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  • Writer's pictureJo Fitzgerald

Buying original art - what are the key points to consider?

Navigating the world of original art should be an exhilarating journey, especially when contemplating your very first purchase.

For some first-time buyers, the process may initially feel a bit overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Before making the shift from mass-produced, disposable art to an original piece, there are several questions to consider. These questions go beyond just the financial aspect and offer a chance to explore the world of art in a more relaxed manner.

So what are the key points to consider? Here we tackle some of the most common questions and concerns that can arise and how to overcome them:

  1. Is it worth the investment? - Understand that the value of art goes beyond financial gain. While some artworks appreciate in value, others may not, so consider art as more than just an investment. What It can bring however is a real sense of joy, inspiration and beauty to your life. If you love your home and are passionate about your interior, choosing a great piece of art to bring your room alive will override any initial outlay.

  2. Where do I start? - Begin by exploring local galleries, art fairs, and online platforms that feature emerging artists. Instagram and Pinterest are both great resources where artists showcase their work. This can help you get a feel for different styles and pieces that resonate with you.

  3. How do I know it's authentic? - Always buy from reputable sources, such as established galleries, reputable dealers, or well-known online art marketplaces. Ask for certificates of authenticity and provenance when available.

  4. What if I regret my purchase? - Take your time and don't rush into buying art. Spend time with the piece, consider how it makes you feel, and learn more about the artist and their work. Reputable galleries will want to ensure you are happy with your choice.

  5. Can I afford it? - Set a budget that you are comfortable with and stick to it. Remember that there is a wide range of price points in the art market, including affordable options from emerging artists. Many artists offer limited edition prints which is a way of dipping your toe in the water, or start with a smaller original piece and build up to that big one!

  6. What if I don't know much about art? - Don't be afraid to ask questions. Gallery owners, artists, and art enthusiasts are often happy to share their knowledge and passion for art. Take advantage of online resources and consider attending art fairs to learn more.

  7. Where will I put it? - Consider your available space and how the artwork will fit into your home. Think about the room's aesthetics and lighting to ensure the piece is displayed effectively. Tip - try to avoid placing art in direct sunlight as this will definitely cause fading over time.

  8. What if I can't decide? - Take your time and trust your instincts. If a piece resonates with you and you can envision it in your life, it's likely a good choice.

  9. What if I want to change my decor? - Then change it! Chances are your art will still work with your freshly painted walls, and as I often tell my clients "the art doesn't have to match the sofa". Embrace the eclectic! Gone are the days when everything had to match, more than ever there are no rules for interior styling.

  10. Can I negotiate the price? - In some cases, especially at art fairs or with emerging artists, you may have room to negotiate the price. I say it's worth asking, but maybe the negotiation will be in the form of free delivery, framing or a payment plan to help you finance your purchase.

In summary; first and foremost buying art should be a personal and enjoyable experience. The difference it can make to your home can be remarkable and chances are once you install your first original you'll definitely not look back. Hopefully we've covered the key points to consider when buying original art which will help guide you to make informed decisions and embark on a journey of discovering and appreciating art that speaks to you.

Jo x

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