Top five tips on how to buy and display art

8 Dec, 2016 - Jyotsna Sharma

Buy what you like.

Art is all about individual taste; you have to live with the artwork for the rest of your life. Therefore, buy what you would like to look at everyday / often. Curators and art advisors can suggest artwork based on the market value of an artist but at the end of the day it’s you who has to decide what you want.

Set a budget.

It is important to set a budget and stick to it especially, if you are just starting out on your journey of art collection. While spending a little extra is okay but don’t go overboard.

Do your research.

Research is important. You must read up about the artist whose artwork you will be buying. Read about the artwork you plan to buy, and meet the artist if possible. If buying from a gallery, read up about it and the curators there.


It is a good idea to keep your self updated about the latest ‘goings on’ in the art world.


Don't hang the picture too high on the wall.

When displaying the artwork, make sure it is at eye level and not too high up.


Also, if it is going above the furniture (over a sofa or a table), make sure there is not too much space between the painting and the furniture.


Always hang paintings from two points.

This is usually done by having hooks on either side on the back of the painting. It is best to hang a painting from two points so that it is aligned and can be viewed properly.



 Jyotsna Sharma is the Editor of The Wall. The Wall has been India's most well read art magazine for the last five years, subscribe and get access to premium content for free. Subscribe or read the magazine at 

Topic: Art