You asked: What is the Difference between Fine Art and Decoration?

When you’re looking to enhance your home or office with a piece of art, there is no shortage of options to choose from. During this selection process, you may have wondered about the difference between fine art purchased at a gallery and wall décor available for sale at your local retail outlet. Here are a few of the key distinctions between the two options:

1. Purchasing fine art is a special investment, and has the potential to increase in value over time. Fine art will often become a family heirloom, cherished and handed down through generations.

2. Fine art is created with a thoughtful use of quality materials, and with special attention to both process and result. Fine artists retain quality control over the materials and processes used to create their work. By contrast, art purchased in retail stores is usually mass-produced. The artist has often ceded quality control to the producer. As a result, quality standards and attention to detail are sometimes lost in the effort to reproduce the work efficiently in large quantities.  

3. Fine art is unique. Most gallery pieces are either original works of art or limited-edition prints, while most wall décor purchased in retail stores is mass-produced. If you’re looking to own a work of art that is truly unique to you and your space, fine art is the way to go. 

Bob Ichter

Bob Ichter

Julie Hansen

Julie Hansen

4. Fine art is an expression of something larger than the subject matter, meant to elicit an emotional reaction or to generate an intellectual response. Wall décor is solely intended to beautify or enhance a space.

5. Purchasing fine art supports the career and creativity of a working artist and helps ensure that they can continue to create quality work.

Ultimately, the art or decoration you choose for your space should be about what speaks to you as an individual. What do you enjoy seeing every day?

Photo Credits: Karen Fron, BuzzfeedIchter Studios, Julie Hansen Art

Written by Nicoletta Niosi-Ortiz