Monday, June 26, 2017

5 Tips on How to Purchase Art Online

It used to be that buying art was an exhausting and time-consuming activity.  You need to go to a gallery, check out its limited collection, and hope to find an artwork that suits your taste and style.  If you don’t find anything interesting enough, you drive to another one and again check out the works one by one. Then if it doesn’t work out, you go to yet another gallery and repeat the same process.  Sometimes, not being able to find the perfect painting for your home brings you to, just settle on the next best thing.

However, with the advent of the Internet, you now have the option of buying art online.  Not only is buying artworks online easier and more convenient, but you are also not limited by time and space. This means that gone are the days when you can only get artworks from your local area.  With online art galleries, you can now get the artwork that suits your personality and your taste wherever it is in the world.  This gives you an almost unlimited selection of artworks to choose from.

However, buying art is both a personal and financial decision.  While your main purpose is to beautify your room, artworks – like jewelry and fine wine – can appreciate over time.  The artwork that cost you only $500 could actually hit $5,000 in a few years, especially if the artist has become more notable and his works more in-demand.

Here are the top 5 things to remember on how to make the best out of buying paintings online.

5. Consider your design philosophies.  You may find a beautiful oil painting, but be sure that it goes well with everything in your display space.  If the only place where you could hang a large piece of artwork is your living room, which is the most common area in your house, then make sure that the artwork is tasteful and wholesome.  A racy subject on a living room artwork would be very uncomfortable to discuss with in-laws and certain guests.  Also, if you adhere to a minimalist design philosophy, loud and awry paintings might stick out like a sore thumb.

4. Know your budget.  While paintings may be considered investments, it still makes good sense to work within a budget.  How much are you willing to spend on a particular artwork?  Works done by an up-and-coming artist could easily fetch $1000, and as the reputation of the artist gets solidified, the higher his or her artworks would sell.

3. Do some research on the piece you want to buy.  Read more about the painting – like the media used, the style, the inspiration, and the meaning – as well as about the artist.  This is especially true if you want to own a painting that will appreciate in the coming years.  Is the artist established?  Is the artist emerging?  You could get an idea from the artist's body of work, his affiliations and the exhibits he or she has participated in.  Moreover, knowing all these things could help you preserve your paintings better.  For example, spotlights have been known to damage oil painting, or moisture can severely devalue watercolors.  Do not be afraid to ask the experts or art consultants you come in contact with.  They will be able to give you an advice on your potential art purchase.

2. Make sure the artwork is authentic.  You should be able to secure a certificate that attests to the authenticity of the artwork.  By authentic, we mean that a certain artwork was really done by a certain artist, and not just some replica.

1. Know your gallery or seller. Once you have decided on the perfect artwork or painting for you, then start doing your research online regarding the gallery or vendor.  Look for forums and blogs that made mention of your selected gallery, and see if reviews about it are good and positive.  Make sure not one post, comment or testimonial by a previous customer is negative or is a report of some sort of scam by that gallery.   See if it is trustworthy and if other people actually recommend using it.  Also, if available, read what the press has to say about that gallery.  If you don’t find anything about the gallery, then maybe you should hold off your purchase until some sort of feedback is available.  It is not advisable for you to give your credit card details without first being certain that your money is safe with that gallery. Otherwise, it would be difficult to recover whatever you have lost.  Furthermore, check out a gallery’s shopping cart and see if it provides easy and secure purchases online and if shipping terms and conditions are favorable to you.