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Post by dantheman on April 25th 2019, 8:35 am

I have looked on ebay for modern art paintings but found nothing appealing so where else might I find some reasonably priced, quality paintings?
I'm drawn to the unusual or odd looking and have owned mainly surrealist prints up to now but I like the odd cubist piece and some abstract art.

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Post by NaomiM on April 25th 2019, 10:31 am

Goldmark has a large selection of prints

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Post by dantheman on April 25th 2019, 11:20 am

yeah I suppose it's easier to get a print that I like, I was hoping for a little texture though

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Post by hercules brabazon on April 25th 2019, 11:30 am

Saatchi Art?
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Post by dantheman on April 25th 2019, 11:48 am

Have you seen their prices!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on April 25th 2019, 7:03 pm

I think you need to find some names you like first. How about checking the auction houses for artists you like then seeing if they pop up on eb? I follow James Fry . Got a few at cottees in early 90s when they sold off his studio after his death. Turned out to be a good investment and ive really enjoyed them.
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Post by dantheman on April 25th 2019, 8:38 pm

unfortunately, I only know of famous artists and tend to find my local artists quite boring.
I will take a look at the-saleroom and see if I can find an artist I like for under a million Frustrated

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Post by NaomiM on April 25th 2019, 8:50 pm

There’s the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition. They sell prints online at reasonable prices if you can’t make the show. And there’s a huge range of styles because it’s a mix of amateur and professional artists

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Post by NaomiM on April 25th 2019, 8:51 pm

And there’s the Affordable Art Fair in London

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on April 25th 2019, 8:52 pm

Ohh and the other one is vintage art posters. I saw an original one for the tate sunflowers and you can still buy the porcelain seeds to go with it.

If you can find someone on ebay why deals in vintage posters they can be really interesting

This my be up your alley!


https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ai-Weiwei-Sunflower-Seeds-2010-Rare-Exhibition-Poster-/163140396289?ul_noapp=true&nma=true&si=KDlxvtG2Icx3MIbZ8n2XUVwSafc%253D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ai-Weiwei-Original-Fine-Art-Poster-Free-Speech-Portrait-Middle-Finger-Up/333152871723?hash=item4d9175652b:g:NNsAAOSwO1pbQ~kn&frcectupt=true


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Post by Davee on April 25th 2019, 9:40 pm

Try  www.artfinder.com, from amateurs to some amazing stuff.

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on April 25th 2019, 10:24 pm

Went to a meeting off Oxford Circus last year (posh bank) and in the room in a corner was a Damien Hurst dot print (litho?) signed. It was just one of several prints in the room. All the rooms had multiple artworks.

I spent a few seconds looking at it and someone asked me why? I pointed out that it was probably worth £5K+?

No one gave it a second look or even cared when I noticed what it was.

Modern art = Pah! Who cares. Buy what you like.

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Post by dantheman on April 26th 2019, 9:50 am

Davee wrote:Try  www.artfinder.com, from amateurs to some amazing stuff.

This is the one for me! Thanks a lot, Dave Excellent and thanks to everyone else who commented.
Please continue with this thread as it will be great, go to resource for others.

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Post by philpot on April 27th 2019, 8:02 pm

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=art+galleries+st+ives&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiuv7jH-vDhAhVuA2MBHbgJAqsQ_AUIDygC&biw=1093&bih=524

St Ives has lots of galleries
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Post by philpot on April 27th 2019, 8:08 pm

Then of course there are auctions. Literally thousands at any one time.
https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/search-results?searchTerm=paintings

In actual fact everyday auctions are a very good place to buy art, as often work by very good artists who do not have a reputation goes for peanuts. Specialist art auctions on the other hand are pricey, but you do get the quality.
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Post by dantheman on April 27th 2019, 8:11 pm

I always look at the paintings at auction but never find anything I like

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Post by philpot on April 27th 2019, 8:32 pm

Well there's the rub Dan.What do you like? Obviously you have spent many years honing your taste in pottery, and you know what you like. Finding what you like in art is much the same process, you are not going to come to instant conclusions.
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Post by dantheman on April 27th 2019, 8:45 pm

I have loved art since I was a kid and studied it from 11 years old so I know what I like,I just don't have tens of thousands to spend

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Post by dantheman on April 27th 2019, 8:48 pm

I watched a programme on Rembrandt today, he spent so much on art he filed for bankruptcy

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on April 27th 2019, 8:49 pm

dantheman wrote:I always look at the paintings at auction but never find anything I like

I don't believe you!
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Post by dantheman on April 27th 2019, 9:00 pm

you are correct but life is too short for long explanations

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Post by philpot on April 27th 2019, 9:15 pm

We collected art about 30 years ago. Some good painters as well. But in the end we gave it because anything we really liked was just too expensive. So we started collecting pottery, which was reasonably priced. Trouble is, anything we really like in pottery is now getting too expensive!
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Post by studio-pots on May 14th 2019, 11:48 pm

NaomiM wrote:And there’s the Affordable Art Fair in London


Although the work there might be affordable the people who run it charge such high prices to rent a space that the work is probably double or more what you would pay elsewhere.


A few years ago I visit one on Hampstead Heath, as I got a free ticket, and something that I was trying to sell was 5 times the price that I was asking - it was a contemporary sculpture and we both had different but similar examples on SOR.


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Post by studio-pots on May 14th 2019, 11:58 pm

I used to sell art that I liked when the Harlequin Gallery was in Greenwich and it filled the walls during my pottery exhibitions. I bought mainly from the trade and some names too. I still have some stored away and also on my walls at home.

For the last 3 years I have been organising an Open Studio event locally and the fourth one takes place in September and every year I have bought something for myself. These take place all over the country and might be worth a visit if there is one near you.

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Post by dantheman on May 15th 2019, 8:50 am

I have been to open studio events in my area, all were exercises in diplomacy.

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