So maybe you hit the mall on Black Friday and now feel like a greedy, materialistic savage exploited by the merchants of Christmas commercialism and you’d like to make recompense for your wickedness. Or perhaps you’re just now emerging from your turkey-induced coma and thinking about shopping for the holidays. Either way, we artists would like you to consider buying some original art for the loved-ones on your list. Be different and give something unique and handmade this season. Your recipients will appreciate that you took the time to find something unique for them. I’ve put together a list of excellent artists with original works and prints for sale online. I have purchased from many of them myself. They all offer high-quality work and fast shipping. Peruse this Holiday Art Gift Guide and find something that will speak to a special person on your gift list.
I have several original, one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry by designer and stylist Lulu Kellogg. Her work is exquisite and always comes beautifully packaged, making gift-giving a treat. Her designs are available at LuLu Kellogg Atelier.
Doll artist Robyn Moore of Forever Fall creates amazing Gothic dolls and drawings. Visit her online shop at StoreEnvy to see her current available pieces. You can also check out her past work at the Forever Fall Facebook page.
I’ve been following the work of sculptor Robert Brawley (a.k.a. the “Halloween Fanatic”) for several years. He currently has a couple of very budget-friendly original holiday pieces in his Etsy shop. I’ve seen his work in person and it is stellar. Visit his Facebook page to see more examples of his work.
I first encountered artist Amber Leilani’s gorgeous sculptures in a gallery in New Orleans. She produces bohemian and pagan inspired art dolls, illustrations, paintings, and jewelry. You can view the current pieces she has for sale in her Etsy shop.
If you have someone on your list who is a fan of autumn or Halloween, you MUST check out the work of folk artist Christine Altmann. Her extremely detailed paintings can be bought as prints or printed on a variety of household items.
David Matesi creates beautiful metal goods that last a lifetime. His custom made pieces for the home are hand forged and hammered in his barn in Vermont. See the products available in his Etsy shop.
Check out the work of these talented artists, and seek out local artists where you live. Searching for a hand-made piece is a lot more fun than hitting the mall, and your friends and family will be grateful to receive a hand-crafted treasure. Happy gift-giving season!