The first and
most important of all art collecting tips that I could give you
is buy art that you like. Don't buy art just because you think
its good art from a critic's point of view.
you should try to avoid is getting caught up in the,
"Gee this painting must be worth a mint, I'm going to
buy it and present it to the valuers on that Antique Road Show
program" illusion. Doing this is like throwing all your
money on the horse that every bookie knows will run last.
achieves its title for being good art simply through its ability
to stimulate interest, intrigue, inspiration and pleasure - that
applies to any style of art you choose.
essence buy art that appeals to you. The art you choose to buy
should be an extension of your personality. Additionally, your
appreciation for the artwork will be richer if you have a
greater understanding or passion for the subject.
Familiar With Your Art Market
If you are
looking to build your art collection for pleasure as well as
investment, then another of my art collecting tips would be to encourage
you to do some homework.
Make your art
buying decisions based on reasonable research of the art market
and by simply using common sense - particularly if you are
planning to outlay a considerable amount of money.
you don't need to be a art hobnob or professional critic in
order to make wise buying decisions. All you need to do in order
to assess the intrinsic value of the artwork is:
and get familiar with the artist (i.e.: status, credentials).
How well does the artist represent his or her work?
asking yourself, "What makes his or her work so
great? Is he/she a good
modern day artist that produces art that really connects
for gallery or artist mailing lists, that way you'll begin
to build confidence and knowledge about the artist and his
or her artwork.
an eye on art reviews, what's happening in the art scene and
consider reading art magazines.
Like any major
purchase, its a good idea to ensure that you get appropriate
documentation associated with the artist and the artwork
If you are just a
casual collector then this may not be one of the more important
art collecting tips to be mindful of. But if you are
collecting paintings as a serious art collector, then all
gallery or artist documentation associated to your purchased
works is something you should (request) keep a copy of.
Here are some
of Authenticity" - If the painting you have purchased
is an original or limited edition, a certificate of
authenticity is your proof.
and care instructions - not only is this helpful for you
in knowing how to look after your artwork, but also it shows the
integrity and consideration of the artist or gallery from
which you bought the painting from.
List Information - This is a great way for you to keep in
contact with the artist or gallery. If you are serious about
your art collection, then it may be a good idea to keep an
eye on your chosen artists career.
Purchase Receipt - While this is not ranked high on my
art collecting tips list, you should consider keeping a
record of your purchase to keep with your artwork.
Another of my art
collecting tips for art documentation is: Keep a personal record
of your artworks size dimensions, any special identification markings on
the back of canvas or frame.
Also, keep a
record of the paintings title and the date it was produced. All
these little things help to keep a tight focus on your
art collection and help to retain the "intrinsic
value" or your artwork.
Little Art Collection Planning
your art collection helps to keep an even flow...or
rather a nice progression and purpose to your collection.
It doesn't matter if your purchases have been made simply to fulfil
decor requirements within your home, or if you are genuinely
trying to capture an artist in a certain period of his or her
main factor is to work on knowing in advance what your game plan
will be in terms of purchasing to build your art collection.
This will help give your artwork a storyline or show that
each piece intertwines well with the next.
this may seem like one of the more trivial art collecting tips I
have to offer, like anything in life, good planning helps to
eliminate confusion, hesitation and costly mistakes.
Your Art Collection
This is one of the
most important of all my art collection tips. It goes without saying
that if you have invested a lot of time and money into
building your art collection then you'll certainly want to
provide the best care and protection to avoid your artwork from
you hang your artwork securely - Hanging
a painting might seem a like a simple task, but its a
good idea to make sure that your artwork is hung for visual
appeal and most importantly for stability.
- While natural light is the best for your artwork, keep in
mind that direct UV sunlight can damage and fade your
paintings. If you are framing
your artwork then consider having a UV protection glass incorporated
into your framework.
- If for instance you have a gallery wrapped canvas painting
on your wall, the paintwork will gather dust as gallery
wrapped canvases quite often do not require a (glass) frame. The
problem is that if you have your painting in a humid environment,
the dust actually absorbs the moisture from the humidity and
as result creates mould.
This in turn creates those ugly brown
marks on your artwork. So...its a good idea to avoid hanging
your art in areas of humidity. But if this is somewhat of a
challenge due to your location, then at least ensure that
your room has good ventilation to help keep the air
- Art really needs to be in a consistent temperature
environment. If there are too many variations in temperature,
the artwork expands and contracts continually, which
essentially causes the artwork to become frail. So try to
keep your artwork out of extreme fluctuating temperatures.
another of my art collecting tips would be to start slow. Take
your time doing some research, getting to know a few artists and
assessing as to whether their work appeals to you.
collecting should be fun. It's a journey of learning, discovery
and inspiration so plan to enjoy every moment of it.
More Art Collecting Tips
Buying Art By Commission
Buying your canvas
wall art by commission is a fantastic opportunity to add your
personal input in order to suit your taste of art.
Identifying Artist Signatures
Identifying artist signatures is certainly a lot easier
these days thanks to our ability to easily access
information over the Internet.