You must have heard people say, “Art is not for commoners.” Let us debunk this common myth. We say, art is everywhere and it belongs to everyone. Anyone, who loves and appreciates fine art, aspires to collect artworks and is keen to acquaint himself with some simple ways that will let him evaluate artworks dating from various time periods by various artists can purchase and collect art.

Artworks, be it some contemporary art paintings or some sculptures, lend a lease of life to any space. Other than being a decorative element, artworks reflect the personality of their creators and owners. They offer a pleasant view to look at, serve as a focal point for contemplation and also as conversation starters. A person who wishes to buy art has essentially three reasons:

  1. The first is because he adores art and is passionate about it.
  2. The second is because he considers it a brilliant gifting option.
  3. And, the third is because he finds it as a potential investment option.

If you are reading this article, then chances are pretty high that you already know which category you belong to.

Buying art for love:

For people who fall in this category, the possibilities are seemingly endless. There is so much artwork like paintings, sculptures, pottery, framed photographs, among other things to choose from that before looking for tips and advices on how to buy art, you must be true to yourself regarding what kind of art you are actually looking for.

Determining what you want to buy is probably the hardest part of the entire process of buying an artwork. Your personal choices like whether you are a painting lover or an admirer of photography and your preferences of one form over the other like, your preference for contemporary paintings over figurative paintings, are some of the key factors that will help you decide the type of artwork that you may want to buy. Before you decide, keep in mind that you will see this artwork for ever, so it becomes important to buy an artwork that speaks to you. The most important and viable advice that one can give a novice art collector is to buy the painting that you love.

Before buying an artwork, you may also like to answer some practical questions that will help you choose the perfect options. Some of the key questions that you should try to answer before buying artworks are:

  1. Is there a specific wall where you want to display your priced possession?
  2. Have you just moved in a new house or do you want to redecorate it?
  3. What is the size of the space that you want to decorate?
  4. What is the existing color scheme of the room?
  5. Will the painting or sculpture that you are eyeing at be the focal point of the room?

Buying art as a gifting option:

Artworks, especially paintings like contemporary paintings, landscape paintings and figurative paintings, are timeless pieces of beauty that offer their owner the joy forever. This quality of artworks makes them an ideal gifting option. If you are buying artwork for gifting purpose, then remember some points like the recipient’s choice and space that he has before making the purchase.

Buying art as an investment:

Intelligently picked up original art is a great investment option. Artworks not only offer a medium to spruce up your space, but it also gives you an opportunity to see your money grow. If you are eyeing at paintings as an investment option and contemporary paintings attract you the most, then you should only opt for original artworks. You can consider buying artworks by emerging artists. But before doing so, do your research, understand the market, contact the artist, know him better and educate yourself. All this will help you identify the talent and make a sound decision. Always ensure that you collect certificate of authenticity as a proof that what you have bought is an original artwork.  

We hope that the above information is helpful for you. As long as you keep some basic rules in mind, buying art is a gratifying experience. Follow your heart, and you can never go wrong while buying artwork.