The Basics To Buying Art
As you begin to purchase art realize one artist can
produce only so many pieces which are transcending and
special for you. A collection winds up becoming a well-
rounded representation of the owner's tastes and
desires; therefore once you have found 2 or 4 works
maximum by a single artist begin looking around to see what
else in the art world generates excitement and interest for
you. It's also a good idea to have your money invested in a
variety of artists, not just one or two.
Once an artwork has gained a value in your eyes and
you've gained an experience or impression from the work,
you can start asking; who is this artist? What are their
values? And how established are they? If you're looking at
an artist who's relatively at the beginning stages in only one
or three galleries, and the work is under $2000, my honest
opinion as an art deal is, it doesn't matter who the artist is.
If you love it...buy it! Enjoy and be happy. Once it goes
over $2000, this becomes something of a significant
purchase to most of us and both the gallery and artist
should be researched.
The reality is, outside of artist reputation there are
only two factors, which affect the sales value - the media of
reproduction and most importantly the color fastness.
Etchings are usually the least priced pieces.
Serigraphs are usually higher priced than Giclées, because
they're hand made. And Giclées are normally priced higher
than lithographs. A cautionary word to the collector... don't
base your buying patterns on the type of media you see,
base it on what you like and what appeals to you.