What to Expect when Buying Artwork from a Gallery

  • 12 October 2016
  • Sarah Holden

There’s something special about gallery sold artwork and we’re not just talking the art itself! Yes, the artwork we sell is amazing in appearance, but it is also fabulous in other ways too. In fact, when purchasing a piece from a gallery, it’s the quality which is important too.

Professional Standards of Gallery Sold Artwork

All of the artwork we exhibit and sell on behalf of our artists is of an exceptionally high quality. We believe that artwork is for a lifetime and as such, must meet certain professional standards.

  • Canvas type
    – there are two main types of art canvas; cotton duck and linen. Cotton duck comes in different grades depending on the different weaves and weights of it. It is often used in low quality art as it stretches easily and sags. Our artists tend to prefer a high quality linen canvas instead. If a canvas is not used, then archival quality paper is chosen instead, particularly for prints.
  • Canvas preparation
    – a high quality canvas is always stretched correctly and secured firmly on a timber frame. It will be primed with gesso which helps prevent paint being absorbed by the canvas, as well as improving the appearance of the colours of paint upon it. Sizing of the canvas is done if an oil based primer is used. This is done to stop the paint leaking through the canvas, as well as to stiffen the fabric and reduce image fade.
  • Quality of framing
    – a high quality custom made frame is the best choice. Wooden frames are more suited to paintings, prints and heirloom pieces, which metal frames suit drawings and some photographs. A good quality frame will also include a mat and mounting board, as well as being professionally sealed on the back.
  • Quality of paint
    – artist quality paint is used by our artists because not only are the colours vibrant, but it has limited fading.
  • Protection of artwork
    – paintings are usually sealed with a clear protective coating which protect the piece from dust and even scratches. Otherwise the painting is set behind glass to keep it safe.
  • Hanging of artwork
    – using purpose built d-rings on the back of the artwork ensures that it will hang safely and not fall. All of our hanging artwork uses this method, whether the d-rings are attached directly to the wall or have a cord strung between them.

When you visit either of our galleries in Auckland or Tairua, we are more than happy to discuss any piece we have on display. We can show and explain to you what each artist has done to ensure their work meets the professional standards demanded by galleries and art collectors alike. Take a browse through our online gallery for a taste of the delights we have ready for you to enjoy!


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