Simple Tips From Our Curators: How to Gift Art This Holiday

We’ve picked the brains of our Curators for their best insights on buying art for your loved ones this holiday season.

Here’s the top notch advice they had to offer:

Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator and VP, Art Advisory – “I have a friend who each year buys an artwork by an emerging artist for his young son. He’s not only giving a very special gift but is also building a collection for his son and, at the same time, giving young artists really invaluable support with his purchases. A double gift!”

Hayley Miner, Director of Art Advisory to the Trade – “There is no greater joy than receiving art as a gift from someone. The artwork I buy for someone usually makes me think of that person or a moment we shared together.  So, not only is the friend receiving a gift, made by an artist, but I am also sharing my genuine feeling about the recipient which is a big part of human connection. Art connects people in so many ways.” 

Katherine Henning, Associate Curator  “Are you thinking of buying art as a gift for someone else this holiday season? A good place to start is by considering their interests. Are they an animal lover? A great outdoors enthusiast? Do they love to travel? If they’ve been bitten by the travel bug, then I’d recommend a photograph of a city they love, or buying artwork by an artist based in their favorite country.”

Jessica McQueen, Assistant Curator – “Looking to buy for an art lover but consider yourself an art novice? I would recommend a photograph. They’re typically more affordable than a painting, and it’s an easy medium to fall in love with.”

Visit Saatchi Art’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide to treat yourself or someone you love to original art this holiday. 



About the Author

Caitlin Bray is the Senior Marketing Manager at Saatchi Art. She studied History and Art History at Yale University. Her mother is a fine artist and her dog is a mystery mutt named Louise.