Yes, you read it here first. You don’t have to consider yourself wealthy to indulge a passion for collecting contemporary art these days. Not if you know where to look, anyway. Of course, there’s always going to be a market for the latest Hockney pieces to go under the hammer at fine art auction houses. And for customers who habitually swim in this sort of pool, then they will always consider their contemporary art purchases in the same way they do vintage wine, classic cars and possibly thoroughbred racehorses. As an investment.
But back in the real world, you needn’t break the bank this Christmas so as to indulge in your love of all things compositional. And we’re not talking about the sort of arts and craftsy examples you find on Etsy or Notonthehighstreet, before we go any further. More actual art (both original pieces and limited editions) conceptualised and subsequently created by recognized contemporary artists who have dedicated their careers to painting. Not just their spare time.
While a couple of decades ago buying contemporary art as a viable Christmas gift might have been perceived as aspirational (and only something city brokers and traders collecting their Christmas bonuses could ever entertain the idea of), here in 2018 the notion is far more acceptable and indeed, accessible to those of us with relatively shallow purses and wallets. And not inscribed with monograms or family coats of arms for that matter.
You Needn’t Make a Pre-Christmas Appointment with your Bank Manager to Discuss a Contemporary Art Purchase These days
And there’s a veritable smorgasbord of contemporary artists who have timed their very latest collections to fall in with the Christmas market this year; and whose bodies (and back catalogues) of work we represent in our galleries and via our online presence. Admittedly if you’ve got your heart set on a Hockney then you best move on to the Sotheby’s website, yet if you wish to reacquaint yourself with the brand new visual reveals by the likes of Xue Wang, Paul Horton, Peter Smith, Kerry Darlington, Mackenzie Thorpe and Jeff Rowland then you’ve arrived at the right place.
Whether you’re looking to buy that special Christmas gift for someone special or conversely, treat yourself, then we have an extensive collection of contemporary art from which to choose this season; or any other for that matter. And let’s face it, the novelty value soon wanes when the alternative is a pair of socks, the latest CD from a band you once liked back in the 1990s and/or a new gel seat for your bike. Whereas unwrapping a piece of contemporary art on the big day, will keep the smile on your face all year round.