Buying your first artwork can be a thrilling experience.
There are common misconceptions about buying art such as that it is expensive, or that it is for others.
Most importantly, enjoying art is a free experience. You can visit museums and discover centuries of art for free or for a nominal fee. Many museums have also digitised their collections for people to enjoy from the comfort of their homes. Many towns in the UK like Margate and Bristol have days in the year where the public are invited into the homes of artists to see their art, and how they are made.
There's art for everyone in this beautiful world. Individual tastes vary. That's why it is important to use all the free resources at your disposal to get a sense of what kind of art you enjoy.
Decide why you are buying art. We have bought art for all kinds of reasons. We have bought lots of art from artists displaying on streets of cities we visit. We have bought art by famous artists from art galleries just because. We have bought art from up and coming artists to support them. We have bought art because it was discounted at art events or festivals. But most importantly, we have bought art to surround ourselves with. You need to be clear about why you are putting your hand in your pocket.
Postman. Digital artwork by Kristjana S Williams, celebrating key workers of the pandemic, in The Montclare Collection.
The next step is to draw up a budget and do a bit of research on the Internet for artists and works available within it. Make sure you are buying from a reliable source to ensure you're not sold a fake. Don't easily trust a certificate of authenticity. They are easy to crank out on the average home printer.
Of course, you could easily buy directly from an artist by visiting their website or their gallery. This is the best way to ensure you're buying a genuine artwork, and that the artist is benefiting from the sale.
And finally, you could buy from artists who display on the street. There's nothing wrong with that. There's some lovely art out there, and it is almost always a bargain to purchase. Just remember to not haggle with them. Most work sold on the street is already very affordable, and you're making a big difference in the life of an artist when you buy from them.