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Choosing a Print

As in choosing a hand-carved sculpture, there are a few factors to consider when you are looking to buy an Inuit art print for your home or office. Here are a few suggestions to help you with your decision-making.

The first thing to determine is where you would like to display your new work of art.  Once you have decided on a location, ask yourself the following questions to give you some clues as to what you might like in a print.

What is the basic colour scheme and tone of the room … bright colours, pastels, neutrals?

Remember, if you choose a print simply because of its prime colours, you may soon get tired of it.  By looking at the subtleties of the colours and tones in the room, you will get a better idea of what you will enjoy in Inuit artwork.

What is your personal style? 

–  Minimalist
–  Modernistic
–  Traditionalist
–  Contemporary

What size of a print would look best?
A large print on a small wall will look out of place.  Groupings of small prints can work on a large wall, but the best fit and most aesthetically pleasing choice is usually one large print.  A general rule of thumb … art needs space to be appreciated, so if a print is 20″ x 22″ (for example) there should be at least 20″ of space around it.

Your print should add “a little something” to the main theme of the room, without it becoming the main theme.
It should complement the décor without detracting from the overall ambience of the room.  Without it, the room should feel incomplete, yet it should not dominate the décor. 

Are you buying art for investment purposes? Do your homework and learn about the artist and their other works.

–  How well-known is the artist?
–  Is it a posthumous piece?
–  What kind of medium was used?

–  Are you considering an original (signed) piece, a limited edition (numbered) print, or a simple reproduction?  A lower numbered limited edition print is more valuable than one with a higher number. (e.g. A print numbered 1/100 is worth more than the 100/100 print.)

Ask questions to determine its value and whether or not it will appreciate over time.

In the end, it all comes down to selecting a piece that suits you.

Express your own personal taste in your choice of Inuit art and don’t worry about trends!