How to start an art collection

Keen to build an art collection, but not sure where to start?

Look around and start to understand your tastes. If you don’t have much time, look online, Pinterest is a good place to simply look at images of art, and find out which paintings and images you are instinctively drawn to.

If you have time, go to museums, private views, and art fairs. Once you have identified what you like, decide what to focus on. After you learn what you like you can decide what to focus on, is important that your collection is coherent and works well together.

Valeria Napoleone, one of the most famous collectors in London, for example, decided to focus on contemporary women artists for her collection.

Set a budget. Once you’ve decided what you like, setting budget is fundamental. How much money are you willing to invest? Over which period? At this point it is necessary to get in touch with a professional consultant or an art adviser.

A good art advisor could be vital for many different reasons. They have a cultivated and refined eye for quality, have a deep knowledge of the market and are up-to-date on the latest trends. It is much easier for an art adviser to get in touch with trustworthy dealers and galleries. An adviser can also help you climb up the waiting list in certain galleries if you decide to purchase a piece that is particularly desirable on market.

Look and find for something that speaks to you, and you feel an instant affinity with the work of the artist, and the artist overall. It might be difficult finding an available work by the artist, but at least you’ve found an artist you want to invest in, and a piece for you and your collection will become available soon enough.

For advice, contact Claire McCaslin-Brown for a consultation by phone or over coffee. Contact via the website or by phone on: Tel: +44 (0) 7802416163.