Don't let a lack of knowledge or limited funds keep you from the joy of owning art. This guide will put you on the collector's path.
Are there certain styles, colors or subjects that draw you in? Do you gravitate toward black and white photography, modern abstract paintings, still lifes? Note what you love. Exploring and observing will build confidence, not to mention expose you to new styles and artists you might never have found otherwise.
Original art (and why it costs so much). Original work includes any art that is one of a kind: original paintings, drawings, sculptures and more. Why the high price? To draw a parallel to the literary world, imagine if J.K. Rowling could sell only one copy of the Harry Potter series — how much do you think that would be worth?
An artist can profit only once from the sale of an original work, such as a painting on canvas; then it's gone. Even if the work grows in value over time, it is the collector who profits. If you understand that, it makes sense for original pieces to have a higher price than prints or reproductions.
Print types include engravings, lithographs, screen prints, aquatints, linocuts and woodblock prints.
Term to know: A run includes all prints made from a given work. For instance, "a run of 50" means the artist created 50 limited-edition prints from the original piece.