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April 2021

The world of art can be intimidating. It seems like everybody gets it – except for you, making it hard to make your first art purchase. Well, not anymore!

Here is a guide to buying your first piece of art on artboost.

"The first question is, “What’s your reason for buying art?”

Do you want to buy a piece of art to decorate an empty, white wall? Are you looking for an investment? Do you want to buy the artwork because you think it’s fantastic? Or perhaps you feel like supporting a certain artist? Regardless of your reason for buying your first piece of art, the things to consider will vary. The following tips will apply in most situations, but there are other things to consider as well. If you are buying to invest, for instance, you’ll have to do a lot of research about how to choose a piece of art that will make a good investment.

Five Tips for Purchasing your First Piece of Art 

1. Explore a lot of art and find your style.

Be open to new things and discover the kind of art you like. The best way to do this is to look at lots of art. Art is personal, and each person has his or her own individual taste, so if you explore lots of different types of art, it is easier for you to find what you really love, which is one of the most important things. If you want to spend your money on something you will enjoy for a long time, you have to be sure it’s something you really like. 

2. Choose a price range

Choose an affordable price range and look through art in that price range. The price for a piece of art can be confusing – one piece of art may cost $100, while another may cost $1500, but both pieces of art may look the same to you. This is why learning the basics of pricing is a good idea. Among the most significant factors are the period of the artist’s career, the size of the artwork, and the medium for the image – in that order. A larger piece will cost more, because normally it requires more time and effort to complete, and the price for a time-consuming piece, such as an oil painting, will also be higher.

3. Does it fit into your home? 

Ask yourself some basic questions, when you research the available selection of art. Will it fit into the room where you intend to display it – both esthetically and physically? Which size is the right size? Size is very important, when it comes to art. Remember to select a piece that provides the effect you had in mind. If your piece of art is too large or too small, you won’t do it justice.

"Buy what you love. Trust your heart and buy with confidence.” 

4. Know the story and the artist 

There is often a story behind a piece of art, and the artist may have had a purpose in mind. Knowing the backstory is an essential aspect of the piece. Go to the artist’s profile, read his or her biography, and explore his or her work. Art is a way for us to express what we think, what we feel, what we love or hate, what we hope, what we want to change, and whatever else that moves us. Each piece of art has a story that grows with you over time. 

See videos of artists explaining the stories behind their work.  

5. Buy your next piece of art

If you want to invest in art, there are some things to keep in mind. A guide for investing in art will be available soon – sign up for the newsletter for updates. 

If you need help finding a suitable piece of art for you, don’t hesitate to write an e-mail for our art specialist, Anders Cederholm – he would love to help.

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