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Acrylic Paintings: Quick Links
Are Acrylic Paintings Valuable?
Absolutely! Many professional artists today use acrylic paints.
Acrylic paints have really come a long way and they are as valuable as present-day oil paintings.
I was a full-time professional artist for 12 years (until I decided to become an art curator) and at the end of my career, I chose to only used acrylic paints.
I loved how the acrylic paints I used (Liquitex Professional Acrylic Paint, Amazon) were non-toxic, rich in color, fast-drying, gave a crisp brush stroke and amazing texture, and they were archival (durable, non-yellowing, UV-resistant, water-resistant, and were guaranteed to remain in top condition for 50+ years).
What Determines the Value of an Acrylic Painting?
Here’s a list of some qualities that make an acrylic painting worth more money:
- Artist: An artist’s popularity, backstory, and death will greatly influence the cost of an acrylic painting.
- Materials: Generally speaking, canvas works are typically worth more than those on paper and paintings are often at higher values than sketches or a print. Using archival materials will also increase the value.
- Condition: An acrylic painting’s physical condition is an important factor. Tears/rips, paint loss, cracking, water damage, fading, dirt, discoloration, and frame damage can all decrease the value of a painting.
- Authenticity: An acrylic painting that is created directly and personally by a particular artist is worth more than a copy (print) or imitation.
- Provenance: A record of who the acrylic painting belonged to can also be used as a guide to authenticity and quality. If a painting was once owned by a famous collector or came from an esteemed art gallery, the value of the painting will greatly increase.
- Historical Significance: First, the value of an acrylic painting will increase if it had any importance to art history in its genre (category). But world history also affects the value of a painting since it’s often a reflection of cultural, political, economical, social, and military history.
- Auctions: Just the sudden feeling of excitement bidders can have at an auction, especially if the auctioneer is skilled at making an auction exhilarating, can raise the price of an acrylic painting.
How Much Should Acrylic Paintings Cost?
There really isn’t a clear-cut answer to this question because there are so many factors that will increase or decrease the price of an acrylic painting.
But, I find that if I’m buying directly from emerging artists, I’ll usually pay something between $50 to $6000 USD for normal-sized acrylic paintings. Check out the section (below) on the cheapest places to buy top-quality acrylic paintings.
How Do You Know if a Certain Acrylic Painting Is Valuable?
If you’re really serious about knowing if a certain acrylic painting is valuable, find an art appraiser at a gallery, museum, or auction house (or just google “art appraiser near me“).
A certified art appraiser is trained to determine the authenticity and value of art, including acrylic paintings. They work with other art experts to compare paintings and to find similarities and differences that make the painting unique.
They’ll also look at the condition of the acrylic painting for any physical flaws.
If the painting is authentic and in good condition, they’ll do an evaluation of the market. They’ll look at former sales by the same artist, works in the same genre, the climate of the market in general, and the current demand for the artist.
All of this will allow the appraiser to give you a professional opinion of what the acrylic painting is worth.
Cheapest Places to Buy Top-Quality Acrylic Paintings
If you’re looking to buy inexpensive acrylic paintings directly from artists from around the world, I would definitely check out Etsy. It’s also the perfect place to buy customized gifts for those who seem to have everything.
Another website I’ve recently been visiting to buy paintings is Minted. This place a little more expensive than Etsy, but the paintings are commissioned (made just for you) by a Minted artist.
When I want to buy acrylic paintings as an investment (or if I’m buying art to impress), Saatchi Art and Artfinder are definitely my go-to art sites. The prices are more expensive than the other places mentioned above, but it’s much cheaper than regular brick and mortar art galleries and the quality is definitely worth every penny!
So go ahead and buy acrylic paintings online, support independent artists, and (most importantly) HAVE FUN shopping!