Start Your Own Art Collection

Love art but unsure about how to start your own collection?

Tips to Acquiring Art:

1. Challenge Yourself …

Visit galleries and expose yourself to different styles. It’s useful to get ask questions and talk to someone who’s been in the business for some time – they can really challenge you, and you might surprise yourself with what you grow to love.

2. Research is Key …

Do your research and familiarise yourself with an artist’s CV. Make sure you are aware of whether the artist is in any significant collections, or has won any important prizes. You might not be buying for financial gain, but it’s nice when you go into the National Gallery to see a work by that artist on the wall.

3. Fall in Love …

Don’t simply buy artwork to match the furniture; buy only what you can’t imagine living without, as this will inevitably make for a good investment. If you can, meet the artist as this augments the pleasure of falling in love with their work.

4. Be Eclectic …

Don’t specialize - leave that to museums. An eclectic mix of modern, contemporary paintings, sculpture and photography will work well in your space because it’s all a reflection of you. Some of the most interesting art collections are a big jumble of everything.

5. Branch Out …

Don’t be afraid to buy online. Websites such as Pictures On Walls and Stupid Krap have great young artists at accessible prices. Or, if you know what you’re after, try eBay – with a bit of research, you’ll work out in a few minutes whether a work is authentic.

This is article is from INSIDE OUT magazine’s May/June issue – out now.

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