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Buying and displaying art should be enriching, exciting and, above all, fun! But, if it's something you're not sure about doing, don't be put off. We've written some simple tips to help you with your 'art journey'.

From appreciating what art is, to buying it and then showing it off; we've covered all the angles for you. All of our artists are always keen to share their own ideas about these things and would happily discuss them with you directly. Their details are available on their gallery pages, why not send them an email and start the conversation.

Art can be a beautiful and meaningful addition to any home or office, but buying art can be intimidating, especially for those who are new to the process. Whether you're looking for a piece to complement your decor or you're looking to invest in a piece that will appreciate in value, there are a few key things to consider when buying art.

First and foremost, it's important to know your budget. Art can range in price from a few pounds to several million, so it's important to set a budget and stick to it. This will help you narrow down your options and make the process of shopping for art less overwhelming.


Next, think about the purpose of the art. Are you looking for a piece to fill a specific space, such as above a fireplace or in a hallway? Or are you looking for a piece that will be a conversation starter or add a pop of colour to a room? Consider the size, colour, and style of the piece in relation to the space where it will be displayed.

It's also important to consider the artist when buying art. Some artists are more well-known and established, which can affect the price of their work. However, don't be afraid to consider lesser-known artists, as their work can be just as interesting and meaningful, and often more affordable.

When shopping for art, it's important to do your research. Look for reputable galleries and dealers, and be sure to ask questions about the artist, the piece, and the price. It's also a good idea to get a certificate of authenticity, which verifies that the art is genuine and not a reproduction.

And, you'll likely come across pieces that are abstract and others that are more realistic. Abstract art is characterized by the use of shapes, colours, and forms to create a piece that is open to interpretation. This type of art is often more expressive and emotive, and can be a great way to add a unique and personal touch to a space.

Realistic art, on the other hand, is characterized by its attention to detail and its attempt to accurately depict the subject matter. This can include landscape, portrait, and still life, among other subjects. Realistic art can be a great choice for those who prefer a more traditional or classic look, or for those who are looking for a piece that accurately represents a particular place or person.


Ultimately, the choice between abstract and realistic art is a personal one, and will depend on your individual taste and the style of your home or office. Both types of art can be beautiful and meaningful, and it's important to choose a piece that speaks to you and fits your style and space.

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