buying art tips
buy what you like
If you are buying on a budget don't worry too much. It's your chance to buy what you really like. Don't think about the perceived investment value or if it will fill in with my other choices, if you like it, buy it!
on the other hand
You may decide to pay a bit more for three or four pieces rather than than forty cheaper ones.
Take your time to gain an understanding of the artwork that interests you. Start to trust your own individual taste and what you feel comfortable about spending.
mix and match
Why not mix original paintings with lower cost photographic and other types of prints. Tell your friends you are an 'eclectic collector'.
Whether it’s a good book, a piece of music, or a piece of art, it's sometimes exciting to 'think outside the box.' If you like something why not take a chance. Your friends might not like it, that's OK, you might not like thier choices.
Buying small low priced pieces is a great way for beginners to test out their own tastes.
protect your artwork
Take commonsense steps to keep your artwork in good condition. Go to a reputable framer who will use acid-free paper. Keep works out of direct sunlight and don’t place your art over a radiator.
coordinate or contrast
You might think you have to blend artwork from the same period as that 50's piece of furniture you love. Wrong. A striking piece of contemporary art can look stunning next to period items.
Prints in larger or so called 'open' editions are a good way of getting something from a famous artist whose prices may otherwise be beyond your reach.
avoid short-term trends
Don't buy artwork just to be 'of the moment'. It can be costly and you may end up with artwork that will look out of place very soon.
avoid tourist raps
Buy art when you travel, but stay away from galleries that just cater to tourists.
follow your instincts
Go to museums and galleries and see what attracts you. Then go to art markets and junk stores and try to find similar pieces.
Try to meet the artist. Doing so adds a personal connection to the work, talk to them about the work and ask about framing ideas.
Stay in your price range. You want to be able to look at your art and enjoy it, without worrying about how much it cost you.