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Valentine's Gift Guide

With Christmas barely out of sight and Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s not a crime to be completely out of gift ideas. To put your mind at ease, Art Fix has put together a list of unique, arty, and romantic Valentine’s Day gifts to impress your special someone. From books and candles to hoodies and jewelry, the Art Fix Valentine’s Day Gift Guide is here to help you spread the love this February.

FOR LOVERS OF ART

Julia Blackshaw, Need You, 2021

If there’s one thing we’ve missed in the past year, it’s the physical act of hugging. That’s why “Need You” may be the perfect present for the special person you haven’t hugged enough recently. Julia Blackshaw aims to capture moments of calm in her paintings depicting figures that seem lost in their own world. “Need You” is a unique piece that will send a heartfelt message to your loved one.

Flore Zoé, Love is the Reason

At Art Fix, we believe the story behind an artwork is what really brings it to life. Let us tell you a little about the tale behind this captivating shot by fine art photographer Flore Zoé. A Colombian folk tale holds that a bite by the poisonous Fulgoria Laternia is lethal. The only thing that can save the bitten is a sexual act. Zoé’s photograph shows Adam & Eve. Eve has just been bitten, meaning Adam must save her with his love. This begs the question: is love the reason for humanity’s existence? If this tale is one you want to share with your Valentine, this limited edition work by Zoé – who is displayed at Opera Gallery all over the world – could be yours this February.

Maria Roosen, Back to Base, 2016

We all know that the best gift is that of art, so why not impress your sweetheart with a unique and cheeky work by Dutch artist Maria Roosen?

Lisa Konno, Print #4, 2020

As always, Art Fix loves blurring the lines between art and fashion. Our Valentine’s Day guide is no exception: check out designer and artist, Lisa Konno, who makes collections out of textile waste. This piece is beautifully printed on silk, signed, numbered and framed.

Keith Haring, Skateboard

Struggling to find the perfect present for your hubby? Then we’ve got an idea for you: this Keith Haring Skateboard is made in collaboration with The Skateroom, and it can be mounted on the wall as art or used as a functional skateboard.

Hadassah Emmerich, Boezem I, 2019

Inspired by the visual language of advertising and Pop art, artist Hadassah Emmerich creates paradoxical and provocative images. Her work is sensual, erotic, and controversial, making it the perfect gift for a lover of the female body.

Laurence Aëgerter, Healing Plants for Hurt Landscapes, 2015

This remarkable French artist currently has an exhibition in the Petit Palais Musée in Paris. This photograph (edition of 30) is part of a series called “Healing Plants for Hurt Landscapes”. Medical plants from a pharmaceutical garden are placed on an image of a destroyed landscape, aiming to bring a dash of positivity amidst the pandemic. A unique gift with a symbolic meaning for someone who needs a little cheering up this V-Day.

Jacco Olivier, Tuesday, 2021

This colourful monkey brightens up everybody’s mood in this lock-down period. We enjoy the typical light touch of this talented painter represented by Ron Mandos Gallery.   

FOR LOVERS OF CANDLES

Jean-Michel Othoniel: Rosa Candle & Eau de Toilette

This exclusive candle and limited-edition fragrance is the result of a fantastic collaboration between the French artist sculpturist Jean-Michel Othoniel and Parisian perfumery and luxury candle maker Diptyque. It features peppery rose with a touch of vetiver; the Art Fix team has reached a consensus that it is simply irresistible! 

Tracey Emin: “I Promise To Love You” Neon Candle

The scent of this candle was developed by our fave hopeless romantic Tracey Emin, who combines the aromas of Turkish rose and ginger to create a luxurious fragrance. If there was a scent of love, it would be this one. Good to know: the candle jar is a collector’s item and can be recycled for alternative uses.

Caia Candles

If you’re looking for a V-Day gift for a loved one who values sustainability, this natural, vegan candle is a great pick. Inspired by Aphrodite, the goddess of love, this candle is completely biodegradable.

Keith Haring: Square Perfumed Candle for Ligne Blanche

Remember graffiti artist Keith Haring from our first episode: The City Is My Canvas? Ligne Blanche offers a range of candles with Haring’s iconic illustrations that will add the perfect romantic vibe to the home of your loved one.

Rijksmuseum & Rituals

This scented candle has the singular scent of Dutch tulip combined with the relaxing fragrance of Japanese Yuzu – perfect for a cozy night in with your beau. A collaboration between the cool brand Rituals and the famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

FOR LOVERS OF DESIGN

Guframini: Bocca

Drawing from the original Studio 65’s iconic lips sofa, this sassy Guframini sculpture will add the necessary glitz and glamour to any Valentine’s date. You may need it in this 2021 lockdown edition!

Maurizio Cattelan: Porcelain Plate Lipsticks Gold Border

Toiletpaper magazine, founded by none other than Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, has teamed up with Seletti to create this unique porcelain set of plates that gives every table a unique contemporary art twist. 

Yayoi Kusama: “Love Forever” Set of Two Tea Towels

If you’re in doubt, this tea towel set inspired by the Queen of Dots might do the trick. They are practical, arty and romantic.

Robert Mapplethorpe: Plate Red Tulip

If gifting flowers is your thing, this Robert Mapplethorpe Tulip plate will add an unexpected twist to your traditional bouquet.

Andy Warhol: “I Love You So” Fine Art Print

Before becoming one of the biggest names in Pop Art, Andy Warhol was a successful illustrator. This super romantic print of Warhol’s illustration is not only the perfect gift for a true Warhol fan, but also a thoughtful way to make your significant other smile.

Yayoi Kusama, “Women Wait for Love” Ceramic Plate

If you’re over books and flowers, then the “Women Waiting For Love, But Men Always Walk Away” ceramic plate is the perfect way to step up your art game. Since Valentine’s Day is also a day to celebrate friendship, this is the ideal gift for a friend with a shared love for contemporary art.  

Jeff Koons: Doggy Money Box 

Saving for a romantic getaway? Save in style with this Jeff Koons doggy bank, and get real bang for your buck by its dual use as a decorative item in your home.

Louise Bourgeois: Spots Plate

Designed in collaboration with Louise Bourgeois, this dotty plate is both decorative and functional. The best way to add an artful twist to the kitchen of an art lover.

Guerrilla Girls: “Dearest Art Collector” Jigsaw Puzzle

Remember Episode 5: Don’t Shoot The Messenger, where we told you all about a group of political feminist artists? Check out this 500-piece puzzle, guaranteed to keep you and your sweetheart entertained during Valentine’s Day (in lockdown). The puzzle also includes a digital print of the artwork.

Gray Malin: Beach Backgammon Set

Let’s face it, if there’s one thing this year has taught us it’s that game nights are the best way to avoid lockdown boredom. This backgammon set features Gray Malin’s iconic aerial photography of colorful beach umbrellas. A classic gift with a contemporary twist.

FOR LOVERS OF BOOKS

BMW: Art Cars

Remember the BMW Art Cars we showed you in our eighth episode? In this very special collection, the German car manufacturer connects the automotive design with famous artists. From Andy Warhol to David Hockney, this book documents the “rolling” artistic gems made in collaboration with BMW, and it is simply the perfect gift for anyone that fancies art and cars.

A Woman’s Right to Pleasure

If you thought the perfect gift didn’t exist, you might want to reconsider. Imagine a collection of never-before-published works by Louise Bourgeois, Tracey Emin, Judy Chicago and more, all wrapped into a unique little art book that explores women’s desires. If you’re into self-gifting this V-Day, this could be a great option.

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Tracey Emin: Detail of Love

If someone can teach us a thing or two on how to write the perfect love note, it is Tracey Emin. Send a thoughtful message by gifting “Detail of Love” to your Valentine.

Amsterdam: the Gloobles Guide

The Art Fix team often gets asked what to do, what to see and where to stay when visiting Amsterdam. This guide will give you all the local tips and hot spots for your next romantic weekend away in the Dutch capital. 

Antony Gormley & Martin Gayford: Shaping the World – Sculpture from Prehistory to Now

Shopping for a lover of sculpture? Art Fix fave Antony Gormley paired with one of the greatest writers on art to tell the story of human culture through the medium of sculpture for his book “Shaping the World”. Its pages are filled with sculptures from prehistory to the present day, and we guarantee that even the biggest sculpture fans will learn something new.

Andy Warhol: Love, Sex & Desire – Drawings 1950–1962

This book features 300 drawings portraying young men, with the focus on form, erotic qualities and sexuality. Andy was a gay man and worked with the homoerotic. In the homophobic 1950s, this was daring and heroic. A great risk. A great present for a steamy Valentine’s Day gift recipient.

Yayoi Kusama: Give Me Love

Lockdown has us smiling less than usual, but this colorful book is guaranteed to add a little color to your lover’s mood. It documents Kusama’s exhibition at David Zwirner in New York, where visitors were invited to cover a white room with dot stickers of various sizes and colors. 

Lydia Fenet: The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You

In “The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You”, Lydia Fenet takes you on her twenty-year journey from intern to managing director and global head of strategic partnerships at Christie’s Auction House. A great gift to inspire someone with some contagious female energy this Valentine’s Day.

FOR LOVERS OF FASHION

Jeff Koons: Puppy Sketch Cap

Feeling a little worse for wear after a boozy V-Day date? Then throw on this Puppy Sketch Cap. Designed exclusively for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, this cotton cap is inspired by Jeff Koons’s sculpture “Puppy”. It is a functional, arty and fashionable item that adds an accent to any outfit.

Keith Haring X Tokyo UT Graphic Hoodie 

The perfect lockdown gift is a comfy hoodie, so why not opt for a cool, arty one? The Keith Haring Collection at UNIQLO is simply ah-mazing, and there’s plenty of affordable options for your significant other.

Benetton Keith Haring Collection

Benetton has released a Keith Haring collection for all ages. The kids’ fashion items are a great gift for any arty mom that likes to keep her mini Art Fixers stylish from top to toe (the Street Art way).

UNIQLO Robert Indiana Love T-Shirt

The American artist, Robert Indiana, is recognized globally as a pioneer of the Pop art movement. This LOVE tee in cotton adds an artful touch to any outfit, and is the perfect gift for all our male Art Fixers.

FOR LOVERS OF JEWELRY

Louise Bourgeois inspired Spiral Earrings by Simone Rocha

If you want to charm your way into her heart, we’ve got you covered. Created in collaboration with Hauser and Wirth gallery, these gold-plated Louise Bourgeois-inspired earrings are sure to brighten up any Valentine’s Date night outfit.

Tracey Emin, “I Promise To Love You” Neon Heart Pendant

The result of an enduring collaboration between Stephen Webster and Tracey Emin is this precious art-meets-jewelry collection. Launched in 2016, the collection features delicate bracelets, pendants, earrings, and rings, in the style of Emin’s epic neon art.

Mickey Mouse x Keith Haring Swatch

Looking for a practical gift? Check out this epic collab — Keith Haring and Swatch teamed up to create a unique collection featuring Disney’s most timeless icon. Tick tock.