How to Start Buying Art Prints


Buying art can be a rewarding and enjoyable form of investment if you know how to do it. Buying what you love, purchasing valuable pieces, and ensuring authenticity are all an important part of buying art prints.

If you're starting your own art collection and looking into art as an alternative investment option, here's what you need to know.

Know What You Like, Buy What You Love

Love the art you buy. Some people know what they like immediately, others need time to explore different types of original art. If you're not sure what kind of art you're drawn to, start going to galleries.

Look at work by different artists and immerse yourself in different forms of art. Take friends with you and try to note the emotion each artwork draws from you.

As you learn to understand these feeling and recognise what art captures your emotion, the easier it will be to recognise art you can truly invest in.

Try to imagine different pieces hanging in your home. Would you like to see that piece daily? Where would it hang? Does the piece match the mood and environment you've tried to create in your house? Know the answers to these questions before purchasing a piece for yourself.

Ensure Authenticity

Before buying a print and fully investing, it is crucial to check for originality and authenticity. Start by purchasing from a reputable, well-known gallery. Visiting the same gallery on a regular basis will help you get a better feel for what you like while getting a better sense of their reputation and trustworthiness.

Authentic art pieces will be signed and numbered. Look for the signature before committing to making a purchase. A reputable gallery will also provide you with a certificate of authenticity, which you should be allowed to see before making the purchase. Without the certificate and signature, do not purchase anything.

Buy Small Edition Pieces

Pieces from small editions are more valuable than pieces from large editions. Buying small edition pieces will ensure the value of your art collection.

Buying early in the edition is better than buying a piece later in the edition. As the pieces sell, the prices will go up. Buying when the price is as low as possible will increase your profit, should you ever decide to sell.

Frame Properly

The frame that you choose for your piece of art makes all the difference. To be perfect for your needs, the frame should match the artwork as well as the room where the artwork will be hanging. A good frame should also be archival in quality, to protect the art when it's on your walls.

Remember that UVA and UVB rays can damage your prints, as can exposure to dust and moisture in the air. The frame you select for your artwork should protect the art from these environmental factors. Contact a professional framer to have your art protected.

If you're buying art from a gallery, they may be able to frame the piece for you. Don't feel obligated to use the frame used in the gallery though as frames are very personal and can have a big impact on the way you enjoy the piece.

Get Advice from the Gallery

A lot of beginning art collectors are timid and afraid to buy when they first begin buying. Getting advice from an art gallery you trust can help you overcome this timidity. Get to know the gallery owner and employees at your favourite local galleries.

Start asking questions about art, art collection, and about the artists. Having this information can help you learn valuable insider tips about art collecting.

At Lyons Gallery, we recommend to our clients that buying art today is well-timed with the $20,000 asset tax incentive (for businesses) from the Australian government. You should always ask your gallery about special tax deductions like these which can help make buying art cheaper for you and help you purchase a beautiful piece of art for your office.

Choose the Right Location for the Art

Once you've purchased a piece of art for yourself, finding the right location to hang the art is essential. Note that its important to keep art out of direct sunlight. Hang the art at around eye level to make it easy to examine the piece while it's on your wall.

Put the print in a location where you'll be able to see and admire the piece on a regular basis, ideally at a time when you have a moment to relax and enjoy its beauty. The perfect location might be a study, library, home office, or another out-of-the-way location.

The more personal the themes in the piece of art, the more personal the location where the art should hang. Art that is very personal belongs in the bedroom or in another private location of the home. Art that features impersonal themes, such as landscapes, seascapes, or abstract, are best hung in the common areas of your home, such as the living room or dining room.

Lyons Gallery: Invest With the Professionals

Art investment can be intimidating at first. The best way to ensure that the art on your walls is not only a matter of choice but also of high value is by working with a professional gallery.

A good gallery dealer will be able to answer your questions and provide guidance. At Lyon's Gallery, we provide step by step information to help ensure that the art you buy will be the best quality. We display celebrity portraits and thoughtful, sensual pieces for beginning and experienced art collectors.

To find out more about purchasing art, stop in at our gallery or buy from our online collection. Contact us today or contact Lyons Gallery today to learn more.