So, you've heard of the new trend: buying and collecting original art and your curiosity is piqued. You want to see what all the hype is about. What is it that people are all talking about.
Thousands of people throughout the world have taken on collecting art as a hobby, and sometimes as a business. People buy, sell, trade and collect original art every day, and the art business is fast becoming a multi-million dollar industry. There are so many different types and styles of art to choose from including different techniques and many, many different sources of medium. Art includes paintings—made from oils, watercolor, inks, chalk and charcoal—reproduced prints, ceramics, pottery, sculptures made from ceramic or wood, and thousands of other types of crafts.
Most pieces of art are made to invoke emotional feelings such as love, envy, sadness, depression, happiness, etc, and a lot of times induce contemplation. The stronger the feeling the artwork carries, the more likely the art is considered to be controversial. With so many emotions and feelings behind art, it carries so much value and appreciation—people will always be willing to buy art. Often, the feel of the artwork, or the impression people get from it is what makes people want to buy art. Unlike fresh food, clean water and health, art is not a requirement, but it doesn't stop people from wanting to experience the joy in owing original art. Some consider buying art an emotionally driven impulse.
Used for decoration, original art can truly enhance and bring joy and beauty to a room or office. Sometimes, the artwork can help to define a certain emotion the owner wants to express in a room, and most often, the piece suggested that emotion in the owner. If you find original art that takes you away from this reality and lands you somewhere else more peaceful when you look upon it, you know you've found the right piece. When you buy art, make sure the piece really personifies your personality or the emotion you wish to create.
On the other side of the spectrum, museums and galleries go to great lengths to buy art that will attract the most people, and they are less likely to buy art for personality or emotion. The goal is to make a profit, which means making more money than they spent on the art. As long as people will pay to see it, they are making an excellent return on their investment.
There are a few things to guide you through the process of buying any piece of art, especially if you are not planning on buying from a museum or gallery. Finding the right piece to complement your home or gallery is an overwhelming task. Set a budget for yourself and stick to it no matter what, and research legit resources online to avoid scam. However, the most important aspect is finding the right art for yourself—one that takes you away and makes you happy.