The first art that I bought myself was at the Melrose Trading Post flea market. It was four portrait paintings of the Beatles and at $200, it was one of the biggest purchases I'd ever made. Buying art is one of those milestones that ushers you into adulthood, but finding pieces that don't blow your budget can be difficult.
To that end, I tapped Chelsea Neman and Jordan Klein, Los Angeles natives and graduates of University of Michigan’s art program (fine art and art history, respectively) who noticed a lack of attention to young artists. They knew plenty of extraordinarily talented people who struggled to exhibit and sell their work. Pair that with a gap in the market for affordable art, and the proverbial light bulb went off. Neman and Klein created Tappan Collective, named after the U of M’s Tappan Fine Arts Library, where they spent many a night fostering both their love for art and their friendship. Their business focuses on curating beautiful art at approachable prices. I asked the creative duo to choose the pieces they love, no matter what your home’s aesthetic.
“To achieve an ultra modern look, keep the colors and forms minimal. Although muted, modernism should never feel empty. Keep a close eye on the details because that’s where the elegance lies. Their delicate details become the objective of the piece…showing just how fierce simplicity can be.”
“Because traditional homes rely on saturated palettes for rugs and furniture, we picked pieces to mirror the intensity in both color and subject. Abstract and figurative paintings add dimension and drama to just about any space."
“This style is distinctively Californian, even though the aesthetic is far away from the beach. We chose pieces that reflect the earth tones seen in desert rocks, roads, and plants. The light palette, would look great alongside succulents and on while walls.”