Buying Celebrity Art: An Expert Guide
Posted on February 19 2016
Iconic rock and pop stars are an integral part of today's culture and act as inspiration to many talented and established artists.
But what about the other side of the coin? Some of today's singers and screen stars are also talented with a brush and paint too. Hollywood stars like Johnny Depp, James Franco, Jim Carrey and music legends like Ronnie Wood and David Bowie also exert their artistic prowess on canvas and paper.
Owning a piece of art by your idol is obviously very cool! But it's also a crafty investment. Art by celebrities is a finite resource, currently experiencing growth like no other in the market place.
To find out more about buying celebrity art we caught up with Bilal Mattar, Director at Aquatint Gallery.
The Aquatint Gallery is at the forefront of the celebrity art market, making it possible to buy art from exclusive collections that have been previously held in the homes of musicians such as Ronnie Wood, John Lennon and David Bowie to name a few. "Due to our direct relationships with such estates and artists, this has allowed us to procure individual pieces, and entire collections of original art work, as well as limited edition prints" says Bilal.
Your Guide To Buying Celebrity Art
So where can people start their search for celebrity art?
"In my opinion, the best place to start is by figuring out ones personal preference of mediums, size and aesthetics" says Bilal. "Following a trend has its ups and downs, as many new collectors often get into the art market after prices have peaked. Find out about your favorite celebrity. Find out if they paint, draw of photograph, and take it from there".
And what things should you consider in your art buying process?
"I would always start with original artwork over prints. A good thing to consider is the frequency in which the artists release their work. We try and focus on highly sought after work, whereby we know there are very limited numbers in the open market. And with original art, you are safe in the knowledge that no one else has that piece."
Any do’s and don’ts?
"A good plan would be to conduct your due diligence on the artwork at hand. This will give you an idea of the potential of your preferred piece. Find a consultant or website, such as CultureLabel, that's established and knowledgeable and you trust to guide you through the process."
Any tips on what or who to invest in now?
"I would recommend Ronnie Wood and John Lennon as sound artists to follow and invest in. Their work has sparked interest from galleries the world over, and with Ronnie's imminent retirement, interest is only increasing. With an artist such as John Lennon, these pieces would represent a long term plan. Although prices have somewhat peaked, there is still a lot of his art on the market, with a prized collection available exclusively from The Aquatint Gallery."
The Curator's Choice: Bilal's Top 10
Map of Paris by Ursula Hitz
So there you have it! You're very own guide to buying celebrity art and a selection of pieces to help you start your art collection.