Choosing art for the home

Chief Art Consultant from One East Asia gives key tips on buying artworks

Buying art can be a daunting experience for some. The key is to love the piece you choose, according to Veronia Howe, the Chief Art Consultant from art management company One East Asia. She shares with us her thoughts on art and the home.

1. What’s the number one rule of choosing art?
Art pieces you choose should please you, or better still, they should delight you when you look at it.

2. What are some common misconceptions of choosing art for the home?
There are several but, commonly, many would think that they cannot afford it. And for some, the image or theme is not appropriate for the home due to lack of knowledge or appreciation.

3. What are your thoughts on Asian art?
Amazingly exciting and thought provoking! Asian art has gained new light and momentum only in the last decade. Southeast Asian art, in particular, is still undervalued juxtaposed
to Western art.

4. Can you share other key tips to choosing art?
When one is more mature and to consider art collecting more than just a hobby, one should look at portfolios of reputable contemporary artists. Pay Museum visits and galleries who represent these artists. Do also look up art market reports on line. More thorough search on artist’s background and performance may also help to gain more insight. You can also visit previews of auctions by reputable auction houses, which is also important since it will allow one to see a wider range of art.

5. Some people may consider buying art as an investment. What advice would you give?
Why not? Through the years, financial advisors have proven results that buying art as an investment has produced positive returns. For me, I buy art when I am convinced it is great, and if it turns out to be a good investment, that is a double win.

6. Any tips on how to determine which wall to place art?
Probably on the wall that commands a presence – personal space or where one would often entertain his/her guests and the artwork could make a nice conversational piece.

7. Are there do’s and don’ts to maintaining the quality of the artwork so it stands the test of time?
Do check on your artworks from time to time. See if it requires dusting, look out for spotting on matte boards, fungus or mild dew growth on glass or even on the artwork itself. Do not place artworks on walls where it is exposed to direct sunlight or on a west wall where the heat is the warmest. At the same time, do not place artworks under air cons or vents.

8. What happens if one buys a piece of art they love, but can’t find a suitable place within the home. What’s the next possible step?
It is a shame if it ever occurs. However, one could talk to the artist or gallery and see if you could do a possible switch especially if it is a size issue. I am confident they will be happy to assist.

9. How do you work art into the colour scheme of the home?
Very often, I hope this would not be the case. Acquiring art is about aesthetics and transcending a person’s art love to a higher plane. However, if it is needful, bring along a colour wheel chart – it shows you obvious truths on complementing vs opposite colors. It is a good portable guide and you could buy it from any art store. Enjoy and love art for what they present and/or represent – when it becomes a relationship, both chartered & unchartered zones will be etched in your heart like a diary.