How to Start Collecting Art

Why are people drawn to art collecting? Well, if you’re an emerging collector (ahem — not just the type of art collector that has more money than you know what to do with), you’re looking for art as a way to enrich your home, inject new life into your space, and support the arts overall. Now, where do you begin to ensure you’re cultivating a strong collection and maximizing your budget? Here are our tips for our Curator — Nuria Madrenas — who straddles between an emerging and seasoned-ish art collector.

1. Set a budget.

Art collecting can get pricey, so it's important to set a budget and stick to it. Figure out how much you can afford to spend on your collection and look for pieces that fit within your budget. Keep in mind that you’ll continue to acquire artworks throughout your entire life, so no need to blow your entire life savings on purchasing a robust collection right at the onset of your collecting journey.

2. Define your goals.

How do you want your space to feel? Inspiring, energizing, calming? What is the objective of your art collection? Make sure each purchase is tied back to that feeling you’re looking to convey.

3. Collect what you love.

When starting an art collection, it's crucial to collect what you love and what speaks to you personally. Don't worry about what is "trendy" or "valuable" – focus on finding pieces that resonate with you and that you enjoy looking at. This will make your collection more meaningful. After all, you’re going to have to look at it everyday.

4. Start small.

It's totally okay to start small when beginning an art collection. You don't have to start with expensive, museum-quality pieces. Instead, focus on finding affordable works by emerging artists or prints by established artists. As you learn more about the art world and your own tastes, you can gradually add more valuable pieces to your collection.

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Coveted artworks by the top emerging artists from across the globe.