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What has been the response of the clients?

BarmanArts is pleased to announce that its clients have been very appreciative of its services.

Purchasing Art from BarmanArts:

How to search for artworks?

barmanArts has Search Artworks function to facilitate your search of our site for artworks as per your preferences of style, medium, price, size, room preview & frame preview, colour etc. Please use the following link : www.barmanarts.com

Why is the price mentioned online?

Our main business has been (and still is) providing artworks to others galleries or art dealers, who add their margins before taking our artworks to the market. Our prices are challenging, in a sense "wholesale" prices. Consequently our margins are very moderate as this enables our customers (galleries and art dealers) to sell the artworks that they get from us to their end-customers at market prices. Wherever we don’t have a local partner we accept inquiries from direct clients and since we are offering prices even to them at “wholesale” rather than market rate.

How to find the price of an artwork?

If you are interested in knowing the price of an artwork you are interested in, please send us an inquiry by filling out the template online. We will process your inquiry and get back to you. We assure you that our prices will be the most competitive in the Indian art market.

How can a client be sure the work is original?

Every artwork of an associated artist purchased from BarmanArts comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and Originality, which is signed by the artist and endorsed by BarmanArts. To know more about the certificate of authenticity please kind of read now given below.

BarmanArts assures its clients of the originality of the art they purchase by issuing a Certificate of Authenticity and Originality for all works sold by it.

Content: The Certificate of Authenticity shows an image of the artwork and lists the details of the work including Artist, Size, Medium and the year in which the artwork was created by the artist. The certificate is signed by the artist and endorsed by BarmanArts, stamped and signed by an authorised signatory of the gallery.

Originality Guarantee: BarmanArts will endorse the certificate of authenticity of sales made by the gallery itself and of the works of the artists directly associated with us. This way, it guarantees that the work of all young, emerging artists purchased from it is original.

Secondary Sales: BarmanArts also lists the works of Indian Masters for sale which have been proposed to us by other galleries and art collectors. These galleries and collectors are responsible for providing the provenance and authenticity certificate of the artworks for sale. BarmanArts serves merely as the facilitator in the case of such sales and will not endorse and takes no responsibility for the authenticity of such works. Given the current art scenario where fake art of even contemporary artists appears on the market for sale, (please see the article on Fake Art! ) it is in the client’s best interest to purchase from a gallery that certifies the works it sells.

Fake Art – The Bane of the Art ‘Industry’!

They say that imitation is the best form of flattery, while this may hold true in some situations, this adage is blasphemous in the art circles. Throughout history, whenever an artist through his perseverance and talent has made a name for himself, there have been others lurking in the shadows waiting to piggy-back on his success and make a quick buck through rip-offs.

The monster of fake art has once again raised its ugly head to plague contemporary Indian art. This time the ‘victim’ is none other than Subodh Gupta who has made a name for himself both in India and internationally, he who some regard as "Damien Hirst of the East!"

he perpetrator of the crime is a hole-in-the-wall operation – Sahil Art Gallery, which is owned by Shyamsunder Desai. This gallery not only sourced the fake artwork but also doctored evidence to show that it was a genuine painting, they had a certificate of authenticity, and even had a photograph that showed Subodh looking at the painting in the gallery, which had obviously been tampered with.

The matter was brought to the attention of the authorities by Anubha Jayant Dey, director, Bodhi Art Gallery, New Delhi. They had been alerted to the issue when Sahil Art Gallery announced an exhibition of 82 artworks by "12 renowned artists", Subodh Gupta is represented by Bodhi and so they investigated the matter. In a covert operation with the help of the police they recorded the transaction of the sale of the fake work for Rs. 80 lakh on hidden camera. The price range for an original work runs into crores. The police have arrested the owned of Sahil Art Gallery and have confiscated all the 82 artworks pending further investigation.

However, scandalous this heinous crime may seem, it is not the first time that Indian contemporary art has had to grapple with the problem of fakes.

In 2007, Mukul Dey Archives "Chitralekha" who are regarded as authorities on important documents, printed information and images of early 20th century Indian art, declared two works by Jamini Roy which were to be auctioned by Bonham’s auction at San Francisco on 18th June, 2007, as fakes. These works were then withdrawn from the auction.

In 2006, another auction house – Christies, had to withdraw six works of Indian contemporary artists due to doubts regarding their authenticity. Sotheby’s too had in earlier auction in the same year chosen not to auction some works displaying "a better to be safe that sorry" attitude.

In 2004, Anjolie Ela Menon had her assistant, who have been with her for 20 years, Hamid Safi, arrested for producing fakes of paintings and selling them off. Safi claimed that he had a recording showing that he completed most of the artist’s works anyway, a claim that was denied by the artist.

These are just some of the scams that have grabbed media attention; there have been many others where unscrupulous art dealers have tried to pass on fake art to unsuspecting buyers. Sharan Apparao, owner of the Chennai-based Apparao Gallery, estimates that "every year, about 20-30 fakes of important paintings and 50-100 fakes of (less) important paintings get released for the markets globally."

There are essentially four ways in which these forgeries are created:

  • Copy the work exactly without the signature.
  • Change the medium, for instance, if the original work is in oil, the fake would be executed in watercolours or acrylic.
  • Change the direction of key elements in the composition - for instance place the tree on the left rather than the right as in the original.
  • Carry different elements from different works of a single artist and incorporate them in one artwork.

There have been rare instances where the family of an artist who has passed away has authenticated fake works for pecuniary reasons.

They are proving to be so successful because more people these days are into the purchase of ‘names’ without having much knowledge of the artist’s style and preferred medium, for them purchasing an artwork at less than market rate appeals as a ‘good deal’. It’s after all a matter of pure demand and supply.

India lacks an institutional mechanism for certifying artworks. While the Indian art market is becoming more transparent it still has miles to go before the first time art buyer can be assured that he is buying an original.

For most buyers and collectors, it is advisable not be purchase form shady art dealers. If the work is being priced much lower than the artist’s current market rate, that alone should set the alarm bells ringing, as was the case of the Subodh Gupta work being scale by Sahil Art Gallery. It still remains to be seen if any of the works being sold by Sahil Art Gallery are originals. Besides, it is also advisable to purchase the works of young, talented artists whose works are assuredly original and who have an immense potential for appreciation. Also, galleries like BarmanArts, who follow the international norm of having artists being officially associated with them, can guarantee that you are purchasing an original work.

Till such time that India has some regulatory authority and bench marking in place for art, all art buyers – Beware!

How is the work shipped?

Canvas and paper works are rolled, professionally sealed in a plastic tube and shipped. Sculptures or paintings that are executed on board or those that are stretched.

What if a work is required to be framed?

BarmanArts can have the work stretched and/or framed for you. We can provide you with images of sample frames that would suit the painting and you can select the one you like. Please note, we cannot courier any glass items, only acrylic sheet will be used in the framing, else works will be framed without any glass.

How is the shipping cost calculated?

Shipping costs are passed to clients at actual. Courier companies calculated the shipping costs based on the so called volume weight (L x W x H ÷ 166 (cu in.) or 6,000 (cu cm) = volume weight) of the package. Hence for works that need to be crated e.g. those that are stretched or framed, the shipping cost will be higher. A client can estimate shipping at 5% (courier within India) and 10% (international courier) of the quoted price for a unframed rolled canvas or paper painting. For further shipping and delivery details given below.

Shipping & Delivery Details

BarmanArts has always worked towards providing the best possible services to its customers. Our from satisfied customers around the globe are proof of this.

This customer satisfaction is because we maintain a high level of efficiency and promptness in our handling of customer requests. The artworks are packaged professionally and shipped to our customers using the best courier services. Till date the artworks have been delivered to all of our clients within a week of the payment being received, whether they are based in Delhi or France!

When it comes to the shipment of artworks BarmanArts offers:

  • Delivery of artworks worldwide.
  • Professional packaging, ensuring the safety of the artwork from moisture and creasing.
  • Canvas and paper works are shipped in a rolled state and are unframed.
  • Framing and crating of framed or stretched works is also provided at an additional cost. The courier cost of framed and crated works also increases exponentially.
  • Speedy delivery – within 10 working days of after receiving payments.
  • The insurance of the works can be provided for, if specifically requested by the client, but that would be an extra charge (approximately 5% of the cost of the artwork)
  • The average cost of shipping ranges between 5% and 10% of the cost of the artwork depending on the size and weight of the parcel.

Fast Facts regarding shipment and delivery of artworks:

  • We can deliver world wide (in any country) at your door
  • Shipment costs are included in our quotation and invoice

Please Note : To ensure the artworks reach you expediently we would require the exact address the works need to shipped to and the recipients phone number.

Disclaimer: We are not responsible for any delays, damage or loss due to the use of third parties.

Where does BarmanArts deliver?

Payments in India can be made per DD, bank transfer or cheque. Payments from overseas can be made per bank transfer or international cheque in any currency. Payments over the internet can be made per credit card or debit card (Amex, Visa, Master card, Discovery) or through PayPal. Our online payment partner is PayPal.

Are there any hidden costs?

We are very clear in our pricing with our customers. The prices quoted are inclusive of the shipping quotes are given to the clients prior to shipping, works are shipped once the client gives his approval. There are no additional charges of any sort.

Return of Artworks:

Under what position can an artwork be returned?

If a client is dissatisfied with an artwork that has been delivered, the same may be returned to BarmanArts within 7 days, provided the client ensures that the artwork has been returned in the exact same condition in which it was delivered (the artwork will be photographed prior to shipping). If an artwork is returned damaged or different in any way from the artwork that was shipped, BarmanArts will not be in a position to accept it.

Will a cash refund be given when an artwork is returned?

BarmanArts will offer no cash refunds on artworks returned. Instead, the amount paid by the client for the painting will be held with BarmanArts and the client is free to choose another artwork. The client would need to choose another artwork within 1 months of the artwork being returned; else the amount will be forfeit. Please Find out: BarmanArts will not offer any refund on shipping costs.

Will provide for sale of artworks?

Artworks by Indian masters & well known contemporary artists may be sent for paintings to secondary sales. Complete details of the artwork, Artist, Title, Size, Medium and expected price need to be provided. The client will be responsible for providing the provenance the certificate of authenticity for the artwork.

Please find out: barmanArts will not support the authenticity of any artworks for secondary sales.

Are there any discounts of Clients?

Introduce special offer schemes for clients & limited period. Currently, the BarmanArts offers free shipping for first customers at the time.

Offer its clients of BarmanArts?

Minimum 10 number of products and services on offer to clients which are art & jewellery related.

What the client recommends of BarmanArts?

Resale of artworks to local buyers and collectors. Any art galleries interested in promoting Indian contemporary or traditional art to BarmanArts.

How should I clean my artwork?

Always use a soft and dry cloth to wipe your art piece clean. Always apply light pressure when dusting the surface of the artwork. Please avoid using water, soap, thinner or detergent to clean your artwork.

I want to buy an original art. Do you sell original art as well?

Yes, in addition to reproductions, BarmanArt currently offers a limited selection of original art work directly from the artist.