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Unless you’re an art curator, gallery owner, or artist, chances are that buying art does not come very naturally to you. A few weeks ago during a visit to artistZoë Pawlak’s studio in Montréal, the subject of buying art came up. We touched on questions like How do I choose? When do I invest? How do I educate myself?
She had such interesting thoughts on the subject that I knew I needed to pass her wisdom along to you, dear readers. Keep scrolling for Pawlak’s top tips, and you’ll be on your way to becoming an amateur art curator (for your home, at least).
“While your home décor can obey certain rules, such as investing in neutral couches or flooring, I urge people to use their walls for irrational or eclectic choices.
“Art is a place for expression through color, content, and texture,” says Pawlak.“Choose art at a heart level, and don’t forget about sculptures and rugs!” They can make artistic statements too.
Get to Know the Artist
“Getting to know the artist that made your art helps you to understand the content of the work and the context around the piece itself.”
If you don’t get the chance to meet the artist in person, read up. Many contemporary galleries such as Uprise now offer artist profiles online. Read up on the people who produced your art, or follow them on Instagram to get a glimpse into their lives!
Payments Plans Or Trades Are Often Totally Legit
“You can always suggest a payment plan or a trade. It never hurts to ask.”
Did you fall in love with a piece that’s slightly above your budget? “Maybe that artist wouldn’t mind receiving a few hundred dollars a month,” she says, “or maybe they need your mad Photoshop or portrait-taking skills as much as you need their art in your life!” Harness your own talents, and see if you can be useful to the artist in any way.