Refresh your space with ease with beautiful and affordable pieces of art created by a handful of Calgary’s local talent. These emerging artists will inspire you to up your gallery wall game while sticking to a budget. Blend the soft, feminine vibes of Madison Hope’s nudes with Angela E. Smyth’s bold, graphic florals and John Gerrard’s eye-bending ink drawings for a truly compelling collection.
Artist and ACAD graduate, Madison Hope creates beautifully feminine pen and ink drawings featuring women, flowers and faces as her subjects. Her prints range in price from $10 to $40 and she often has affordably priced original drawings and paintings for sale as well if you’re looking to find something one-of-a-kind. If being a walking piece of art is your jam, Hope also offers her drawings on T-shirts but they often sell out quickly. Find her work online in her Etsy shop or watch her Instagram for upcoming local art markets.
Sarah Swanson became known on Instagram for her $10 Gallery Wall Art, creating original gallery wall art for a flat-rate, affordable price. An interior designer by trade, Swanson works as an e-designer, which means she decorates her client’s homes remotely and helps them source unique and original pieces as well as creating beautiful galleries walls featuring her simplistic watercolour prints. Find Swanson’s work online in her Etsy shop.
A bit cheeky humour is behind every piece in the paper goods collections created by Greta Jane Paper Co. The Breast Cancer Awareness print and Booty Butts and Bums print (both $25) are among the most popular of the collection. Both are perfect conversation starters for your bathroom art gallery. Find Greta Jane Paper Co. at Purr Clothing in Inglewood, online at Amazon or watch her Instagram for local art markets.
Angela E. Smyth is a printmaker and illustrator living in Calgary who offers up a mix of original paintings and prints from her studio. Inspired by the Canadian prairies and mountains, Smyth’s beautifully intricate lino cuts of flowers, animals and plants are the perfect souvenir of her favourite regions. Her prints range in price from $15 to $100. Find her work at her website and at upcoming local markets.
Artist John Francis Gerrard’s eye-bending ink drawings are instantly collectable. Each one takes you into another dimension with exquisite layers of pen and ink. Starting at $35 each print is printed in an edition of 100 on fine art rag paper using archival pigment-based inks. Find his on his website and watch his Instagram for updates about local markets.