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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Wrapping Up

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

Incorporating art into your home is one of the most effective ways to elevate the quality of your everyday life and make a significant difference for the better. It doesn’t have to be anything big, of course, and not everyone loves huge art pieces that take up a big portion of your living space. Sometimes even the smallest and most subtle things can mean a lot and introduce a difference into the way you perceive your surroundings, so here’s why art is so important in interior design and how you too can make the most of it.

 

Art sets you apart

Let’s make things really simple and state the obvious first – not everyone can afford or imagine an art piece in their home. This basically means that those who can are automatically different from the rest and their interior is unlike the interior of their friends, family and neighbors. Including just one piece of art – a painting, a sculpture, a framed photograph or an art installation – into your home will set you apart from everyone else and instantly turn your home into something special. All you need to do is learn how to choose a proper art piece, and you’ll create a special vibe in your own home in no time.

 

Art as a focal point

Every room needs a focal point and something that will attract the attention of the visitors in a matter of seconds, and what better way to do so than by a piece of fine art? Whatever you choose, you have to position and emphasize it adequately, and whoever steps into your home is going to be amazed by your taste. What’s more, this solution isn’t just visually attractive and inspiring, but also practical: lots of people have a problem decorating their interior and arranging a great focal point, but having a piece of art in your possession makes this quite easy. All you need to do is find an empty wall and proudly showcase your art piece to the world.

 

Art explains your life philosophy

Another amazing thing about art is how versatile it can be. Whatever form you choose, you’ll be able to adapt it into your lifestyle and interior design, and it will show its appreciation by explaining your life philosophy. Modern art wall pieces – from digital art prints and graphic minimalism to oversized photographs and 3D wall art – show how contemporary and innovative you are, while a classic Rembrandt or Goya tell more about your traditional view of life more than you ever could. In short, art speaks on your behalf and defines you, so keeping it around is always a good idea.

 

Art shows your creative side

Not all home art has to be expensive and created by famous artists – even the most uncreative people can come up with memorable art pieces on their own. This way, art can show your creative side and state that you know how to handle your camera, canvas or clay. It also says you’re not afraid of displaying your creation and letting it live its own life in familiar surroundings. Every artist’s home is probably full of different art pieces and that’s just the way it goes, so why don’t you become an artist as well and showcase your creations?

 

Art adds color and texture to the room

No matter how hard you try and how much money you invest into it, furnishing your rooms is never easy and they can always seem unfinished or incomplete. That’s why you need some wall art that’s going to make it complete and perfect. Art adds color to the room and helps you decorate it more adequately, but it also introduces a ton of texture. So, whether you opt for a sculpture or practical piece of wall art, it will bring the whole room together quite effectively, and that’s what we all need when it comes to interior design.

 

Not everyone is a fan of art and can imagine hanging a painting in their living room, but if you think outside the box for a moment, you’ll surely realize why art is so important and what sort of a change it can bring to your life, so step out of your comfort zone and embrace it!

Every sphere of life, and every profession has its own hall of fame. Every sports club has it, every music genre has it and here interior design is no exception. Of course, no list would be big enough to encompass every design mastermind that this world have ever seen, still there are some who with their ideas managed to change the world as we know it. Today, numerous magnificent edifices around the world serve as their legacy and in most cases, many of their visitors are not even aware of this fact. Now in order to shed some light on people who did so much for the interior design here is the list of five greatest interior designers in the world.

  • Philippe Starck

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They say that in order to successfully break the rules you have to know them by heart and French designer Philippe Starck is a perfect example of this. Starck’s work mostly relies on combination of different styles and materials, even if they were not supposed to go along in theory. His design of bar restaurant KONG in the heart of Paris, is something truly outstanding. Here, he demonstrated how glass, wood, metal and plastic can all work together to create a truly futuristic chic ambiance.

  • Karim Rashid

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Now, when speaking about glass, plastic and metal it is nearly impossible not to talk about industrial style. When talking about industrial style it is absolutely impossible not to reflect its absolute sovereign, Egyptian interior design genius Karim Rashid. According to many, his most notable piece of work is a pharmacy Oaza Zdravlja in Belgrade, Serbia. His full brilliance can be seen in the fact that he managed to take something as bland and faceless as pharmacy and transform it into something truly majestic and unique.

  • Martin Brudnizki

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If you find the work of the two previously mentioned designers to be too flashy for your taste, than you are bound to like the creation of Martin Brudnizki. This Swedish designer simply excels in minimalistic approach. The most curious thing about his designs is that with these elements he does use he somehow achieves the sense of absolute luxury. For this reason alone, most people refer to his style as “minimalist deluxe.”

  • Patricia Urquiola

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Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola, is most known for her designs of spa and resorts. Her ability to create a spontaneous interior that perfectly matches the nature that surrounds her is something absolutely unprecedented and unmatched. One of the most curious things about her is that most of her work takes place abroad, mostly notably in Puerto Rico. Still, her works in Spain are not to be neglected as well.

  • Miles Redd

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Finally, although originally from Atlanta, it would be redundant to say that a true designer such as Miles Redd belongs to any nation. Same as all of his aforementioned brothers and sister in arms, he too is the citizen of the world. The best representation of this is his style which perfectly reflects his cosmopolitan character and personality. Miles is known for borrowing for not restraining to borrow from any culture anything he finds to his liking.

There are many other people that deserve a spot on this list but we simply weren’t able to mention them all. Still, any name on the list has definitely earned its spot on this designer Parnassus. Because of this, as their contemporaries, we can safely say that we truly do live in an exciting time since we have the privilege to watch history being written in front of our very eyes.

It is said that simple talk about love is impossible, for talking already means loving. The very same thing can be said about art. You cannot talk and discuss art, without having at least a spark of this artistic point of view. In this article, we will cover on how to properly introduce art to your home, without falling into pits of looking ridiculous.

Home art

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
Pablo Picasso

We can freely agree with this statement of one of the greatest artists in modern time. Art is not simply decorating your house with pretty pictures and furniture. It means reflecting your inner sense on and in space around you. Is there any better way to ease up, than being surrounded with things and scenes which make you fulfilled? With a nice glass of wine, this makes this half an hour irreplaceable and priceless. Thus, this would be your first and most important goal. Find that which fulfills you, and introduce it to your home.
Home art

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”
Georgia O’Keeffe

We already made it clear, art is a story. Telling something you cannot describe nor express any other way than this. Someone will say that this painting you just hanged in your living room is “nice”. And that is their point of view. Nice. To you, seeing what is on it means a lot more than words. Open space may symbolize your yearn for freedom, or that deep sorrow that bothers you, represented in the image of a restless sea. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it is said, but we may say that it is in his soul. So, second rule would be to find something you see with your soul, rather than eyes.

Home art

“Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.”
Leo Tolstoy

In order to increase and bolster that feeling of art, you can undertake decorating your space with your own items and pieces of art. Many will think that they lack talent for doing this, but the art is not just painting. Spare some time, and go wild. Do whatever makes you happy. Whether that be sculpting, decoupage, knitting or making collage works, it needs only to reflect your thoughts and attitudes. This way you will be more satisfied with your space. And in case that you are shy, and do not want to expose yourself, bedroom or a working room might become your exposure space. Third rule would order you to try yourself in art, for what comes out of it, might surprise you.

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So, we can summarize all of those things, and say that art comes down to several things. Love, feeling and soul. All of those, however cannot be universal for all, and in order to represent it better, we are giving you a clip from Marvel’s TV show Daredevil, so you can see what is the point of art.