Matt Kaplinksy’s Insights on Buying Art from an Artist

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by Matt Kaplinsky

Are you thinking of commissioning art directly from an artist or buying one of their originals?

Congratulations – this isn’t just a wonderful way to own a piece of art you’re absolutely in love with. It’s also an experience in itself. Before embarking on this journey, I have a few tips to share. Just like any new venture, you likely have many questions about the process and wouldn’t mind a few insider tips from an artist!

Where do I find artists?

This can be the most exciting part of the art buying journey. Artists are everywhere. And, believe it or not, there are magnificently talented individuals all around the world. You can visit local art galleries to explore the work of local or regional artists. You can also discover artists online from across the globe.

How do I narrow down the type of art I want to buy?

With so many beautiful styles and mediums to choose from, it’s not always easy to narrow down your search. From impressionist paintings to inspiring abstract pieces, the truth is, you can’t go wrong as long as you choose a type of art that makes your heart sing.

If you look at all the paintings I have in my gallery, you’ll notice I love to use bright colors and have a distinct folksy impressionism style. I’ve heard people say that Matt Kaplinsky paintings look beautiful in modern interiors that use a lot of neutral colors – my paintings tend to serve as a focal point that draws the eye. If you want to hang your art in a room that is decorated with Asian-inspired décor, you may want to choose a minimalist artist. Or, if you have a southwestern theme in your home, consider an artist that paints similarly-themed pieces.

I suggest visiting local art galleries and art and craft shows and looking through any home decorating or artist magazines you can get your hands on. This will help you to identify what type of art resonates with you – and what you’d like to see hanging over your fireplace or living room sofa!

Can you negotiate the price when buying original art?

Yes, of course. Think of buying art from an artist as a co-creative process. Your input, from how much you’re comfortable spending on the art to the colors used, is welcome. Don’t be afraid to talk about the price. Any professional artist will let you know what they are comfortable with based on their experience, the time they spend on the art, and the materials used in the process. If you really love an artist but you find they are out of your budget, they may be willing to create a smaller piece for you at an affordable price – it doesn’t hurt to ask.

What is the time frame for buying original art?

Good art is something you can appreciate eternally. There is no reason to rush the process. Take your time exploring artists, looking at their work, and even learning more about yourself and your tastes. As you visit art galleries and browse online, be sure to write down the contact information of the artists you are interested in buying from. Then, when you’re ready, reach out to one and find out about buying an original piece or even commissioning a project.

My biggest advice – enjoy the process! Art is something that brings wonder to our lives. Get inspired, learn, discover, and have fun. If you have any questions about any Matt Kaplinsky paintings or would like to commission art, don’t hesitate to get in touch.