In The Modern World Few Commodities Are Worth More Than Art

It has taken time, but many of the works of art I have bought over the years are now in museums. Others are in the private collections, the rest are in storage in foreign countries.

Sometimes I sold the work direct to museums, such as my charcoal drawing of Dalston Junction by Leon Kossoff. Or my Long Tom Tjapanangka painting Ayers Rock, Limestone Bore, Mt Leibig and Irantji 1995 that now resides in the QAGOMA in Brisbane. At other times I sold to art dealers or through auction houses.

The two artworks mentioned were both purchased but many of the artworks I have had the pleasure to live with were gifts from other artists. Such as a beautiful small Leon Kossoff painting of a nude women I kept wrapped in a blanket at the top of my wardrobe for many years. Sometimes art even becomes so valuable that it can be frightening to have around, like my Kossoff nude. Hence my moving art on to new homes.

My son, Laurence Fuller, once owned a painting that inspired him to write a film, Peter Booth’s Man With Bandaged Head. In the dark, brooding short film Possessions. Laurence’s character Frank becomes embroiled with a sense of obsession. However, it soon becomes clear that Frank is not the only one consumed by the desire to possess. To learn more go to

 We buy art for many reasons. I personally have never bought a work of art because I thought it would go up in value. If I had I probably would have bought paintings and sculptures I didn’t like.

Buying art is a personal experience about pleasure, experience and imagination. A sideline of owning art that you love is that sometimes, or in my experience, eventually it goes up in value a lot.





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