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Buying art for your home - where to begin?

We chat to Style Insider - and resident art expert - Silvana Tagand to get the lowdown Style Insider and resident art expert Silvana Tagand

Want to buy a piece of artwork for your house but have no idea where to start? We chat to Style Insider - and resident art expert - Silvana Tagand to get the lowdown.

1. Work out your budget

That will really determine things. You don’t want to be like me, and fall in love with a Bill Henson (a Sydney photographer, whose art sells for tens of thousands), and then, fifteen years later - you’re still saving for it!

2. Visit independent galleries and do your research

The next step is to visit independent galleries and do you research. There’s a gallery here in Sydney, The Olsen (representing high-end artists) which has an extension to the main gallery called Olsen Annexe. The Annexe has fine works on paper that you can pick up for $1500. It’s about going into the right place for your budget. Whilst discovering galleries, be sure to make friends with the gallerist. They often have amazing work in their stock room!

John Olsen Artwork A favourite John Olsen print of mine!

3. Don’t be shy of art fairs

I love them. I think it’s a great experience, because you often get to meet the artist. I think some of the art fairs can be a bit hit and miss, but they are also a great place to discover emerging artists - and discover them before they get representation. Everything is about telling that story - and one of the things I love about an art fair is that you get to connect to the artist, and they get to share a bit about their work, which gives you this other perspective. I also love going to the National Art School (in Sydney) – notable alumni include John Olsen, Max Dupain and Ken Done. Some of the work coming out of the NAS is incredible.

4. You can buy for a collection...or just for the love of it!

“It doesn’t matter if it’s ten dollars or ten thousand - if you are buying for the love of art, it’s for the love of art - regardless. If you are not buying to collect - what does it matter? But just remember - sometimes, if you’re lucky it can be both.

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