I've always appreciated art. I grew up surrounded by art as my father slowly collected. I have several friends who are artists and as I've gotten older I've become more and more interested in starting a collection of my own that will make me happy for years to come.
Once I developed an interest in collecting original artwork, I quickly realized that many art collectors spend hours of time, research, homework, and often money to build their collections. So I started researching for myself to see how I could begin a collection when I don't have unlimited funds.
Most importantly in my opinion is to only buy pieces that truly speak to you. It doesn't matter if it's a certain artist or theme.....and it doesn't matter if the colors don't match your living room. I always tell my clients that if they love something, we will make it work.
If you are just starting to build your art collection, I have a few great tips to begin with.
First, visit your local galleries and make friends with the employees. Let them know you are ready to make a purchase when you find the right piece at the right price and they will let you know about upcoming art shows and emerging artists! The piece you buy for $900 this year could be worth 5x that amount in the years to come. And if it doesn't, hopefully you purchased a piece that you love, and not a piece to fill a space or simply because the artist is well known.
Second, try visiting thrift and consignment stores. I recently found an original watercolor from a thrift store for $15. I saw it and loved it and the deal was sealed. I did notice that it was signed and dated, so when I got home, I researched the artist and found that he is now often collected and it is worth at least $500 if not over $2000. That was exciting to learn, because I truly bought it only because I loved it!
Third, do not be afraid to introduce yourself to an artist or drop them a line if you love their work. It is usually well received and you may end up with invitations to special previews. Art is very personal, and I've never met an artist who did not appreciate someone expressing appreciation for their work. It is a part of their soul!
Lastly, educate yourself about limited edition prints or giclees if you are unable to purchase a one of a kind, original artwork. If the print is signed and numbered, it is a wonderful way to begin a collection and they could appreciate in value if the artist becomes well known.
In the end, follow your heart and buy only pieces that you love. Don't buy anything to fill a space that is empty or simply because everyone else is collecting the artist. Art is an amazing investment when it is purchased from the heart.
Below are a few artists that I have my eye on, They are each so unique and talented! Click on the image to visit their personal website and enjoy! Do you have a favorite emerging artist?
I hope you will spend a little time enjoying the artists' works above. Please share your favorites also!