Converse Marilyn Art Print by Martin Allen featuring iconic Marilyn Monroe with classic Converse sneakers, blending pop culture and fashion in vibrant artwork.

How do I buy my first Art?

One of the questions I’m often asked is ‘how do I buy my first piece of art’? Buying your first piece of art is a very subjective process. Here are my seven steps to help guide you through the process:

  1. Define Your Taste: Here you should spend time exploring different styles of art to figure out what resonates with you. Chech out  galleries, art shows, and online platforms, and notice what types of art, whether it’s contemporary, abstract, classical, or street art, grabs you, gets attention and evokes emotion.

  2. Set a Budget: Very important, determine roughly how much you want to spend. The art market varies widely in price, and setting a budget will help narrow down your options and keep you focused. Remember, buying art is an investment in your personal joy and the aesthetics of your space, not necessarily in financial appreciation. It should make you happy every time you look at it.

  3. Research the Artist and Artwork: Once you find a piece you like, try and learn a little about the artist and their work. For me, it’s about the story behind the piece, and its significance can add to its value for you for example with my Dali series, when I researched the work I discovered that Dali designed the logo for Chupa Chups in 1969 so I wanted to create a  series of surreal ‘Dali’ flavoured lollies, as an homage to the great man himself.

  4. Consider where you’re going to put it: Think about where the art will go in your home. Give some thought to the size, color scheme, and how the art’s will complement your living space. It’s important that the piece not only appeals to you but also blends well within your home.

  5. Buy from Reputable Sources: Purchase art from reputable galleries, art fairs, online platforms, or directly from the artist (ME). Most good artists and galleries will offer authenticity certificates for the artworks.

  6. Art Care: Most art doesn’t need a lot of specialist care but you may want to consider protecting it from direct sunlight, or humidity.

  7. Have fun and enjoy the process: Buying art is very personal and should be enjoyable. Don’t rush the process. Take your time to find a piece that truly speaks to you, makes you happy every time you look at it and reflects your personality and style. Remember, the right piece of art can transform a space, plus bring joy and inspiration to your life.

If you follow these tips, you’ll be well on your way to beginning your art collection for personal or professional space. Make sure you enjoy the journey of discovering and owning your first piece of art!

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