It’s a common misconception that only wealthy people can afford to have an art collection. However, it is not about having only expensive artworks that you buy at auctions for a ransom price. It’s more about collecting artwork that shows your individuality.
But if you’re only at the beginning of your path as an art collector, you may find it daunting to determine which artworks you want to have around you and which art movement is close to your heart. Moreover, you also need to have a good knowledge of the places where you can buy artworks that won’t bleed your bank account dry.
So, today, we will cover these as well as some other points that you need to know if you want to start an art collection.
1. Research the Style That’s Close to Your Heart
First and foremost, the artwork you collect should resonate with you and make you feel aesthetically pleased. So, start your journey by researching different art styles, going from older artistic movements to modern ones. Browse different art books, journals, and editorials to see what you find most appealing and what you would want to have around you.
Besides, the artworks you collect should look natural in your environment. It’s important to choose art that would complement your house and not make it look too cluttered.
So, look around you and think, what would fit in well. For instance, if you have a minimalist home design, blank walls, you might want to add some subtle colors with the paintings of plants. This picture of monstera deliciosa would fit perfectly in a minimalist home:
Also, it is important that your art collection conveys a certain emotion that would fill up your space and make it feel complete. That’s why you need to research your art interests first before buying artwork for your collection.
2. Estimate Your Budget
Another point for prior research is the initial budget for your art collection. This budget will help you decide, which artworks will start your collection and where you will buy them.
When estimating your budget, don’t go overboard. Instead, start small; the initial budget of $1,000 would be enough to purchase the first artworks.
You will also need to create an outline of your budget for all your future purchases. It should include how much you have spent and are planning to spend on artwork in the future. To make it concise and clear, you can use online editors from platforms like TrustMyPaper or Supreme Dissertations, which will also help you proofread and organize your budget outline.
Also, when writing your artwork collection budget, decide, whether you want to start with one original piece on which you’d spend your entire budget or a few smaller and less expensive artworks. Whatever you choose, remember that an art collection is about quality, not quantity.
3. Find Art Places that Won’t Rip You Off
Now, as you have figured out the art style that’s close to your heart and your initial budget, you have a better understanding of where you might go to purchase the first artwork for your collection.
There are places where you can buy art that meets any budget and taste. Here are a few suggestions:
- Art fairs – There, you will not only see the artwork for yourself but will also be able to communicate with the author, discuss the style of the artwork, and maybe even get a discount.
- Graduate shows – Art school alumni often participate in exhibitions where they sell their artworks, which are often quite unique, at a low price. You can take advantage of that and also support young artists, who might one day become famous.
- Online art platforms – Here, you can find rare gems that fit any art style, like this unique pop art poster of Queen Elizabeth with her favorite corgi:
However, if you’re looking for artwork from a particular artist but don’t want to spend a fortune on it, follow them on Instagram to see whether they are selling copies of their pictures that you would like to have in your collection. This is a great option for those who are not interested in buying expensive art but would like to support their favorite artist.
4. Work with an Art Consultant
If you are interested in purchasing expensive artworks and are planning to re-sell some of the items in the future, you might need an art consultant to help you curate your collection.
There are a lot of benefits that you can get from a partnership with an art consultant as well:
- You will get original art pieces – An art consultant knows when and where to look for such artworks, and you won’t have to waste your time browsing the websites and attending the art fairs.
- Your art collection will be properly managed – Besides helping you find valuable art pieces, your art advisor will also help organize your collection. For example, you can hire a professional that specializes in art from an online writing service, who will help you write descriptions for artwork and create a review, which you can later publish on different online resources before re-selling it.
- You will have the opinion of a professional – An art advisor has the experience and education needed to find art that would fit your style and can differentiate an original piece from a copy.
Of course, your budget should allow you to hire an art consultant, which isn’t cheap. Typically, such advisors charge their clients 20% of the price of an artwork, so you need to be prepared for such cooperation financially. But it is definitely worth the money if you have big plans for your art collection.
Starting your own art collection is an exciting event in your life, but you can make a lot of amateur mistakes that would affect the quality of your collection.
So, make sure you research and find your favorite art style and evaluate your budget first. After that, you can start looking for the art you like within your budget. And, if you have ambitious plans, it’s always a good idea to get an art consultant, who will help you fill your collection with unique and original artworks.
Guest post by Nicole Garrison