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How to Buy Art, Tips and Tricks

– Find an artist who makes what appeals to you. Look on the internet, there are various online platforms. Visit galleries or art markets. Ask around. Looking at art repeatedly will help you to determine what you really like.

– Do you have financial space to spend money on art? Just how much are you able and willing to pay?

– If you do not have the financial resources, is there something else you can trade with the artist of your choice? Perhaps you can repair her car or help him with some book-keeping, help install an exhibition, take professional pictures of the works or swap goods you make.

– Buying directly from the artist really gives you your money’s worth. You avoid having to pay a broker.

– Ask the artist to show you some of his older pieces that might be in his way. Should you find something of your liking the benefit is mutual: the artist gains space in his studio with the knowledge that his work is appreciated by someone and you will have it at a very competitive price.

– Inform if the artist accepts payment by installments. Most artists will embrace this. Their work is sold, somebody likes it enough to buy it and they receive money.

– Check out second-hand shops in order to stumble across a work you like and when you find something, buy it immediately.

– Search for a place where you can borrow fine art. Having something particular in your house for a while enables you to discover what you like.

– Ask a familiar artist if you can lease a piece of art temporarily and arrange a discount price in case you like to keep it.

– Ask an artist to make something on assignment to your own design or for a special place.

– Ask money for your birthday, wedding or anniversary to enable you to buy art. If you tell people about your plan they will be reassured you will turn their money into a lasting memory.

– Befriend an artist. You might be the first to see his/her new work, you could get a discount and perhaps he/she will present you with something on a special occasion.

– Buy from a female artist. That is (regrettably for me) cheaper than buying from a man. This does mean you will get better value for the same price.

– Last but not least, just buy something that really touches you. This might not be the most accessible work, but it will stand the test of time brilliantly.

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