Our Beginner's Guide To Starting Your Art Collection

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Starting your very own art collection can seen like a big step into the unknown. 

You may have been quite happy with mass produced prints and posters, but now want to think long term and buy some meaningful pieces of artwork to take with you through your life's journey!

The art in your collection says a lot about you as a person or as a couple - it will ultimately reflect your personality.  Over the years it will evolve with you and become part of your history and it will be a great and fulfilling journey!

 Autumn Ends by Lee Herring

Autumn Ends by Lee Herring

What makes it seem daunting? Most people worry that they will buy something that they won’t like after a while or that buying a more expensive original artwork makes it more difficult to commit to. However, it needn’t be as bad, or expensive, as you think.  We have put together the key things to think about when starting your collection, or, indeed, adding to the artwork you already have.

1) Make A Plan:

Decide on what sort of artwork you are looking for - abstract, landscape, seascape? What medium -  oils, watercolour, acrylic? A painting, collage, sculpture? Not sure what sort of artwork you like? - then look at our blog ‘How To Love Abstract Art’ for some tips! Next, decide on what size you are looking for, for your wall space.  (Our tip is to make a paper template of the size you are thinking and carefully blue tac onto the wall it make sure it isn’t too big or too small). Then the last thing, but the most important thing, in your plan is your intended budget. This will narrow down your search.

 Reflection by Isabelle Beaubien

Reflection by Isabelle Beaubien

2) Be Realistic About Your Budget:

Do a bit of research online or in a gallery to see, generally, the price of original artworks. Obviously, if you like an established, successful artist’s work, then this will reflect on the artwork price. Being realist means not expecting a 1m x 1m original painting to be in the region of a couple of hundred pounds!

3) Find Out About The Artists:

Find a gallery that you like and trust and ask them about their emerging artists. Never be afraid, ask questions!  Ask why they have chosen to represent that particular artist, what they like about them, look at the artist’s cv. Read about how we choose our artists in our Blog ‘It’s a Family Affair’.

 A Hold Between Inhale and Exhale by Rod McIntosh

A Hold Between Inhale and Exhale by Rod McIntosh

4) Get The Back Story:

It usually is ‘Love At First Sight’ with artwork, but always ask about the story behind a piece of artwork.  It’s a must for loving the artwork more!  Plus you can extend your knowledge to all those who view it!

5) Ask About Paying In Instalments

It is inevitable - you fall in love with an artwork and chances are that it is just outside your set budget.  Ask the gallery if you can pay in instalments! Most galleries offer a payment plan over a six month period. The general practice is that an artwork is secured, a suitable deposit paid and then regular monthly payments are made until the final payment, when the buyer receives the artwork.

 Greenwich by Jayson Lilley

Greenwich by Jayson Lilley

6) Make Sure You Have Provenance Documentation:

When you buy your artwork, make sure you have as much documentation and information about it as possible for your records. The gallery should give you a Certificate of Authenticity, especially if you are buying a limited edition print.  Take a look at our Blog ‘Our Tips On Keeping Track Of Your Art Collection!' for more help.

7) Just do it - Trust Yourself:

Don’t be afraid to trust your own instincts! If you love an artwork, don’t try to talk yourself out of it - buy it!  By all means, have a think about it, but have in mind that it is an original artwork and whilst you are thinking about it, someone will come along and buy it from under your nose! How many times have you seen something in a shop that you like, but keep on looking for the rest of the day to see if there is anything better and then going back to get the thing you saw first and it has gone? - just saying!  Even a limited edition print will sell out very quickly.

 Even Swing by James Tebbutt

Even Swing by James Tebbutt

The more artwork you buy, the more your confidence grows and it becomes easier. Just enjoy the experience of building up your collection and making your home environment something special to you.

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