If you are just beginning your journey into the world of art collecting, buying your first pieces can feel like a daunting task.
You may have certain inhibitions about collecting art. Perhaps you consider yourself a down-to-earth person and the idea of art collecting seems pretentious to you. Maybe you feel that only the very wealthy can afford fine pieces of art and you do not consider yourself wealthy. Or perhaps you simply feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin.
Whatever your inhibitions may be, the simple fact is there is no wrong way to collect art.
You can collect any art that you like, in any style that you like. You can fill your life with art you are proud of, pieces that reflects you and who you are. You don’t need a degree in art history or advanced knowledge to choose art that’s right for you. In fact, the greatest asset you can have for beginning your art collection won’t cost you a dime because you already have it. This asset it your own intuition.
Finding Your Style
You already know which art speaks to you, so listen to that voice! You can spend as much or as little as you’d like. You can collect any style that you like. All you need to do is follow the voice you already have inside of you.
Chances are, you’ve used your intuition to make many stylistic choices already. How you dress, style your hair, or decorate your home are all reflections of your personal style and preferences. All of the skills you’ve acquired in presenting to the world your most authentic self can also apply when purchasing art.
Take the First Step
The first step that can be helpful in listening to the pull you feel towards a specific type of art is to surround yourself with it. Go to art galleries, visit websites, ask for referrals from friends or art world professionals on places you might go to view different kinds of art from different eras. Surround yourself in art and you will begin to develop an innate sense to what you prefer and what you don’t so much care for. This not only gets the ball rolling for what sort of things you do want, but can also help you develop a sense of styles and colour palettes you’d rather avoid, effectively narrowing down the criteria in your search for a perfect fit for you.
Act on Your Instincts
Now comes the easy part: acting on your instincts. Only you can know the work of art that most accurately and beautifully reflects you, who you are and what you value. Choosing the art that’s right for you can be as simple as answering what your favourite flavour of ice cream is. There is no incorrect answer. It’s simply a matter of taking the first step.
To become an art collector that consistently chooses artwork you love and is right for you, all you need is the desire to learn, the love of beauty and the courage to try something new.