Why You Should Buy Art From A Gallery:
Buying artwork for your home can often be daunting! There is a big wide world out there full of artwork…..where to begin?
It pays, in so many ways, to find a gallery that sells the type of artwork you like and to build up a trusted relationship with the gallerist. The gallerist lives and breathes art 24/7. More and more, the unapproachable gallery is becoming a thing of the past, so you are able to feel relaxed to discuss any artwork you are looking for with them.
They have already used their vast knowledge and experience to carefully select artists to represent who have a good body of good quality artwork so this is a massive plus for the collector, as it immediately validates the artist and their work.
You can also be confident that the artwork will be fairly priced and that it would not be any cheaper buying directly from the artist or from another gallery, as may have been in the case in the past. The artwork generally comes straight from the artist, so, again, you can be confident that it will be of a good quality. Most galleries also provide a Certificate of Authenticity for each artwork, for both original artworks and prints, which is great for your peace of mind and also for your insurance company.
So, let the gallerist do the hard work for you when you are looking for an artwork to add to your collection. The key element for success is communication! Working closely with them is mutually beneficial, you do not feel you are being ‘sold to’ and the gallery doesn’t feel they are harassing you! Help them build up your brief with information on what you are looking for, where you are going to hang your new artwork, any room colour schemes, other artworks in the room to consider and your budget. Gallerists love to be able to match up artwork with new collectors, and at the same time support their artists and their work.
The gallery’s relationship with their artists is a close one and enables them to know the background, inspiration and processes of each artwork. This, in turn, is passed on to you, making your involvement in your artwork more fulfilling. Don’t forget to ask lots of questions about the artwork and artist you are interested in, the gallerist loves to talk about their art! Find out more about how we find our artists in our our blog ‘It’s A Gallery Affair: How We Choose Our Artists And How They Choose Us!
Don’t forget, it is not just artwork that the gallery can help you with, either, they can advise on other things too. They can advise you on the best way to frame and hang artwork and also how to look after your artwork for a long and happy life. If you are not keen to do this yourself, most galleries have an extended team of artwork shippers, framers and hangers who will be able to take any stress out of getting your artwork on your wall.
A good way to nurture your relationship is to sign up for the gallery’s newsletter and blogs and to follow and like their posts on social media. It is all part of becoming part of that ‘family’. Galleries especially like it when collectors interact with images of their artwork in situ! Signing up also means you may be first inline to preview new work by a particular artist, get invitations to exhibition private views and art fairs, so it will be well worth it!