Gift Guide: Artworks under £100

Is there any present more welcome than a picture or work of art? Here are some beautiful things that won’t break the bank:

Dora Maar Untitled (fashion photograph) framed postcard, £30 Tate

We were captivated by this exhibition at the Tate Modern (on until 15 March 2020). Take a little piece of Maar home with you with this framed postcard, the exhibition’s poster cover image of the hand emerging from the shell is also available in this format.

Things to print and put in frames via House & Garden, free

We love this idea from House & Garden – download artworks like these pretty Susannah Garrod flower illustrations directly from the House & Garden website, print out and frame as you like. An affordable way to begin a collection, or way to fill a loved frame.

Alice Pattullo, Apotropaic Devices, print £100

This is the picture for anyone needing to ward off evil and bring good luck to their household. A swallows nest, lucky horseshoes and strung hag stones are amongst the good omens depicted here bringing a good turn of fortune to the house. Print only £100, or framed £185 at Picture, Shepherds Bush.

River Song, handpainted votive holders by Luis Romero, £50 at Caramel

These votive holders are exquisite. Made by artist, Luis Romero using acrylic paint on papel amate (Mexican bark paper) surrounding a glass votive holder, choose from three designs – our favourite is this gentle, smiling donkey – not just for Christmas.

Charlie Mackesy prints, £70

If you haven’t yet got a copy of Charlie Mackesy’s book, The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse, what are you waiting for? It would make a brilliant gift for anyone of any age, or even for yourself. And now you can buy your favourite page as a print. We particularly like this one, The greatest illusion is that life should be perfect, with the words from the artist underneath ‘my dog walked on the drawing – clearly trying to make the point.’ Order by 16 December for Christmas delivery.

Julianna Byrne’s ceramic baubles, £30 at Partnership Editions

After eyeing Julianna Byrne’s beautiful gouache paintings all year, we’re delighted that she’s created these ceramic baubles at a snip of the price. Available exclusively at the Partnership Editions pop up in Islington Square, we like the sun and moon best of all.

Tatiana Alida, ‘What are you looking at?’ signed print, £95 at Doms.art

We love the sassy expression of this woman with her leopard bow – an original edition work of 25, A3 print on A2 paper. Find Tatiana Alida and many more contemporary young artists represented by Domenica Marland at Doms.art. If budget allows we also love Francesca Colussi’s stitched vintage photographs.

Icon giclee prints by Fee Greening, £95

Iconic figures from Beyonce to Anne Boleyn, Nick Cave to Shakespeare are deftly captured by Fee Greening’s quill and ink. Show your devotion and build up a collection. Each is in an edition of 50, with originals available on request.

You are so loved A4 prints by Annabel Dover, £30

A glance at this would cheer up anyone’s day. The limited edition signed A4 giclee prints are £30 each with proceeds going towards the Oasis Project. To order email annabeldover@gmail.com, delivery available pre-Christmas.

Assorted framed oil paintings at Tat London

Breaking our own rules, you won’t find artworks under £100 at Tat, except for these rather beautiful antique hand painted fabric designs (£45). However, you will find a selection of framed oil paintings priced from £160 and upwards, which still strike us as rather good value.

 

— Daisy Allsup
11th December 2019