Every week, we'll be your guide as you navigate the world of buying art in our series, The Collector.
A smart purchase takes some prep work. When it comes to buying art, there are a lot of things to consider to help guide you through the galleries. Here are some questions to ask yourself to point you in the right direction.
1. What kind of subject matter do you like?
The first step to buying art is to look, look, look. As you're diving into the art world, tune in to what type of art speaks to you. There are no wrong answers here. Wonderful art can be found in any category.
There are cityscapes, like Lisa Breslow's Chelsea Morning
Or landscapes, like Peter Hoffer's Voisin
Or waterscapes, like Annie Wildey's Summer Roller
There are also still lives, like Peri Schwartz's Bottles and Jars 18C
Florals are a common subject matter, like Denise Regan's Chrysanthemum
Or do you like abstract work that's geometric like Deborah Zlotsky's Mermaid Thoughts
Or more lyrical, like Josette Urso's Blue Lake?
2. What kind of colors do you like?
Again, there are no wrong answers. There's also no need to match everything. Start from the colors that draw you in the most and go from there.
Do you want something bold, bright, and happy like Martina Nehrling's Bawdy Bungalow?
Or something soft, quiet, pastel like Julian Jackson's Will O' The Wisp?
How about something neutral, minimal like Jeffrey Cortland Jones' Breathing (Sequence)?
Or stark black and white like Tamar Zinn's Tangle 33?
3. What kind of mood are you looking for?
A well-placed piece of art can create an impression and affect the whole feel of a room. Are you looking for something powerful? Welcoming? Intimate? Relaxing? Elegant? Traditional? Inspirational?
Compare the tranquility of Sara MacCulloch's Beach Grass Path
to the bright cheeriness of this untitled piece of Svetlana Rabey's
4. Where is your artwork going to hang?
The type of art you'll be looking to buy will depend on where your work will hang. This will affect its size and its style. In order to test sizes, cut out a piece of brown paper and tape it to the space you're looking to fill. Play around with placement and see what size works best. As for style, art you will hang along hallways and up staircases should be smaller and more detailed because you cannot stand back from it. Art you hang over the sofa should be bolder, since minute detail will get lost.
The intricacy of a Diane Ayott, like Recurrent Dreams, would be a great fit for a smaller space
5. What's your budget?
You can always find something you love in any price range. But, if your budget is limited, we suggest looking for art for major spaces first, and then purchasing smaller pieces for smaller spaces later.