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How To Purchase Art as a Gift

Updated: Nov 23, 2021

It's that time of year, and we all are looking for gifts for family and friends. Rather than gifting a mass-produced item, consider buying and giving a gift of original art. A work of original art shows you care and that you took the time to find something special and unique. If you're buying for a seasoned art collector or someone who is just starting, an original work of art will be a standout gift that can make for an ageless family heirloom or a one-of-a-kind memento for your friends and loved ones.

Today there is a considerable supply of original art available for purchase between $50 -$5,000. Don't worry about art's value, collectability, or long appreciation when buying art as a gift. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and art is fundamentally an emotional purchase. Simply gift art you think your receiver will enjoy looking at everyday

Lastly, artists love selling directly to buyers, so purchase art directly from artists if possible. Buying art directly from the artists can save you real money and keep the money in the artist's pocket where it belongs. To purchase art directly from artists, google local art walks, or artist studio locations.

About the author: John Obafemi Jones is an American artist residing in the U.S. Virgin Islands. An expressionistic figurative painter. His paintings are collected nationally and internationally and rooted in his need for self-discovery and expression. He frequently uses jazz themes and blues icons because he feels these art forms have historically confronted some of society’s most profound questions. To follow John Obafemi and learn about his art journey visit


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