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Should I Buy Posters Online?

It was only a few years ago that there were no online gallery websites to buy poster art from. The internet was in its infancy and e-commerce sites were hardly mainstream. If you wanted to freshen up your home or office you had to visit the local gallery or head down to the high street poster shop (if you were lucky enough to have one). There you were faced with a limited range of framed art prints at inflated prices. Things have changed now though, with many online galleries available on the web so let’s look at the best way to buy wall posters – online or offline?

Something else has changed the way we buy poster prints. With the new digital cameras came a flood of new photographers who could produce nice images for little cost. Without the cost of film and developing they could experiment more and take more photographs. Then they could display them in front of the world on their website or sell them at an online gallery. Suddenly consumers were faced with a massive increase in choice for buying photographic posters on the internet. Perhaps the quality wasn’t there initially for printing purposes (the first digital cameras began with around 1MP resolution which is tiny) but as the file sizes and sensors grew over the years the digital images became fit for purpose and a new age in photographic wall posters dawned.

So is it best to buy online from the many print on demand galleries out there, or should you go to your high street or gallery? Let’s look at the pro’s and con’s of each method.

The great thing about buying art posters online is that you have such a vast range of work to choose from. Online galleries can showcase artwork from artists that live all over the world. They can have thousands of images available to choose from – compare this to a gallery shop in the city. They can also offer to print the poster in a variety of sizes and print finish, such as canvas wall art, framed prints or large posters. As the online galleries don’t have many overheads the artwork can be cheaper too. These days we are seemingly getting busier and busier so it can be beneficial to browse for wall poster pictures online on your iPad or laptop on the sofa. You can then take your time to choose the right piece of poster art.

The downside to buying poster pictures online is that you can’t see the finished print, you are limited to a screen image which may or may not show the image in its final print style ie. boxed canvas print. You also have to be wary of giving your card details out to a company you may not have heard of before. Just be careful and check to see if they have good reviews and have a phone number and contact address.

Unfortunately more and more high street stores are closing down. This means we are seeing even less gallery type shops but some of the big giant home stores now fill this void with cheap wall art prints – places such as Next, Homebase and similar companies. This means you may not be shopping for framed poster art but might walk past some in the store and buy something that catches your eye on the spur of the moment. These are mass printed in places like China so can be well priced, although the quality will not be as good as from a professional gallery print.

The great thing about buying posters in the high street is you can see the artwork in the flesh. You can even pick them up and see how it looks as a large poster picture or in a ready made frame. This is a real bonus to many art buyers although most online galleries will provide a returns policy if you are not satisfied. The downside to this is the inconvenience of having to return the printed poster artwork.

Unless you are sure you want to see the finished poster print in the flesh before you buy the wall art, it seems like buying posters or other print forms on the web is the way to go. Gallery websites have improve markedly over the last few years and they offer a browsing and buying experience which is second to none. Factor in the huge range of imagery you can choose from and the internet wins hands down.

Poster Prints

Landscape photo poster

Poster prints have been around for many years, but thanks to modern printing technologies, poster prints are now widely available and in most cases are great value for money. Posters are an awesome way to get your walls decorated with beautiful art of your choice, whether it’s a photographic print of a landscape or a print copy of a famous artist’s painting. Posters are great value, easy to transport and offer a variety of ways to display them, whether it’s in a public building or your own home.

These days with the multitude of online gallery shops you have access to such a vast array of poster artwork it’s easy to end up with a shopping cart of several posters to buy. Places like have hundreds of prints to choose from which can be useful if you’re not quite sure what kind of poster art you’re looking for. On the other hand you can get lost in a sea of beautiful imagery and end up not being able to decide on a piece of art!

The other option is to have one of your own photographs printed as a large poster. Photographers even sell copies of their pictures as poster reprints from their online portfolio websites or other galleries. This is a great way to purchase quality imagery straight from the artist. Prices can vary, but on the whole you should be getting a great deal for some original artwork. But for that unique piece of poster wall art you need to have your own images printed. You are bound to have a great photo from a holiday or a wedding that would look stunning on your wall. Get it printed then! Don’t let it never see the light of day on your computer. Let it breathe!

How do I flatten my poster print?

When you buy a poster off the internet it will usually come delivered in a strong cardboard tube to protect it in transit. The first thing you will want to do is flatten it out whilst not putting creases in it. One of the easiest ways to do this is to roll it the opposite way around the cardboard tube. When it is rolled all the way, just hold it for a minute then allow it to unravel slowly. If you have time, leave it to lie on the floor for 24 hours and it will then straighten out naturally.

What’s the best way to hang my poster?

If you are on a budget then you will just hang it up using blu-tack or double-sided sticky velcro tabs, which can be bought from any stationers. This is a quick way to attach a poster to a wall, like we used to do with pop posters when we were kids. We wouldn’t advise this for a room like your lounge or dining room as it never looks as good. You can see the dents where the tack is and it’s not one of the most stable ways to hang a poster print. They often come down in the middle of the night making you jump!

The ideal way to hang a poster print is by framing it. Sure, this is an added expense but how much do you like the print? It probably cost very little in the first place so by getting it framed in a real mount is not a major expense. Find a local framing company and take your poster. There you can view it in several styles of frame to get the best result. Not only will this provide you with a sturdy way to hang your poster but it will show the artwork off in it’s best light.

One other bonus of buying a good quality frame which matches your interior decor is that it can be used over and over again. You may find another picture you prefer in a year’s time. If that happens you can simply switch the posters around and all it cost you was a new poster print. Genius!

So posters have a place in every home, alongside other artwork media such as canvas art. They blend well together and are an excellent way to show off not only famous art, but also your photographs. Enjoy art, show art. Your home walls will love you for it!

Can Graffiti be Classified as Art?

Let’s take a look into the world of graffiti and how it can combine with the world or art in the community. Some people recognise the finer graffiti spray paintings as pieces of art whilst others categorically state there is no place on our streets for any kind of graffiti, and it can never be classed as art. Who is right?

Graffiti is typically created using spray paint on walls and the sides of buildings in city environments. As such, specific examples of graffiti would be assessed as art or not art by the same standards by which a painting would be assessed. For example, a crude tagging involving a person spray painting their name on the hood of your car would no more be art than it would be for a person to sign their name on a canvas using a brush. Or if the ghost of Leonardo da Vinci manifested itself and grabbed a spray paint can to create a work on par with Mona Lisa masterfully on the side of an office block, then that would have the same status as the Mona Lisa, at least in terms of being art or not. Thus, given that graffiti is essentially painting it follows that it is as much art as painting is or is not. In fact, seeing as graffiti involves the very same techniques and mediums as “conventional” painting, the burden of proof would seem to be on those who would deny that graffiti is (or more accurately, can be) art while maintaining that painting is art. Continue reading Can Graffiti be Classified as Art?