Justė Jonutytė on Art marketContemporary Art Market Expert; Founder @TemaProjects & @OurTravelAffairSome time ago
Justas from Qoorio asked me a question: “Hi Juste, I trust your taste in contemporary art and I would love to get your recommendation. I am looking for a piece of art for my office. I am thinking of 1..2m x 0.5..1.5m size, €5k-€10k price range, made by a young, contemporary artist, can be local or not. What names/links would you suggest to look at?” 👌Justai, thank you for your question. In fact, the question ‘How do I go about acquiring my first artwork’ is the most common question I get. There are many reasons why people don’t feel too confident when searching for an artwork for their home, or, as in your case, your office. 🤔 Some of these reasons have to do with the supposed lack of knowledge in the field of contemporary art (although I personally think that’s more of a myth). Others have to do more with the question of value: how do I make sure the artwork I buy will not go down in its value over the years so I don’t lose the money I invested. I recommned to first think about these aspects when choosing the right work for your office (or home), and only afterwards consider which artists to concentrate on based on your answers: 1. What do I want the work to symbolize for me?✨ If you are looking for an artwork for your office, likely you will spend dozens of hours every week in front of it. What core values or memories do you want the work to remind you of? Do you want it to symbolize ambition, innovation or creativity to boost your drive? Do you want it to create you a moment of relaxation or fantasy for your otherwise highly concentrated day? For example, if ‘future’ is one of the most relevant topics for you, perhaps you don’t even want a two-dimensional painting, but rather a 3-dimensional hologram which better reflects your values? 2. What do I want the work to symbolize for my colleagues/partners/clients? 🏙 If you are looking for an artwork for your office, the work will likely become a central piece of attention to anyone who comes in and visit your work place – whether your colleagues or your clients. What do you want the artwork to say about you and your product/service to every visitor? Do you want it to strengthen your status as an expert in your field, to give the impression of you/your product as a reputable, innovative or creative person/product? For example, if ‘sustainability’ is the main keyword for your business, how do you pick an artwork that speaks of sustainability to everyone who comes into your office? 🌀Last but not least, I suggest to take into consideration such aspects as the market value of the work, the artist’s career and demand of their work, the seller’s reputation (whether you decide to buy at a gallery, auction house or elsewhere). ✅ Finally, to answer your question more specifically, some young generation Lithuanian artists who are internationally active at the moment and whose works have a good international market demand and can be within the price range you provided : Rute Merk, Pakui Hardware, Indrė Šerpytytė, Augustas Serapinas, Lina Lapelyte, Andrius Zakarauskas, Emilija Škarnulytė and some others. You can also look up some international young yet respected artists too within the price range you gave me: Ragna Bley, Athena Papadopoulos, Evgeny Antufiev and Louisa Gagliardi, Jesse Darling, Zoe Paul and many others. You can look up sites such as Artsy, Contemporary Art Daily, Artnet and others to disocver more artists. I hope this will give you a good start, and if you have more questions, ❇️next Thursday, July 30th at 8 pm (LT time) ❇️ I will be doing an Instagram live session (in Lithuanian) on how to pick your first artwork (on my @temaprojects IG account) and you are welcome to ask me further questions there, or in the comments section of this Qoorio post. 📸 Works by Rute Merk in New York’s gallery Downs& Ross

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Justas JanauskasQoorious human
Thanks, , very helpful 👌
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Lina LinkeviciuteTheatre Director [email protected] Paintings/Luxury Business Professional
I agree, very well explained. Just would like to add that it is very useful to know more personal details about the artist. Because the piece of art it is an energetic stuff and imagine if it is absolutely stunning artwork but it was done by depressed and absolutely unhappy person, the whole artwork will take that energy. It was the whole journey to choose the first painting for my home place. All my recommendations for the artist Sandra Strélé!!!
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Justė JonutytėContemporary Art Market Expert; Founder @TemaProjects & @OurTravelAffair
Lina, I absolutely agree with you that it may be interesting for some collectors to know more about the artist whose work they’re interested to acquire. However, from my experienced, roughly only about half of the collectors I have met are interested to meet the artist, whereas others prefer to only see the work. Once at an artfair one of the leading American collectors told me that the biggest mistake he had ever done was to start taking into consideration artist personality when he started
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Justė JonutytėContemporary Art Market Expert; Founder @TemaProjects & @OurTravelAffair
collecting- he said it has led to some of the biggest collecting regrets he has as he would now, 40 years later, love to see the works he missed out on when he decided against a purchase because he didn’t ‘click’ with the artist. In regard to mental illness, some of the greatest masterpieces in history of art have been done by artists struggling with mental illness like depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and others. Those include Edvard Munch, Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe and
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Justė JonutytėContemporary Art Market Expert; Founder @TemaProjects & @OurTravelAffair
numerous others. Yayoi Kusama, one of the top selling living artists, still goes to psychiatric ward every day. She has said: : 'I overcame dark days with the power of art'. So while I personally wouldn’t mind owning a Kusama or a Van Gogh in my home regardless of the state they were in when they executed the work, I agree that for those who find ‘energy’ of the work important it might be a criterion they will use.
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Lina LinkeviciuteTheatre Director [email protected] Paintings/Luxury Business Professional
This is a deep subject :) my grandmother liked to collect the pieces of art and our home was full of super quality artworks but I was feeling all the depression behind them, of course not every person can be affected by it, once my mother changed the whole artworks, and it was such a relief. So it can be the most expensive, the most beautiful artwork in the world but I would check the energetic and it will depend if I put it somewhere in the special room or where I am all the time :)
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