Buying Art

Buying art can be incredibly intimidating but don't think it's just for the wealthy elite. Original art doesn't need to cost much more than prints, and it's unique!

Brendan gets some practical advice from Nick Vickers of the Sir Hermann Black Gallery, to help him source his first piece of art. He takes $500 to Dank Street Galleries in Sydney and a student art show to see what he can find.

Nick's Insider Tips
To get started, Nick recommends buying two magazines to give you some insight into the art world.

  • Art Almanac, which has the names and maps of the art galleries to visit.
  • Art Collector, for some idea of how the art market operates.

When you visit a gallery, pick up a price list of the works on sale.

Look around the gallery and decide which art works 'speak' to you and make some notes against your list.

Before you buy, take a short break and think about the purchase. Trust your judgment.

When you're ready to buy, simply approach the person behind the desk who will organise your purchase.

A red sticker on a work means that it has been sold and half a red sticker means that a deposit has been taken.

Things to consider:

  • Your money will usually go a lot further at a student show. By buying from a student you will be supporting an up-and-coming artist. If the artist progresses and wins art prizes the work should increase in value.
  • Auction houses are another great place to buy art.

Equipment and Suppliers:
<>Dank Street Galleries
2 Dank Street
Waterloo NSW 2017

College of Fine Arts
Selwyn Street
Paddington NSW 2021
Ph: (02) 9385 0744

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