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How to Start Your Own Art Collection
March 4, 2021 at 5:00 AM
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The Art of Buying Art

It’s not easy trying to buy art. You’re faced with an endless list of artists and their work, countless galleries, and e-commerce platforms now joining the mix.

Where do you even start?

But don’t let any of that discourage you. There are incredible benefits to acquiring art.

Adding artwork to your home breathes new life into it. And a work of art that truly speaks to you can elevate your mood each time you look at it.

Plus—who knows?—maybe one day that artwork could be highly valuable and sought after, making it a great investment. So make sure to choose wisely!

Keeping all that in mind, let Eve Gianni Art + Design clue you in on some great tips for buying art. You’ll find each of them useful, whatever your budget.

1. Identify why you’re buying the artwork

First thing’s first, why are you buying art?

Have the blank walls simply become too dull to look at? Or maybe you’re hoping to resell it later at a higher valuation.

Regardless of your reasons, there’s never a right or wrong reason to buy art. But the one thing you should always remember is to buy art that you love. And no one can put into words why exactly they’re drawn to a certain piece of art.

A piece might have the effect of bringing up a feeling or a sentimental memory of a restaurant in, say, Paris. Most times, you can’t say what it is that makes you like a piece. It just captures your eye.

2. Research the artist

It’s just as important to look into the artist who created the work.

Do things like:

  • Comparing prices across their oeuvre or entire body of work
  • Perusing their CV (curriculum vitae)
  • Seeing if they’re in a lot of shows, museums, or public/private collections

You might find yourself enchanted by the work of an emerging artist. In that case, find out what school they attended. And look into whether they’re listed in numerous places and if their prices are consistent.

My opinion is that you can’t recognize a good artist through simply the form of their Koons dog or Katz portrait. It matters much more that there’s a consistent technique, palette, or composition that expresses a clear voice and a unique style.

Does the work you want to acquire have these distinguishable attributes that are central to the beauty and meaning of art?

They can come across in different ways, like the wild hair you find in the paintings of Andrea Kowch, or how each of Sarah Streiber’s works is bright and rainbow-colored.

3. Consider how you want to grow your collection

If you’re building a collection, look at the pieces you have at the moment. Now try to see how you can round out your collection by incorporating work you don’t currently have.

Or you could define and clarify your niche then discover emerging artists in that genre. That can be street artists, figurative artists, black artists, female artists, or LGBTQ artists, or political artists. There are plenty of choices, and it’s entirely up to you and your unique tastes.

4. Remember that size matters

When you’re building a collection, it may be best to focus on smaller works. They tend to be priced better. But the main reason to take this approach is that you can gather works from a variety of artists. Then you can create a gallery wall in your home, which lets you accentuate the cohesiveness of your collection and bring it all together in a way that tells a story.

But if you want to spend a bit more on your passion, go right ahead and fill the wall above your sofa.

Just know that the pricing of larger works is often less per square inch, though the square inch method isn’t really a rule but a guideline to understand the trajectory of how an artists’ prices increase.

And don’t shy away from asking why one piece is priced higher than others. Many artists will simply price a size for reasons like it takes longer or it requires more materials — and, just like that, that’s the price! So ask if ever you feel like it.

5. When looking at figurative art and portraiture…

Consider technique (it’s definitely essential for the quality of the piece), but also take time to think about the mood or the essence of the subject that the artist captured.

Not all artists are the same. Some do it as just a job. Others can’t help but paint. They must paint. It’s an inseparable part of their cathartic journey. And, personally, these are the artists I covet.

They’re the rare, talented kind of artist that can capture and convey an emotion or portrait, drawing its soul out to the surface. The same can be said about a work of abstract art that never ceases to present new elements to explore. That’s the type of abstract artwork that, each time you look at it, it intrigues you and inspires the feeling that you’re discovering it anew.

Are you ready to enliven your home with an art collection in Fairfield County, CT?

Buying art that touches you deeply is always a good investment for the look and feel of your home, for your mood each time you see the piece and it stirs something in you, and maybe even for your finances if you resell it at a higher price later.

Eve Gianni Art + Design can guide you in discovering the art that truly connects with you, and in displaying it in your home for maximum, enriching effect. If you’re in Wilton, Weston, or anywhere else in Fairfield County, let’s get started.

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