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How To Start Collecting Art



Starting an art collection doesn’t have to be complicated. When beginning to collect art, focus on your preferences and the emotions each piece evokes, not the potential resale value of the pieces. With that as the focus, anyone can get started collecting art.

Learn Your Preferences
Your art collection is an expression of you. Without first taking the time to explore all the options available, you will end up with a collection that falls short. Take the time to visit museums or galleries to learn your preferences. If these environments feel too intimidating, it is possible to buy handmade paintings online. Browse the online galleries and take note of what strikes you.


Consider Prints
While one-of-a-kind originals command the highest price, starting your art collection with prints can conserve your budget. Many artists offer limited print runs or editioned work, that take your piece of art from being one of million to one of hundreds or less. The limited quantity available will make your purchase a better investment. The more notable the artist, the higher the number of prints in each run will be. If you are looking for artwork that has fewer than 100 copies, consider buying prints from emerging artists.
Look to Instagram
The internet and social media have changed the way artists can interact with consumers. Instagram is the perfect place for artists to showcase their work and get discovered by new collectors like you. It makes it possible to purchase directly from the artist. Cutting out the middleman makes the deal more budget-friendly for you and more lucrative for the artist. To get started collecting through Instagram, follow some curator accounts that showcase works from multiple artists to find the pieces that speak to you.

Explore Beyond Borders
Local artists are brilliant, but there is much more potential for return on your investment when you look at underdeveloped markets such as Africa and Asia. Because these countries are just beginning to receive recognition in the art world, there is the exciting potential for you to purchase pieces from a respected artist at entry-level prices. Make sure you are still buying pieces that speak to you and fit your collection, as it may be a while before works appreciate in value.


When first starting out with art collection, it is likely that you won’t have unlimited amounts of money to spend. However, a limited budget doesn’t have to limit your ability to collect. Explore these options to begin collecting art today.

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