We get it; art purchasing can seem super esoteric and scary, but don’t be scared! Buying art is a lot easier than you think, especially through the world wide web. Still, some things about buying art haven’t changed. Here’s a couple of things to keep in mind, whether you’re in a gallery or on an awesome art website
Tips to Purchase Art
A “run” means all the prints made from a given work. For example, a “run of 100” means the artist created 100 limited edition prints from the original piece. Know how exclusive your print is!
Original art is a very broad term and includes things that are one of a kind. This includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, and many other things. Original artwork is usually expensive for good reason! It may sound obvious, but you’re buying the only copy of that artistic expression that they likely spent weeks or even months on.
An artist can only profit once from the sale of an original work, and then it’s completely gone. The work grows in value over time, it is the buyer who reaps the financial benefits (although, of course, the artist name gains cred, which is vert valuable in and of itself. Another perfectly understandable reason why art can be pricey.
If you’re looking for a great work of art, but you don’t have, say, thousands of dollars to drop on an original painting, you can still enjoy art through buying relatively inexpensive prints! The fewer the prints, the higher the price. In the end, though, all great art collectors encourage new buyers to purchase things that they like, and not for the purposes of investment. See something, like it, buy it!
by Maki Kern