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Collecting Affordable Art

Affordable Indian art…

Contemporary Indian art has made its mark on world’s art scene, but the average Indian looks for the opportunity to buy art that is affordable. Galleries and fairs have been making affordable art available in order to rope in first-time buyers. This is achieved by showcasing works by upcoming artists and undiscovered artists. Also smaller-sized artworks of established artists are sometimes available at affordable prices.

Since artists have to wait for months and years to secure slots for solo shows at reputed art galleries in India’s metros, online galleries have stepped in to make life easier for artist and buyers. By browsing through these websites, buyers have a wide range to choose from. The flip side is that buying decision will have to be made based on the picture and without physically seeing the painting.

Aspiring first time collectors can also go in for Serigraphs. Serigraphs are prints of artworks by reputed artists created by silkscreen process. These are made in limited numbers and are numbered, dated and signed by the artists. Serigraphs cost about 3-5% of the original painting.

Aspects to keep in mind while buying art…

Do not buy art with investment as the primary motive. Buy paintings which captivate you, so that you have a winner in your hands. Study the background of the artist and his technique. Buy only from reputed galleries who issue a bill as well as an original Authenticity Certificate signed by the artist. Beware of fakes and ensure that the painting’s provenance is genuine. Check the quality of canvas and paint used. Check with the dealer whether any maintenance is required on the artwork.

Some of the talented artists whose works are still affordable are Rohini Devasher, Sahej Rahal, Hemali Bhuta, Prajakta Potnis, Indrajit Prasad, Suryakant Lokhande, Rahul Chowdhury, Manish Sharma, Adti Singh, Rohini Singh, Rathin Barman, Ritika Merchant, Roul Hemanta, Raghava K K, Smriti Dixit, Nandan Purkayastha, Soghra Khurasani, Clare Arni, Pradeep Nerurkar, Sheetal Gattani, Sanjay Sawant, Pravin MIsal, Ajay Dhnadre, Nilofer Suleiman and Maya Burman. Works by many of them may fetch astronomical sums years later. After all, years back works by Atul Dodiya, Amar Kanwar, Subodh Gupta, Bharti Kher, Sudarshan Shetty and Jitish Kallat were also affordable!

 

 

Resources

Delhi-NCR

Artery India

This is a full-service Indian art advisory providing services to art buyers such as verifiable artwork, price determination, seamless and discrete sales transactions across global territories, deep diligence, documentation and reliable art insurance.

Level 18, One Horizon Center, Golf Course Road, DLF Phase–5, Sector 43, Gurgaon 122002

0124-668 8068

www.arteryindia.com

Delhi-NCR

United Art Fair (UAF)

The fair was last held in mid-October 2014 at Delhi's Pragati Maidan. Showcased art from a large number of galleries as well as individual artists. Art works costing as little as Rs 5000 were available,

Indian Arts Resurgence Pvt. Ltd., B-19, First Floor, Greater Kailash Enclave I, New Delhi 110048

011-4107 1145, 4163 0060

Facebook Page

Dellhi-NCR

India Art Fair

This is an annual event held during end-January at NSIC Exhibition Grounds, New Delhi 110020. It is South Asia's leading fair for modern & contemporary art. Lot of affordable art can be found.

Prashant Sharma

088266 76867

www.indiaartfair.in

Hyderabad

IndieArts

Online marketplace for paintings, sculptures, drawings, collages, limited editions and signed prints.

H.No LIG 30, Balaji Nagar, Kukatpally, Hyderabad 500072

Sivaprasad

090006 90640, 099668 84814

indiearts.in

Kolkata

Experimenter

This gallery focusses on young upcoming artists whose works are can be accessed at affordable prices.

2/1 Hindusthan Road, Gariahat, Kolkata, 700029,

033-4001 2289

www.experimenter.in

Kolkata

The Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA)

Kolkata's premier art centre holds an annual affordable art fair in the last weekend of November.

Cima Gallery Private Ltd, Sunny Towers, 43 Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue, Kolkata 700 019

033-2485 8717, 2485 8509

www.cimaartindia.com

Mumbai

dayDREAM

Visit this store for canvas and paper prints mostly across themes of travel, fashion and pop icons. They also have prints of minimalist artwork. Inclusive of framing, most items cost less than Rs 5,000.

58 Ropewalk Street, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai

098192 67725

Facebook Page

Mumbai

Easy Buys by Sakshi Gallery

Once a year Sakshi Gallery in it's Easy Buys section offers small works by big artists, works by upcoming artists, sketches and prints at highly affordable prices. BlueFrog Club of Lower Parel also hosts the Easy Buys exhibition in partnership with Sakshi Art Gallery.

6/19 Grants Bldg, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba, Mumbai 400005

022-6610 3424

www.sakshigallery.com

Mumbai

Gateway School of Mumbai

Their annual Spring-Summer Show held in April features artworks by their students, all of whom have learning disabilities. Renowned artists conduct workshops to mentor and impart skills to the students. The artworks are affordable and showcase the artistic skills of the students.

Sion-Trombay Road, Next to Deonar Bus Depot, Diagonally opposite TISS, Govandi (E), Mumbai 400088

022-2556 3613, 2556 3614

www.gatewayschoolmumbai.org

Mumbai

The Amateur Gallery (TAG)

This gallery is dedicated to showcasing work of art students, recent graduates and young artists.

1st floor, Kamala Mills, OSS Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai 400013

Natasha Gowani

88281 37656

www.tagfoundation.in

Online

Artenthuse

Almost 30-40% of artists registered on this site are from small towns like Durgapur, Indore, Baroda, Visakhapatnam etc.

Shravani Vatti

073503 14979

artenthuse.com

Online

ArtZolo

Almost 20% of the artists on this site are from smaller towns. For example, successful artists like Solomon R is based in Trichy and Bijay Biswal works from Nagpur.

info@artzolo.com

Vishal Singhal

099564 45560

Online

Fizdi Art Store

Over 1,000 artists present about 10,000 artworks on this platform.

088228 66866, 075070 00123, 02066200648

www.fizdi.com

Online

MivaArts

The offer a selection of paintings, drawings, sketches, conceptual art, printmaking and photographs in a range of prices. The art is from selected artists and affordable.

086999 50172

www.mivaarts.com

Online

Mojarto

This online gallery, presented by NDTV, has 1,200 artists showcasing over 13,000 artworks, with prices of Rs 3,000 to Rs 25 Lakhs.

0172-409 0005, 409 0006

www.mojarto.com

Online

Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (India)

Members of this Organisation paint with brushes held in their mouth or feet as a result of a disability sustained at birth or through an accident or illness that prohibits them from using their hands. Despite the handicap, their paintings have artistic merit and you may browse the paintings online. Duly framed paintings are delivered to doorstep.

A-401 Dipti Classic, Suren Road, Andheri (East), Mumbai 400093

022- 4009 8877

imfpa.org

Online

Picsdream

This is a marketplace for photographers. Here you can buy any framed photo for hanging on wall. Select the photo, mention the size required, mention medium (paper or canvas etc), select the frame, make payment and then await delivery.

Addaazz Online Services Pvt Ltd, C 7, J Block Market, Saket, New Delhi-110017

Mahesh Nair

011-4104 3248

picsdream.com

Online

PosterGully

Buy authentic and affordable posters and art prints at PosterGully which is a curated marketplace for over 3000 artists & designers. In addition find artistic iPhone cases, T-shirts, notepads, stickers, laptop skins, mousepads etc.

011-6568 8555

www.postergully.com

Online

Serigraphs

Serigraphs are prints created by silkscreen process. These are made in limited numbers and are numbered, dated and signed by the artists. Serigraphs of masters are available with the following:
Archer India Gallery - archerindia.com
IndiaArt - indiaart.com
The Serigraph Studio - serigraphstudio.com
Marvel Art Gallery - marvelartgallery.com