7 Things to Look for When Investing in Art

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

Buy in cities over country

Invest in cities rather than in the country. Hong Kong is a great place to invest in art, since it is a financial centre, with lots of professionals and access to good reliable storage. It has been my experience that buying in a city is better than in rural areas, since it is less likely to get damaged, easier to maintain and to deliver the painting.

Bigger return on Japanese art than Chinese

Also, in terms of the auction market with Japanese painting, it is a bit behind Chinese contemporary art, which has been growing exponentially for 10-15 years. Japanese art in comparison, has only been growing the last five years.

In my experience, the top five Chinese artists are Zhang Daqian, Qi Baishi, Wu Guanzhong, Chu Teh-Chun and Zao Wou-Ki. The top five Japanese artists are Yoshitomo Nara, Shozo Shimamoto, Imai Toshimitsu, Kazuo Shiraga and Yayoi Kusama are still selling HK$5-10M, in comparison to Zao Wu Kee for example that is selling over HK$100M.