Big thanks to Cara Ober and Purple Bike Design for featuring LittleCollector on their blog! Writes Cara, "[I] received a lot of reactions to the article on my child’s art collection. While most people said they approved of the idea in theory, and they would love to purchase original art for their children, most had no idea where to get started! How do you do this, exactly?! There’s so much art in the world, much of it is very expensive, and very few parents have extra time to do the research to find affordable, appropriate works of art.
If this is a concern for you, I have two great online options - LittleCollector and Cureeo - to help you begin an art collection, for yourself or your family. Both are extremely affordable and both make a valiant attempt to demystify the process of purchasing art.
The first online gallery I would personally recommend is called LittleCollector. They offer limited edition prints by a number of highly respected contemporary artists. Prices are based on size of print and edition size. For $40, you can purchase an 8x10 print, with an edition run of 250. If you want it framed, you pay $85. You can also purchase an 11x14 print for $125 (edition of 150), or a 20x24 inch print, with an edition run of 50.
If you are not familiar with the concept of editions, please know this is an extremely important indicator of value. The fewer prints available, the more valuable the images are. An unlimited print edition, like a poster or other mass produced image, is worth significantly less. LittleCollector’s prints include lithographs, photos, and other types of illustrative printing, and all use archival printing methods and paper.
More importantly, the high quality of artists participating on LittleCollector is a huge indicator of quality. Nationally known artists like Mickalene Thomas, Shepard Fairey, Saya Woolfalk, William Wegman are intermingled with well-known children’s illustrators, like Cynthia Rowley, and a number of young contemporary artists, like Darlene Charneco, Jay Cover, and Margaret Morrison. It is worth noting that many of the works of art feature subjects which are of interest to children: animals, cowboys, alphabets, candy-colored landscapes, and fantasy, but none of the works pander to children. Every single piece would also be a handsome addition to an adult collection as well."