If you want to buy art to decorate your home, or as an investment for the future, but aren’t sure where to start, then here are some tips to know what to buy and how to buy it:
Where are good places to buy art?
One of the great places to start out looking for great art pieces is at an art fair. These are galleries where many artists from those first starting out to the more established artists place their paintings or sculptures and other art types. You should try a few different art shows to find out which places have the kinds of art that you like and that are in your price range. One advantage of buying art at an art gallery is that sometimes they will let you bring it home on a trial run to see if it fits the décor of your home before you purchase it.
Public Sales Venues
You can also check out the yard sales, estate sales and garage sales in your area. Don’t scoff at this advice, as you never know what might turn up in these locations. There have been times when someone found a painting at one of these kinds of sale that ended up being worth far more than they paid for it.
Even if that doesn’t happen, you could find some really nice art that you like and can use to d decorate your home for inexpensive prices. Flea markets or consignments stores are similar locations where you can sometimes buy art. It can be fun to go to these types of sales and bargain with the dealers to get the art that you want for the price that you want as well.
Another good place to find art to buy is at online auction places like eBay, craigslist, eBid or onlineauction.com to name a few. You need to be sure of what you are buying if you choose to buy art online, so be certain to have seen a good picture of it, and know its condition, age, and approximate value before buying it sight unseen.
In Person Art Auctions
Art Auctions being held in person are also good for finding art pieces that you may not be able to find in the art galleries. All you have to do is a little research and you can also get some good deals at art auctions. However, one disadvantage of buying art at an auction is that you will have to pay a commission percentage of about 10 or 20 percent to the auction house. That means you have to be sure to calculate that in to see if you are paying a good price or not for the piece of art you desire to buy.
College Art Departments
You can also go visit a college or university near you that has an art department. There are bound to be proud beginning artists that are selling their paintings. These may be just starting out, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find some fine pieces of art and they will most likely be offered at lower prices than those at an art gallery too.
Advice from Experts
You can also get the advice of an art advisor. An art advisor will sit down with you and discuss your likes and dislikes, and can even take a look at your home and see what kinds of art will look nice. The services of an art advisor may or may not cost you anything, depending on if they are employed by the art galleries or not.
These experts can also help you to know if you are getting a good price on a piece of art and if it is a good investment for the future if that is the reason you want to purchase it. If you would rather figure out the price for a piece of art yourself, or check up on the expert’s recommendations, then you can check previous prices for similar art on big auction websites like Christie’s or Sotheby’s.
What Should You Be Aware of When Buying Art
Meeting the artist is rewarding
If you are able to meet the person who actually created the piece of art you intend on buying, then this can be an interesting and rewarding experience. You can get to know their motivation for creating the piece and if you really like it, they may also give you information on other things they have painted or otherwise created. They may even give you a discount or create a piece especially for you if you desire.
Don’t be Fooled
If you intend on buying an art piece by a supposedly famous artist, you should be sure that it is actually worth the price the seller is asking. Also, you need to be sure the piece is authentic and should consider getting it appraised and checked out before you actually buy it. In addition, if you are considering buying from what appears to be a new up and coming artist, see if he or she has a good track record and if their previous work sold well. If they have had their pieces appear in galleries, shows or museums, then you may be on the right track for purchasing an art piece that could be a good financial investment for the future.
The bottom line is that art collecting involves more than just going to the art store and buying a painting or sculpture off the shelf. It means doing your homework and figuring out what the best type of art is, how valuable it may be in the future, how well the piece will fit into your collection or just how nice it will look to use in decorating your home. So, no matter if you want to buy art as an investment or as just a decoration, you can find some nice art pieces in many places.