8 top tips for buying art

In Green and Gold

In Green and Gold - Credit: Archant

“I don’t know much about art but I know what I like”. That is probably the most common thing people say when they visit the gallery. Don’t apologise - knowing what you like is all that is important.

Cameron Contemporary Art

Cameron Contemporary Art - Credit: Archant

No matter how well-known an artist is or whether you’re told their work is an investment, don’t buy it if you don’t like it. If you see something that makes your heart beat faster and you can’t live without it then you know it’s for you. To help you find that special something here are some dos and don’ts of buying art.


Top tips

1 Look at lots of work across a range of styles to get a clear idea of what it is that you are looking for.

2 Don’t be afraid to ask questions to find out more about particular artists. Any good gallery will happily talk you through an artist’s biography.

3 Set a budget and stick to it. You want to enjoy your work and not worry that you have overspent

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4 Take time to decide (but not too long!) Once you have decided a work is for you then go for it. The frustration of losing out on a work you really wanted can be huge.

5 See the work in the flesh. The web can give you an idea of how something will look but a painting or sculpture will always be different in real life.

6 Don’t buy for investment. Some galleries will talk up investment potential but in all honesty the market is too unpredictable, no one really knows if a work or an artist will go up in value. Again, buy what you like - if it goes up in value that is a lovely bonus.

7 Never feel embarrassed to walk into a gallery, even if you just want to browse. You might not be buying today but maybe in a year or even 10 years… A good gallery will always welcome you in.

8 Most galleries will allow you to pay in installments. Even if a gallery isn’t part of Own Art (the Arts Council scheme) they will usually work something out.


Top tips provided by Robin Cameron at cameroncontemporaryart.com


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