Bring art to your life!

  • Choose an art work that will make you happy, fascinate you day after day or remind you
    of what is important in life.
  • Even one art work is the start of the collection!
  • It is easy to buy art; it is enough that you like the art work and the price feels fit for your
    purse.
  • Keep your mind open! There is no right or wrong interpretation.

Art is usually bought either from passion to art or as a long-term investment. If an art work is acquired for your own pleasure and its value development as an investment is secondary, then you should choose a work that will give you pleasure for a long time. When a favorite artist is found, it is often a wish to add a collection to other works of the same artist. Buying is not worth the rush without thinking. First of all, it is worth exploring what kind of art is offered and what kind of aesthetics interests you. You can explore your own taste in art in different ways. The best way is to be exposed to art, that is, to go to different exhibitions and stop for a moment in front of art works. Pay attention to the quality of the materials and whether a work is well-finished.

The perception of your own aesthetics is reinforced. Are you charmed by more abstract or more productive works? A quieter or louder beauty? What color schemes are fascinating? Is there any theme that is repeated in the works you are interested in? Art is also an excellent gift for example for a wedding couple. Since the taste of another person seldom knows for sure, then a gift card is a good choice.

 

Art and decor

Art is one way of creating a personal home. The work of art is more than a mere exterior, it is something unique and lasting, a workmanship of his author and a reflection of this soul landscape that was born at a certain time. The work of art offers at its best experiences in the middle of everyday life. It becomes part of a home that can give energy and space to consider things of interest to you. When art is interesting, you can look at it for a long time. When making a purchase decision, you should think about whether the work is suitable for home and for your own
personality. Art can also vary at home, change its place, or take it to storage. Art lives with the rest of the interior. A new, modern art work next to the old work gives it a new glow.

  • Combine courageously new and old art.
  • Play with art. Try unprejudiced new kinds of solutions. There may be another interesting object next to the artwork.
  • The color of the wall raises the work of art differently. Interesting alternatives can be, for example, a contrast color or a color that is captured from a work. The white wall is always a good, neutral background. Different frames also change the look of a work of art.
  • Alter the works from wall to wall or from one room to another in different times to get a new, fresh view of the work.

Real art deserves decent frames that take care that the art work is in its most beautiful and its value is preserved. The frame by skilled personel is of high quality and durable. The materials are acid-free, ensuring that the work within the frames remains good. When framing art with a professional, the service includes, together with the customer, finding the best possible outcome for the work. The work becomes beautiful and balanced when the frame is made for an art work and not the other way round. There are different framing techniques for different art works, which are known by skilled personnel.

Successful hanging of the art starts with the study of the properties of the work of art, the hanging method of the work and the wall material. First, make sure that they all are sure to fit together. If there are coming more than one art work on the same wall, you should first put the works on the floor, consider the composition and then start tapping them on the wall. Hanging rails from art galleries have also come to homes, making it easy to hang and group, and do not need to drill holes in the walls. With rails, it is easy to change the places in the art works and add new ones to the wall. The right height for hanging the art work is at eye level or 10 to 20 cm above the living room sofa. If needed, ask help the experts.

Art as an investment

People´s interest in art as an investment has grown tremendously in recent years. At present, contemporary art as an investment is bypassing even the old art of popularity. The change is due to the fact that investors have noticed how high quality with respect to reasonable prices is key to the art investment. Longer investment time does not hinder, because over time these works only increase their value. When shopping online, the background information of a work and artist has already been clarified before the art work is to be sold. This way you can be convinced that the work is genuine, and you can ask the artist more information. Artists act as sellers of their own works, not auctions or art shops. It is important to save the possible documents obtained when purchasing. They are also worthy for posterity.

High-quality contemporary art is sold in the “first market” in reliable galleries / online galleries. About art investment, it is important that the artist has a “name”, he/she has been marketed well, the art represents the art of time at its best, the sales networks work and sell the work of the artist. In addition, the number of collectors influences it. In contemporary art, it is currently important that the artist is making an opening as a young.
The name of a young artist must come out frequently in public.

The financial value of a work can be weighed by looking at the artist´s curriculum vitae. Where exhibitions have been held, what prizes and scholarships have been received, where the well-known collections of his works are. The importance of the curriculum vitae is certainly in relation to the artist´s age. A young artist has not yet had a chance to be honored, even if she is talented. It is also important to keep in mind whether the artist has also held private exhibitions outside his / her own locality. It says he is active, follows upcoming exhibitions and makes new productions.

The financial value of a work can be weighed by looking at the artist´s curriculum vitae. where exhibitions have been held, what prizes and scholarships have been received, where the well-known collections of his works are. The importance of the curriculum vitae is in relation to the artist´s age. A young artist has not yet had a chance to be honored, even if he/she is talented. It is also important to keep in mind whether the artist has also held private exhibitions outside his / her own locality. It says he/she is active, follows upcoming exhibitions and makes new productions.

Even if you could think of something else, art has always been reasonably reliable investment if the item is of high quality and can buy it right time at the right place. There is no shortcut to success in buying art, but one´s own eye is practiced only after many trades. Paintings are the most popular and easiest investment objects in art. The value of the art never falls to zero unless it is physically damaged.

Art pricing

Many factors influence the price of a work of art. First, the method by which a work is made is a major factor in price determination. For example, graphics, often made of a series of many prints, are the most advantageous art form. Oil paintings, in turn, are unique and therefore more valuable. Another factor influencing the concrete price is the size of the work of art. Larger works require more materials and often also more work to complete. The artist´s status as well as the recognition and popularity he has achieved in the career stage, as well as the expectations of the future among experts in the field will affect the financial appreciation of the works. Artists earn they living by selling their works, so buying an art will support the existence of contemporary art.

Oil painting is a slow technique of art, and therefore, the price of paintings is higher than, for example, drawings and watercolors. In paintings time and fashion variations have the greatest impact on value. Making sculptures is usually more expensive than the paintings, especially for the most expensive materials. Sculpture is divided into pricing in light and heavy materials. Most often sculptures are made only one, so they are unique. The maximum number is six pieces, since then the work is no longer counted as a unique work but is classified in the field of art series production. The most important factor in pricing is the size of the sculpture, the material and the artist´s status. The value of the sculptures remains good.

Pricing of graphics compared to other techniques is perhaps the easiest. The most important factor is the size. The magnitude of a series will affect the price on a case-by- case basis. The more familiar the artist is, the more valuable the smaller the series of prints are. Often, buyers of graphics are considering whether the number of print series or the so-called “artist´s own piece” effect at the price. In practice, these have no effect. Graphics printing techniques are not of great importance for prices. The price of the graphics remains good. Watercolor works are often sketched over the drawings. Watercolors are fast and light technique. They are unique, and the price rises above the graphics. Pastels are usually the most expensive of light techniques, closer to the prices of painting. Carbon drawings are sometimes slightly cheaper than pastel work. The success and the strong background information affect the price. Photographic art pricing is largely based on artist´s own pricing and the years will remove part of the price. The price is influenced by the size of the work, the technical details and the artist´s status.

Care instructions for art work

The art work must be placed where it is not exposed to high fluctuations in humidity, temperature, and lighting conditions. For paper works, it is especially important to note that the work is not hanged directly in the sunlight. The work is good to frame unless the artist intended to present the work without a frame. The frame can also be changed to suit your preferences. For the most advanced techniques, it is good to ask the artist for instructions to maintain the work.

Over the value works, decorative lamps are not recommended at all because they heat up the art works and the paint surface and accelerate the aging process in hot, fluctuating heat. In the sunlight, the work of art is at its best, but the rays of the sun discolor the colors quickly. If the room faces large windows, it is advisable to place glass-covered works of art on sunny walls and transfer oil paintings to the shaded walls of the room. Textiles also fade in sunlight. Stone and bronze sculptures can also set outdoors. Bronze sculptures are then patinated, but on the other hand it does not diminish the charisma of sculpture. It is not advisable to place any valuable art works on the kitchen. The work is quickly patinated and darkens by fat. Paintings with gold-plated frames should be handle with cotton gloves. Fingers always have fat, even if your hands have just been washed.

It is advisable to wipe the dust off the artwork with a dry cloth, clean the glasses with glass washing fluid and wiping the bronze sculptures with a wet cloth. The temperature of the location is also important. The best thing is that the painting is not too close to the front door. Near the door is drafty, and the temperature and air humidity vary constantly. The more stable the temperature and humidity, the better the art work copes.

 

Mirja-Riitta / Kunstportal

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