‘Art that needs to be placed outdoor is usually made of sturdy material and other than basic wash and wear care you don’t need much’, says Amrish Malvankar
There are several things that one must consider while buying art, but none can compare with the feeling of joy that one gets when viewing it. If it appeals to the heart and mind, the rest of the pointers on the checklist are just that…pointers. Though if you are starting out as an art investor, then the following pointers will help you.
- What are you buying for? For pleasure or investment? If you are buying for your own pleasure, then decide the budget and look for an art piece that appeals to you. Buy it and enjoy it. For investment, you need to keep in mind that art is a long-term investment. It appreciates over time. The reputation of the artist and the economy status has a huge role to play in this value. If you do decide to view this as an investment, take it up only if you enjoy it and are willing to maintain the upkeep of the artwork. Understand if you are buying an original, print or reproduction and get it valued accordingly. Buy from a reputed source, gallery or artist and collect the right certificates of authenticity to ensure you have an original. Get it appraised every decade to understand its worth in your portfolio.
- Who are you buying for? Yourself or a client? If you are buying for yourself or your client, then taking into consideration the personal taste of individual parties is essential. The art should bring you a sense of joy or wonderment or contentment every time you see it. The personal tastes, choices and lifestyle of the buyer makes a huge difference in the kind of artwork selected. This determines the content genre, subject, size and material you select.
- Where is the art going to be placed? Home or office? Though art is very subjective, there is a fine line of decorum that you would want to maintain when placing artworks in an office environment. In your own personal space or at home you don’t need to care about this.
- Art for Every Home; Amrish Malvankar
- Keep in mind religious and cultural sensitivities while choosing art for an office environment. It can challenge you, inspire or motivate you. To avoid any imaginary offences, make sure you put a small note explaining the artwork if it is abstract so that people can draw inferences from it and channel their imagination accordingly
Art for Every Home; Amrish Malvankar
- Art for Every Home; Amrish Malvankar
While I can marvel at all art works irrespective of the genre or concept, in a professional setting one must make sure that is it not overtly offensive to the people in the office. Keep in mind religious and cultural sensitivities while choosing art for an office environment. It can challenge you, inspire or motivate you. To avoid any imaginary offences, make sure you put a small note explaining the artwork if it is abstract so that people can draw inferences from it and channel their imagination accordingly.
- How do you care for the art ? While buying the artwork make sure you speak to the gallery or the artist and understand from them how to take care of the artwork you have purchased. Every artist would have used a unique mix of elements to create their piece so he/she would be the best person to advise you on individual pieces. Outdoor and indoor pieces require different care. Art that needs to be placed outdoor is usually made of sturdy material and other than basic wash and wear care you don’t need much. For indoor pieces, based on the materials used you can keep them in closed/ mounted / lit up areas in your home / office. Direct sunlight and damp areas are always a no – no. It is also a good idea to keep it away from areas where a lot of messy hands can have access it. To clean a soft cloth to remove the dust is usually fine for open artwork. You can also encase it in a glass frame and make cleaning a lesser hassle for yourself. A spotlight that highlights the colors and textures is also preferred to help you enjoy the full extent of the artwork.