On Collecting Art

Most of us are fond of colorful paintings,photographs,sculptures in our homes on our walls and tables.We have admired a beautiful painting in a friend’s house or an art gallery.As a young professional you have saved up some money for an interesting piece of work.So,what are the guidelines when buying a painting.One of the most exciting parts of collecting art,as opposed to historical pieces,is discovering works by unknown and emerging artists since their reputations are fresh and developing.

Personal Taste

We must buy art we love,afterall it is going to be on our walls for a long time.Whether it is Figurative or Abstract it has to be something we like a lot.


The material whether it is on paper,wood or canvas..to make sure it stands the test of time.Good finishing means that it will look best for longer.


It is a good idea to build up a picture of who created your artwork,their CV,status accolades…as these determine their value.

Original Artwork

So that your is one of a kind or unique.The artwork should have a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist


Or a history of who it has belonged to is another determining factor in its value.For example,if a painting was owned by a prominent collector or came from a respected gallery,it will automatically be worth more.


Artworks of certain SUBJECTMATTER tend to sell more than others.For example paintings of beautiful women tend to be worth than paintings of men,but there may be exceptions sometimes.Cheerful scenes of sunny landscapes win over dark scenes.But it is worth noting that when we are talking about the work of a famous artist,these rules may not apply.


Of a painting is also important.


If the artwork in question exhibits recognizable features of a famous artist,it will be worth more.For example a cubist painting of Picasso will typically cost more than one of his early landscapes because people associate Picasso with cubism.