Whoever said you couldn't give someone a gift of Fine Art for Christmas? Santa does all the time.
First let's attempt a definition of 'fine art.' Here I'm talking about creative "products" that are made and designed to be appreciated [rather than used] primarily for their aesthetic value. We're talking about paintings, sculpture, film, photography, music, digital art....and it doesn't have to be "one of a kind." You can get a high quality reproduction of a painting, for instance and it is still considered 'fine art.' To sum it up, I'd have to say 'fine art' would be creative and imaginative "products" meant to be appreciated for what they are...not what they do.
Let's ask the question: can you give someone a gift of Fine Art as a Christmas gift? Sure! Before I explore the 'how,' let's see what a couple other folks have to say about it. I found a great article by writer Sierra Black, who wrote "How to Buy Art as Gifts" on the blog WiseBread. She includes some great tips on buying fine art that she got from an artist such as this one: "...Giving someone art as a gift can be tricky, but it's tricky for the same reason it's so special: it shows you've been paying attention to the person...." *Art is personal...sure getting someone new underwear for Christmas is personal but it doesn't really show that you've been paying attention to the aesthetics of your recipient.
Another good post I found on this subject is titled "Art and Christmas," by Denise Cole, an artist and owner of Cole Gallery in Edmonds, Washington. [Granted some of the article is self-serving - she does want you to purchase art from her gallery, but that's ok 'cause part of this post is also self-serving: I'd be thrilled if anyone bought my art as a gift for someone!] She begins her post by relating part of a story told her by a friend:
"...One of my favorite Christmas gifts was a fine art painting. My husband and I had been to an art gallery earlier in the year. I remember oohing and aahing over one of the paintings in the gallery. Later my dear spouse went back and purchased that painting. He hung it over the fireplace on Christmas morning. Then he lit a roaring fire. When I entered the room, I was so busy looking at the fire that it took me awhile to look up and see the beautiful painting…."
So how do you go about giving Fine Art as a gift for Christmas? Here's some questions to get you started:
Another bit of advice I discovered is by Ryan Phillips, CEO and co-founder of PurePhoto who says in an article, "Expert Guide: Giving Original Art as Gifts:"
"...When someone opens a fantastic gift, they want to show it off! Make sure your art is ready to hang by getting it framed prior to wrapping it up...Make sure you include a note that offers some insight into your choice. Art is a meaningful gift, and is always more enjoyable when you know the story behind it...."
So, all you Santas out there, don't shy away from the gift of Fine Art this holiday season. Ho Ho Ho!