Art for the present

Art for the present

By Tracey Robertson, art director, Urbane Art Gallery

Art is not just for Christmas, but what a fantastic gift it can make.

Most people buy art for themselves, but more and more people are purchasing paintings, prints and even sculptures as a present for someone else, whether it be for a birthday, a wedding, Christmas, to say congratulations , well done or sorry, or just to say I love you. It is also a gift that will last forever.

Of course it is difficult to choose art for people you don't know very well, but the rule of thumb with any present is to buy something that you really like yourself. This way, it is a thoughtful and generous gift that will be appreciated for many years to come.

Here at Urbane Art Gallery, we have discovered that many people who like something often go away and bring back their partner to take a look at it before making a purchase. Inevitably, their partner usually likes it too. We have also arranged commissions for customers who have wanted paintings done as a surprise gift for someone special. Artists are delighted to provide pleasure through their work, and see it as a huge compliment when someone wants to own it.

Placing a beautiful winter scene on a wall will last throughout the seasons, and as an exhibition space we like to capture the essence of the season and create the appropriate atmosphere for the time of year. This winter, we have asked our artists to consider the season, and as a result, our exhibition reflects the festive charm and wintery weather at this time of year - with a bit of diversity thrown in too. Some great examples of this are Winter by Frankfurt-based artist Corinna Wagner, Terminillo by Colin Brown and Rosie Playfair’s Walk in The Woods.

As a contemporary art gallery we like to showcase a diverse range of styles and techniques, some of which are more directional such as Fashion Addict 08 by French artist, Tehos. However, we will only display the art we think our customers will like – and what we like. It is amazing how different people's tastes are - but that is true in all areas of life, not just art. A lot of people think that contemporary art means ugly art, but in fact the definition of contemporary art is 'art produced at the present period in time'. This should not to be confused with conceptual art, which can sometimes be confusing.

We have art to suit all budgets, ranging from £40 for mounted prints by Stephen O’Neil to £11,000 for polished bronze sculptures by Louise Giblin MRBS.

So for a special gift this Chritsmas, or indeed as a treat for yourself, consider art.

Urbane Art Gallery based at 25 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh. For more information call 0131 556 8379. The winter exhibition is open from November 22, 2014 and there is a special late night opening on December 11.

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