Why I LOVE to buy Damaged Artworks

Have the treasured pieces of artwork in your home have a nick or two in them?  Perhaps your little darlings added their own scribbles over the years?  (I know mine have)   Well, don't worry because there is a very different way of looking at this problem/issue.

In the early 00"s I had a gallery in London.  A beautiful space in Clapham Common where we sold some 80 selected artists work.  Becoming a gallery owner was a steep learning curve for me - and a thrilling ride.   Being responsible for other artists work was daunting at first but I found my way and learned much over my years there.  Our stock room to the gallery was the real treasure chest -  and clients loved to be invited down there, accompanied of course. 

As you can imagine, our fully stocked-stock room, meant (beautifully ) stacked paintings, brimming shelves and all the normal gubbins that comes with owning a shop.    Very occasionally, minor damage would occur to a piece of work and interestingly, these works sold faster than the ones in mint conditions.

The secret here is that these damaged works, told a story.

Turner once said "Never waste an accident" and I am inclined to agree with him.

Now, just to be clear, I'm not talking about gaping great rips or canvases with obvious holes in - more nicks, small tears or marks which can be patched up on the reverse of the canvas, so they are not more vulnerable to further damage.    Any piece of art has it's own history, where it was made, where it has hung & in what galleries.  I believe that these are all precious and tell the story of how that piece came to live on your walls. 

Another bonus to these slightly damaged works is the price tag - sometimes you can gain yourself a notable discount.   I tend to negotiate discounts more from galleries rather than the artists themselves, I'm not big into asking for discounts directly from the artist as you can read in my 'Buying Original Artwork' download on the front page of my website.

Learn to treasure the dings and stories your artworks have, they all add up to the story of that individual, never to be repeated piece of art work.

Do you have any works that have been slightly damaged?  I'd love to hear about them.  


Here's one to Pin later

Why I love to buy damaged artworks by Samantha Barnes Artist