There’s nothing quite like connecting with a work of art. And most of us have done it — whether it’s at a blockbuster exhibition or in a local craft market. It’s truly a unique experience: few other aesthetic forms, such as books or films, can give you that instantaneous feeling. But when you reach a point when you want to buy art, it can seem a daunting or expensive experience. Actually, it’s neither.
Want some help before buying your first piece of art? Here are some tips.
1. You should avoid buying art to fit in with your existing décor. After all, if you love the artwork it should last longer than your sofa or dining table.
2. Instead of you and your partner buying each other a birthday or Christmas present each year, why not buy a piece of art together – something you can cherish for the rest of your lives (and hopefully something that will increase in value).
3. Many galleries will allow you pay off an artwork in instalments.
4. Galleries tend to focus on certain artists or styles of work, so find a gallery you like and build a relationship with them.
5. If you’re looking to complement your decorating scheme with some great art but aren’t sure where to start, check out some of the affordable art for sale at the Art fairs.
6. Ask any art collector which Indigenous painting to purchase, and they will tell you the golden rule is to buy what you love. “You’ve got to look at it every day; it should give you pleasure,” says Aboriginal art collector Ken Thompson. “If you’re just looking to make money, buy shares.”
Art can be a good investment, but it shouldn’t be the sole reason for buying it. “A painting should be something you feel passionate about, that connects with you as soon as you see it. You can walk into a room with 20 paintings on the wall, but one will stand out and that’s the one you buy.”
Most importanly enjoy the experience.