Art & Photography
We’re thrilled to introduce OLD TRY today!
Old Try was founded by a couple from Alabama and North Carolina who moved to Boston back in 2007. They miss the South, but aren’t quite ready to move back, so they wanted to create something that connected them to their Southern roots. This idea led to handmade letterpress posters, printed on old machines with movable type and wood blocks, just like what would have been used hundreds of years ago.
Their posters are made with hand-mixed inks and 100% cotton paper that is manually rolled through an old Vandercook printing press. Much like other Southerners who have pangs of being away from home, this couple has a similar longing for it that comes out in their posters that are reminiscent of their Southern roots. Here’s to the Old Try!
Sometimes the last thing to come into play in a new home, is a great collection of art. The pieces you’ve moved from an old home, might feel different in a new space, and even if you’ve been in your home for years, freshening it with art is always a quick and easy fix. So whether you’ve got an investment in mind, or simply want to break up some of that empty wall space, here are our top five tips that will help you pick the perfect piece.
1. Buy what you love
All experts agree that genuine appreciation should be the driving factor when buying art. After all, although it’s an acknowledged masterpiece would you really want to wake up to Edvard Munch’s The Scream every morning? Go with your gut and splurge on a piece that moves you.
2. Don’t wait around
If it’s a pricey piece you might feel inclined to think it over before committing. While that’s just good sense in many ways, don’t wait too long. Imagine how devastated you’ll be if the original piece you’ve got your eye on sells to another buyer.
3. Frame it
Even pieces at the more budget end of the scale will look ultra expensive if you put them inside a nice frame.
4. Be your own curator
A large empty wall will benefit from a carefully arranged assortment of smaller pieces rather than one giant one. Select a collection that work together – for example black and white photos, charcoal sketches and monochromatic paintings – and design your own display.
5. Stick to your style
Be sure to consider the style of your decor. Traditional homes require softer paintings and photography, while modern spaces can carry off more conceptual pieces.
Check out some of our favorite pieces below, available on Taigan!
Clockwise from top right:
1. Landscape on Art Canvas, $735; 2. “Nobility” Equestrian Painting by Meredith Keith, $4200; 3. “Unwind” by Elizabeth Stockton, $4,600; 4. “Spring Luncheon” Painting in Custom Frame, $1,975; 5. Melanzana Print, $500; 6. “Jazzed” by Meredith Keith, $4,300; 7. “Variations of Yellow” by Elizabeth Stockton, $9,700
Herman Leonard’s Miles Davis, Birdland is an iconic representation of the legendary musician by the legendary photographer… a winning combination.
The Earth in all its glory reveal a fiery inner core thru the Continents of our Planet. Pretty heavy, figuratively and literally. This artist signed and numbered Fire Pit is made from one quarter inch (6.35 mm) thick carbon steel. The sturdy construction assures you of having this functional art for many years to come. The Third Rock Fire Pit was a commissioned piece for Olympic Village in Vancouver and was even featured in Playboy magazine, which only proves that it is perfect for every occasion!
Elizabeth Stockton’s “Unwind” is the epitome of peaceful artwork. This oil on canvas painting is a gentle combination of blues and greens. It gives off a soothing and serene vibe, making it the perfect piece for a beach house haven.
Mia Kaplan’s fabulous collage-like paper sculptures are currently on view at Ann Koerner Antiques, but you can find her sculpture as well as her paintings in galleries and collections around the world, as well as at the New Orleans Botanical Garden at City Park. A residency there inspired her recent show “Spring,” as did her Spanish grandmother’s love of artificial flowers. “Fake flowers are a symbol of joy and a fuel to fantasy,” says Kaplan. “Without regard to the pride in having grown a flower through toil and process…one can just skip through the story and get straight to the happy ending. With my work, I want to show the marks and the messiness of moving toward the end result.” For more of Kaplan’s work, go to Ann Koerner Antiques on Taigan.com. For more about Mia, visit her website.