Investing in Wildlife Art June 12 2013

Buying Art as an Investment

Investing in art is similar to investing in stocks and shares and as with any investment there are always risks and you should make yourself fully aware of all the investment risks and seek professional advice before choosing to invest in anything. You can however offset some of the risks by choosing to invest in art considered low risk.


On the other hand investing in a young relatively unknown artist would be classified as an aggresive / high risk investment opportunity and could potentially be very hit or miss, however their work can be picked up for very good prices, but whether the artist becomes a well known artist or becomes appreciated within the world of art or famous for another reason would certainly be a big gamble in my view and it is mainly these factors which would effect the return on your investment in the world of art.


But we would also say that if you enjoy their artwork and are not reliant on it being an investment then why not? You should certainly only by artwork that you love and will enjoy and want to have in your home.If you purchase work that you like or love then investing in art can be one of the most enjoyable and viable investments and can potentially have a better rate on return than other investment opportunities.
Investing in well established art or artists would be considered a low to moderate risk, depending on how well know the artist was and how collectable his or her work is.


In the world of stocks and shares investments this would be considered basically less of a gamble as the artwork would general hold its original value, have greater potential for a steady return over a period of time, but obviously could cost more to buy than say a less established artist's work.


Similar to investing in antiques or other collectables you must look after your artwork and ensure you protect your asset from damp, strong and direct sunlight and fumes and smoke, this will help maintain the value of you asset. 


When purchasing art prints for investment purposes you should ensure that you have a Certificate of Authenticity and the print is actually hand-signed by the artist.


When looking at art print investments choose limited edition art prints or artist proofs. Artist proofs are given generally as part payment to the artist and will be a much smaller edition size.


Prints should be printed on high quality, thick acid free paper that will not deteriate as quickly over time if looked after properly, some will come with guarantees. But as with any artwork it is best not to position it in direct sunlight.


Look for low Limited Editions numbers, most editions will be anywhere from hundreds to several thousands.


Some art collectors will only collect their lucky numbers and some investers will always vie to get the lowest number they can in the edition. Edition numbers 1 -10 are always very highly sort after by collectors and investers alike.


Art can be one of your premier assets, collecting art is satisfying and can be financially rewarding experience, in both the short term and the long term

Good and generally well appreciated and carefully selected works of art can produce good returns on your investment.

Similar to stocks and shares some artwork may show gradual appreciation in value over a long period of time and some may only show an appreciation when they become trendy or in vogue.

Some may show big increases in value due to another catalyst such as worldwide recognition in the form of awards or through other life changing events.

But you should also be aware that some art may decrease in it value.

Happy Hunting!
 
GLOSSARY 
PAINTING
What makes a painting a painting? It used to be simple—wet pigment applied to a flat surface. This medium explores how contemporary painters continue this tradition, but also push its boundaries by using not just brushes, but also tools like animals, rollers, and buckets. They use paints that range from traditional tubes to industrial paint gallons, and see nearly everything as a potential painting surface.
LINE DRAWING
Everybody draws, whether it’s dragging a stick in the sand at the beach, etching a heart in wet cement, or simply doodling while talking on the phone. But many artists rely on drawing as a way to communicate ideas and explore problems. This unit examines a variety of materials and methods artists employ to play, imagine, invent, plan, remember, or describe things.
SCULPTURE
Throughout most of history, sculpture was a process of taking raw materials and making likenesses of things in the real world. This unit explores how many contemporary sculptors have taken the opposite approach, using objects from the real world as the raw material for their art.
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photography in the 21st century is as common and accessible as the click of a cellphone button, so most people are very familiar with the medium. This unit explores the careful looking and decision-making processes that make a photograph a work of art.
NEW MEDIA
In every age, there have been artists who eagerly embraced technological advances, either as new tools for making art, or as a fresh medium for communicating their ideas. This unit explores how artists experiment with video cameras, computers, and keyboards to add the dimensions of time, sound, and movement to images.
ART INSTALLATION
A large sculpture like artwork which alters the way a space is experienced, as a gallery; an exhibition of such artworks. An art installation means taking a large interior and loading it with disparate items that evoke complex and multiple associations and thoughts, longings, and moods. The everyday meaning of installation refers to the hanging of pictures or the arrangement of objects in an exhibition. The less generic, more recent meaning of installation is a site-specific artwork. In this sense, the installation is created especially for a particular gallery space or outdoor site, and it comprises not just a group of discrete art objects to be viewed as individual works but an entire ensemble or environment. Installations provide viewers with the experience of being surrounded by art.
WOOD CARVING
The art of fashioning or ornamenting objects of wood by cutting with a sharp handheld implement; also : an object of wood so fashioned or ornamented. Wood carving is a form of working wood by means of a cutting tool (knife) in one hand or a chisel by two hands or with one hand on a chisel and one hand on a mallet, resulting in a wooden figure or figurine, or in thesculptural ornamentation of a wooden object. The phrase may also refer to the finished product, from individual sculptures, to hand-worked mouldings composing part of a tracery.
INTERIOR DECORATIVE ART
Furniture can be a product of design and is considered a form of decorative art. In addition to furniture's functional role, it can serve a symbolic or style piece. It can be made from many materials, including metal, leather, plastic, and wood. Furniture can be made using a variety of woodworking joints which often reflect the local culture.