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7 Simple Tips on Buying Art for Your Home
November 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM
by Matt Kaplinsky

A lot of people feel uncomfortable inside art galleries and exhibits. And for those who muster the courage to attend one, approaching the gallery owner or the artist may seem like a tall order. This seeming discomfort around art can discourage people from enjoying art, and perhaps even from purchasing it for their home.

However, we’re here to break down that wall and show you these easy-to-follow tips on getting the art you want for your home.

1. Choose art which resonates with you

It’s not the art movement, the brushstrokes, medium, price, or the name of the artist that matters in your selection. It’s you. More importantly, it’s the kind of art that makes your heart beat happily or that touches you – whether in a sad, tragic, or some other emotional way.

2. Familiarize yourself with the artist

If you have access to the artist, go right ahead and ask about them. Ask questions, and exchange ideas or comments. Otherwise, you can conduct your own research on the internet. This way, you get an idea of why the artist produces specific types of art or uses certain mediums for their art. Finding out more about the maker of your selected artwork gives you a more intimate snapshot into what may be the inspiration behind their creations.

3. Negotiate

Often, we find ourselves attracted to products that end up costing way more than we can afford. However, just because the price of a painting can be somewhat prohibitive, it doesn’t mean you’ll never have access to it. There’s no harm in asking for a discount or a reasonable payment plan you can easily manage, too.

4. Buy the art you love, and quickly!

If you have your heart set on an interesting piece of art such as an exquisite collection of floral oil on canvas paintings and have already negotiated for them, then it’s time to act fast. Confirm you are buying the collection before someone else snatches it from right under your nose.

5. Attend art events and visit galleries featuring emerging artists

Get to know the local art scene, and grow your knowledge of art by going to art events such as gallery openings, exhibits, and launches of emerging artists. Who knows, you may even get an art gem at an affordable price, just because the artist is relatively unknown.

6. Purchase from the secondary market

Auctions are, of course, a whole different ball game. But if you think you are ready and want to experience the fanfare and excitement, then go right ahead and attend one. Be sure to ask for advice and tips from your more knowledgeable friends in case you want to take part in the bidding process.

7. Commission artwork

Once you are confident enough about your knowledge about art, and especially about your favorite (and hopefully accessible) artist, you can venture into commissioning a piece or a collection. This way, you’ll get artwork that perfectly fits into the dimensions of the space allocated for it. Moreover, what you get will be totally unique. However, make sure to allow the artist to work unfettered; instead, encourage them to create something for you in their own unique style.

So, are you ready to buy art for your home?

If not, or if you require more information, simply get in touch with us at Matt Kaplinsky.