The art culture internationally is continually evolving. Art appraisal and increasing number of online art auctions has led to almost every kind of piece from Pablo Picasso to Vincent Van Gogh being featured on online auctions. However, you may think you need to break the bank in order to own of these pieces. Buying art is more about knowing when and how to invest.

Art Appraisal & Art AuctioneersInvest early in a piece following an art appraisal, watch noteworthy auction sites and you can sit back and watch the value of the artifact rise. The fact remains that if you do make an early investment, there is no guarantee that you are buying the next Picasso. Some local collectors have persisted however and earned their rewards based on the discerning choices they have made.

Edward Nader, co-owner of Nader art gallery says “Buy art because you love it, not just as an investment. When a piece is something that engages you, and moves you internally it becomes the right piece for you to own.”

Nader’s gallery specializes in both national and international art. There are also many other galleries in Shreveport-Bossier city offering purchases of art by local and international artists.  An art critic for over 30 years, Robert Pincus is a respected name and he recommends making art investments in local, promising artists, which can yield good returns at an art appraisal later. Pincus who resides in Los Angeles, has traveled extensively offering guidance to artists through the critique series hosted by Shreveport Regional Arts Council. He has been extensively observing and involved with both the art community as well as with individual artists and collectors. He says that art gets made everywhere and really good art doesn’t always have to come from the urban, upscale areas alone.

Appraisal for Art Collectors

Large as well as small art collectors in the town were pleasantly surprised to receive a free art appraisal of privately collected items at the Alberta Art Gallery. The free appraisal gave many a chance to gauge the value of their valuable art collections.

Art Appraisal Services - Art AuctionsLisa Christensen, Director, Heffel Fine Art Auction House said valuing a piece of art, or art appraisal depends a lot on a number of different factors and auction price and appraised value can change according to who is buying. The quality of a piece of work, the interest of the collector to acquire a piece, and the artist are all factors taken into consideration during an art appraisal.

A private collector who remained anonymous for security reasons brought three pieces of Canadiana, a highly valued item. It is a double-sided piece by artist Nora Collyer, the second side was uncovered when an art conservator during an art appraisal removed the frame. The same collector also had a couple of pieces by John Lyman a Canadian painter. She wanted to share her pieces with educated collectors and also wished to have the pieces reappraised.

The collector who attended the event said “Art is a conversation, where it is more fun when people get what it’s about.” Her pieces which were quite stunning were appraised between $5000 and $20,000 each which was at best a conservative estimate made at the art appraisal. Her grandmother was also a renowned artist and the strong familial connection to art also allowed her the provenance to procure such good pieces.

Christensen also said “When the provenance of pieces are made clear, it helps with the art appraisal. Art collectors who keep records make the process much easier. Collectors prefer to buy art that comes from well authenticated sources, interesting collections with history make for interesting buys”.

This collector has a fine eye for art, and has found herself very happy with her art appraisal. She also went on to say “Art is about art that you like. “ She is looking forward to showcasing her pieces at a travelling exhibition of female artists to be held at Beaver Hall. Her double sided Collyer may be lent to the exhibition to share with other fans of Canadian Art.

Collecting art is not just about knowing what pieces to buy, but truly loving a piece. Sometimes a well loved piece bought from someone with authentic history and records may yield a very pleasant surprise at an art appraisal.