Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Incredibly Cheap Wonderful Art -- TinyShowcase.com


Today PopDrawer discovered TinyShowcase.com (thank you to Minsun P.) and we instantly found people after our own hearts. TinyShowcase.com perfectly matches the goal and intent of PopDrawer -- to help art lovers (or those interested in becoming art lovers) find art that they can afford to start building a collection... or just to enjoy.

Here is what TinyShowcase.com is all about, in the words of creators Jon Buonaccorsi and Shea'la Finch. "We are lucky enough to be surrounded by a group of friends who are amazing and talented people. We started thinking that it would be really nice if we could create a forum and community where all of this incredible talent could be showcased. Pricing was an issue - most of our friends aren't exactly rich, so we began exploring a smaller medium where the artist could make some money on smaller pieces of artwork. The art enthusiast, on the other hand, gets to take home their piece of artwork for around the same price as a CD, book or record... Each week we pick a new piece of tiny artwork and turn the work into a limited-run print production. Each run is printed on archival Hahnemühle German Printmaking Paper. The archival ink is specially treated and sprayed, giving it an archival lifespan of over 60 years."

If that's not enough, a percentage of the money from each print sold is donated to a charity chosen by the artist.

And now, the artwork. Every Tuesday evening, Tiny Showcase releases a new limited edition print. They appear to sell out very quickly. Tiny Showcase has featured the work of PopDrawer favorites Amy Ruppel, Ronald Kurniawan, S. Britt, Aesthetic Apparatus, and many many others. The prints are usually in limited editions of 100 for about $40, but they are also currently offering a non-editioned set of four prints for just $100 ($30 each individually, including the work of Josh Keyes). They even offer some fantastic t-shirts (by Jen Corace, Deth P. Sun, and Jesse LeDoux).

Hooray for Tiny Showcase!



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