Buying Art Online In 2018

Let’s face it, the art market has changed in recent years, especially with the massive influx of digital technology influencing not only the artworks themselves but also creating an increasingly popular trend of buying art online. And as more of our retail experience shifts from the storefront to the web-based store front, the art market is also beginning to make that shift towards web-based galleries and online art stores. Online art galleries offer users the experience of searching through a variety of different aesthetics, mediums, and artists until they find a piece that fits in with whatever they’re looking for with the option of purchasing the artwork online. And perhaps most convenient, all of this can be done right from the comfort of your own home!

However, when buying art online, there are always going to be some things to keep in the back of your mind. At the end of the day, the art market can be pricey – and for good reason. But with that said, you always want to be sure that the work that you’re purchasing is authentic and insured, and that you’re purchasing from a reputable dealer.

Here are three things you should keep in mind:


Verify Your Piece’s Authenticity

Whenever you purchase a work of art from a commercial gallery, you’ll be supplied with a certificate of authenticity or some other form of proof stating that the work that you’ve purchased is an authentic work from the artist specified, that the description of the work, including medium, size, and date are accurate, and that the edition number is a true representation of the work (where applicable).

When shopping on the web, it’s easy to hide these important details that verify the piece’s authenticity. Before you purchase your piece, be sure to check that it includes a Certificate of Authenticity, so that you can ensure that you’re buying an original work, not a duplicate work. In addition, you should do your due diligence and be sure to research some of the artist’s previous work, including their style, overall aesthetic, and production methods to help spot any visual anomalies. This will help you to reassure yourself throughout the process.


Is Your Piece Insured?

After you’ve purchased the piece, the biggest question lies in determining just how it will be shipped and sent to your desired location. Do you know which art handling firm will be responsible for it? Do they provide you with insurance that protects against shipping damages or theft? Are you responsible for all shipping costs and liabilities?

These are important questions that you should certainly be sure you fully understand the answer to prior to purchasing your piece. In addition, the shipping of large-scale works should be discussed prior to your purchase, so that you can be sure you’re fully aware of all possible risks.

When buying art online from Forest Gallery you can be rest assured that all artworks are professionally and securely packaged to arrive safely at their destination as well as being fully insured for that extra piece of mind.


Is The Website Reputable?

Where exactly are you buying the work of art from? Is it a certified commercial gallery? Are you purchasing directly from the artist? Always be sure to check and read reviews about the website you’re purchasing the work from. This will help to ease your concerns about shipping and all other process-related issues.


View Forest Gallery’s Artworks When Buying Art Online

View our store and most recent works of art for sale from the comfort of your own home. As an established and reputable art gallery, we offer our clients one of the best online art galleries currently available when buying art online. Our online art shop offers a wide selection of original paintings, sculptures and limited edition prints ready for purchase by collectors and art enthusiasts alike.

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