Thinking of giving your home a fresh start for the new year? Though we’re already deep into the first month of 2022, it’s never too late to bring some creative flair into your living space with beautiful artworks! Buying art can be incredibly intimidating, but here are some simple tips to help jumpstart your collection.
Research the Art Market
There are two main art markets to look into when buying art: emerging art and established art. Knowing which artists belong to which groups will help you narrow down your options based on your budget and preferences.
Established art is made by accomplished and recognizable artists with a strong body of work. They’re typically sold at auction houses and internationally-renowned galleries. Naturally, these pieces can be quite expensive. Think Arturo Luz and Benjamin Cabrera (famously known as Ben Cab), whose paintings can sell for as high as P20 million!
Emerging art is typically more affordable, so it’s a great option if you’re on a budget. But just because they’re inexpensive doesn’t make them any less impressive. Emerging art is made by up-and-coming artists who are defining the future of art. Buying from these budding creatives means that you’ll be supporting the future of their career, and more importantly, investing in the art of tomorrow.
Assess the Layout of Your Home
Direct sunlight can warp and fade artworks over time, so it’s best to keep pieces away from sunny or well-lit sections of your home. Avoid the kitchen and bathroom, as well, as these areas of the home can get quite humid and damp, causing mold to grow.
Keep your art safe in your home by assessing your living space. Find a stable environment with steady temperature, good air circulation, and rooms with wall space that don’t receive direct light, whether it’s sunlight or artificial light.
The size and environment of your home will determine what ideal size and medium you should go for when purchasing your first work of art.
Get to Know the Local Art Scene
The best part of art collecting is getting to know people who are just as excited about art as you are. Thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever to find and interact with artists, galleries, and fellow collectors. Connecting with the local art community allows you to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and makes buying art so much more enjoyable.
Besides scrolling through Instagram and Twitter, it’s highly recommended that you attend as many opening exhibitions, art fairs, and award shows as you can. These events gather the who’s who of the art scene, so you can mingle with the community and admire physical artworks up-close.
Decide What Medium You Want to Buy
Oil paintings aren’t the only type of artworks you can display at home. Sculptures and photographs are other low-maintenance pieces to consider. When kept in a safe location, a sturdy wood sculpture or a framed photograph only requires some light dusting every so often to retain their quality.
Researching different artistic mediums is also a great way to develop your unique taste and interests. At the end of the day, buying and displaying works is all about expressing yourself creatively. Exploring the wide range of art mediums available allows you to see what truly speaks to you, whether it’s a simple metal sculpture or a vibrant oil painting.
Connect With the Art
It’s fine to buy art simply because you like the way it looks, but an emotional connection to a piece makes it all the more special. Forming a deeper connection with any potential piece of art starts by looking through an artist’s bio and the exhibition notes of a particular show.
Reading these will give you a better understanding of what motivates the artist to create and what particular themes and values are being represented through the artworks in the exhibition. It’s also worthwhile to take the time out to see the work in person, if you’re able to. Doing so will allow you to appreciate the finer details of the piece and find things you might not otherwise have seen by just viewing it online.
So, what are you waiting for? Check one thing off your new year’s resolutions by enhancing your living space with a beautiful new artwork.
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