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Top 5 Types of Art Buyers

By: Xavier Hardison

1) The Emotional Connector

You are after art that speaks to your soul. Art must remind you of who you are, and why you do what you do. Whether for motivation, inspiration, or good faith, you are seeking a special energy within the art you own.

2) The Statement Maker

“One image holds 1,000 words.” For you, art is symbolic of your character and identity. There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding on art, and it must pack a punch.

3) The Aesthetics Enhancer

Cool, Calm, and Collected. You value presentation as a reflection of your ideas. Finding what you like comes naturally and effortlessly. Quality is always a priority, but style and charm are also essential.

4) The Conversation Starter

You are a joy to be around, and bringing people together is second nature. Engaging with the people around you brightens your day. For you, art should do just that, be a platform for friendly dialogue.

5) The Collection Builder

Finally, the rare art connoisseur. You enjoy the finer things in life. Some may call you reserved, but you create your own bliss. If you like a piece of art, you find a way to have it. No questions asked, you get the job done!

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Urban Painting Timeline for Artists & Collectors

By: Xavier Hardison

"Art is not a thing, it is a way." – Elbert Hubbard

As a practicing artist with years of art education and professional experience, confusion around various forms of painting can be overwhelming. To trace the origins of modern urban painting, we begin with the first humans on the planet, the Neanderthals. The rise of urban painting today is actually the continuation of a 64,000 year old legacy.

1 - The Paleolithic Age

Cave art was the great ancestor to modern art. The Paleolithic Age, aka. The Stone Age (2.5 million years ago - 10,000 B.C.) marks the inception of creativity. Public communication via images on cave walls told stories of identity, recreation, and culture.

2 - The Italian Renaissance

The Italian Renaissance (15th - 16th C.) takes things further with "buon-fresco" and "fresco-secco" which translates as "true painting" and "dry painting" and introduces new ground pigments, increased durability using plaster, and an improved anatomical understanding, all of which more accurately depicted human experiences. Painters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael amongst others were pioneers during this period of art history.

3 - Pop Art

Fast-forward to 1949 with the invention of aerosol paint by Ed Seymour which eventually leads to graffiti, or "graffio" which is Italian for "to scratch". With the need to mark city territory and gain notoriety, street artist began "tagging" icons, symbols, and aliases on buildings, bridges, and eventually gallery walls... With the internet as its engine, and pop culture as its fuel, street art soon evolved to "Pop Art" and trendy saturated images began circulating rapidly throughout metropolitan areas.

4 - Urban Painting

Finally, contemporary art has arrived. Contrary to popular belief that "my kid can do this", urban painting is a very nuanced and unique reflection of modern life. The beauty here is that there are limitless points of view. This piece, "Double Portrait" by Jean-Michel Basquiat *may he rest in peace*, is a singular example... but your urban painting, and my urban painting may not look the same at all... What connects us and our art is the act of painting in this moment in time. Various cultural influences, experiences, and personal aesthetics all inform the modern artist how to paint. My favorite art quote goes:

"The most seductive thing about art is the personality of the artist themself." – Paul Cézanne

Everyone has an opinion, but as an artist or collector it is important not to believe that urban painting must look a certain way or fit a specific mold. The only way a painting should look is forward to the future!

Click here to see our take on urban painting at Xavier Hardison Fine Art. We would love to hear your thoughts & opinions, so be sure to like and comment below! Join our newsletter for gallery updates and new arrivals!



Image II - View into Lascaux, Dordogne, France. Photo J.M. Geneste. Courtesy Centre National de Préhistoire, Périgueux, France. September 13, 2018, 11:34am.

Image III - Raphael, School of Athens, fresco, 1509-1511 (Stanza della Signatura, Papal Palace, Vatican), A Primer for Italian Renaissance Art by Dr. Heather Graham.

Image IV - Andy Warhol - Contemporary Art Evening ... Lot 27 June 2015 | Phillips.

Image V - Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988).

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Updated: Dec 18, 2021

Top 5 Secrets to Sustainable Shopping

by Xavier Hardison

1) Stay Local

Whether it's your local farmers market, mom & pop shop, or favorite vintage boutique, supporting local business is always rewarding. Look out for new DMV artists such as 3ird Eye, who are quickly making a name for themselves.

2) Voice Change

Be vocal & visual about what you care for. Your example will surely inspire friends, family, and strangers to shine. Hear new music from Brandon Kanion now streaming everywhere!

3) Get Active

There is no avoiding health & fitness. Take care of yourself, and you'll love how you feel! Need motivation? Craft custom tennis shoes to encourage healthy living with designer, Swaggy Picasso.

4) Go All-Natural

There is no denying that the closer you get to nature, the better you feel. Enjoy fun, all-natural jewelry & apparel like these chic coastal creations by Shell Collection.

5) Love Life

“Art is the key to life.” - Anonymous

Make a loved one's day, or treat yourself to a special painting for the holidays. Visit Xavier Hardison for creative ways to ignite your inspiration, or lounge in style!

These 5 tips make holiday shopping easy, fun, and simple! Which gifts are on your wish-list?

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