What makes art valuable
Digital fine-art list
Arts & crafts
These are the factors that I think influence people when buying art. I've listed them in descending order of importance.
|Who did it? (A small cheap pencil-drawing found at a second-hand shop by Van Gogh when he was 10 will be perceived very valuable only because of the artist)
|How many exist? Is it a one-off? 10s, 100s, 1000s or more?
|Did the artist have direct contact with the paper (e.g., did they apply paint to it) or in the printing process (hand-made wood block from which a unique print was made)
|How big is it? (The bigger the better.)
|Oil, pastel, watercolour, acrylic, pencil, digital
|How long did it take to make? Five seconds, five years?
|How skilled the artist is in the chosen medium
|Where it's being sold - an art gallery or an outdoor fair
|How much is it? Higher the price, higher the perceived value
|Is the artist still alive and producing works or is this one of a limited set of works?
|Is it a good picture?