Cornwater Fine Art Gallery - Specialist dealers to the trade and retail in original paintings and signed prints by L.S. Lowry, David Shepherd and Russell Flint.

A Niche in Investment Art

The artwork you have long wished to own is up for sale, make the most of this opportunity. Even if it is just a hobby, collecting paintings can often be an irrational and emotional roller coaster, however, it is difficult to stop the avid collector once these artworks start yielding high capital gains. This is not surprising, as it is the niche market of Investment Art.

All over the world people are investing in art and expecting good returns in the future, though if critics are to be believed decorative pieces will not bring much profit, the market is so opaque and everyone would like a large cut for themselves. However, investors have a totally different outlook, for them Investment Art is a new arena of edifying assets and higher capital gains.

Before you actually become an investor, regular visits to galleries and museums will help facilitate in a better understanding on why and how the market works. Similarly, knowing about the artist, researching art movements and styles are also keys to smart investment.

Through looking at trends it is no wonder that investors will buy some paintings purely for business gratification and will hire smart buyers (who understand and differentiate an oil canvas from a giclée in order to own original and eloquent pieces of art.

Great art lovers will surely benefit as their collectible items become rare masterpieces which can be worth millions, though the decision to sell their assets for pure capital gains for a dedicated art lover is not always going to be an easy affair.

The returns are often long term, mostly on the other side of a decade. The art should be carefully bought from a renowned gallery or specialist dealer, be wary of purchasing from unknown individuals promising all manner of claims, and similarly from large franchise galleries who will only be interested in selling the work they are given and allowed to sell.

Research the artist's background and see what achievements he or she has made. It is simply not good enough to be told that the artist's work is selling very well this season and they could be valuable in time to come, this means absolutely nothing, and the usual result is that they either fall out of fashion or are dropped by the publishers and fall into obscurity leaving their work of very little value. So it is important from the begining, to be aware of why you are buying a piece of art. Is it purely for decoration, for investment or a mixture of the two factors?

Art from a less renowned artist must be viewed with great caution, (chances are that these artists take atleast a few years to be on the centre stage) and it is always better to consider buying a painting which is in the typical style of the artist in order to achieve a better return on the investment.

So, Happy Investing, and until you actually sell these artworks, take pleasure in being a proud owner and enjoy the beauty of the work.


David Tatham, fine picture dealer for more than quarter of a century, has an extensive knowledge of Sir William Russell Flint's biography. Signed, prints and drawings can be seen and purchased from the website. http://www.russellflint.net

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