4 Essential Tips for Buying Fine Art

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Buying fine art can be an exhilarating but intimidating experience. How do you find artists? What do you look for in a piece of art? Where do you shop for art — especially if you don’t have thousands to spend up front? Before you hit the galleries, consider these tips when it comes to choosing art.

1. Know Your Personal Style

Spend some time perusing local museums and art galleries (here’s a rundown of the 10 best contemporary art galleries in Dallas). Get a feel for what type of fine art resonates with you. Do you lean toward colorful or black-and-white art? Are there particular subjects or styles that you find particularly appealing? When you take some time to explore various types of art, you’ll discover new artists that you might not otherwise have found.

2. Do Some Research

Buying fine art can be an emotional decision, but don’t buy the first piece that moves you. Research the artists you find interesting. Learn about their education, commissions, and exhibits. If you’re considering artwork from a well-known artist, get an appraisal. It’s important to know what you’re buying before you make the investment.

3. Shop Around

When you’re developing your eye for fine art, it helps to see art — lots of it. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend your weekends schlepping through gallery after gallery. You can also browse upcoming auctions in Dallas, antiques fairs, or even student sales at art schools. Online retailers and auction sites are other great sources for well-curated art at affordable price points. Enormous Tiny Art, for example, offers original works ranging from $50 to $500. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get artwork that looks like a million bucks.

4. Invest in the Best

If you choose top-notch art, one day you’ll be able to sell it for top dollar. Always look for quality pieces, and pass up on any art that’s in bad condition. You never know — a piece that costs you a few hundred dollars today could end up fetching a few thousand (or more) down the line. It pays to select art that not only suits your style, but will serve you well in the long run should you choose to sell it.

Fine art is an investment that adds character and beauty to the decor in your DFW home. Follow your instincts (and the tips listed above), and you’ll be on your way to building a beautiful art collection that’s all your own.

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