A Quick Guide To Buying Aboriginal Art

There are so many reasons why people enjoy buying Aboriginal art so much – the rich cultural history embedded on canvas, the support of important local artists and stunning visual works are just a handful of good reasons for investing in this art, after all. The problem for many is actually how to buy this art – unfortunately, many people don’t have a good enough understanding of these art forms to buy with confidence, and this can very easily lead to some regrettable purchases. To help guide those who want to own a piece of Aboriginal art, in this article we list a few great tips to get you started on your Aboriginal art buying journey.

What you need to consider first

If you’ve attended to see Aboriginal artwork and felt like you’ve had no idea where to start in understanding and assessing the works on display, you’re certainly not the only one. The first and most important thing you should keep in mind is that you should look to buy pieces of art that you love. Investing in something you will enjoy looking at regularly is absolutely the most important thing to remember when on the hunt for the perfect piece, because you certainly shouldn’t be paying for and showing off something that you’re indifferent about! If you’re not quite sure about what it is you love yet, now is the perfect opportunity to work it out. Do some research about Aboriginal art styles and the different regions they come from, and in doing this you’ll be able to more confidently research and enquire about pieces of art that you will likely enjoy most. A great place to start with this is museums, as you’ll be able to quickly see a lot of different art styles in a very small amount of time.

What not to do

While considering fakes can be important, it shouldn’t get you too worried – there are quite a few simple things you can keep in mind to help you not have to deal with a fake. The most obvious thing you should keep in mind is to buy only from established, verified sources – established galleries and industry recognised organisations can generally be relied upon as they will conduct their own means of verification when it comes to their artworks, so with this in mind don’t be surprised if a painting bought from a sketchy private seller turns out to be fake! It’s also good to apply the old adage, “is it too good to be true?” it’s also a good idea to not buy art solely due to its age and potential value. Although art can obviously appreciate in value, diving into the world of Aboriginal art with the goal of making money should be the last thing you do – at the end of the day, it’s about enjoying the art itself, not its perceived value in the art world.

Ready to begin your Aboriginal art collection?

Buying art is difficult at the best of times, but sometimes having a better understanding of the medium can help considerably in your purchasing decision. In the case of Aboriginal art, keeping the tips we mentioned in mind can be extremely helpful when it comes to making your next purchase, whether it be your first or your tenth. If you’re still unsure where to go from here, it never hurts to ask a gallery manager – if you let them know what you’re interested, they can be hugely helpful in their advice to you. Soon, you’ll be well on your way to owning a fantastic collection that will be the envy of all of your friends!