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Tips for Buying Art (For Those who Have Never Done it Before)

Unless you are a curator of art, or an artist, chances are buying artwork does not come naturally to you. Even galleries can be intimidating at first, because you may feel intimidated about choosing the right size or even the right colours for your space. As it turns out, choosing artwork for your home is way easier than you might think, if you follow a few golden rules.

Know the Artist

If you can, you need to get to know the artist that made your art. If you do, then this will help you to understand the concept behind the art and it will also help you to piece together what the art symbolises. If you don’t get the chance to meet the artist in person then make sure that you do your fair share of reading. A lot of contemporary galleries have bios about the artist, so you can easily find out about them and what made them create the piece. The great thing about doing this is that it will give you a glimpse of their lives and it will also help you to connect with the piece on a visual level too.

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Act Fast or Face Missing Out

Art is very unique, and some pieces are one-of-a-kind. If your heart leaps when you see a piece, then don’t hesitate. If you do, then you may end up missing out. If you can’t afford it, then it’s good to be honest with yourself but if you can and you see a piece you like, then don’t dawdle. Go for it and live in the moment. You’ll be glad you did.

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Attend Art Events

Find out what is going on in your city and then attend any events. This is a fantastic way for you to expose yourself to any emerging artists. If you buy art online from artists who are young, or up-and-coming then this will help you to stumble on a great investment for the future.

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Focus on the Secondary Market

It’s highly recommended that you get some advice from a few savvy friends. It’s also worth trying to attend art auctions as well. This is an insightful way for you to try and immerse yourself in the ever-adapting auction system. If you can, you need to try and shop for art second-hand as well. This is great because it means that you are sometimes paying for art with a 50% discount. This is a fantastic way for you to procure pieces that would normally be out of your budget, and when you combine this with the fact that most art is an appreciating asset, you’ll soon find that you can take advantage of the benefits.

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Paperwork VS Oil

You should know that paperwork art tends to be way cheaper when compared to oil on canvas. You should know though that a lot of paperwork art isn’t sold in frames either, so you will need to seek out your own frames if you want to display them in your home. If you want to get the best result out of your artwork, then you need to try and check the acidity in the mat first. At the end of the day, you can easily buy inexpensive frames, but you have to make sure that the mat which touches the artwork is free from acid. Acid mats can be found in more budget-friendly frames and this can quickly deteriorate or discolour the artwork, which is the last thing that you need when you have spent a large amount of money on it at auction.

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Go for What you Love- Not What you Think you should Love

You have to make sure that you go for what you love. Sure, a lot of people like Van Gogh or even Monet, but if you don’t there’s no shame in that. Maybe you’re more a fan of Andy Warhol, or even David Hockney. Either way, art is personal, so don’t be afraid to dig a little deeper than just famous artists. If you want to get the best result out of your purchase then buy pre-loved art online, so you can save money while getting access to a fantastic selection.

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Commission a Piece

Purchasing a commissioned piece of art will help you to get the right size of art, while also making sure that it is suited to your space.  When choosing an artist, you have to make sure that they are experienced when it comes to making commissions. You can also ask a client who has worked for the artist in the past to see if they can share their experience.  If you don’t have the budget to get some art commissioned then remember that it is more than possible for you to buy second-hand art and when you do, you will be able to get the piece you want without much difficulty at all. You can also shop around to make sure that you’re getting the best prices.

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Art Investment 101- The Ultimate Guide to Types, Buying, Selling & Storing

In this day and age, so many long-term investors are looking to try and diversify their portfolio by buying different asset classes. Some of them want to buy rare coins and jewels, others want to invest in fine wines. One investment class that is gaining traction is art. Fine art can enhance your home, and it can also evoke very powerful emotions. It appreciates in value by simply hanging on your wall and believe it or not, you don’t need to invest a lot of money either.

Types of Art

There are many types of art out there. If you’re a novice when it comes to art then you may see art as being a painting, but this isn’t always true. Sometimes art can be a drawing, photography, mixed media, digital creations or prints. 

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Originals VS Copies

Original works are by far the most highly-valued pieces. Even a copy can be worth a significant amount though. If you want to know if your copy is going to be worth something, then you need to arm yourself with knowledge. Take a look below to find out more.

Originals

Originals are one-of-a-kind.  The rarity of the original tends to justify the price.

Prints

Even though a print is a copy, it’s still a work of art and therefore can have high value. A print has quality and clarity that rivals the original and it’s a fantastic way for you to get into art if you have limited funds. Limited edition prints tend to go for more, along with autographed prints.

Gicleés

Gicleés are the highest quality of print around. Pronounced zhee-klay, it’s got a resolution which is far superior and some might even say that it is museum-quality. They tend to come with a certificate of authenticity too.

Reproductions

Reproduction prints are original works without a limited printing run. They are ideal if you’re on a budget but not worth much beyond that.

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Where can you Buy Art?

If you’re on a budget, then the best place for you to buy art would be online. When you do buy art online, you can then take advantage of the lower prices without compromising quality. If you are a novice however then seeing the art in person may be a much better idea. This way you can see the personal connection you have to the piece and you can also feel the emotion it evokes. You can buy second-hand art online with ease if you want to get started.

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Caring for your Art

Caring for your art is so important. Sure, common sense goes a long way, but beyond that there are some do’s and don’ts that you need to know if you want to preserve your collection to the best of your ability.

Handling

Before you even think about handling any works of art, it’s vital that you clean your hands and dry them properly. Removing jewellery is also a good idea. Pick up a painting by the sides of the frame, and avoid touching the surface.

Cleaning

Use an artist’s brush that is made out of natural hair to clean your art. Without applying pressure, brush in one direction until the entire piece has been done. When you’ve done that, then repeat in another direction until it’s clean. Don’t dust if any paint is cracking or flaking. Dust and dirt can degrade paintings too, so regular cleaning is key. If you require significant cleaning, hire a professional and never use chemicals or kitchen cleaners. Your pieces may not be worth a lot now, but if they are in the future, it’s vital to look after them now.

Storing

If you need to store your art, keep it away from direct sunlight and away from damp. Keep it away from cellars, basements, fireplaces and boilers. Storing multiple paintings in a painting rack is a good idea, in a room that is free from fluctuating temperatures.

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Selling Art

Selling your art can be just as demanding and just as time-consuming as starting your collection. Before approaching a selling venue, have all of your pieces appraised. Don’t count on the auction house to do it for you, and also take into account commission too. The one advantage of dealers and galleries is the network of clients. The venue may be able to expedite a sale quickly which can work in your favour. An auction house will usually charge a selling commission of around 15% and a buyer’s commission of around 10%. When you buy pre-loved art, you can of course, save and therefore make more profit at this stage.

Selling on the internet is another option, but you do have to make sure that you package your art properly and that you only sell through well-established sites. This is the best way for you to make the most profit and you would be surprised at how easy it is for you to not only get a fair price, but the best buyers.

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Summer Days

We hope everyone has been enjoying what may be the last of these lovely Summer days! Here at ThePlace4Art we still have that summer feeling and have been turning to all things Floral!

We have a selection of beautiful Summery Artworks on our website to suit everyone, from bright Contemporary pieces to the more subdued colour palette.

Be sure to have a look at what is on offer – Who says summer has to end?? Bring a little bit of sunshine into your home all year round!

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Welcome to ThePlace4Art!

Welcome to ThePlace4Art – A safe and effective way to Buy and Sell Artwork from clients at competitive prices.

Got any Artwork behind the sofa? In the attic? Hidden under all that spare bedding in your cupboard? SELL it here to someone who is looking for something new for their home!

Got loads of empty space on your walls? Want an Investment? Or are you stuck on what to get your Great Aunt Sally for her 70th Birthday? Well, look no further than Theplace4art – With so many people looking to move house and change Artwork around, there are plenty of items to BUY! You may even find yourself a hidden gem…

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Buy and Sell Art

Are you looking for that illusive sold out limited edition print or some art by established and upcoming artists?

Theplace4art is the website where you can buy and sell art online with confidence.

When you purchase, your payment is held in our PayPal account for up to 14 days to ensure that you receive your art in the condition stated by the seller.

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