Whether you’re attending the artwork exhibition this week, or an art gallery hopping in your town, or looking to buy a piece of artwork for your living room, we have created this checklist for you to consider the things to look for before buying the one.
What to look for when choosing art:
Cohesive Style: As an artist in Kolkata evolves, they typically start to focus on a specific subject or technique. This creates repetition in their work, and repetition leads to more mature, refined work.
Originality: As an artist in Kolkata evolves, their work starts to be their own. They transition from mimicking others to creating unique art. Look for artists who have progressed to their own styles and themes.
Content: Select art that is original, intriguing and legible. Seek out pieces that stimulate your senses, tell stories, and lead to interesting discussions. Be careful with emotionally dark or violent art; it is often powerful at first, but it isn’t as versatile and you may get tired of it over time.
Emotional Connection: Great art leaves a lasting impression. Look for pieces that keep your attention even after you’ve stopped looking at them.
Artist’s Background: Avoid looking only for artists in Kolkata who have formal training (some of the best artists are self-taught!), but do look for signs of dedication and credibility. Well-prepared art takes an incredible amount of thought and technique, so look for painters in Kolkata that demonstrate a love and commitment to their practice.
Balance between Process and Product: Look for balance between conceptual meaning and the finished piece. Great art must challenge the viewer and offer new perspectives. For the purpose of display and collecting, it must also be well constructed and ready to present.
Quality: Pay attention to the quality of the materials and whether a piece is well-finished. This also demonstrates the artists in Kolkata’s dedication and practice.
We also created a quick cheat sheet of questions to ask yourself when you start art hunting.
10 Questions to Ask Yourself When Buying Art:
- Do I have an emotional reaction to the piece?
- Does the piece bring me into it, or am I looking at it?
- Does the color palette stimulate my senses?
- Does the composition guide my eye through the piece?
- Do I understand the piece? Is it conceptual and thought-provoking without being too complicated to understand?
- Is there anything unique about in the creation process that sets the work apart?
- Is the artist in Kolkata working in a cohesive style?
- Is the artist in Kolkata building on a previous artist’s work or an artistic movement?
- Is the piece well-constructed? Is it made of materials that will age well? Or the technology that may go out of date?
- Do I continue to think about the work and its meaning even after I’ve stopped looking at it? Does the work have staying power?
Sometimes you get home and the piece that looked so good at the fair isn’t exactly as inspiring at home. Just consider a new environment, try hanging it in various rooms and against different paint colors or wallpaper patterns.