The Pink House's art consultant Vanessa Brodrick says:
The word ‘investment’ is a scary one when it comes to art, because there are just no guarantees. However, some contemporary artists are a better bet than others – here are my top three recommendations:
1) Bridget Riley
This English painter and exponent of Op Art (optical art, a style which uses optical illusions) is highly regarded and still producing works in her eighties. She has a sound ‘secondary market’, which means there is more demand for her works than supply, and her artworks sell for high prices at auction. In my opinion you can’t go wrong buying a Bridget Riley print in pristine condition, so I have no hesitation in recommending her.
2) Tracey Emin
This stellar British artist’s limited edition etchings are ideal for the budding art collector looking to spend around £1000. Once the print releases of the etchings sell out, the works immediately gain in value, so if you have investment in mind, these are well worth considering. Just make sure any limited edition print you buy is in top condition.
3) Gerald Laing
The late Gerald Laing is a Pop artist whose oils have gone from strength to strength [Vanessa was personally invited by Gerald to write his memoirs before he died, so no-one knows more about this fascinating artist – Ed] – his 1963 painting of Bridget Bardot, for example, fetched nearly £1m at auction in 2014. Since his death in 2011, Laing’s print market has stagnated, so in my opinion this is the perfect time to buy his limited edition prints as they have strong potential to rise in value.