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How to start your own art collection.

Updated: Jun 27

Have you ever dreamed of owning your own art collection but don't know where to start? It's a common feeling for many that have never bought an original piece of art. Many people believe they need to know something about art in order to collect. Tour the galleries, art fairs, and artist studios to get a sense of what appeals to you. Read the artist's biography, artist statement and resume to get a sense of the artist and how established they are. In the end, it's important to collect what speaks to you and what you love.

1. Buy small art.

Learn your style and start small. Often times, artists will create smaller pieces and offer matted originals. These are great affordable options to start your collection.

2. Purchase what you love.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Find art that really appeals to you is my best advice. Start with a few small unique pieces. Finding artwork in your favorite style rather than what you think others would buy is the best way to get authentic, meaningful pieces that you not only love, but stand out.

3. Purchase online.

We can learn, view and purchase original art not only at brick and mortar but also online from the comforts of our own home. It's about acquiring assets that can be transferred, sold at a profit, or that can survive and become valuable heirlooms.

Imagine what you need to renovate your new house or apartment. Most of us would have no hesitation in going to a big box store for a few basic accessories to decorate the walls of our new spaces. While it may be convenient, in the end you get what you pay for. To be a collector you have to think like a collector.

4. Save your money for originals.

Consider saving the money you would spend on ordinary wall art and instead spend it on a stunning piece that you really want. That way, if an oversized ticket catches your eye, you can consider it an investment rather than a luxury. Even a well-thought-out purchase can prove to be a worthwhile investment in the long run. Invest in valuable pieces that you love and can enjoy, even if they cost a little more upfront.

5. Ask if there is a payment plan.

There are many options to purchasing art. Some artists and galleries offer payment plans. Once it's paid off, it's yours to take home!

6. Support independent artists.

Don't be afraid to support up-and-coming artists. Owning a wide variety of artwork, including work by independent artists, means the value of their work can increase over time and throughout their careers. Find what speaks to you. From art fairs, galleries, websites to social media, the way we consume our art is constantly changing. With an online presence, everyone has a much wider spectrum of art to choose from. Follow your favorite artists on social media and sign up for their emails. You'll get their most recent work, next exhibits and understand their process.

7. Start collecting early in life.

Whichever way you choose to collect, one thing is certain: the earlier you start, the more time you have to grow your collection. There's never been a better time to support independent artists.

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