Kids, start your art collections at Little Collector

I have a weakness for photographic prints and a vision for how my growing collection will look, beautifully framed and artfully grouped on my wall one day. My choices are eclectic – a breathtaking photograph of a stormy sky, a melting icy pole, a little girl with balloons and red shoes, the rough sea off the coast of Ireland. All were chosen because I loved them instantly.

Amongst my collection are a handful of prints destined for the kids’ rooms – pieces that I expect they will have hanging on their walls for many, many years. These pieces have kid-appeal, artistic merit and I hope one day will be the start of their own collection of artwork that makes them smile.

So it was with great interest that I explored Little Collector, the brainchild of three former art professionals who saw a need for affordable, high quality children’s art. Little Collector is an online contemporary art gallery for kids and families offering original works created by leading artists, specifically with the active imaginations of children in mind.

There is a broad range available from photographers and illustrators. I love Margaret Morrison’s Fisher Price People and Matthew Carden’s Fast Food Fast Cars series – an awesome choice for a boy’s room. Equally, the vibrant Home Sweet Home series by Darlene Chareco is visually stunning and in contrast, Timothy Karpinski’s delicate family drawings are superb. My son’s favourite? John Nickle’s gently humorous Never Hold Hands with a Lobster.

Be sure to check out the Art 101 section of the Little Collector website – it’s a neat guide for children to the art world including all sorts of interesting stuff from a modern art movements timeline and guide to key artists to an extensive art glossary.

All pieces are exclusive to Little Collector and prices start from US$40 per print. Framing is also available and Little Collector ship internationally.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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