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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

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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



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.


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.

‘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.

Interesting New Possibilities for Art Consultants and Interior Designers

September 19, 2010

Since all of John’s original pictures are photographs that are now in digital format, he is prepared to offer consultants and designers much more than just different sizes!

Many of his abstract studies are already available and shown, in a range of colours, but John is also prepared, for interior designers and art consultants without any obligation, to alter any of his works by creating a new (different) original picture especially for you, without any obligation.

This new picture will be based on the picture you select, but it will then feature any predominant colour required.   Just send a sample of the colour (wished for in the picture) and let him know which picture is favoured.   Also it will help if you suggest an idea of the mood (such as muted or vibrant) and indicate colourful, or limited colours.   John will then provide at least a couple of new images for your consideration.

Your more discerning clients should appreciate that each picture will still be a John Cohen original that will have far more value, than just a manipulated copy print taken from a painting.

More Information About John Neville Cohen

Winner of the most important photographic International awards and attracted the attention of 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.

The London Salon Trophy
The first time this much coveted International artistic photography trophy had ever been awarded for a colour photograph was in 1967.   Presented to John for ‘Spirit of Spring’.  This was the first time a transparency and a negative appeared on the same Kodachrome transparency film emulsion.   Created by his own invented technique of ‘Painting with Light’.   This unique technique involved photographing projected images that were not always projected on to a screen.   He was also the youngest salon member ever to have received this trophy.

Over 20 One-Man Exhibitions of his photographs (some were sponsored by Kodak) in New York, London, The Edinburgh Festival and many other UK and USA Cities.

He has received favourable reviews and comments in ‘The Times‘ and ‘Arts Review‘, apart from many other newspapers and photographic magazines.

His limited editions (of only 8 of each picture) can be seen at: –

To see examples of John’s new images, in different colours, please have a look at: –

You can also be kept informed on John N. Cohen’s Facebook Fan page at: –

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