Building an Art Collection

Buying art is not an activity reserved for the rich and famous.  Anyone can buy art and collecting art is a lot easier and more affordable than you might think.

There is, however, a difference in buying art to fill your walls and – collecting art. Becoming a collector needs investment – it is an investment in yourself: your personality and your time. Building a collection needs patience, direction and some research, but it is a wonderful way to express yourself and support the arts!

One Small Step

P1040011A good way to begin an art collection is by starting with a small purchase. Smaller artworks make for the perfect start to any collection. Not only are the prices more modest, but being able to buy more allows you to explore your tastes. Remember, that creating a collection takes time and is a long process – you don’t need to have a huge collection overnight.  It’s all about quality and not quantity!

What to Buy?

PTI1_27_2012_000123BA collection can be built around a theme, a genre, a period in time – the list goes on, but importantly a collection is built around individual taste. Your tastes may change over time, as may your interests and it is fine for your collection to reflect that. The only real mistake you can make when building a collection of art is buying something that you don’t like. It is not a good idea to buy something because someone else tells you, you should. Buying art is very personal and emotional so every purchase, no matter how big or small, should have a connection to you.

Do Your Research

IMG_0289It is important to know about the art world if you are going to build a collection. You don’t need to go out and get a degree in art history, but you need to look at art, visit art galleries and understand the different types of art that are available. Art magazines, newspapers, and online resources will have lots of interesting information available for you. Find out about local art centres and galleries near you and get on their mailing lists. If you like particular artists or genres of art you can always follow them online. Speak to people about art! The more you know, the more informed and confident your choices will be.

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