You have a beautiful space and a bare wall and you have never purchased original art before. You have been staring at this space for weeks, months or even years. You have had guests over and they have suggested you hang some art on the wall so you have looked at inexpensive options to ‘decorate’ your wall. You may have even bought a cheap print from a department store, but something just doesn’t feel right. You have created a beautiful space, and the wall needs equally special attention. How or where do you start?
This is an exciting predicament to be in and with the accessibility of good quality original art available online today, you can shop from the comfort of your own home while you enjoy a cup of coffee or that evening glass of wine. Buying a one-of-a-kind handcrafted piece of art is an exhilarating experience, it’s like going on a treasure hunt and the treasure will hang in your home for you, your family and your guests to enjoy for years to come. An original piece of art can provide inspiration, escape and beauty and encourage conversation.
Original art is an investment that you can enjoy, visually. You are the owner of an original artwork, the only one of its kind. You are investing in our heritage and your investment insures this heritage will continue to live on, evolve and inspire the next generation. The value of an original piece of Canadian art continues to grow, the value of a print in today’s digital world, is less likely to increase in value – where the signature of the artist on the print becomes more valuable than the print.
So where and how do you begin to get your feet wet as a new art collector?
We have put together ten tips that can help guide you through the process of shopping for, and selecting your first piece of original art online.
Keep a physical list or an image list of art that you are attracted to and save it to your computer. With this list note the following things;
Start looking at online art galleries. Online galleries offer the ability to search by size, price and even colour. Begin looking at art within your collector profile (taste) budget and size requirements. Do not be afraid to go a bit outside your requirements, nothing is set in stone, the requirements that you have built give you a rough guideline for art shopping.
There are many considerations when it comes to buying a quality piece of art in your budget, but keep in mind if you buy something that truly speaks to you, you can never go wrong. Original art will last for a lifetime and hopefully will be passed down to someone who loves it as much as you. Your art choice is an extension of your personality and a way to express your creativity and individuality. Something to be cherished by all who know and love you even long after you are gone.
There is no need to feel anxious when shopping online for art. Here are some tips on selecting a reputable online gallery;
Original art is an investment, and with that investment it is important to keep records. Any piece or quality original art should come with a certificate of authenticity, often signed by the artist. This should include value of the work and date or purchase. As original art is a long-term investment that will increase in value, unlike an automobile, it is important to keep records for insurance and future owners of the art.
Why not invest in original art for your office? Not only is hanging original art in your place of business uplifting, it provides enjoyment and a conversation starter. The Canadian government recognizes the importance of encouraging the purchase of original Canadian art. Investing in the Canadian art market and its creators offers many benefits to Canadian businesses large and small. The Canadian Government has implemented tax incentives intended to promote the purchase of Canadian artwork and encourage donations to museums and public institutions. The purchase price of Canadian artwork, paintings, etchings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, etc. is considered an amortization expense for corporations or individuals who operate a business. It qualifies as a tax deduction provided that certain criteria are met. The Canadian tax law allows business owners to purchase and write-off Original Canadian Art in its entirety. The acquisition of Original Canadian Art is included in the Capital Cost Allowance for all Canadian businesses, so long as the Artist was a Canadian Citizen when creating the work and the work of art is an original worth a minimum of $200.
So, you have found a piece of art you love, but it’s a bit out of your immediate price range? Why not think about financing your purchase? Hang the art on your wall now and pay on a timeline that suits your budget. There are many options for financing, check with your gallery.
There are many options out there when it comes to buying art online, once you find an online gallery you like, stick with them. A good gallery will offer new artwork regularly and keep track of your collector profile, meaning when they bring in new works they will often be artworks you will enjoy.
Most of all enjoy yourself, have fun getting to know the art that is out there in the world. There is so much to choose from, at every price point, and once you start collecting original, one-of-a-kind pieces, you will never look at a print in the same way again.
Brandy Saturley paints Canadian Contemporary Realism inspired by Canadian culture and sport and has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions at art fairs, in public and private art galleries, and in unique corporate venues across Canada.
Ms. Saturley has a number of unique pieces listed with Creative Collection.0