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Buying and collecting art intelligently can be done by anyone. That's right, anyone. You do not need to have experience in collecting art, previous knowledge about the art business, or even a degree in art history. The truth is, all you’ll need is love for and appreciation of fine art; plus a yearning to collect; lastly, willingness to learn a some simple techniques that would help you evaluate any kind of art work coming from any period of history, whomever the artist is and whatever his or her nationality is.
Although you might read some specific suggestions and recommendations describing specific works of art, you should take note that there is really no right or wrong kind of art and that there’s no right or wrong method to collect or buy art.
Everyone has the freedom to collect whatever it is that they feel like collecting and buy whatever pieces they feel like buying. It doesn’t really matter whenever and wherever you feel like purchasing art, for whatever reason, and for how much you feel like spending on the purchase. As a result, the following tips are not for everyone, but are typically designed for those who want to spend their money wisely on worth it pieces.
If you happen to be one of those people, then here are some tips on how you can be a better art collector.
Four Way Questions On Buying Art
If the time comes that you see a piece that you want, whether it be a painting, sculpture or a print, there are generally four questions that you should ask yourself to start your decision making.
If you don't love art, and are simply considering buying art as an investment, the best advice is to find something else to invest in. Collecting and buying art should be a labor of love, not a cold-hearted financial calculation. When buying art there are many factors that a serious art collector should look at in order to get the best deal. In no particular order they are:
1. Know Your budget
No matter how much you like an art piece, don't put yourself in enormous debt to acquire it. If you can't afford it, so be it. Just let it go and wait for something to show up that fits your budget. No art collector in the world gets every piece he is attracted to.
2. Know Your Art Dealers
Once you know what kind of art you like, find the galleries that sell it. Introduce yourself to the gallery owners. Form a relationship with them. Let them know what types of art pieces you're interested in. Then when they get a new piece or art in, your name will be near the top of the list of people that they notify. This is an excellent way to get first crack at art pieces that normal people will never see, because they simply are never put up for sale. Developing relationships with reputable art dealers also helps to protect you from scams. You can have faith that the art pieces you get are original pieces and not simply knock-offs. Also, if you come to love the work of a particular artist, you may find that his or her work is carried primarily through a particular dealer. All the more reason to become friendly with as many art dealers as you can.
3. Know Your Own Tastes
Never buy something just because an "art expert" tells you that it is a beautiful, classic piece of art. If the art piece means nothing to you, it's not worth you buying it. Unless you're a professional trader, the art piece you buy is going to be something that you own and look at for years. So choose art that speaks to you. And to do that, you need to know what you like and what you don't like. An important secondary benefit of knowing your taste is it gives you the ability to clearly state your desires to art dealers that you work with to help build your collection.
Hundreds of thousands of people buy, sell, and trade original art works every day. It is a multi-million dollar industry. Arts in demand include many different techniques and many different textiles. Artworks include items made from prints and paintings comprised of inks, oils, watercolors, pencil sketches, chalk and charcoal to sculptures from wood and ceramic to any of a thousand other types of crafts. There are many different ways to sell or buy art and even more ways to trade artwork. Whether it is original art, pop art or modern art it seems that the more controversial an art piece is, the more popular it becomes and the more money it is worth.
Pieces of art are made to induce emotional feelings from its onlookers. The stronger the emotion is the more likely it is to be controversial. Original art carries so much value in all societies all over the world and with each wave of artistic technique to come; there will always be people willing to buy it. Often it is the emotional feelings that a piece of art evokes from people that make them want to buy art in the first place. Unlike food, gasoline, water and medical expenses, art is not a necessity. For most people who buy art, they do it because it carries a substantial amount of status. Buying art is an emotionally driven act.
People buy art to enhance their décor and the right piece of art can truly add beauty to a room. It may be a gorgeous painting or a piece of sculpture that the consumer chooses to use, but there is no doubt that the original art piece chosen is the one that created emotion in the buyer. The right piece of art for you is the one that takes you away to another place when you gaze at it, one that makes you feel good on a mediocre day or one that makes you smile. When you buy original art, make sure it is the piece that really captures your own personality.
Five Reasons to Buy Your Art Online
Thanks to the availability of fine art online, buying your artwork from anyone in the world has never been easier. Besides the convenience of shopping in your pajamas, buying artwork online has a lot to offer over traditional brick-and-mortar art gallery shopping. The web has made it possible for the smallest of art dealers, even those located in remote parts of the world, to sell to anyone with an Internet connection. Purchases of fine art online have increased steadily in recent years, as consumers develop greater confidence in online shopping. You may have overlooked some of the best reasons to shop for your artwork online.