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There are two main reasons why people buy original art. Buying original art can be an investment. Art from up and coming artists can present an opportunity to buy an asset that could increase in value. Likewise, the value of art may increase if a popular artist stops producing new art. However, many art lovers simply buy art for the aesthetic enjoyment of viewing it in their home or office. They consider original art in particular a real pleasure as they own something that’s entirely unique – a one-off.
Original art can often be much more affordable than many people realise. You can easily pick up an original piece of art for less than the cost of some limited edition prints, and even unlimited prints as well for that matter. Every artist values their work in different ways. Affordable original art certainly does not mean low quality art. Artists will often put their prices up substantially when their art receives recognition or acclaim from prestigious galleries. If the artist simply proves very adept at promoting their work then this will increase demand and they should therefore be able to command a higher price for their work. The artwork they produce is still the same quality but the value of it can be determined by many factors.
Many artists paint more for joy than money and often charge very little despite the quality being very high. Not all artists seek nationwide or worldwide acclaim, keeping their art more affordable. Collecting art can be a relatively inexpensive or very expensive hobby depending on your budget, interests and motivations.
There is often more to original art than can be seen from an image on the screen. Viewing the artwork ‘in the flesh’ before you buy will allow you to see the art in it’s true light. Texture plays a big part in what makes original art special. You’ll likely be able to more clearly see the brush strokes. Computer screens do not usually interpret the colours of a painting accurately. You’ll find that even different web browsers render colours differently to one another.
Viewing the artwork also provides an opportunity to meet the artist, ask questions, see their other work and their work environment. Knowing more about an artist can create more of a connection with an artwork. The artist may provide you with more of a story behind the creation of the artwork which can provide a better understanding of it.
From a practical point of view, if you have your own car then artwork is more easily transported this way. Courier delivery can be expensive for transporting artwork, especially if it is framed and therefore a combination of bulky and fragile. You may be able to save on delivery costs by collecting the work and ensure it makes it home undamaged. Certainly, most artists prefer this.
Buying original art is very exciting whether as an investment or simply to decorate your home. If you wish to buy an original painting for your home, it is not necessarily important to consider your colour scheme or the style of the room in which you wish to situate the painting. A contrast can be exceptionally striking. Either way, original art is a great focal point in any room.
You’ll need to consider practical issues, such as making sure the size of the artwork is appropriate for the space you intend to display it. You must also ensure that the artwork is suitable for the setting and doesn’t require any particular care. If you wish to display your art in a kitchen or bathroom, you may need to consider whether it will be affected by moisture. Excessive light or heat can also damage artwork. The artist will be able to help advise on looking after your artwork.
Art can be very autobiographical; a reflection of your own character and tastes. Art can add a splash of colour to an otherwise neutral space. It can evoke feelings and have a calming influence, similar to a view through a window but with the benefit of choosing the scene. Art will often invite discussion with house guests. Art from local artists may be of particular interest to your guests if local themselves.
You may need to get your artwork framed. It can be tempting to buy a frame that matches the décor of your room but you should ideally choose a frame that enhances the artwork. It can be a tricky business choosing the right frame. A picture framer will usually be able to help advise. Framers usually have a range of frame samples you can place against the artwork to help you decide. Black or white frames are very versatile and one or the other will usually suit most paintings. If the painting is dark then a black frame may be best and if the painting uses lots of light pastel shades then a white frame would may be more appropriate.
Try to hang paintings at eye level, such as galleries and museums tend to do. The centre of your painting would usually be around 150 cm off the ground. For rooms with higher ceilings, you may opt for hanging a little higher. If hanging paintings above furniture try to ensure the painting is not so large that you won’t have at least a 20 to 30 cm clearance space between the bottom edge of the painting and the top of the furniture. Likewise you don’t want the top edge of the painting to be too close to the ceiling. When choosing a painting to buy, you’ll need to consider the overall size when framed, and the clearance space left below and above the painting. Ultimately, don’t let the size change your mind if you really love it – so long as it fits somewhere, you’ll treasure it.
For more information on hanging paintings, you can read ‘Everything you need to know about hanging art‘ on the Christies website.
When you browse the Acquire Art gallery you’ll discover lots of original art by contemporary artists in the UK. You can contact the artists directly to ask questions about their work and ensure you make the right purchase.