Buying art can be an expensive and intimidating experience! Especially if it’s your first time buying serious art and you are graduating to gallery pieces. It’s important that the art you buy stays special and continues to be a unique statement in your home over time. Personal tastes in art can be as uniquely different from person to person as a fingerprint, but there are certain common guidelines to follow when purchasing art that apply across the board.
In our endeavor to help you buy fabulously individual art we recommend that you follow these principles when you plan an art purchase.
Watercolor of white lotuses
Art needs to speak to you and of ‘you’ at a very personal level. If you absolutely fell for a piece that is not really traditional or conformist, and completely out of sync with prevailing art trends, buy it anyway because you love it! It will find a place in your home, and stand out for being anti-establishment.
Research the kind of art that appeals to you
Before you spend big bucks on a famous artist or a limited edition signed print, educate yourself a little about the world of art. Go to the local galleries and exhibitions, talk to friends or relatives that have extensive art collections, shop around! Your forays into the art world will hone your eye, making you realize what themes and mediums you like and which don’t cut it for you. Is it acrylics on canvas that generally catch your eye or do the watercolors appeal to you? Visit design and art websites to familiarize yourself with prices and trends in the art world.
No Hasty Decisions
A replica of a Raja Ravi Varma
Take your time to choose your art. Hasty decisions will become long term regrets especially if the art that you purchase is uber expensive. Give yourself the time to find your own taste and style leanings in art. Zero in on something that you can live with for a long time to come.
Think Long Term
Art should appeal to you personally
Think about what's classic versus popular or ‘now’ when it comes to buying art. Of the moment pieces may not be in vogue come next year and are therefore a bad investment. What's practical when it comes to art? Is it worth the purchase cost? Will you still adore it in five or ten year’s time? Serious collectors’ art should be equal parts investment and personal taste. If you are lucky, the piece that you love so much will appreciate many fold over time and become an heirloom to pass from generation to generation.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to purchasing art. Whether its copies of Raja Ravi Verma, student art from a local fine arts college or you actually go the extra mile and establish a relationship with a gallery owner or the artist themselves, art is finally a personal statement for your home. Above all enjoy the process of curating an art collection for yourself!