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Art sets the mood and at­mos­phere of a space and cre­ates a talking point. “I can­not vi­su­alise any home with­out the added el­e­ment of some kind of art, be it a ma­jor work or in­ex­pen­sive pho­to­graphs or prints,” says Leila Heller of Leila Heller Gallery. “Art­work from any pe­riod en­riches the at­mos­phere of any dwelling.”

Works of art need to fit the size of the room but there’s no need to match them to the colour of the walls or fur­ni­ture. “My rec­om­men­da­tion is that you love the art you buy and go with your gut,” says Leila. “I also rec­om­mend that you do your re­search about the rep­u­ta­tion of the source you are buy­ing from, be that a gallery, auc­tion, pri­vate dealer or art fair.”

Salma Sha­heem, joint ven­ture part­ner and head of Mid­dle East­ern mar­kets at The Fine Art Group, agrees. She also points out that your re­search needs to cover the his­tory of the piece. “This is very im­por­tant for any genre, es­pe­cially when we look at his­tor­i­cal ref­er­ences for gen­res of the past (i.e. im­pres­sion­ist and mod­ern art and post-war),” she says.

The prove­nance of the work and its con­di­tion also need to be on your check­list. “This is es­pe­cially rel­e­vant in sec­ondary mar­ket ac­qui­si­tions; the photo may not al­ways be a true rep­re­sen­ta­tion,“Salma adds.

Don’t for­get to look to the fu­ture as well as the past. “If you’re ac­quir­ing an art­work from the pri­mary mar­ket and it’s by an emerg­ing artist, it’s im­por­tant to know what ma­jor col­lec­tions they ap­pear in,” Salma con­tin­ues. “Have they been; or will there be any fu­ture ac­qui­si­tions by mu­se­ums or in­sti­tu­tions?”

Salma sug­gests work­ing with an art ad­vi­sor if you’re new to buy­ing art. “Ad­vi­sors are equipped with the knowl­edge and net­work to make an in­formed de­ci­sion,” she ex­plains.

Blos­som rug in ti­ta­nium grey and dark gold by Ste­pevi

‘Great Wall of Sand’ by Gor­don Che­ung, 2016

The Cage ta­ble by Stock­holm stu­dio Form Us With Love for Menu

Salma Sha­heem

Phare tea lights by To­mas Krai for Nude

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