How to Start Collecting Art
Posted on 03 August 2017
The prospect of buying art can seem scary (and expensive) to a newcomer. The artwork you select tells a story about you, and often leaves an impression on those who walk through your home or office. Luckily, the art market is becoming more diverse and affordable for everyday buyers. We've put together a few basic tips for selecting the first pieces of your growing art empire!
HOW TO START COLLECTING ART
#1 - START SMALL
We mean this both literally and figuratively. If you're working with a limited budget, start with editioned prints, which are typically more affordable than original paintings. Many of our artists offer prints in varying sizes and price points, perfect for starting your collection.
If there's an artist whose artwork you particularly admire, but whose works are out of your price range, seek out their smaller, original works. Building up a collection of modestly-sized works can make for one killer gallery wall.
#2 - ADD A POP OF COLOR
Color has the incredible ability to determine the entire mood of a space. Lighter colors can open up a space and provide tranquility, while darker colors provide a dose of drama. If you're designing with a sophisticated, neutral pallette, liven things up with brightly-colored artwork to create a statement piece for your space.
# 3 - SELECT UNIQUE SHAPES
Who says art has to be rectangular? Select work with an interesting shape, or dimensional aspect to create visual interest in a room. This glass wall sculpture by Barbara Westfall provides a great focal point.
#4 - FOLLOW YOUR DESIGN AESTHETIC
What's the overall decor style you're going for? Love the mid century modern look? Go with a great geometric work like the one above by Loretta Ana Kaufman. Establishing a French Country getaway? Landscapes and floral still lifes are always a classic. Identify your design inspiration and select artwork that complements your style.
# 5 - BE ORIGINAL
Your artwork should be as unique as you are. Rather than buying cookie-cutter art from your local department store, invest in original artwork and editioned prints from working artists.
Art Collecting Tip: Since photographs and prints are inherently reproducible, many artists work in limited editioned series, increasing both the rarity and value of the works. Value is inversely proportional to the series size; smaller series = more value.
ULTIMATELY, BUY WHAT YOU LOVE
Don't put too much pressure on yourself when starting an art collection! In the end, if you purchase what you like - something that speaks to you and brings you joy - you can't go wrong.
ASK FOR HELP
Here at Blink Art, we're happy to provide complimentary art consultations, working with your style and budget to find the perfect artwork for you and your space. Email our chief curator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 800.439.2960 to get started!