A red dot is what you see placed on a painting when it has been purchased at an exhibition. You would be amazed at how many times a day we hear the words “the one we like has been sold” when asked “how did you like the exhibition”.
It is perfectly ok to say it is not the style of work you like. It is much better than pretending you would have bought the painting only it has a red dot on it, gallery staff hear this comment all the time.
The client that has bought the painting with the red dot on it did so because they loved it and not necessarily because they know more about art than you do. A misconception by many gallery visitors.
Remember art galleries are there to sell the art and not to make judgement on your taste or on the kind of artwork you like.
Never feel intimidated by art gallery curators and art consultants; they are there to do a job and help client’s make the selection that is right for them.
A happy client is what makes a gallery successful, one you can trust to provide you with the style of art you desire on your lifelong journey of discovering the wonders of art.
Side note: But if you do like a piece of art work that does have a red dot ask the gallery if that particular artist does commissions as you really would like the one that has sold. There are many artists out there that do commissions, it can be to your own size and colour specification.
Remember when visiting an art gallery do not say you would have bought the one with the red dot it if you do not mean it. (We have all heard it before). You do not have to justify yourself to anyone.
Enjoy your artistic journey.