4 Common Misconceptions about the Art World

When we talk about the Art World, we have these stereotypical ideas of what it is to be an art collector, a critic or an artist. I am here to set them straight, here are the common misconceptions about the art world put straight:

1) You Have to be a millionaire to be an art collector
Art is becoming more and more accessible to the public, through the use of technology, art funding and localised exhibitions. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get the right piece of work for your home. With an increase in quality Limited Edition prints there is much more opportunity to get a stunning piece of work that still carries that air of exclusivity without a hefty price tag.

Interest free credit is always a great option for making fine art affordable to anyone. This will give you the option of putting a 30% deposit down on the piece, then paying the rest over several months. That way, you get to secure the piece straight away and take it home the same day. Also if you looked as the cost of your phone tariff or TV package in a one off bulk purchase, you would run a mile, but when you consider it over a period of time it feels a lot less daunting, the same can be said with purchasing art. For example if you were to invest in a £500 painting that made you smile every time you saw it, over a year that smile would cost £1.37 a day! Generally when you purchase fine art, it is intended for longer than a year, so just think how much the smile will cost over 10-20 years.


You Called Commissioner Gordon? by Craig Davison

You Called Commissioner Gordon? by Craig Davison

2) You have to have a Degree in Fine Art to appreciate a piece of work
You know what you like, and chances are you will know if you like it in the first 30 seconds of seeing the piece. What is fantastic about art, is there is no wrong answer, you may love a particular piece, whilst someone else may detest it, what you see in the piece will probably be completely different to what someone else will see.

Investing in Art is much like purchasing music as they are both personal, and take you back to the feelings and emotions you felt when you bought the piece. You may listen to the piece of music you bought at the age of 16 and it can take you back to that time in your life, the same can be said about art. It could be a piece you bought with someone you love and remind you of them every day. As long you have an emotional connection with the particular piece of work it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks as you are the one that will live with it.


Just Listen by Lawrence Coulson

Just Listen by Lawrence Coulson

3) Fine Art is confined to the late and great masters
Your favourite fine artist doesn’t have to be someone that has been dead and buried for a hundred years. The art world is constantly evolving with new and fresh talent, new work bursting out of galleries and online portfolios, there is always something new to see. Don’t be afraid to be the first to buy from a budding new artist, after all Vincent Van Gough only sold one painting whilst alive, and he is remembered as one of the great masters. If you like a piece of work ask yourself what would happen if you could have the piece, and would you be disappointed if you missed your opportunity to own it?


Russet Hill by Sarah Louise Ewing

Russet Hill by Sarah Louise Ewing

4) Art Galleries are stuffy and uptight
Art galleries are full of expression and emotion, the work is on display to be enjoyed, to trigger a response. Sometimes it is a happy response and sometimes it is negative, but just like the artist’s work on the wall, you are encouraged to express yourself. Enjoy yourself!

My World by Doug Hyde

My World by Doug Hyde


For more information on art or Artworx Gallery visit:

Artworx Gallery

Alternatively call 01543 502971 or email info@artworx.co.uk

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