Please, don’t be intimidated by the term ‘Art Collector.’
You may think art collecting is for the rich and famous, those with surplus funds who collect the big names like Picasso, Warhol and Renoir. But actually, building an art collection is achievable for most people. Collecting original artwork is a great way to add character and your own special touch to your home or office.
1. The Art Collector: Which one are you?
Are you an investment collector or an art lover? Determining why you’re buying art will help you decide what you should buy. Spend some time thinking about your motivation.
2. Get educated!
There are lots of options for finding and learning about art, which is a great idea if you’re new to the art game.
Here’s some suggestions to get you started:
• Online Art Galleries, like Art Lovers Australia and The Block Shop for example.
• Galleries; public and private
• Artist run studios or co-operatives
• Local exhibitions, group and solo shows.
• Art magazines and books.
• Art appreciation or art history courses.
3. How to buy
Two basic tips to remember:
Buy what you love
If you buy what you love you will have a collection to be proud of and to enjoy for years to come.
Buy what you can afford
Don’t buy second-best. Wait, save up or see if you can pay it off. If you really love it, buy it! So many people say, “I wish I’d bought it” and then it was too late.
4. How to pick an artist
Mid-career artists are a great source to find quality original work. They have worked consistently at their art for many years displaying a solid artistic background.
Emerging artists may not have a long CV or exhibition history, but their work is often dynamic and very affordable.
Most serious artists these days have an online presence or website.
Check out Art Lovers Australia and have fun exploring!
When you see an artist you like, read the ‘About’ section and check out their other works. Ask yourself— does this artist have a consistent body of work? Are they growing as an artist? Select works that are technically competent, in design, balance and colour.
5. Start small
Small to medium size pieces are great because they can be easily moved around your home until you find a spot to suit. Remember, the art you buy doesn’t have to appeal to everyone else; it’s about what you love.
6. Look for original art
If your budget is tight or you can’t afford the original piece, consider Limited edition printsthat are numbered and signed by the artist. As your confidence grows you maybe feel ready to select a larger piece of artwork.
7. Consider Themes
You may notice that you are continually drawn to certain types of art. You may want to collect works that have a consistent theme, subject or period, for example, Landscapes, Abstract, Portraitsorfigurativeworks, Still life, Black and White Photography, Animals.
You can be eclectic in your choices, even while keeping to a theme. Include mixed media, drawings, sculpture, paintings, digital artand photographyin your collection in all sorts of mediums.
Ask yourself, “What is it that I love about this work?” Is it the colour, style, the story?
8. Support Artists and Galleries
When you buy original art work you enable that artist to continue their work and career. It may sound simple, but you actually have an impact on them and their future.
So, some quick tips to recap:
• Buy what you love, buy what you can afford.
• Develop your knowledge by visiting galleries, exhibitions, online platforms and art studios.
• Look at mid-career and emerging artists.
• Start with small works if that’s what you feel most comfortable with.
• Look for original art and limited edition prints.
• Look for works that are strong in design and that capture your attention and appeal.
Ask yourself, “What will add more strength to my collection?”
• Don’t be afraid to be eclectic in your selection, your tastes will change over time anyway.
• When you are hanging the art in your home, move pieces around till you find where they ‘fit’. There’s always somewhere for them!
Now, get collecting and good luck as you explore the exciting world of art!