers are drawn to fine art prints. These reproductions are relatively economical while being as appealing as the original. And if you are in the know about the art trends and know which artists to back, much like the original, the print can also increase in value over time. But sometimes such purchases of prints happen inadvertently – where a high-quality print is sold to you with claims of being an Original. Hence, It is important to know what you want and also be aware of what you are getting for your money.
Here are some key points to know and consider:
Take home thoughts: Additional to the above considerations,
Buy a Print:
Buy an Original:
Do let us know if you found this article useful. I am keen to get your vote on whether we at Mayinart should delve into prints as well or just stay with the originals. Write to us at [email protected]