Our founder Will Ramsay has rounded up his top tips on how to become a collector, all whilst being affordable. Plus browse his Christmas Market recommendations.
Sunday 31 October, 2021
If there’s one item you’re thinking of investing in this season, it should be art! With over 20,000 stunning, contemporary artworks by artists from around the world, there’s something for every taste, space, and budget! So how do you begin to choose? Our founder Will Ramsay has rounded up his top tips on how to become an art buyer and collector, all whilst being affordable.
Oh, and don’t forget to shop his artwork picks from our Christmas Market below, too!
Over to you Will…
Do some research
The perfect place to make new artistic discoveries is on our online marketplace or when you visit us at one of our many international fairs! You could also follow the artist or gallery on social media, or get to know the recent graduates, meet them in person, and talk to them about their work. Knowing more about an artist, their inspirations and their story might make the start of an unexpected collecting journey.
Start a shortlist of all the pieces that catch your eye!
Buy what you like
Don’t worry about whether the artwork you’ve fallen in love with is a good investment – just buy what you like – don’t limit yourself to one artist! There is great satisfaction in supporting the next generation of artists.
Talk to an authority on affordable art
Our expert Affordable Art Fair team, and partner galleries and exhibitors are here to help. Make sure you ask as many questions as you can – to help build your understanding of the art and ask for more info on the artworks you like.
Be realistic about your budget
Don’t be intimidated: everyone can enjoy buying and owning art. Original prints can be a more reasonably priced option or check out our dedicated selection of top finds Under £500.
Don’t be afraid to ask to pay in instalments – many galleries offer this kind of plan. Similarly, the Own Art scheme is a fantastic way to take art home with you, as you can pay monthly.
WILL’S TOP PICKS
What Will says: “Brilliantly executed by Haus of Lucy, and witty!”
“Such a tender thing, and cleverly created by Deborah in order to get up close to blow the dandelion seeds.”
“I enjoy Oily’s use of the empty space, coupled with the memories of seeing soldier ants in the Amazon carrying huge leaves in a line.”
“A fun, wry smile. This piece surely can’t fail to make every child smile. Art shouldn’t be too serious!”
“An exquisite, thought-provoking piece from Henryk.”
“I love art which tells a story, and I’m a bit of a romantic… I’d love to know who was sitting here before and why?”
Thanks to Will for some great recommendations – all guaranteed to bring you joy.
These artworks are a must-have, so why not get one for yourself? Explore the artists and discover more in our online Christmas Market! From now until 6 December 2021.