Author: The Idiot Art Collector

Hi. My name is Megan and I'm the Idiot Art Collector. When I moved to Seattle in 2012 I became slightly obsessed with thrift shop art. There is no rhyme or reason to what I buy or why I buy it...and I would bet that 99.9% of it is absolutely worthless, but over the years I have been told over and over that some of the pieces I have found are pretty incredible. If anything, I hope you'll see some of my finds and want to go out an look for some of your own. 

The Fridas…

Even if you don’t know much about her, you’ve probably at least heard her name. Frida Kahlo was self-taught, which is probably what I love most about her.

“Kahlo’s paintings often feature root imagery with roots growing out of her body to tie her to the ground, reflecting in a positive sense the theme of personal growth; in a negative sense of being trapped in a particular place, time and situation; and finally in an ambiguous sense of how memories of the past influence the present for either good and/or ill.” -Wikipedia

While I have yet to see any of her works in real life, I bought these four prints because, inexplicably, I feel drawn to everything about her. Having them in my house makes me smile. That’s why I bought them.

As these are reproductions, I have no idea who the original artist is/was. I paid $40 for all 4 of them. Zero regrets.

The piece that started it all…

The first original painting I ever bought was at an art festival in Palo Alto, CA. I had moved west for my first full-time job out of college in the spring of 2005 and, at the time, a friend from high school was living in neighboring Mountain View while her boyfriend was getting his PhD at Stanford (total underachiever). I’m not entirely sure what drew me to this piece – which, I assure you, will be a very common theme here – but I have held on to it as I’ve moved around the country over the past 10+ years. I remember how excited I was that it came with a real certificate of authenticity and perhaps in that moment, the Idiot Art Collector was born.

“Absolut Starry Nite” by David Schwartz: http://www.artzworks.com