Art buying may seem intimidating at first, but the factors to consider when buying a piece of art are fairly simple and straightforward. In the end, you will be purchasing art that you want and love, that calls to you.
Price VS Value
The value of Art cannot be easily defined. When purchasing Art for your personal enjoyment, the value is exactly what you see it as. Speaking of price, it is something to be considered when buying Art for your home or as a gift. Does it fit into your budget? Is the price worth the ownership of the Art?
What are you buying it for?
When buying art for your own personal enjoyment to hang in your home, or for a gift, the decision is easy. You like it, you buy it! There is no reason to make it more complex. If you walk into an art gallery or studio and your eyes immediately are drawn to one painting in particular, you know that is the one for you.
On the other hand, if you are buying art for investment or profit, it gets a little more tricky. There are many things to consider like the value, profit value, artist and artist reputation. This is an entirely different ballgame.
What will you do with it?
Before purchasing the piece of Art, decide where it will go. Go home and measure the wall where you want to hang it, be sure the colors fit for you and that with a frame it will go perfectly there. Go back to the gallery and get the exact dimensions of the piece to ensure a perfect fit.
Get to know the Artist
You may want to consider the Artist. Are they reputable? Are they a new artist? What other paintings have they sold and for how much? Have you heard of them in art magazines or gallery openings? Is this their typical art media?
Don’t Rush the Purchase!
Don’t make a rush decision. Take your time, weigh all of your options and decide what you are willing to pay for something you want. Take the appropriate measurements and be sure it is absolutely perfect for you.
Buying Art Online
When buying Art online, there is a little more work to be done. You don’t have the added benefit of seeing the piece up close, therefore judging it’s value vs price. You can look closely at the brush stroke details or meet the artist in person. Here are just a few things to consider when purchasing art online.
Print or Original – Find out if it is truly an original painting or a reproduction or print. Reputable stores and online galleries should clearly state which this is.
Returns & Refunds – Make sure they clearly state whether or not they accept returns, if the piece of art is not what you hoped it would be. Pictures can sometimes be deceiving, and the colors may not be what they were on your computer screen.
Artist Reputation – Do an internet search on the artist to find out more about them. Have they sold work before? Do they appear in galleries? Are you they part of any art societies or have they won any awards? You can find a lot about an artist through research, including reviews of artwork they have sold.
Buy What you Love
The most important thing to consider when buying art is to decide for yourself if you love it. Don’t underestimate your intuition. When you know, you know. Don’t hesitate if all the other factors are aligned and you feel you just have to own it.