One thing’s for certain, the internet has changed all of our lives. It has changed the way we do everything. This is certainly the case for the art world. Gone are the days when we had to walk into an art gallery to purchase great works of art. Now, we can buy art from the comfort of our own homes, without having to consult anyone.
There are all kinds of places on the internet to buy art. There are now an unprecedented amount of places to buy art online. Every artist, it seems, has a webpage and a way to buy their works. All you need is a credit card or a PayPal account. It’s never been easier to buy and to collect art, no matter what your taste and choice in art forms.
You should know, though, that there are tricks to buying art online, and you should know them. Like with anything you can buy online, there are both reputable and disreputable art vendors. You should follow the best advice about any online purchase: do your research. Don’t just do a Google search; ask people which sites have the best reputations and which are the most trustworthy.
Not only should you research websites and look at as many pieces as you can, you should learn all you can about the artists of the artwork you like. If you like abstract art, for example, you should educate yourself about it. Wikipedia is a good place to start. Ask everyone you know, especially those who opinions you trust, about the art you’re interesting in purchasing, by sending them a link or electronic greeting with it. In addition, most quality online art sellers hire experienced art consultants who are more than happy to answer all your questions about a particular artist or type of art.
Most websites of online art sellers have great interactive features, and we recommend that you take advantage of them. They can give you “real-world” experiences with artwork with their sophisticated tools. It can be the next best thing to seeing the artwork in person. Some sites, for example, allow you to view the artwork against a variety of wall colors, or with a wide range of different frames and mattings. You can even “view-to-scale” any piece to get a sense of how large or small it is.
Not only should you do research about the art and the artist, you should do research about the site that’s selling it. Read about the company and their website, both on the site and in other places. Search any news releases about them, and boards where other customers rate them. Make sure, and this is probably the most important piece of advice we can give you, that their website provides verified and secured purchases. Make sure that the artwork they sell comes with reliable authentication. Finally, find out about the company’s return policies.
After you do that, there should be nothing to stop you from buying the art you desire online. It’s easier now than ever to buy beautiful, high-quality art, and we owe it all to the internet.
Source by Peter Dranitsin