A good piece of art always gives that extra edge to the aesthetics of the room. While there are many forms of art like sculptors, installations, etc, in India the art market is dominated largely by paintings.
While earlier art was collected more like a passion, without a doubt, art as an investment has gained popularity over time. Art as an investment has been gaining gradual acceptance in India.
Many long-term investors have diversified portfolios which include artworks from both Indian and international artists. Business families too often approach investment in art, either as a valuable collection and/or as an instrument of wealth creation.
Frequent art galleries and art fairs analyze different forms of art, their significance, and artists. For a first-time buyer/investor in art, it may be beneficial to buy through an art consultant or an advisor who has an in-depth knowledge of the market.
Start with buying works of renowned artists only as these artworks usually have a superbly detailed and established history readily available. If your budget is not too high or limited, you can opt for less expensive art offered by veteran artists.
For example, watercolor on paper paintings of masters like Raza and Ara will cost you much lesser than oil on canvas, acrylic on canvas, or acrylic on paper by the same artists.
Ideally, purchase from an established art gallery or an auction house as they provide an indication of which artists are up for sale, along with prices and a history of their work.
Paper works by renowned artists, such as prints, sketches, pen on paper, or charcoal on paper are ideal for lower investments. A Print is a replica of an original painting, created through techniques such as etching.
The artists’ signature is signed in pencil on the original prints and they are numbered to identify and indicate how many prints are there of the edition. More the prints, lower the value.
Although the art market is dominated by renowned veterans, off late there has been a boom of emerging artists. Before investing in a budding artist, it is best to take expert opinion as it is difficult to speculate on who would make it big in the future.
Points to remember before investing in art:– Art is a long-term investment and patience is the key here.
Investing in art is a great idea though, like any other form of investment, this too has its advantages and risks.
Summing up, love the art, and then start investing in the same. Accept it as a long-term investment avenue first and financial benefit will follow later.