Buy These Artworks by Famous Artists at Affordable Prices!
by Elena Martinique for WIDEWALLS MAY 28, 2019
The art world can often be confusing and intimidating, and young people interested in art collecting can often feel overwhelmed not knowing where to start. And more than often, when one thinks about art collecting, the first thing which springs to one’s mind is an image of a billionaire in a huge house surrounded by countless paintings hanging on the walls.
However, art can also be affordable, even if it’s made by some of the world’s most famous artists. If you are looking to begin or expand your art collection, be sure to check out the extensive selection of limited edition prints and posters by ArtWise.
Damien Hirst - The Last Supper
Regarded as contemporary art’s l’enfant terrible, Damien Hirst constantly manages to surprise the public with a witty, genuine, and sometimes even a shocking approach to the craft.
An offset lithographic print, The Last Supper depicts a colorful map with the thirteen highlighted nations that openly possess nuclear weaponry or are alleged to do so. Each country is accompanied by the name of one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, with Jesus himself representing Israel. The title of the piece alludes to the notion that our literal “last supper” is just a detonation away. Discussing this work, the artist remarked:
Where’s God now? God’s fucked off. So all these big issues–like art and science and cancer–are all clambering about on this barren landscape where God used to exist.
David Hockney - Harlequin from Parade
Considered one of the most successful and recognized artists of our time, David Hockney has redefined the medium of painting during over six decades of creation. Known for stylistic versatility, he brought a whole new creative dimension into contemporary art.
A color offset lithograph, Harlequin from Parade is originally created in 1981 for the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. In this design, the artist used primary colors and simple geometric shapes, giving his work a pop art feel. The Harlequin, a lonely outsider who is a highly skilled acrobat, is depicted walking on his hands in a light-hearted stance while wearing a more sinister-looking face mask. Produced in a limited series, these posters are sought after and attract a lot of interest.
David Hockney - San Francisco Opera
Another lithograph by David Hockney, this poster was made for the San Francisco Opera and their Summer Festival Season of 1982. The poster features a detail from the Bedlam scene in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, for which Hockney designed sets and costumes in 1975. Thrilling and immersive, Hockney’s designs for this opera became some of the most important theatre design of the twentieth century.
Jeff Koons – Lips
Often described as the king of postmodernism, Jeff Koons is one of the most influential and controversial artists of the post-war era. He rose to prominence in the mid-1980s as part of a generation of artists who explore the meaning of art in a media-saturated era and the attendant crisis of representation.
The work Lips is part of Easyfun-Ethereal series which features food, fashion, and fun. Working from computer-scanned reproductions taken from the media and personal photographs, the artist combined familiar yet sometimes unrelated images to create collage-like paintings rendered with photo-realist perfection. A disjunctive free-floating fantasy, the work features disembodied succulent lips and drifting lush-lashed singular eye surrounded by the streams and splashes of juice.
Yayoi Kusama - Self-Obliteration No. 2 (Red Dots)
One of today’s most recognized and celebrated Japanese artists, Yayoi Kusama has indelibly shaped some of the most important art movements of the twentieth century. Being at the forefront of both avant-garde and post-avant-garde movements, she established a trademark out of repeating motifs and psychedelic colors that imply on the themes of feminism, obsession, sex, aggression, psychology and powerful self-reflection.
An offset lithograph, Self-Obliteration No. 2 (Red Dots) is a poster for the artist’s exhibition at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art which ran between September 2015 and January 2016. The design refers to the idea of obliteration, a concept which offered the artist an access point into a more fantastical, unrestrained world. She first explored it in her 1967 film made with Jud Yalkut where she transformed her surroundings and her own body with polka dots, all set to a psychedelic soundtrack. In 1999, the artist explained:
By obliterating one’s individual self, one returns to the infinite universe.
Julie Mehretu - Easy Dark
Ethiopian-born and the US-based artist, Julie Mehretu is known for her printmaking and painting with a strong note of abstraction. He works are based on the heavy layering of patterns and architectural photographs, composed of hundreds of thin and transparent layers of paint and paper which cover the canvases.
An offset lithograph printed in 2007, Easy Dark layers heavily intersected lines of color, topographical elements, and geometric renderings. At the same time, the work layers a range of influences and art historical references.
Gerhard Richter - 1025 Colors (1025 Farben)
A German contemporary artist and one of the most famous and influential postwar painters in the world, Gerhard Richter is known for photo-realistic paintings full of tension, sentiment, and memory. The artist gained fame during the 1960s and early 1970s after creating a series of blurred paintings based on black-and-white photographs.
Titled 1025 Colors (1025 Farben), this poster was created for the artist’s exhibition Image After Image at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, on view between February and May 2005. Consisting of a regular grid of 1,025 colored oblong units, divided by a network of white lines, it is an indifferent composition which performs like a great classical masterpiece.
Andy Warhol - Mick Jagger
No artist has contributed to the collapse of boundaries between high and low culture as much as Andy Warhol did. Having omnivorous curiosity and willingness to experiment with non-traditional art-making techniques, he had created an enormous body of work that spanned every available medium, at the same time elevating his own persona to the level of a popular icon.
An offset lithograph, this work is an original 1974 poster for an exhibition held at the Natalie Knight Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa. It features Mick Jagger, whom the artist first met in New York when the Rolling Stones were still relatively unknown in the United States. Warhol was fascinated by Jagger’s celebrity status and decided to create a portfolio of ten screenprints featuring him titled Mick Jagger, 1975. Taking many snapshots of the musician, Warhol later projected the photographs and used the images to trace his stylized line drawings.