A Guide To Buy Original Artwork Online

It has become very popular to buy artwork online and if you want to buy original artwork there are many new terms to understand when comparing paintings and styles. You can buy artwork online in Australia from art gallery Art to Art, who can assist you with making the perfect selection. Let’s start with explaining three common art terms – contemporary, modern and abstract…

What is Contemporary Art?


“Epiphyllum Sunrise II” by Carmel Louise

Simply, contemporary means art that has been and continues to be created during our lifetimes. Therefore it is contemporary to us. For most art buyers of today this will mean any art created after the 1960’s – 1970’s.

Contemporary Art therefore covers all types of visual art and mediums. An example from the current decade is the experimental style of pattern making through photography and technology that is unique to artist Carmel Louise.

Contemporary painting can also expand beyond canvas. Byron Bay artist John Cottrell references nature and its processes in his work and often paints onto board as in the painting shown below.


Silver Seascape” by John Cottrell

What is Modern Art?

Modern Art is generally applied to art ranging from the Impressionists of the 1880’s through to the art created up to the 1960-70’s. Some art critics pull the start date forward to the end of the Impressionist period and some push the start date to include the Romanticism movement of the early 1800’s as the start of Modern Art. Whatever the range, the overall definition of Modern Art is the point at which artists felt free to trust and express inner vision in their work and in addition also use social issues from modern life as a subject matter for experimenting and innovating.

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“Ned Kelly” 1946 by Sidney Nolan, National Galley of Australia, Canberra.

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“Three Women” 1907-08, Pablo Picasso











“Favor Portrait” Limited Edition Print, framed ready to hang from Art to Art.

Vintage Posters are an ideal and budget friendly way to collect modern art for your home in a contemporary form. Art to Art has a large range to select from.

What is Abstract Art?

Abstract Art is the use by the artist of a visual language consisting of shapes, forms, lines and colour to portray a subject matter without always providing a visual reference that can be recognised. However paradoxically most lovers of abstract art claim that when you let go of a defining an abstract piece and allow yourself to simply engage with it and explore the ‘feeling’ it creates in you, that is when the artwork becomes truly magic and can be fully appreciated.

Allow Art to Art to be your guide


“Ahead of the Curve” by Gabrielle Jones, available from Art to Art.










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You can buy original artwork with confidence with the fully complimentary Art to Art Insitu© service. See how a shortlist of artworks will actually look displayed on a wall in your own room or office, simply by emailing a photo to Art to Art. When you buy artwork online they remove the guess work by cleverly inserting the artwork into your photo as it would be displayed. Which of the above examples would you have chosen? See more choices here: http://arttoart.com.au/category/art-insitu/

A well-rounded art collection features a variety of artists and art techniques. With Art Insitu©, it becomes incredibly easy to buy artwork online in Australia.




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