The Lowdown on Indian Art Investment Funds

The Lowdown on Indian Art Investment Funds

With the Indian art market now receiving substantial publicity and receiving significant interest from investors and collectors around the world it would be hard not to recommend contemporary Indian art as part of a portfolio. All the right signs are there with art market indexes being produced for the Indian art market, auction houses showing interest in the region, the creation of at least three major art investment funds (Crayon Capital Art Fund, Osian’s Art Fund and Yatra Art Fund) and galleries all over the world tripping over each other to get the most popular artists on board for exhibitions.




The Mahishasura by Tyeb Mehta


With a population of 1.1 billion people, India has the people power and the potential to have a major impact on the world art market in the future. Several major finance related companies in India such as Bajaj Capital have begun to promote art investment as a genuine option for investors which is a good indicator that the market is in a good position.


A quick search of Indian art or Indian art investment online will give you some sort of an idea of how extensive the interest in this market is. The India Times newspaper has even started an online section dedicated to information on Indian art and art investment which is a good source of information and can be found here:


Nick**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectables for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.

11 Responses

  1. I just wanted to know if you could visit and let me know your views on the site. Would be obliged.

  2. Hi I would be in Sydney on the 3rd oct,07.and ammmm an art enthusiast and consultant so if possible i would like to meet with you as regards indian contemporary art and its acceptance in sydney art market.Do write back in case u r interested.Thanks

  3. Hey Nicholas,
    This is Abhay Rao a journalist with the indian express express group in India. My email id is or I would like to know your views on art funds both in India and Globally..I am writing an indepth article on art funds and any insights you could provide would be really helpfyl..thanks a lot..

  4. hi i would like to know if ther are any fiscal incentives for the art funds that are cropping up in india or internationally???

  5. I am not aware of any countries where fiscal incentives are available for people investing in art funds. In fact, those that invest in art are the least likely to be eligible for fiscal incentives


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