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In recent years, there has been a growing trend among art enthusiasts and collectors to invest in large paintings by contemporary artists. The allure of these grand canvases goes beyond mere aesthetic appeal; it reflects a shift in how we perceive and engage with art in the modern world. Here, we explore the reasons behind the fascination with sizable contemporary artworks and why buying these pieces can be a rewarding experience.

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Bold statements, captivating spaces: Large paintings have the unique ability to transform the ambiance of any space dramatically. Whether it's a home, office, or public institution, a substantial artwork can command attention and set the tone of the entire room. The bold strokes, vibrant colors, and intricate details of contemporary large paintings captivate viewers, creating a powerful visual impact. Like the piece shown below by Torbjörn Johansson

Torbjörn Johansson - VÄNDA I.följa, 190 x 190 cm

Embracing artistic expression: Contemporary artists often use large canvases to express complex ideas and emotions. These artworks serve as a medium for artists to explore their creativity on a grand scale, pushing the boundaries of traditional artistic norms. As a result, buyers of large paintings become patrons of innovative and boundary-pushing artistic expression.

Another Swedish contemporary artist who works with big-scale painting is Christian Poignant, like this abstract piece Emån:

Christian Poignant - Emån, 200 x 150cm

Investment potential: Buying large paintings from emerging or established contemporary artists can also be a shrewd financial investment. As these artists gain recognition and their careers flourish, the value of their early, significant works often appreciates substantially. Serious art collectors frequently view these purchases as investments that can yield impressive returns over time.

A promising Swedish artist is Vidar Ericsson who believe will continue to flourish as he has been for the last couple of years. Below are two of his larger works. 

Vidar Ericsson left: Loose ends 140 x 115 cm, right: Tivoli 140 x 140 cm

Supporting artists: Like all art from living artists, investing in large paintings directly supports artists, enabling them to continue their creative pursuits. Many contemporary artists rely on the sale of their artworks to sustain their livelihoods and fund future projects. By purchasing their significant works, art enthusiasts play a crucial role in nurturing and promoting the vibrant art scene.

Petrus Bergstrand Nordenskiöld - Visitor of the four angles 100 x 100cm

Personal connection and narrative: Large paintings often carry profound narratives and evoke deep emotions. Buyers find themselves drawn to these artworks not only for their visual appeal but also for the stories they tell. Owning a substantial painting allows individuals to establish a personal connection with the artwork and the artist, creating a meaningful and enriching experience.

Petrus Bergstrand Nordenskiöld often works on a big scale and leaves the leave interpretations of his works to the spectator. Something that can create a bond between the artist and the observer. 

The trend of investing in large paintings from contemporary artists is a testament to the evolving nature of the art world. Beyond the financial aspects, buyers are drawn to the emotional resonance, artistic expression, and transformative power these artworks bring to their spaces. As the demand for significant contemporary artworks continues to rise, both seasoned collectors and newcomers are finding immense value in embracing these monumental creations, shaping the future of art collection in the 21st century.

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Like the works but don't have the place or budget for it? Some works are also available as prints on Selected Prints