26 Aug So You Want to be an Art Collector…
Creating your own art collection is a fun and rewarding long-term project. If you’re looking at starting your own art collection, here are a few things you should know:
- LET YOUR INSTINCTS LEAD YOU.
Buy art because you love it and because it moves you, and because it will enhance your space and your life. You are going to live with it and look at it every day, and you want some kind of emotional connection to it. So go with your gut instinct.
- START GRADUALLY.
A mistake often made by new collectors when starting out is in buying too much. It is better to move slowly so as to build a quality, rather than a large collection.
Photo By Lourdes Sukari
3. EDUCATE YOUR SELF.
Read books on art history and about collecting art just to familiarize yourself and discover more about what you like.
4. THINK OF YOUR SPECIAL USE.
Before buying think of where you will place the piece so that it has maximum effect. Art is made to be seen and not to end up in the garage. You can mix styles, eras and regions, but the pieces must speak to each other.
5. THEME YOUR COLLECTION.
Consider giving your collection a common theme. This can help to make your collection more interesting and give it more appeal at a later date. For example, you could focus on a particular medium, or color.
Piece by Miya Bailey. Photo By Lourdes Sukari
6. MIX AND MATCH ARTISTS.
Don’t just stick to one artist. If you’re buying pieces from different artists, your chances of choosing an artist that’s going to make it will increase.
7. TAKE CARE OF YOUR COLLECTION.
Get your artwork professionally framed and make sure it’s fitted properly. Also consider getting special glass that protects your artwork from sun damage. Finding a good quality framer you can trust is worth the investment.
8. COLLECT THE WORKS OF LIVING ARTISTS.
You will be assured of buying an authentic piece of work and will have the great satisfaction of supporting a favorite artist. Art from artists who can earn a living creating are more likely to increase in value over time.
Remember, building an art collection takes time. Be patient, have fun and choose pieces that you love.