Six Rules for Spotting Great Art

These were in article I read. The purpose of the the article was to help those who wanted to buy art as an investment – not something I would ever do.
That said, here are the rules.

1 Choose the work of an artist with an identifiable style.                                          This one is so obvious I’d thought of it myself and included it in a forthcoming book.

2 Choose an artist with a sophisticated technique.                                                      The explanation given as to what this actually means has nothing to do with technique, so I am none the wiser.

3 The artist should use quality materials.                                                                           This makes sense. You don’t want the colour to start fading a month after you bought the piece.

4 Commitment.                                                                                                                      An artist may have produced first rate work but you want to know that he/she will continue to do so.  This has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the work to date and everything to do with the artist boosting his/her profile and, with it, the value of the work.

5 Professionalism.                                                                                                               The sole sign of this offered in the article is that the artist is not emotionally tied to the work but willing to sell. This suggests a solution to a problem which does not exist. If the artist is unwilling to sell then you wouldn’t be buying in the first place.

6 The enthusiasm of experts.                                                                                              The category of expert mentioned is the art college tutor. Presumably art critcs come into it too, and owners of art galleries. I am now looking for my bow tie.

Some artists were given as examples: Alice Dyba, Agata Czeremuszkin-Chrut, Brian Cheeswright, Bartosz Beda, Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf and Slavomir Zombek.

There is an additional section on buying online, which I find inconceivable, since colour rendition cannot be trusted this way and texture is a problem. Buying art without seeing the real thing does not strike me as a sharp idea.

The author of the article was Sarah Ryan.

6 thoughts on “Six Rules for Spotting Great Art

  1. Cave_Guy – This blog is my brain on screen (at least the shareable parts!) - I am a widower with two kids - I need this outlet - if I could stop, I would.....I like to share photos, I like to draw a little and also love music. Life without humor is not life - so ... yeah ... that too.
    waynelaw on said:

    It sounds like you should go out and buy stuff that you have no emotional connection with so you won’t feel bad about selling it for a profit. What happened to getting stuff because you like it and no worrying about taste?

  2. rod – Edinburgh – My name is Rod Hart. I live in Edinburgh. I read a lot and write. Two novels have appeared so far. To keep my brain turning over, I am also learning Swedish.
    rod on said:

    Good question. I don’t like the idea of buying art as an investment. The few things we have here we bought because we liked.

    • rod – Edinburgh – My name is Rod Hart. I live in Edinburgh. I read a lot and write. Two novels have appeared so far. To keep my brain turning over, I am also learning Swedish.
      rod on said:

      If it’s the salesmanship that counts, I’m doomed!

  3. marysue128 – Melbourne, Australia – I am Melbourne based illustrator who is pursuing a career in children's publishing. I am inspired by the child that lives in all of us. I hope this blog becomes a catalyst to connect with other artists and readers. Enjoy!
    marysue128 on said:

    Hi Rod, thanks for visiting my blog and for the follow. The post was definitely an interesting piece for me to have a read!

  4. rod – Edinburgh – My name is Rod Hart. I live in Edinburgh. I read a lot and write. Two novels have appeared so far. To keep my brain turning over, I am also learning Swedish.
    rod on said:

    Glad you liked it. I like art but I’m not artist and never could be.

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