How to Start an Art Collection in Your 20s
While we may aspire to owning an enviable art collection full of valuable masterpieces one day, it can be hard to know where to begin. Many of us find it intimidating and overwhelming, with the assumption being that it can be an expensive hobby. However, starting an art collection on a small budget is achievable and it's the ideal way to begin while you’re still learning what style you love. Not only does art make a beautiful addition to your home, it’s also an excellent investment. And as Picasso said, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
With so many styles of art on offer, first and foremost it's important to establish what you like and what moves you. Start by visiting art galleries without the intention of buying to get a sense of your tastes and preferences. Make weekend dates to browse local art museums and galleries, pick up an art magazine or flip through a stack of art books as these are the perfect sources of inspiration.
No matter how passionate you may be about a certain artwork, ensuring that you stick to your set budget will keep you on track. Typically, novice collectors will start with something small and build the collection from there. Works on paper, such as photography and limited-edition prints are a great place to start as these are often more affordable than canvases.
Original art includes any art that is one of a kind: original paintings, drawings, sculptures and more.
A true print, while not one of a kind, is still an original work of art. The artist uses any one of a number of methods to create an original image on a surface like wood, rubber, stone or metal, applies colour and then creates a print on paper.
If there is a limit for the number of prints an artist creates, that is known as a limited edition.
Posters and reproduction
When an artist creates an original work and reproduces it without limiting the run, it is a poster, or a reproduction. Posters are a great way to explore art as they are so budget friendly.
Fine art photography
Since photographs are easily reproduced, it is up to the photographer to limit the number of prints created with a certain image. Generally, the fewer prints available, the higher the price.
Ensure you purchase artwork based on how it makes you feel, not what you think you should buy because of trends, influences and opinions. Your personal taste will not only make your collection unique and interesting, but it will ensure you enjoy admiring your works each and every day, which is what's most important. And remember, art is subjective, there is no right or wrong.
When considering an art piece, think about where you would like to feature it in your home. If you are looking to find a piece for a particular area in your home, it helps to measure the space available, as well as take note of the colours in the room and the natural sunlight. You can then decide what mounting, finish and framing you’d like to opt for.
A good art collection grows and evolves with the collector’s taste. Don’t be afraid to experiment and reappraise your tastes along the way. Edit what doesn’t fit with the collection and build on what does.
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