Art Prints For All Budgets
Art Prints For All Budgets
So you have an idea of what you are interested in and you want to buy an original art print. You head down to your local art gallery and they all seem to have the same stuff. The answer, however, is much more interesting. That’s because there are plenty of online art galleries where you can find works by different artists. You can choose from a wide range of different subjects or styles of art and find a piece to fit your tastes without having to break the bank.
You may, of course, be wondering why it is important to buy original works of art. The simple answer here is that most people are buying from an artist or popular collection who is actually the taste of the month, not the most notable artist in town. So, quality art prints shouldn’t be too expensive. After all, they are supposed to be a pleasant investment rather than an everyday purchase.
So, how do you tell if an art print is of superior quality? A good way is to look for a certificate of authenticity. If the piece is an original, the certificate will confirm this. There are also many galleries who offer either an open edition or limited edition prints; these are better buys, especially if you are interested in collecting art or prints of particular artists.
Open edition prints are available anywhere that sells art prints, though many galleries also offer limited edition prints for added value. Limited edition prints are collectible and not as easily found, so they can command a higher price. A certificate of authenticity is generally not included with an open edition print, but it can be purchased separately. If the piece on display at the gallery is part of an ongoing series, then there will be a catalogue listing the entire series along with a description of each image.
If an artist who specializes in realistic art prints is unknown, then you may want to invest in a limited edition print. Most artists produce one or two original prints each year. These can be highly collectible, though it is also possible to find ones that have been produced in very low numbers. Open edition art prints worth more, are more difficult to find, especially if the artist has been dead for several years. However, they are much easier to find and it is not uncommon to find limited edition prints that are double or triple the cost of their originals.
Many contemporary artists sell art prints through online galleries. This can make sourcing the print easier, though it can also limit your choice. If you are looking for prints from a specific artist, then it is more likely that you will be able to locate the print quickly and at a good price. Some online art collectors buy art prints on behalf of individual artists, but there are some who sell their work through auctions on sites such as eBay. If you want a piece now, then auction sites such as this may offer the best value.