10 Steps To Purchasing Art

So you want to buy a picture for the home?  Here are ten things to consider or do in order to get that ideal work of art on your wall.

1 – Decide on a budget and try to stick to it. Collecting artwork doesn’t have to break the bank, as with fine wine you don’t have to pay vast amounts for a good bottle. So when it comes to art, a great original doesn’t have to cost either.

2 – Try and purchase an original work wherever possible. Originals tend to hold more credence within the market place, and it’s nice to have a one off piece in the knowledge that others won’t have the exact same piece on their wall. Don’t by any means disregard buying prints, they are a great way to start of your collection, however if a choice rises stick to the original article.

3 – When searching for your perfect work of art, keep the place where you want to display the piece in mind – particularly the colour and the lighting of the room. Ask questions about framing solutions and how to take care of the work, such as cleaning. Remember just because you change the decoration you don’t have to change your paintings, they represent your life experience.

4 – Be wary of art at sale price. That is not to say don’t purchase in a sale, especially if you like a piece enough and you want it on your wall. Just remember to ask yourself and the gallery why it’s displayed at a discounted rate.  Watch out for the over the top sales response.  A reputable gallery will hang the painting for you and change it if it doesn’t look correct.

5 – Always buy something because you love it. You’re the one that’s going to have to live with the choice, whether it’s hanging on the wall or sitting on the coffee table.

6 – You should attempt to gain as much knowledge as possible about the works you’re considering. Ask questions. An original work of art will take time and effort to produce and usually each piece will come with some interesting facts, including the techniques used to create it.

7 – Obtain a certificate of authenticity from the gallery. With the increase of online sales for art there has been an increase in fraudulent replicas being sold, so making sure you get the right documentation is crucial.

8 – If investment is part of your buying decision then make it the priority consideration when discussing a piece with the art dealer. Ask them what they have on their walls at home. Many collectors hire art consultants that help them make the right decision when making large value purchases. Remember investing in art is a long term activity and should not be under taken lightly. You can be lucky and purchase art from an artist who becomes sought after quickly, however in general art appreciates over a significant length of time.

9 – Take stock of all your options before making the final decision.  Get advice from friends. Lots of people worry about making the wrong decision when purchasing art. In fact there is no right or wrong answer, but in general art dealers that have chosen to hang work in their galleries have specifically done this because they know the work is popular and would suit a multitude of homes and room locations.

10 –Finally, buy it, hang it and enjoy it!  It will be part of you forever.

Any questions, please feel free to contact the gallery and I’ll be happy to help!

Tel: +4401159243555 Email: george@georgethorntonart.com

New Year… new work arriving…


The incredible Paul Lemmon provides the gallery with his usual touch of contemporary figurative class! This particular piece is awash with with colour, creating a buzzing atmosphere and mood.
‘When You’re Smiling’.
Original Oil on Canvas, 36″ x 40″
No deposit, 10 equal monthly instalments of £185!


‘Multiplicity Bianco’ by Russell Hatton.
Hours were spent spray painting this aluminum sheet. The paint once settled is quickly dried before polished and embedded within the metal.
Total dimensions 40″ sq. £2,500


Our apparent fascination with skulls has dated for hundreds of years. Mike Edwards ‘Dancing Skull’ plays homage to this macabre muse, however with a twist of colour and surrealism the piece comes to life.
This hand pulled silkscreen is the AP edition (Artist Proof copy), of just one.
Positioned in a sleek, modern gloss white frame, plus a beautiful off white deep cut mount.
Total Dimensions: 29″ x 27″
£495 and with Own Art finance that’s just £49.50 per month for 10 months.


Ian Hodgson’s new work is arriving…. Ian’s poplualirty has increased dramatcially over the past few years, and this year he will be exhibting with established galleries in Brighton, London, New York, and of course Nottingham! I have a number of pieces arriving over the coming week, all beautifully worked and framed in large modern off white mouldings.


Paul Normansel (you may be aware of ) is a FAB artist from Birmingham. Recently he shot to fame after becoming the official artist for Las Vegas, Indie Rock band ‘The Killers’. Now signed to a major publishing house his prices have increased dramatically over the last year! I have been asked by a client to find this particular piece a good home…
Original spot painting on aluminum, ‘Kate Moss’. Available for £3,500.


Since signing Jan to the gallery I have been overwhelmed with the response! here in Nottingham everyone just loves the colour, texture and altogether vibrancy of the work! Therefore I have two new piece’s to display. This particular piece is incredible!
Dark Red Poppies’ and it’s just £695!

The Art Market. Investing for the future.

In the current climate of falling house prices and yo-yoing stock markets it is interesting to see that record prices have been paid for works of art in Europe, the USA and China.

So does all art rise in value? What’s a good investment?

Picasso painted every day of his long life yet even his pencil sketches are expensive.  The posters of his famous work that can be seen in numerous homes or institutions have no value.  A signed limited edition, of say Russell-Flint is resalable but has not increased much and antique prints are difficult to resell at the price paid.  More money is spent on soft furnishings in homes than on works of art.  Indeed prints are used as decoration and not investment.  Yet jewellery or unset diamonds have not increased in value at the rate of outstanding artists.  There are many artists whose work should be collected as investments.  The trick is to see whose work will stand the test of time.

Earlier this month, news surfaced that Damien Hirst split from the gallery chain, Gagosian, which has worldwide reputation. So why should this be significant, many treat Hirst like Marmite, you either Love him or hate him. Either way we should recognize that he is the most successful living British artist having amassed a fortune of £215m. His split with gallery director Larry Gagosian, who is the world’s most powerful art dealer, who has more exhibition space than Tate Modern, is significant as it exemplifies the fluctuations in the value of art.  These fluctuations also occur in the stock market, however, the rate of return on high profile art is much greater.

So why have they spilt?  Possibly due to the fact that Damien Hirst sales have dwindled, pieces such as the spot print L.S.D that would have sold for £7,000 upwards a few years ago remains static (not selling in many London galleries) at around £4,000. I believed following his solo show at Tate Modern, which ended on 9th September 2012, Hirst’s work would be worth significantly more, which was justified by the hundreds of art lovers who flocked to his exhibition. Unfortunately with artwork, especially originals (as prints tend not to have much intrinsic value) no matter how an artist is perceived the value of their work is prone to fluctuations. Although over time they will have a steady rise. Hirst’s sales might be quiet now but in time they will defiantly increase like many other commodities. The trick is to buy an artist early on in their career. Purchase because you love the work. Purchase a piece that has the potential to be in your family for generations. Remember, purchasing art for investment is a long term activity, you are unlikely to make a fortune over night, but what you will have is the possibility of enjoying your investment for a significant length of time and you never know… you might just find the next Picasso….