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So You Want To Be An Art Collector – How Do I Do That?

Be an art collector – follow your dream. Have you always wanted to collect art? If you are just beginning to be an art collector, then the best thing to do is start with an open mind. You need to develop your aesthetic sensibilities, learn how to read a work of art and be curious. Take some time to initially decide what area of art interests you, then search out the places where you might find that. Visit galleries and ask questions about the art and artists that have been showing there. If you come across an artist that appeals to you, check out more of their work.


You need to understand the difference between buying art and collecting it. On the surface, it might seem to be the same thing. However what often happens when you are an art buyer is that you tend to collect random works that you like and your collection doesn’t necessarily have a cohesion to it. Collecting art, on the other hand, is more of a considered and controlled activity. People have all different kinds of collections, everything from dolls to stamps, butterflies and plants. The one thing that these collections all have in common is that the collector is passionate about the subject and will often limit their selection to a particular branch of it, for example, a stamp collector might collect only 20th-century first day covers. Collectors also, usually self-educate and become quite knowledgeable about their chosen collectables. We find the same principles apply when collecting art.

Andy Warhol, Campbell's Soup

Andy Warhol, Campbell’s Soup

For instance, if you wished to collect 60s pop art, then you would need to learn who the most famous artists of the period were.  How many works they produced, were they prolific artists, and are there still many paintings available to be bought. These and other questions like them, will help you understand the popularity of the artists.


Another way you might develop your collection if you want to be an art collector is by collecting landscapes of a particular period, or art movement.  As you can see, the possibilities are endless. Many collectors go to exhibitions which include emerging artists and begin following ones they like.  The might then buy a couple of smaller early works, to test the waters and follow the artist’s progress. As the artist gains in popularity, they will perhaps invest in the purchase of a major work, and then search around for artists who paint in a similar genre.  In this way, they can add to and develop their collection, so it maintains continuity.

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What Is The Best Place To Buy Art From?

What Is The Best Place To Buy Art From? That’s a valid question.

These days there are many different  kinds of venues we can buy it from. The question is, is it better to buy from one place rather than another.
Let’s take a look at some of the places you might purchase art from. To be clear, we’re speaking of Originals not prints, which can be purchased from practically any department store these days.

  • Galleries
  • Coffee shops
  • Online galleries
  • Gift shops
  • Markets
  • EBay
  • Open Studio exhibitions
  • Boutique Hotels

Of course this list is not by any means exhaustive. The venues on this list will often have quite different types of art works at different price points. For example, in a  boutique hotel, the artist may be showing their art for free and receiving a no commission sale if the work sells. However this kind of venue is more generally favoured by emerging artists.

So if you were looking to collect emerging artists this type of venue might be a good place to start looking. Providing you understand what type of artist you are collecting and have some idea of the provenance of their works thus far, then you might be lucky enough to collect a Rising Star.  Another place you can often find emerging or experimental artists, is in group exhibitions held in artist run spaces. Many of the larger galleries will keep an eye on these venues and often collect artists from them for their own stables.

What Is The Best Place To Buy Art From,107 Project Sydney

107 Project Sydney

If on the other hand you are more interested in a well established artist then you would be looking too explore the more established galleries. The higher end the gallery then obviously the larger the price ticket that will be attached to the works, and possibly the more secure your investment.

This Weeks Question: What is your priority when collecting art?

Look For Next Week’s Post: What is the most exciting thing about the business of art?


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How to Collect Art

This week I bring you  some tips on how to collect art, for beginning art collectors as well as experienced ones.

These are good reminders for anyone interested in art or already collecting art.

Remember that people collect art for different reasons.  What you need to be clear about first up, is why you want to collect art.  Some reasons people collect art are: they just love artwork, they want to make a long-term investment, some collectors see it as a way of giving back to the world by supporting emerging artists and others see it as a status symbol.

Here are some other ideas on how to collect art…….

  • Buy art because you like it and you feel emotionally connected to it.  In this way it will enhance your life.
  • Visit as many art galleries as you can.  Don’t be afraid to ask the gallery about art you like.  They can be helpful guides in your art education.
  • Get on gallery mailing lists so you’ll be invited to openings and special events.
  • Visit and join your local art museums and non-profit art centers.
    Curators sometimes give lectures on collecting art.
  • If you know any art collectors, talk to them and find out what they know and what
    they’ve learned about collecting art.
  • If you are interested in collecting artists from earlier periods, read books on art history and books about collecting art.
  • Subscribe to a few art magazines or publications like Art Almanac or Art Edit.


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What about Art Critics?

Another thing you can do is read reviews by local and national art critics, keeping in mind that reviews usually just reflect one person’s opinion.  As a result you might gain a biased view-point if you only read one critic’s opinion of an exhibition. Therefore it is good to shop around so to speak.  Get more than one person’s point of view.

So now we have taken a peek into how to collect art, you can go and get started. Draw up a list of galleries you’d like to visit or just sit down and look at Instagram.  There you will find thousands of artists and some wonderful art.

This Weeks Question: What is the first step you can take towards becoming an art collector?

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So you want to be an art collector. Perhaps you think the life of an art collector is something glamorous and to be aspired to.  Well of course it is you know.  Where would we artists be without people like you to collect our art!

Collecting art is not as easy as it might seem however. There are many different kinds of collectors. Let’s have a look at some of them.

The Money Is No Object Art Collector
  • Collectors in this category well to them to them money is no obstacle.
  • However that does not mean that collecting is a breeze for them either. After all what is their taste in art – or perhaps that doesn’t matter to them. Some choices any collector might consider are :
    • Do I want to collect emerging artists in the hope that careers will Blossom and we will both do well.
    • Or should I just collect the tried and true Old Masters for instance. A 50-100 million or so for a Van Gogh these days – no sweat.

If you are a newbie at collecting art there are many things to think about.

The Newbie Collector.
  • Again has the –
    • Do I want to collect emerging artists in the hope that careers will Blossom and we will both do well.
    • What can I afford?
    • What do I like?
    • What will go with my decor?
The Rich Collector’s Wife

Here we see a different kind of art collector.

  • She often likes to follow emerging artists become friends with them and help launch their careers.
  • She likes to attend all social openings and art functions. She may belong to charities that promote emerging art and support emerging artists.
  • She knows what she likes and often has a sophisticated eye as to what will suit Modern decor and yet still be cutting edge and a noteworthy curatorial selection.
  • She enjoys her new status  within the Inner Circle of the art world. It adds meaning to her life and allows her to feel useful and a contributor to the better side of society and human development.


Art Collector



To answer the question   ‘How do I begin an art collection? ‘ Check back next month for the continuation of this series.

This Weeks Question: Have you begun a collection of original art works and if so what are you choosing to collect?  Please share your insights in the comment section below.

Look For Next Week’s Post: Follow the development of my latest artworks – there is a new direction happening – some fresh beginnings.




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