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David Shepherd

Signed, limited edition prints and original oil paintings for sale.

Art, An Investment For The Future Or Pleasure For The Present

Can a painting be seen purely as a decorative item or as an investment. 
Indeed an old master painting hanging in the National Gallery has long 
passed its original point of being a visual representation, and has 
transformed into being an investment purely for its own sake. On the other 
hand, a work in oils of a local scene may never reach a higher value than 
its original sale price yet still bring pleasure to its owner.

When paintings are used as a way of making money it is generally assumed 
that they will be locked away from the public eye, or to preserve their 
integrity. Such work then becomes a mere vehicle for realizing profit. These 
masters, selling for many millions of pounds can only be purchased by those 
rich enough sometimes with more spending power than sovereign states. These 
are certainly far beyond the means of an average art lover.So is there scope 
for the small investor to purchase a piece of art that will not only give 
pleasure but hopefully increase in value.

The answer is positive and with the aid of a discerning eye and some degree 
of care, work by a fledgling artist can be discovered long before that 
person becomes famous. One source of new artists is at exhibitions held at 
Universities displaying works by their students prior to graduation.Works of 
art, whatever the medium used or the subject, are easily and readily 
available. Most major towns and cities boast galleries where work can be 
viewed and purchased.Most galleries will display works by a variety of 
artists, occasionally holding exhibitions showing work by an up and coming 
painter or one more established.

However there are other venues available where artwork is readily available. 
These would include street markets where aspiring hopefuls will display 
their works and many bargains can be found, especially where the love of art 
is foremost. Nor should local exhibitions be ignored, they often display 
paintings by amateurs, many are of a very high standard equalling those of 
their professional counterparts.

The subject choice is down to the purchaser in the end. Some subjects prove 
to be better investments than others. The wise investor with an eye on 
market trends will choose a subject that over time will prove to be in 
demand. An example would be of wildlife subjects being more in demand than a 
portrait, unless the subject of the latter is a famous person. However the 
buyer may effectively choose to buy a specific item just because that person 
likes it and financial returns are of secondary importance. Sometimes even 
original art can be too expensive for the average person. In this case 
consideration should be given to the signed limited edition prints. Perfect 
in every way to the original, these prints are restricted to a small run, 
the less the number printed, the higher the initial cost, but with a higher 
resale value. This is an excellent way to acquire works by a sought after 
artist but within a limited budget.

In the final analysis, the choice of whether art is a matter of investment 
or of ornamentation, will depend on the purchaser. It is a risky means of 
long term gain but if the artwork is appreciated then the enjoyment must be 
taken into account as well. If it is acquired simply because of the pleasure 
it brings to the new owner then the picture in itself is priceless.

David Tatham, fine picture dealer for more than quarter of a century, has an 
extensive knowledge of the biography L.S.Lowry. Signed, prints and drawings 
can be seen and purchased from the Lowry website

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made even more collectable due to the rarity of the work and the relatively few signed limited edition prints that have been published.