Tips on buying art without blowing the budget
Art is fast becoming recognised as an essential component of a modern home, so whether you’ve recently moved to a new abode or you’re intent on giving your current place a facelift, curating your home with art pieces that express your personality and style is an increasingly complex challenge.
The core element of that challenge is often aligning taste and budget, but the common assumption that introducing art to your home is too expensive is simply no longer the case.
More and more artists are offering their work at affordable prices – and more and more specialist events, such as World Art Dubai - the Middle East’s largest affordable retail art fair - are providing those artists with the environment to reach the pubic.
Ahead of the accessible art fair, which returns to Dubai World Trade Centre from 3 - 6 April 2019, we’ve consulted Batool Jafri and Petra Kaltenbach, two of the esteemed event curators, and Andrew Wingrove, Show Director at Dubai World Trade Center, organiser of World Art Dubai to get advice on buying art décor without blowing the budget.
Bendable budgets – Batool Jafri
A budget is only a starting point, so try not to let price become the sole deciding factor. It’s always worth bending the budget for the right piece. If you’re drawn to a piece of art a little pricier than you anticipated, be prepared to adjust your budget accordingly – art is an investment piece that will inspire you for many years to come. The extra cost at the time is nothing when balanced against a lifetime of enjoying the piece.
Connection – Batool Jafri
If you see a piece and feel an instant connection, embrace it and do not hunt for another. Always try to acquire pieces that speaks to you, as they will bring you a far greater sense of pleasure in the long run. If you buy something that you love it will have a place in your home for a long time and, depending on its complexity, you’ll continue discovering more every time you look at it.
The Artist - Petra Kaltenbach
When building an art collection, it’s vital to consider the background of the artists. The more you find out about the creator - where they’re from, where they were educated, what inspires them – will only further develop your connection to their art, regardless of the price tag. Once you start liking artists, dive deeper into their collections; if their overall style draws you in, you may end up filling your home with their work.
Link with art advisors – Andrew Wingrove
Unless you’re an art professional, the average homeowner may find it is overwhelming considering where to start. Here’s where turning to art advisors is key, if your budget permits. Studied professionals can assist with helping you find exactly what you’re looking for. Art advisors listen to your preferences and budget, then use their knowledge and expertise to shortlist works for you. Additionally, they can provide an in-depth background to these pieces and materials, sometimes even help collect provenance.
Don’t be afraid to ask people for opinions, information and advice! – Andrew Wingrove
Expand your knowledge on different art styles, techniques and genres by visiting art fairs, galleries and studios. It’s never just about the purchase. Dedicated events bring together like-minded people in an exchange of knowledge; they also help buyers draw on experiences and advice before making that final purchase. Learning the value of different types of art from different artists is key to building your knowledge and will enable you to make fully-informed decisions
And finally - visit World Art Dubai 2019 – Andrew Wingrove
What better place to discover accessible art than World Art Dubai - the Middle East’s largest affordable retail art fair. World Art Dubai is a unique fusion of art, education and entertainment, designed to unite global artists with Dubai’s international community. With over 80 exhibitors from across the globe and a series of expert talks, it’s the perfect place to tap into a wider community and start building that art collection for your home or office.