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Which Contemporary Artist is Best to Buy and Most Likely to Increase in Value?

July 31, 2012

Considering buying a picture by a Contemporary artist and you want a far less expensive work than a Picasso, or an Andy Warholl, but let us admit you also want it to be a good investment. You really are hoping that your chosen artist might well be discovered big time and suddenly be worth many more times what you paid and preferably sooner than later! So what should you be looking for?

In times when currencies are at risk and the stock market fails to do well, the chances of success(by choosing the right artist) are far better than those with the Lottery!

By being careful about what you buy and in choosing the right artist, although there is always an element of risk, the chances of losing any value are minimal.

Whilst I am not making any claims to be any kind of expert, I have been a keen successful collector for many years of various art forms and antiques that have mostly increased greatly in value. I do hope that by sharing with you my instincts that these will prove to be of some help to you. Obviously, just in case the picture you end up choosing, doesn’t jump up tremendously in value, it is most important that you really like your choice, so that at least you will enjoy living with it.

Your choice of picture says something about you, so what sort of picture should you look for? Here are a couple of my suggestions of how to begin the selection process: –

  • Firstly look for something artistic that you find attractive and beautiful, preferably a picture you feel sure your friends will admire and comment on.
  • It is best to choose an inspiring picture, that makes a statement, or that has something fascinating about it.
  • Then do some research on the artist.

Be very wary of all the hype, art critics and so-called experts who claim to know everything. These days you can search on the Internet and no longer be restricted to the local Galleries, you can search and find art from all over the world without leaving home. This means you can view the pictures you like and avoid all the sales talk. But how should you consider your choice of artist, if you want to have the best chance of your artist becoming suddenly famous and priceless? To have any such chance of succeeding your artist: –

  • Needs to have developed a recognisable different style, or show exceptional original creativity.
  • Should have already created a reasonable number of works that demonstrate a consistent style and originality.
  • Should already have received some recognition, from having held several important one-man exhibitions and received already some worthwhile press, or write-ups.

In the past the artists that eventually become the most sought after, are those that created their own style, where they were the first to do something original, or different, and they made use of it consistently to best advantage. Some sadly, would also add choose someone old, rather than young, as so often artworks tend to be far more appreciated soon after the artist has died.

Of the painters, at the moment I am favouring Sir Bernard Fleetwood Walker R.A. because he has a style of his own that has not yet been fully appreciated. My personal view is Sir William Russell Flint R.A. painted wonderful watercolours and although they are already highly valued, I still think they will continue to increase in value.

I am not aware of any really great changes in painting that are sure of success. There are some who make use of spray paints and I have seen a few unusual textures where cement and sand have been used mixed with the paints. There are pictures created in three dimensions by layering cut out prints, stuck closely on top of each other, there are small boxed frames filled with carefully chosen objects as pictures, there are paintings embellished with Swarovski crystals, or small mirrors and other materials, also there have been mixed media pictures making use of all sorts of materials to form an image. But although different, I do not see many of these as ever being considered as great art works, it is really a matter of hunting for only the most exceptional examples, if any of these techniques appeal to you.

PHOTOGRAPHY
But the most dramatic and exciting changes have been with photography! Photography is now a valued art form, as are limited edition prints (providing the edition number is not too large – should be well under 50). So what is new?

Thanks to digital imaging there are now computer-generated pictures, such as ‘fractals’. But as the computer made them, rather than the artist, I doubt that they will ever be highly valued. With computer manipulation, mixed blended images that were never possible before, can now be created, these artists should be studied.

I have seen some graffiti light painting pictures that are rather different. The new computer HDR(high dynamic range) images that provide a much greater range of definition at different light intensity levels are also impressive and can be very atmospheric (far more so than ever before).

But what matters most is the end result; it is the picture that counts, the artistic vision is so much more important than the technique.

Having said that, certain photographic pictures could only be achieved because of the technique. As an example, there is a unique technique that involves photographing projected images that have been projected on to other objects. This has successfully been used to create some very interesting and quite different pictures.

I believe that if you follow my guidelines, you will find pictures worth buying that really could prove to be a great investment.

Good Luck with your hunt, hoping you enjoy the search and that you do find a winner.

The author has been a very keen Asian antique collector for many years helping to create ‘The Cohen Collection’ but he is also an artist.  For much more information with lots of photographs seehis limited editions of only 8 of each picture (up to 60” or 150cm longest side!) at: –
http://www.artist-john-cohen.net

You can also be kept informed on John N. Cohen’s ‘Painting with Light’ Facebook Fan page
http://en-gb.facebook.com/pages/Painting-With-Light/208903157734

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How and Why to Buy Art, Even if You Are Super Rich!

July 2, 2012

If you are one of the privileged few, who having been fortunate, now own at least two homes (one of them will be a large villa, or mansion), you have possibly paid a top architect and an interior designer, to create your palace, and your gardens are managed by specialist landscape gardeners and everything is beautiful – the rest of us can just dream on!  

But how do you then go about adding your own personal statement to your magnificent home?  This is when works of art are considered, but even here you can call on the experts too and pay an art consultant, or specialist to guide you.  But eventually there will come a time when you will want to buy and display your own choice of picture.  What then are your main options? 

Some people have chosen to buy the most expensive picture they can possibly find, simply to show off that they can afford it.  Just think of the new owner of ‘The Scream’ that was recently purchased for $119.9 million, as an example.  Was it bought because of loving it, or as an investment, or to demonstrate that the owner could afford it?  In the past so many enormously expensive contemporary pictures have never been resold, without making rather a big loss, so the investment angle seems unlikely. 

Whatever is considered great in contemporary art is subject to change; it is only great at a particular time, mainly because the amount paid says that it is!  There are only a few names that have survived the test of time; such as Picasso, or Andy Warhol, but many others eventually simply fall by the wayside. 

If you are not so inclined to simply buy the most expensive, you then have many other choices.  But the picture you choose will say something about you; so you should make sure it is one of the focal points of your home and given pride of place, as well as being something that you enjoy. 

When thinking about the value of various artists’ works, many unknowns over time can suddenly become sought after, whilst others in big demand can go out of fashion.  So the best advice is to simply follow your heart – not your head, nor the experts. 

Today you no longer need to rely on art galleries, trying to sell you what they consider are the finest ever.  With the Internet there are so many, from all over the world, art galleries to be found, allowing you to view at leisure, without having to bother with the sales pitch.  But more interestingly, there are now very original, excellent artists that now have their own sites.  Exploring and hunting Internationally is now a reality.

Beware of the experts, who make a living by convincing others that they know about art, even though they have never created anything themselves, as the art world is really such a very fickle business, mostly influenced by the amount of money paid.  They talk a lot and come up with various theories, all based on what has sold recently, mainly to maintain their own life style, but they also have no idea of what will be fashionable next.

Does it need to be an original painting, or could it be a limited edition print?  It has been said that limited edition prints are mainly for those with a lot more taste.  Today limited edition prints are highly respected, valued as highly as paintings, and often they have appreciated in value too.  So the choice is yours.

Should it be chosen simply because it is something beautiful, the right colour, something dramatic, classical, or should it be of flowers, a portrait, a scene, or an abstract?  How should you decide? 

Well really no one can tell you!  You should simply choose what attracts you and only buy what you really like, or rely on your wife, husband, or partner.  Otherwise, if you dare not back your own judgement, pay the experts, but then is what you call home really your own?

The author has been a very keen Asian antique collector for many years helping to create ‘The Cohen Collection’ but he is also an artist.  For much more information with lots of photographs see http://www.jncohen.net

To keep informed please join John Neville Cohen’s Facebook Fan Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/John.Neville.Cohen

What is So Special About the Amazing Art of John Neville Cohen?

April 29, 2012

PLEASE NOTE: This is written in the third person, because I have compiled this from a number of previously published sources, so everything on this page has been written, or said, by someone else, but I did not want to include even more quotations, than I have already. JNC 

John Neville Cohen is really an artist who uses photography.  Photographer’s record reality and the best do that really well, but John creates amazing fantasy from reality!  His beautiful pictures surprise, intrigue and make quite a statement!

One of the essential differences between the artist and the photographer is that the artist always starts with a blank canvas, whereas the photographer’s canvas ‘the viewfinder’, or screen, is always full!

There are three reasons why John’s art is so special: –

  • Firstly, he invented his own photographic ‘painting with light’ method (a very different and original ‘special effect’ pure photographic technique in the early 1960’s) without using any computer, darkroom chemicals, or expensive equipment, to create his unique top international award winning studies.  This enabled him to produce transparencies (mostly on Kodachrome) that amazed other photographers, Kodak and all the experts at the time, well before anyone had computers. 
  • Secondly, his pictures are not simply the well composed flower, fruit, landscape, nude or portrait studies.  His pictures are so imaginative and once seen, form an impression not easily forgotten.  They have stood the test of time, since many of his most valued pictures were created over 50 years ago. 
  • Thirdly, he has a unique vision and his own art style that everyone can easily understand, yet no one else creates fantasy visual art like his.

The first time ‘The London Salon Trophy’, a much-coveted International award for artistic photography had ever been awarded for a colour photograph ‘Spirit of Spring’ in 1967.  John was the not only the youngest salon member ever to have received it, but it was also the very first time a transparency and a negative appeared on the same film emulsion.  Although technically extraordinary, it is more importantly a very fine work of art. 

Spirit of Spring

Beauty is

John’s discovery was based on simply photographing projected images that were not always projected on to a screen and the chosen screen often became the subject of the picture; John has photographed projected images on to a feather, a flower, a shell, a butterfly wing, and even on to the edges of the pages of a book!

Madam Butterfly

Preacher

Montmartre

He built up a collection of around 75 studies that led to over 20 One-Man Exhibitions of his photographs (some sponsored by Kodak) in New York, London, The Edinburgh Festival and many other UK & USA Cities. At Photo Expo (famous photographers were lucky to have 3 pictures included at ‘Photo Expo 68’) a wall of over 60 pictures was devoted to John.

“..regarded as one of Britain’s most original photographers”  The Times.

“A woman’s face was exquisitely metamorphosed with the cup of a yellow tulip – a Femme – Fleur Picasso might have perpetrated had he taken to photography”  Arts Revue. 

A number of newspaper and photographic magazine articles were published and his art even attracted the attention of such famous names as Cecil Beaton C.B.E., Sir William Russell Flint R.A., Sir George F. Pollock Bt., M.A., and Lady Clementine Spencer Churchill amongst many others.

Flower Maiden

John has openly explained that he often starts with an idea and then experiments with various images, but sometimes something unforeseen happened, that sends him down a totally fresh route to create a very different picture than the one he originally planned, often it has been these ‘inspired accidents’ that have since turned out to be his most valued artworks.

Sea Nymph’s Mirror

John started promoting his high quality limited edition prints since he retired and in a relatively short period of time, he has acquired quite a following on LinkedIn, Facebook, and at various other art sites on the Internet, like Flickr, where so many have chosen his as ‘favourites’.

Recently a young art critic wrote “John N. Cohen’s artwork incorporates several genres–ready-made objects, digital photography and Impressionist style of light painting – to create a striking and surreal effect that has a strong impact upon the viewer”  Claudia Moscovici.

“Indeed, since the photographic image is made by the action of light, truth to light is truth to the medium of photography! All John Cohen’s photographs are made, simply and solely, by the use of light.  His magic is the magic of the luminous; his poetry is that of the chiaroscuro.  The attractions of his work is all the greater for the purity of the photographic technique, and its appeal all the more universal for being couched in an imagery common to all men and intelligible to all”.   Sir George F. Pollock Bt., M.A., F.R.P.S., F.R.S.A.

Roller

John is now over 70 and is still currently creating pictures (one of the latest is ‘Roller’).  His pictures certainly cause interest, adding a bright new dimension to any wall. So sophisticated, always a talking point, appealing to all age groups.

For serious art buyers and art lovers there are still some of the prints for sale. To buy an artwork by John, it is still possible to purchase a print, although they are limited to only 8 of each picture.  Not yet one of the big names, but these pictures have great investment potential and now is the best time for astute buyers to buy.

“Art Galleries refer to me as a photographer, but photographers refer to me as an Artist!” John Neville Cohen.

http://www.artist-john-cohen.net

‘Painting with Light’ by John Neville cohen

April 29, 2012

All about the unique visual art form of ‘Painting with Light’ photography, invented by John Neville Cohen, that enabled him to win various top awards for his pictures and to have over 20 one-man important exhibitions of his artworks in the USA and UK. John has great artistic vision and in talking about his own art he describes how it was inspired accidents that led to the creation of his best limited edition prints. His art is for sale, for art buyers and serious art lovers. For those wishing to buy artwork by this artist, it is still possible to purchase a print at his website.


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