How to Buy Art Even on a Tight Budget

david123 By david123, 17th Jan 2018 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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When shopping for art, you will be presented with the option of buying an original or a print. An original means that it is the only one.

How to Buy Art Even on a Tight Budget

Buying art can be demanding. There are way too many things you need to consider, among them the type of art, the painter and the material. Cost is also another important thing you must never ignore. If you are looking for something amazing to transform your wall, you will be spoilt for choice when browsing through the art market. There are several considerations you need to make to find the ultimate piece of art for your living space.

Know what you like

The first step when shopping for art is to be honest with yourself about your taste. You want to buy a piece that you like and not one that is forced onyou. Are you looking for art that will improve your living space or something that will increase in value over time? This is an important question you will have to answer. If you have no idea what you want, start by shopping around. Take some time to visit the local gallery or museum to see what resonates.

Know the difference between the originals and the prints

When shopping for art, you will be presented with the option of buying an original or a print. An original means that it is the only one. Prints are photos of the original and they are much cheaper. Still on prints, you have to understand that there are limited-edition and open-edition prints. The limited editions will only be ten whereas the open edition can be printed forever. Although going with the originals is a great idea, prints offer you great value at a great saving.

Evaluate the artist

Just like you would not buy Gustav Klimt paintings without doing a little bit of research, you must not purchase any piece of art without digging deeper. Focus more on the artist. What art school did the artist attend and how many pieces has he created? When was the piece of art created? Does the artist have work in the gallery and what are their sales? Have they done any solo shows? The more you learn about an artist, the more informed the choice you make will be. This is more so when purchasing art with the intention of letting it gain value then selling it later.

Understand how the medium affects the price

What the piece of art has been made of will affect its price and longevity. Whether you are buying a painting or a sculpture, it is important that you take a look at the material used. With the unique materials, you can expect to pay premium prices. For photos and paintings, if UV-blocking glass has been used, you will end up paying more.

Ask the right questions

Last but not least, you need to learn to ask the right questions when shopping for art. Ask about the intention of the artist in creating the piece of art or any other interesting question. The goal is to learn as much as you can about the piece.

The above points will guide you in the purchase of art. Make sure that you do your research prior to making any investment.


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