Jumping into art is like diving into an ocean of knowledge and beauty. When you are new to the scene, it can be a little intimidating. Especially when you are buying your first art piece and are investing a lot of money in it. A lot of questions can come up but the trick is to read and trust yourself. Here are some tips that can help you pick the perfect piece for your home.
- The taste test: In order to start your own art collection, it is important to know what you like. In a world, as vast as the art world educating yourself means preparing a better and more personalised art collection. You can look at various eras and styles of artwork and that exposure will help you land something that you will be happier with. Usually, people try to start their journey off with something that is easily palatable because they don’t want to risk being wrong but you should understand that being sophisticated is nothing but being you!
- The purpose of the art: Why do you want to buy art? Do you want to decorate your home with something you like or do you want an investment that is safe? It can be very easy to say that you should always buy what you like but the numbers behind the business of art are undeniable. It is important to understand where you stand and what you expect from your artwork. If you just want an art piece that you can love then the only factor that impacts your decision is coming to a compromise between your passion and the pricing. If you are looking at an investment you need to look into various aspects like the artists, the authenticity of the world, how the work compares to the usual work of the artist etc. So, find your purpose and then take the step towards your collection journey.
- Budget your decisions: It’s very easy to go to a gallery and find a painting or sculpture that you love only to find out that it isn’t affordable. The smarter way to go about it is to set a budget before you even begin to start looking for art. This budget can be loosely planned and you can go a little over it if you find the artwork worth investing in. Loving your art and going with your instincts is what collecting is about but if you run on a budgeted life then it’s better to go in with a figure in mind.
- Research the work: The art world is extremely vast in order to find the “right piece” it is important to plunge into that world and study about it because exposure is the only way you find your art. If you already have an artwork in mind and a seller at hand then it is important for you to research the art. The seller’s duty is to sell and you can’t expect them to be completely honest with you. Hence, it is better to be equipped with the tool of knowledge ourselves. You should understand the work you are buying, the artist, the materials used and the kind of painting it is. You should also research your seller if it is your first time and see if they are trustworthy.
- Size matters: When we are looking for art we are usually looking to put it up in our house hence it is very important to see that it fits. You should have a clear understanding of the dimensions of your house and keep that in mind so that you don’t end up with something that doesn’t even fit. If you are serious about making an investment with the artwork, you should go in with a clear idea of where you want the painting to go. Deciding this can help you pick the exact piece for your home.
- Understand the content: There are a lot of beautiful pieces of art that exists and each piece has its own unique story to tell. It is important to understand that story and see if it clicks with your households. When you are bringing in a piece of work you carrying with it the aura and story of the work. This is an important factor when you are decorating your home and need the right balance of aesthetics and emotions revolving it. Darker themes and tones might be captivating at first sight but you should understand that once you buy it you have to look at it on a daily basis.
- Research the artist: This step is especially important when you are trying out a new artist and are buying something that is abstract and creative. The value that the artist might credit to the work may not be the original value of it. So hence it is important to check the skill, the authenticity and the originality of the work before buying it. Look at the background of the artist and the originality of the work. The movies might exaggerate it but there are those people looking to con people.
- Do not rush into it: Make a calm and informed decision. Do not rush into anything. ‘Love at first sight’ is one thing and it is important but you can’t make all decisions instantaneously like that. Good things come for those who wait so search for your piece slowly and you will be sure to find something that you like.
- Trust your instinct: With art, it is extremely important to find a connection with the piece. You need to be emotionally attached to the same in order to be able to love it every single day. While the aforementioned steps are true, it is also important that you don’t lose sight of what you are and what you expect your art to be. In order to properly understand your process, you need to take some risks just make them calculatedly. You need to begin your process in order to get to develop your taste.
- Track your order: This step comes after you have purchased your work. It is your duty to ensure that all the paperwork from the minute the painting leaves the gallery till it reaches your home is perfect. You can also request a certificate of authenticity in some cases. This paperwork turns out to be crucial when you are looking to resell the painting later on.
So, now that you have the tips dive into the journey of art collection!