Becoming an Art Collector
It’s a dream of most who admire art to one day start their own collection. Whether to present proudly to friends and family, to bask in it joyfully, or even to secure as an investment to quietly appreciate in value, starting an art collection is a rewarding adventure that can be easily shared with the important people in your life. Collecting art is an experience that is particular to the individual, but even still, there are a few things that a prospective (or veteran) collector should keep in mind. Here’s our guide on how to start your collection off the right way.
We’ll be covering:
- Budgeting for your collection
- The collection as an investment
- Building your collection.
- Displaying, protecting and storing your collection
Budgeting for your collection
When budgeting for your collection, the first thing to keep in mind is that collecting art doesn’t have to be a financially alienating experience. A slew of affordable artwork is readily available, and you can build yourself a more than respectable collection for an exceedingly reasonable price.
Consider the subjects, themes and styles you wish to collect when formulating your budget. Smaller pieces or some mediums such as acrylic paintings tend to offer more cost-effective investments for your collection, though the pieces we have curated are high quality, regardless.
The collection as an investment
It’s important to keep in mind that original art can retain its value very well, it can also appreciate in value at a reasonably high rate. Most advice around selecting pieces for an investment collection is to just buy. Regardless of artists, style, or trends, all pieces offer solid grounds as an investment. Art as an asset pays for itself considerably quickly, and with the added benefit of being able to be enjoyed and appreciated while it itself appreciates.
Building your collection
As is the case with all things art, the selection is subjective, and when it comes to building your collection, whether, for investment or pleasure, it’s important to select pieces that you can enjoy and that work with your environment. Your collection will be just as much a part of your home as the floor or the walls, and as with homes, you need something that you can live with.
When building your collection, consider if there’s a theme you want to follow, whether in style or subject. The ‘Collections’ tab offers a stunning selection of contemporary and original collections, consisting of pieces of varying subject and style, and serves as a fine example for how a well-cultivated collection can be specific yet diverse.
This brings us to our next point:
Be diverse in your selections. As your collection grows, a story is slowly being told, and the diversity of your collection accentuates the choices within it. Whether you’re diverse in artists, style or subjects, a varied collection is greatly appreciable, both in value, and depth and substance. One of the great things about purchasing original art online is that it makes for a diverse approach to be easily achievable.
While trends take hold and certain artists and styles may become popular, don’t take these as reliable indicators of what makes a good collection, what you’ll enjoy, or what makes a sound long term investment. Trust your gut and purchase art that makes an impression on you.
Displaying, protecting and storing your collection
When beginning your collection, think of the space you have to display and store your pieces. Knowing the space that you have to work with is key to not only having a respectable collection that can be viewed together but also ensures it can be displayed as proudly as it should.
Measure the spaces where you wish to display your collection and refer to the dimensions listed when purchasing your artwork. Ideally, you want to leave between 20 and 30 cm of space between your pieces, as the neutral space around your pieces projects and defines the artwork. What you don’t see is just as important as what you do see.
Where not to place your collection is as significant a decision as to where to place it. Avoid placing your collection somewhere that will be in direct sunlight, or with prevalent moisture. Heat can lead to paint flaking, canvases growing saggy, and discolouration, while moisture can create mould and other problems down the line.
Ideally, wherever you display your collection should have some form of climate control, and the same should be said for when you store your pieces. It’s only natural that as your collection grows, some pieces may end up in storage, either as your need for space grows or in efforts to protect a deteriorating piece.
Wrapping a piece in tissue paper can protect from moisture, insects and dust, while also providing a breathable cover. You should avoid plastics so as not to trap any moisture or humidity in with your artwork, damning it to untold damages. Ultimately, research is your best friend in the protection of pieces. By knowing the mediums, the appropriate steps can be applied to better protect the works.
Whether as an investment or act of appreciation, becoming a collector and building your collection is a hugely rewarding experience. By considering what you’ve read, you’ll ensure that your collection is given the respect and care it needs so as to be enjoyed by all for many years to come.