When spending a sum of money on a piece of art, you want to keep it in the best possible condition – right? After buying a painting or a really nice print, what can be better than admiring it each day and knowing that it can be increasing in value. However, to ensure it keeps its value and looks at its best, you need to look after it. Here are a few tips to ensure your artwork remains in pristine condition.
I have people every single month bringing in pictures to my Gallery that have fallen off the wall. Sometimes it is just the frame that is damaged and it can be repaired. Other times it has smashed into a piece of furniture damaging that and your picture. Sometimes if it is glazed, the glass has broken and damaged the print/original. If that picture is valuable, it becomes an expensive accident and one that is preventable.
Always check the fixings and the cord/wire on the back of the picture at least once a year. Cord and wire both fray over time. If you see any evidence of this, replace straight away.
When you hang a picture, use two picture hangers instead of one. Space them 2 to 3″ apart. This is useful for two reasons. Firstly, if one hanger was to fail, the picture would still be held by the second one. Secondly, if you use two hooks, the picture will remain level. Nothing looks worse than pictures on the wall out of alignment and level. With one hook, the picture is more prone to be knocked out of alignment than using two hooks.
If your picture is particularly heavy, do not use “knock in hooks” but heavy duty screw in hooks.