I am of course a little bias, but I am utterly passionate about the transformative power of Art and how it can enrich our lives. An art collection transforms your home and living spaces into unique and personalised environments. Each piece contributes to the ambiance of your home, creating a distinctive atmosphere that reflects you.
Art has the remarkable ability to enhance your experience in the world, evoke emotions, and become a reflection of your unique stories. Starting your own art collection is not just about amassing objects; it's a journey of self-discovery, it's about curating a visual narrative that reflects your passions, memories, and evolving identity.
If you're ready to embark on this artistic odyssey, here's a gentle guide to help you build a meaningful and curated art collection.
1. See more Art: Begin attending local art exhibitions, visiting galleries, searching and following artists through online media. Identify what resonates with you emotionally and aesthetically – whether it's contemporary abstract paintings, traditional landscapes, photography or vibrant sculptures. Get a feel for what you are naturally drawn to.
2. Set a Budget: Determine a realistic budget for your art collection. It's not necessary to start with a large fund; many valuable pieces can be found at various price points. Set a budget that allows you to acquire pieces you love without straining your finances. An idea could be to save and put aside a budget yearly, every second year or every five years, to spend on a meaningful piece of artwork. Often, galleries and artists offer flexible payment plans, reach out and enquire - this can be an approachable way to acquire artworks.
3. Research Emerging Artists: Consider exploring the works of emerging artists. Not only can this be a more affordable option, but it also provides the opportunity to invest in the early stages of an artist's career. Visit graduate shows, local exhibitions, and online platforms to discover new talents.
4. Visit Galleries and Art Fairs: Attend art galleries, exhibitions, and fairs to see a diverse range of artworks. Engage with artists, ask questions, and learn about their creative processes. Networking in the art community can provide valuable insights and opportunities.
5. Trust Your Instincts: When choosing artwork, trust your instincts and select pieces that resonate with you personally. Your collection should reflect your journey, personality and the personality of your family.
6. Mix and Match Styles: A diverse art collection can be more visually stimulating. Experiment with mixing different styles, mediums, and periods. This juxtaposition can create a dynamic and engaging collection.
7. Consider Limited Editions: Limited editions or prints from established artists can be a more accessible way to start your collection. They often retain value and allow you to own a piece by an artist you admire.
8. Care for Your Collection: Properly care for your artworks to ensure their longevity. Understand the specific maintenance requirements of each piece, and consider framing options, proper lighting, and ideal placement within your living space.
9. Mark Significant Events: Purchasing art to mark special events in your life is a meaningful and lasting way to commemorate those moments. Art can be wonderful markers for birthdays, weddings, holiday momentos, a new home, a new job, artwork for a newborn that can journey with them from nursery to college and beyond, or a gift to yourself for any big or small achievement worth celebrating!
10. Use Symbolic Imagery: In Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese practice of harmonizing energy in living spaces, art is considered a powerful tool for influencing the flow of energy (chi) and enhancing the overall balance and harmony of a space. The use of symbolic imagery in art conveys specific meanings and energies. For example trees are considered powerful symbols of growth, stability and vitality. Intentionally placing an artwork featuring trees can inspire you to reflect, and nourish these attributes in your own life.
Starting an art collection can offer a myriad of benefits, transcending beyond the aesthetic pleasure of owning visually appealing pieces. So, embark on your artistic odyssey, let your collection tell your story, and enjoy the journey of discovering the beauty that the world has to offer you.
"You will soon find that your joy in your home is growing, and that you have a source of happiness within yourself that you had not suspected." ~ Elsie de Wolfe