How often do you visit a museum and say to yourself, “I wish I had this picture?” We all think that art is a protection for the very rich, that Sotheby and Christie are people other than us. This is not true. Obviously Andy Warhol or Van Gogh will stretch a lot of bags, but there are great art out there, rich in history, beautiful to look at and most of all, because past art is useful, money that can save value.
For me, 19th-century Japanese art prints are worth the perfect price. I run a social networking site that only sells Japanese images at the moment, or ukiyo-e as they are called. I think I am biased but I love the work (I’ve been a lifelong collector) that I not only want to sell the work, I also want to advertise, show, write and make videos.
First little job. For those of you who think you are unfamiliar with Japanese art, I am sure you have seen the great Hokusai wave hitting beverages or greeting cards, or the red parts of Mount Fuji on the fridge magnets or signs somewhere. The artwork of this genre is more visible than you might think. At the moment, there are major ukiyo-e exhibitions in national stadiums in London, Boston, Oxford and Brooklyn to name a few.
There is a history of being able to write a short story, but just put it this way: The Japanese made wood carvings into paintings for two or three centuries. Japan was independent at the time and the style of work, the process and the story was designed in a complex and simple way. The process is very complex and very ingenious, making the artist and the artist draw anything up to twenty boards from the drawing and print each piece manually on paper of different colors. The final result of the process is a beautiful, multi-colored print.
Audiences can be warriors from history, mythology, beautiful women, landscapes, poets or especially actors and comic book actors. Everything has a lot of color, a clear build and each print has a story to tell. What about money and finances?
Selling art is like real estate. You can buy property because you like it or you can buy it because you want to see it more expensive. The goal is to buy your favorite space that is also profitable. The same is true with skill. Modern art and mining sites; there are so many people making things, so many things in the world and there is no real measure of what is hot and what is not. In the end, the risk is not even greater because there is a large group of vendors and collectors to set up a market and point you in the right direction. But modern technology is cheap and still attracts risk.
The most important thing is to choose the type of niche you like, where the artist or artist dies and where there is a market value history and a value proposition. This is why Japanese art is the best buy right now.
As a commodity, there is a lot of money at a higher price that increases significantly in the price and is not cheap and as a result, corruption spreads out and the market follows due to rising prices at the heart. For many years the market and professionals were preoccupied with the ancient era of Japanese art, in the 18th and 18th centuries. The prices of artists like Utamaro, Sharuku or Hokusai reached the celestial spectacles. Utamaro printing, for example, earned $ 311,679 in 2002. Naturally the market needed to grow and Hiroshige, a famous nineteenth-century artist now orders up to $ 30,000 – $ 40,000 per single printing. Additions that were published in the nineteenth century have become priceless and artists like Kuniyoshi and Kunisada now pay exorbitant prices. The scarcity of antiquities now means that there is a growing interest in the technology of this Edo era and makes it a great time to use what is now known as the best art.
One thing people notice is that the paintings of the same artist vary in price … why? Culture is very important, remember that these are fragile things and sometimes it seems like a miracle that they survived. Records tend to be cool, damaged by worms and insects, damage to water, moisture, fire and careless care and greatly reduced. The quality is very important to the price and some of the artist’s prints are considered to be of artistic value, others are rare because the pronunciation was very limited. If you buy from well-known retailers, then the value in the market will be reflected in the price. Best of all buy scarves because you love them; a good seller gives a lot on the piece: date, title, who is shown and so on. Much like this promotes self-esteem. It is also possible that your print will be in large old archives; MFA in Boston has thousands of ukiyo-e printers available online. With an artist like Utagawa Kuniyoshi, there are many exhibits, table books and so on that can be printed.
Japanese literature is a world of magic and beauty … take the time to look at them and maybe you can visit the Christies in line and look for prices to prove yourself in the market. I have posted a link below to our photos, Toshidama Gallery as well as a link to our blog with articles, videos and photos. Please let us know if you would like to request anything related to this wonderful and amazing technology.