Collecting fine art is an exciting venture! However, if you are seriously looking to invest in fine art and not sure how to move forward, you need to make sure that you focus on art that really speaks to you. Art, like anything else that you choose to live with in your home, should be a reflection of your self- not other people. One thing that we recommend is figuring out what kind of art you really like.
Art is Art Right?
Yes and no. What one person may consider a “work of art” can be considered “trash” to someone else. Starting a fine art collection includes knowing what you like and don’t like. Just like buying shoes…you know what kind of shoes appeal to you…the color, make, material, brand, and cost all goes into buying that perfect pair of pumps. The same goes for art.
If shopping for original fine art for your home and office is new and you want to buy the right kind of piece for your space, a little homework is in order. First, start visiting the art spaces in your area. This includes museums, art galleries and other spaces that show original art. Don’t be afraid to talk to dealers and artists and ask questions about the various mediums (the materials visual artists work with) and styles. Make notes about the artwork that appeals to you. If you happen upon an artist whose works really move you, do a little research via the internet to find out more about them, where they are showing and get an idea about cost.
If the artist’s works are a bit out of range, use their style as a point of reference for what you like. There are many artists out there and some do work in similar styles but their price points might be more reasonable.
Try seeing the kind of art that appeals to you in person if possible. Sometimes what appears on the web is not necessarily the same in the natural or artificial light of your space.
By getting to know what appeals and does not appeal to you personally, you avoid buying art for the sake of buying art and regretting your purchase in the end. But understand also that what may appeal to you now, may not in the future and that’s OKAY! The kind of clothes we bought when we were 15 is way different to what we may buy now. As you mature, see and appreciate more fine art, your taste may change in time.
Remember, trust your intuition and gut, note the styles and mediums that you like and focus on the art that truly moves you.