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5 Tips to Help Kickstart Your Art Collection

alison mackenzie

Collecting art can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you are interested in buying art to add a layer of visual interest to your home, to show off your unique taste or as an investment, consider these steps before you purchase.

Find your Style

Spend some time looking at art.  Visit your local art gallery, shop online galleries and follow artists on Instagram to figure out what kind work you like.  How do you want you/your guests to feel when they see your art? Are you drawn to photography, painting, prints or collage?  Which styles of art do you like: abstraction, minimalism, representational, landscape, conceptual?  Are there certain types of imagery that you prefer? Are you looking for an artist who is established, or to invest in an up and coming artist?  

Assess your space

What kind of room are you putting the art in?  Take measurements and consider scale.  If you aren’t ready to commit to a large piece of art, consider grouping smaller pieces together to create a gallery wall.  

What is the existing colour story in your living space? Do you want the artwork to compliment the current colour palette or do you want the art piece to pop? Are you planning to redecorate soon, will this piece transition?

Do your homework

One of the major reasons to collect original art is to be able to tell the story of the piece on your wall.  Take the time to learn about the artist, their practice and their influences. What is the artist’s background? What steps did the artist take to arrive at this particular piece?  What influenced/inspired this body of work?  In addition to helping you tell the story of your new art, these considerations are also crucial to the current and future value of the work itself.

Protect Your Investment

Looking into including your art on your home contents insurance policy.  Frame your art using acid-free materials and store with care. 

Have fun!

Collecting art is fun! With the right knowledge, you can put together an interesting collection that reflects your unique personal taste and takes your home to the next level. 

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