Buying art is an exciting process. There are various places to buy art: an online gallery, a physical gallery, a dealer or from an agent. Just to clarify, this is about purchasing original artworks, not room decorations.
An overlooked option, however, is purchasing artworks directly from the artist. This is also a good way to get to know the artist. You are not buying the artwork because it looks good with your pillows on the sofa. Each artwork has a story to tell and it’s the artist’s story. You buy into the artist, their journey, values and beliefs because you can relate to them.
Once you like the style of the artist’s work, you will be looking to commission them for unique work. If you have already found the artwork that you like, great! However, when ordering a commission, bear in mind that the artist cannot read your mind. They might create something that is not what you are looking for. In order to avoid disappointment, have a proper conversation with the artist beforehand. Show the photos of the room where you would like the picture to be hanged. Depending on your relationship with the artist, you might ask them to see the work halfway through to make sure that it is what you are looking for.
Artists are not wizards, there is no guarantee that they will recreate something exactly the way you imagine it. The more information you provide to the artist beforehand, the better.
This post is written for HEM Life Magazine which will be published on 6th Sept 2019
Artworks by Steve Evans