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The Big Debate Revisited: Original Art vs. Prints

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 · 1 Comment

Back in September I wrote about the debate over prints versus original art and listed what I perceive to be the most compelling arguments for prints. Now I’m revisiting this question but taking on the other side, original art.

Ian Carpenter


– When you find art you love, you feel a strong connection to the work and want to own it outright.

– The artistic process is important to you and you want to own what the artist physically created. You want to be able to see the actual brushstrokes, etc. and relate back to the artist.

– You value uniqueness over ubiquity; you don’t want art that many others have.

– The future value of the work of art is important to you. You view it as an investment.

– You want to forge a strong relationship with the artist. By purchasing an original piece of their work you are linking yourself to the artist.


These are a few of the many reasons some people choose original art over prints, but I want to make the point that originals and prints are NOT mutually exclusive. In fact many art lovers, myself included, collect a mixture of both. While I have explored both sides of this debate, it’s my opinion that neither original art nor prints trumps the other.

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 jodi // Mar 16, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    so true, great post!

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