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27th May 2014

Why Collect Fine Art Prints?

Fine art prints offer an entry point into real art collecting.

Art collecting can be rewarding financially, esthetically, socially and even spiritually.

If the work of an artist appreciates, art can be a good financial investment. Since fine art is now an international commodity, it is not at the whim of one country’s stock market or economic conditions

Collectable fine art prints should be signed, numbered and issued in specified limited edition, which can range from one to maybe over 750, but never
more than that number for any specific image. Prints can be original prints such as a  silk-screen, etching and photograph, or digital on paper or canvas.

Spring Shema Tree by Judy Rey Wasserman

Spring Shema Tree by Judy Rey Wasserman

An artist’s fine art prints should always be less expensive that their paintings of similar size, with the possible exception of monographs as they are also one-of-a-kind. This means one can afford a print of an artist’s work when the painting is out of reach. This works for both the artist and the collector. However, as the artist’s career continues to reach new heights the value of all the artist’s work increases. Andy Warhol’s prints have rewarded their collector’s with the same kinds of percentage returns on investment as his paintings.

Every artist’s paintings and prints can vary in worth over time. An image that becomes iconic, whether a painting or a print will become worth more over time than a more obscure work. For example, using Warhol’s market, his portraits of well know celebrities today, such as Liz Taylor, Marilyn Monroe or Warhol himself tend to be worth more than same sized and condition works from a similar date of someone hardly well known today.

Socially, collecting fine art can open doors to meeting new people, including artists, collectors and people interested in art. Most galleries hold openings that are good places to meet artists (artists attend each others openings frequently) and other collectors. Also, having real fine art prints on one’s wall is a good step away from mere decorations including the kinds of soulless paintings turned out by mills and sold in decorative and frame shops in malls.

Displaying a fine art print (meaning one by a good artist made with quality materials) is similar to having fine furniture, rather than the stuff that contains formaldehyde and is covered with plastic veneer. Collectors who display original art, including original prints in their homes or places of business shows financial prosperity and culture.

Finally, in the process of discovering artists and new trends one will be learning more about art and art history. Creating art, something that is useless except as itself is something uniquely human. There is something special about real artistic communication as we have the chance to see the world in a new way through another person’s eyes.

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art at ungravenimage.com

Check out the Fine Art Limited Edition prints, decorative prints, books, and printables that are currently available to you through Judy Rey’s Art of Seeing The Divine Shop. You don’t have to buy to avail yourself of the art and inspiration available there. However, if you select to collect investment quality archival art, or decorate your home with images created with strokes that are original letters from Bible texts, or buy a gift for someone special, there is a secure shopping cart that accepts most credit cards so your purchase is easy to accomplish. https://artofseeingthedivine.com


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