When buying an artwork, there are so many different caveats, so naturally, you may find it difficult to navigate through these and find yourself that perfect artwork. That’s why we at ArtGallery.co.uk have put together this handy little guide. We hope this whistle stop tour will give you the information necessary to make informed decisions about the artworks you purchase!


Photograph: For over 180-years, people have been asking the question: is photography art? Pioneering photographers soon recognised that photographs, like paintings, are artificially constructed portrayals: they too have to be carefully composed, lit and produced. Today, the camera is recognised as an extension of the paint brush and art photography can be one of the most effective ways of brightening up your home.

One Amongst The Many By Dean Buckfield

Digital art: This is a term first coined in the eighties with the advance of computers and is used to describe art that is made or presented using digital technology. After some initial resistance, the impact of digital art has added to the impact of painting, drawing, sculpture and even virtual and interactive art experiences.

"Well, What Are We Going To Do?" "I Don't Know. Let's Start Walking." by Simeon Machin

Drawing: This is essentially a technique in which images are depicted on a surface by making lines, though drawings can also contain tonal areas, washes and other non-linear marks. Ink, pencil, crayon, charcoal and chalk are the most commonly used materials, but drawings can be made with or in combination with paint and any other wet or dry media.

Lion Drawing by Max Eaton

Ceramic: There is a long history of ceramic art in almost all developed cultures, and often ceramic objects are all the artistic evidence left from vanished cultures. It is made from ceramic materials, including clay, and can take forms including tableware, tiles, figurines and other types of sculpture.

Abstract Deer 23 (Sculptural) by Paula Horsley

Collage: This describes both the technique and the resulting work of art in which pieces of paper, photographs, fabric and other materials are arranged and stuck down onto a supporting surface. Collage can also include other media such as painting and drawing and contain three-dimensional elements.

The Garden Of Earthly Delights by Stephen McGowan

Mosaic: This is the decoration of a surface with designs made up of closely applied, usually variously coloured, small pieces of materials such as stone, glass, tile, marble or shell.

Mosaic Dog Portrait by Gill Aitken

Sculpture: This is three-dimensional art made by one of four basic processes: carving, modelling, casting, constructing. Artists have used techniques including bending, folding, stitching, welding, weaving, and balancing to construct sculptures from a wide variety of materials and found objects.

Two Faced Owl by Malcolm Hull

Painting. The term painting describes both the act of painting, (using either a brush or other implement, such as palette knife, sponge, or airbrush to apply the paint) and the result of the action; the painting as an object.

There Paradise Lies by Julia Everett