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
LSLowry died aged 88 in 1976 just months before a retrospective exhibition of his paintings opened at the Royal Academy.
It broke all attendance records for a twentieth century artist.
Critical opinion about Lowry remains divided to this day.
Salford Museum & Art Gallery began collecting the artist's work in 1936 and gradually built up the
collection which is now at the heart of the award-winning building bearing the artist's name.
Celebrating his art and transforming the cityscape again.
A small quantity of paintings by the artist l.s. lowry were published as signed limited edition prints. Some of the most well known being, 'Going to the match',
Man lying on a wall, Huddersfield, Deal, ferry boats, three cats Alstow, Berwick-on-Tweed, peel park, The two brothers, View of a town, Street scene.
A large collection of Lowry signed prints for sale
can be viewed at purchased on the website.
We hope that you will browse and enjoy Paintings and signed prints wildlife
artist David Shepherd,
Also the work of William Russell Flint whose signed
prints and paintings are highly valued.
Famous for his portraits of Cecilia, Flint's greatest works illustrate the architecture and landscape throughout rural France
This holiday house near Brantome
, France is ideally situated to enjoy the countryside
of Dordogne at its best.
The work of Mr L.S. Lowry has become of great artistic and financial importance of recent years. A selection of his prints and
can be viewed here
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