Shopping for art can be a tiring experience especially as most buyers have little idea about the value of the piece. Most art-shoppers have experienced the difficulties now and then. And to help you have a more successful art-shopping experience, we list out the best tips to keep in mind when you next go shopping.
Compare, compare, compare!
Comparison shopping is the best way to find out about the different kinds of art, the type you like and how much it costs. Also reading about various art forms can give you a better idea of what all is available. There are many ways of doing such window shopping, and one of the best ways to do so is in the online markets. Use popular search engines to look at the various kinds of art available and then you can shortlist what you like. Another good way of comparing art is by visiting local art galleries to see the different works that are available.
Look at the Quality
The quality of an artwork is based on many parameters. However many critiques state that the uniqueness, beauty and balance of the art are important features. Check how special a particular artwork is as compared to other works, check whether it appeals to your eye and imagination and also see whether the colours blend in or not. Other aspects of quality that you must keep in mind are the quality of the medium, the paints or work and whether it will withstand normal conditions of humidity and temperature. Consider the quality of framing that has gone into keeping the artwork intact.
The technique and skill of the portrait
Another important aspect to consider is the skill and techniques used by the artist. Most artworks have a heavy influence of some form of art, be it watercolour, oil paintings or pop art. Check out the technique used by the artist whose works you are planning to buy.
Look at the prices
Art need not always be expensive. So when you set off shopping, do keep enquiring the prices. If you find that a piece of art is priced too high, it may not necessarily mean that the art is valuable. Alternatively, if something is priced at a lower cost, it does not mean that the artwork is bad. So look at the prices when shopping.
Buy from the artists directly
Many people today try to shop for art from third party sites like eBay. However, opt to buy artworks directly from artists if you can. This way, you will not only get art for a good price, but you will also know the story behind the piece of work you have purchased. All benefits will go to the artist directly.
Go with what you like
Ultimately, it is your personal taste and preferences that matter. If you find an abstract piece of art alluring go for it. If you want a personal portrait, opt for that. Take the advice of friends and well wishers but choose the piece of art that you love most. At the end of all of this, art has to be something you like, love and can cherish.