on Buying Art - Investment
important is it to you that the artwork you choose fits with your
Like it or not, the art we choose for our own home, will say
quite a bit about us. In a home space, some people like to surround
themselves with art that means something to them. Others may wish
to make a statement to shock, relax or energise a room. It can
be a focus or it can be used to compliment. – it is certainly
one of key ways in which we can truly personalise a space and
make it our own – after all original artwork is exactly
that – original – a one-off – owned only by
you – and a way in which just like the clothes we wear –
it is a way in which we can express ourselves.
I also find that art forms an effective counterbalance against
the amount of technology that we are surrounding ourselves with,
often helping to soften the lines in a room and helping to create
real points of interest and personal expression.
At Bo-ho, we are finding people in droves seeking to move away
from the Habitat and Ikea print and instead, seeking to furnish
their home with something original, special to them.
When buying art for example, I think it is important to recognise
this and to use artwork that is likely to fit with the aspirations
of your target tenant, and naturally artwork which is of an appropriate
standard to fit with the way in which the apartment has been furnished.
We always recommend clients to consider how they will spend their
time in particular spaces in the home. Some pieces are more liveable
on a day to day basis than others. For example, in the lounge
where we usually spend most of our time – it often makes
sense to use pieces that we will enjoy looking at for long periods
– perhaps they are slightly quieter or gentler pieces. Whereas,
in the dining area – you may want pieces that are livelier
– perhaps provoking conversation when entertaining.
The bedroom we will leave to your own imagination!
are people buying?
As we see increasing numbers of people buying into the concept
of city living and the whole open plan, clean, contemporary way
of decorating interiors, As you would expect, we are seeing increasing
moves away from the more traditional landscapes, oil paintings
– through to contemporary, modern pieces of work. Original
work is certainly sought after. Seeing a real boom in abstract
work, cityscapes are also very popular.
Any size, any colour, diptychs or triptychs. Still giving the
artist the freedom to express themselves, however, also giving
them the challenge of creating something that is sympathetic to
the space in which it will be shown. Also seeing a lot of new
materials being used – metal, glass, even sand!The growth
in unframed work – work on canvas or board – helping
to give those clean and contemporary lines. Original sculpture
is also proving popular – dramatic pieces which if positioned
correctly help to create a real focus point in the room.
Under the ‘Own Art’ scheme it is possible to go into
a participating outlet or gallery, details of which can be found
on the Arts Council of England website and simply choose any piece
of work that you want (within a £100-2,000 price bracket).
From there members of staff will help you to fill out the necessary
paperwork, provided that you have proof of identification (a passport
or driving licence and proof of address, such as a utility bill)
and will then offer you an interest free loan, subject to credit
status, which will be payable by direct debit
Benefits of ‘Own Art’
The Own Art scheme enables customers who may not usually buy art
to start a collection, safe in the knowledge that repayments can
be paid back at an affordable rate and spread over a reasonable
period of time. This leads to a situation where the gallery visitor
often views their experience very differently: existing art collectors
may choose their purchases more freely, being able to buy throughout
the year, whilst new collectors will feel more liable to make
a purchase, without feeling hesitant about approaching staff.
Under the Own Art scheme it is possible to own more than one piece
of art, so long as the total that you borrow does not exceed £2,000Art
pieces over the value of £2,000 may be purchased under the
scheme, but the credit that you may borrow can not exceed £2,000.
It is possible to commission artworks from artists you like under
the Own Art scheme, and the Gallery will help you to do this,
provided that the artist is open to commissions.
We are also seeking increasing numbers of people taking an interest
in the “investment” potential of art. Personally,
I do prefer it when art is bought emotionally and someone is simply
drawn to a piece of work – however- we can’t ignore
the fact that certain artists can rise significantly in price.
If investment is an important part of your decision, we can help
at a number of levels. From newly graduated talent showing huge
promise through to well established, well collected artists, we
can help you to develop a strong and appropriate collection for
Bohemia Galleries advises a number of corporate clients on their
collections, a service which requires us to constantly seek out
new and emerging artistic talent. We have well established links
with all of the key colleges, galleries and art institutions which
allows us to identify artists showing real potential.
It is impossible for us to guarantee increases in the value of
the art that you buy; however, as an indicator of potential, clients
over the past 12 months have experienced gains of up to 100% with
purchases made from Bohemia Galleries.
As an example of that, one of our artists – Artiom, (11
years old) who paints these wonderfully contemporary cityscapes
– we started supporting him 2 years ago. We advised around
10 clients that he was a very hot prospect and in the last 12
months his work has doubled in price! He is still very young,
and still a fantastic prospect that we are confident he has a
long way to go in his career.
An art co-ordinator is able to call out for a home/site visit
free of charge. Alternatively, you can book an appointment to
meet one of our art co-ordinators in the gallery.
This site visit enables us to better understand your needs and
the space with which you are working. Following the site visit,
we will provide you with a number of options and recommendations
– geared to suit your needs, space and budget.
To book a no obligation site visit, please contact a member of
the corporate team:
Sheana on Tel: 01482 881882
Fax: 01482 881882
Steve on Tel: 01904 466488
Art co-ordinator Email:
should be a fun and pleasurable experience.