5 Tips for Buying Your First Piece of Original Art with Saatchi Art

At some point, usually in your mid to late twenties, you start to crave a cultivated space to call your own. Even if that space is a shoebox apartment you pay way too much for, you want your domain to be a reflection of you - your likes, your stories and your style.

As you shed the hand-me-down furniture that helped you survive the first demi-decade after college, you realize that blank walls and polaroids don't really capture this new era. In fact, what would really look superb over that new flea market credenza is a piece of original artwork. Buying art is intimidating though, right? It doesn't have to be.

With Saatchi Art, you can shop for affordable original artwork online, and know the joy of owning something that's not only one-of-a-kind, but that you really, really love. As the world's largest online gallery, Saatchi Art currently offers 500k+ original artworks from 60k emerging artists around the world. They're committed to helping people find art they adore and Saatchi's expert curators will work one-on-one with you to identify art that fits your taste, budget and design needs. They even offer a free Art Advisory service.

Know what you want, but need a few pointers? We asked our friends at Saatchi to run through their five tips for how to buy your first piece of grown up original art. Take it away, friends!


1. Set Your Budget

Emerging artist Karin Vermeer at work in her studio in the Netherlands. Vermeer’s mixed media works deconstruct fashion photography to present her own vision of women and femininity. | Via Saatchi Art

Emerging artist Karin Vermeer at work in her studio in the Netherlands. Vermeer’s mixed media works deconstruct fashion photography to present her own vision of women and femininity. | Via Saatchi Art

Establish your budget and stick to it. Focusing on artwork by emerging artists is a great way to acquire stunning works at reasonable prices, and find works that don’t break the bank. Buying online is also a very economical way to avoid gallery commissions and be able to view lots of works conveniently in one place.

2. Do a Little Homework

Proof that art doesn’t need to be serious or intimidating. Los Angeles based artist Kelly Puissegur creates paintings that portray her off-beat sense of humor. | Via Saatchi Art

Proof that art doesn’t need to be serious or intimidating. Los Angeles based artist Kelly Puissegur creates paintings that portray her off-beat sense of humor. | Via Saatchi Art

Read art magazines, expand the range of art you are exposed to by going to exhibitions and museums, and attend degree shows at art colleges to help you make informed decisions about what you are buying. The more you research, the more confident you will be in your purchase and the better chance you'll have of discovering what moves you.

3. Consider Photography

Reach by Uwe Langmann, Limited Edition Photograph 5/5, 19.7 x 19.7, $800 | Via Saatchi Art

Reach by Uwe Langmann, Limited Edition Photograph 5/5, 19.7 x 19.7, $800 | Via Saatchi Art

Photography is a great medium for first-time buyers to focus on. Quite often prices are lower for this particularly arresting medium that is easy to fall in love with and to live with. Don't forget to ask some key questions: Do you love the photograph? What kind of photograph is it? Is it a limited edition? Is it unique?

4. Fall in Love

It Finds A Way by Saatchi Art artist Wyanne Thompson, Painting 30 x 24, $578 | Via Saatchi Art

It Finds A Way by Saatchi Art artist Wyanne Thompson, Painting 30 x 24, $578 | Via Saatchi Art

It is essential that you fall in love with the artwork you are buying before making the purchase. According to a recent survey by University College London, looking at a beautiful work of art impacts the brain in the same way as falling in love with a person.

5. Curating Your Collection... (because you're about to become a bona fide collector)

Art collector, Kate P. from Chicago, Illinois first caught the collection bug after falling in love with a wall sculpture created by a co-worker at her advertising firm for their employee art show. She now owns 70 pieces of artwork. | Via Saatchi Art

Art collector, Kate P. from Chicago, Illinois first caught the collection bug after falling in love with a wall sculpture created by a co-worker at her advertising firm for their employee art show. She now owns 70 pieces of artwork. | Via Saatchi Art

This step is simple. The best advice when it comes to acquiring art is: always buy what you love. To help guide you in your search, Saatchi Art has a variety of curated collections with works by our artists for you to explore. Check out how one collector first caught the art bug here!

Start small. Shop Saatchi Art's Small is Beautiful Collection and take home your first affordable, original artwork.


Such good tips. Head over here to start art shopping and sign up for the Saatchi Art Newsletter to receive art news, emerging artist features and curated collections right to your inbox. And once you have that very first piece of grown up original art, send it our way for some real grown-up custom framing.