Art Lovers Guide in The Bath Magazine

The Art Lover’s Guide 2016 : The Bath Magazine

We’re delighted to see that our article on art as an investment has been published in The Bath Magazine (p49) and you can read more about our gallery and art consultancy on p56.


Click here to read the articles.

Posted on: October 5, 2016

Buying art : what will work in your space?

Reason number one for buying any work of art should be because you love it and you’ve developed a real connection with a piece. In an ideal world, art would be bought entirely out of love and not practicality, but let’s be realistic – we all need to live in comfortable, functional homes not stark gallery spaces. We need our art collection to help us create a harmonious and elegant living environment.


So how do you select great art that suits your space? Firstly you need to think about the feel of the room. Your choice of artwork can completely change the mood of a room. A serene, sensitive landscape can turn an otherwise plain area into an oasis of calm for sleeping or reading, while a bold, graphic print can transform the same room into a funky, energetic space for entertaining guests.


You also need to take into account colour schemes, any other art you have in your interior, and consider the overall flow. Don’t be afraid to mix up the styles. Contemporary and traditional art, paintings and photographs can all sit comfortably side-by-side. Likewise, very contemporary abstracts can look spectacular in classic Georgian townhouse settings, just as a traditional painting can look sensational in a very minimalist, modern interior.


Once you’ve thought about your ambience, you have a number of options ahead of you regarding size and impact. Do you have the space to display one very large piece and go for maximum drama? If you do fall in love with the idea of a large piece and find the perfect artwork, you need to hang it in plenty of space and keep the rest of the room minimal. There are some schools of thought that suggest you should build on the impact of a large piece by adding lots of other equally bold pieces around it to create a real statement. It depends how brave you are!


An alternative to one large piece is to create the same drama using a cluster of smaller prints, drawings and studies. These clusters can be extremely effective and give a very cool, urban feel to a wall. The key to these is to have some kind of unifying theme – whether that is everything is monochrome, perhaps there is one consistent colour in all pieces or maybe they are all the same subject matter.


Don’t forget that art doesn’t only have to hang on a wall. Ceramics and sculptures are incredibly collectable and add wonderful focus to a space. A carefully chosen and well-placed sculpture can completely transform a table or window ledge.


There are numerous considerations to bear in mind when hunting for art. Always buy art you love, but do consider these points to help you make the right choice in a huge and exciting market.

Posted on: May 18, 2015

Trust your instincts: demystifying the world of art buying

Everyone has a favourite work of art. A masterpiece that they feel distinctly drawn to. What’s yours? Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ or Cezanne’s ‘Mont Sainte-Victoire’, perhaps? Maybe you prefer a more contemporary slant – Lucian Freud’s portrait of the Queen or Damien Hirst’s ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living’ better known as a huge shark floating in formaldehyde?


Now think about why you love your favourite piece? All of your reasons for loving it will be entirely irrefutable because art buying is such a subjective thing. Having said that, if you love Damien Hirst’s work because it’s worth a fortune, then you’re not quite on the art lovers’ bandwagon yet. Put potential investment to one side and focus on emotional engagement, and you’re on the right lines towards understanding why art collecting becomes an obsession for so many people. They buy art that they love. The more pieces they fall in love with the more they develop and understand their personal taste, and the more discerning their favourites list becomes.


With everyone having sound reasons for their taste in art, it’s surprising that art galleries seem to be intimidating to so many people. Potential art buyers can become so anxious that the gallery manager might ask them a question about the exhibition or worse still frown upon their choice of artist, that they end up boycotting galleries altogether which is heart breaking. The thing is, any decent gallery – either physical or online – removes any opportunity for you to ‘slip up’ and buy a howler of a painting, because they’ve already curated the collection on show. All of the work has been endorsed by the gallery, so you can follow the mantra of established art collectors and just buy art that you love with confidence.


If you’re completely new to art buying and want to start your own collection, it’s worth having a look online. Searching for art from the comfort of your own home is a really good starting point. You can browse a hugely varied range of art in one sitting and if something takes your fancy then most online galleries – like Modern ArtBuyer – will arrange for you to see a piece in person. They also often have returns policies in place to give you that peace of mind when buying.


It’s also a good idea to visit some of the art trails in your area. Most cities and towns organise local trails, which can be a great way to find some really interesting work. The artists are usually on hand to answer any questions you have or to talk through their processes in a relaxed, comfortable setting, so it’s definitely worth taking the time to visit open houses and studios.


Art fairs and large group exhibitions are another great way to see a wide range of styles of art under one roof. The vibrant crowds thwart any intimidating silences, leaving you free to browse anonymously through hundreds of artists’ work in an informal environment. Keep your eyes peeled in local news for large exhibitions or follow organised fairs like the Affordable Art Fair to see when and where the next events are coming up.


If you’re surrounded by bare walls and want to immerse yourself in some great art remember to trust your instincts, focusing on artworks that you feel really drawn to, and you won’t go far wrong.

Posted on: March 25, 2015

Change of art

Time for a Spring refresh? As the season approaches, instinct seems to take over encouraging us to spruce up our homes and have a bit of an interior shake up. And that should include what you hang on your walls too.


Art doesn’t date, fade or start to lose it’s stuffing through old and tired seams. So while art shouldn’t sit under the same umbrella as your furniture, it makes sense to take this opportunity to look at your wall spaces and update them to fit with your revived home.


It’s a good idea to start by looking at how you hang your existing art. Evenly spaced pieces hung around a room can look very elegant, but you could always consider hanging a mix of framed pieces, mirrors, maps, plates and framed postcards together in a carefully considered cluster. A cluster like that can bring your space bang up to date and add a touch of quirkiness to a room without breaking the bank. A quick tip: when hanging clusters, start with a central piece then work your way out, adding the other artworks around it with fairly tight, regular spacing.


If you have a group of artworks in the same frames, try hanging them in a neat, close row of three or a tidy block of four. Alternatively, you could also try hanging a large striking painting in a small space. While it may feel as thought it goes against the rules, the proportions will add real drama and give the room a very contemporary feel.


Finally, you may want to consider buying some new art. Perhaps an impactful, funky print for your kitchen or a serene and timeless oil painting for your sitting room, to add your personal stamp to your interior. The internet is the ideal place to start hunting for art, as you can browse from the comfort of your own home and can clearly see how a particular piece might work on your wall. Try enlarging an artwork to fill your tablet window and holding it up to your wall to really get a feel for how it would enhance your room.


An overhaul of your art collection can be really effective with minimal effort and cost. Have fun with it and enjoy falling in love with your art all over again.

Posted on: February 23, 2015

How to buy art : hear from the experts

So, how do you buy a piece of art? Read helpful tips from Modern ArtBuyer alongside other leading Bath galleries on pages 38-44 in the latest issue of Bath Life. The gallerists talk about where to look, what to look for, what questions to ask and how to approach art buying to help you choose a work of art that will inspire you.

Posted on: January 15, 2015

Tips on selecting and caring for your art collection

Our latest video is now live. In this video we give advice on how to select and care for your artwork, looking at the range of options available to art lovers. We hope you find it useful.

Posted on: August 6, 2014

A guide to starting – or growing – your art collection

We hope that you enjoyed our first video which outlined Modern ArtBuyer’s services and explained how we can make your art buying simpler.

We’ve just launched the second of our videos, which you can watch below. This one provides a helpful guide to starting or growing your art collection, looking at prints in particular and what you should look for when buying. It also reiterates the Modern ArtBuyer mantra to buy art you love.
We hope you find it helpful!
Posted on: May 23, 2014