For most of us, collecting art may seem out of reach. But I'm here to tell you that collecting art can be a really fulfilling and worthwhile thing to do. It can also be a really good investment. And you don't necessarily have to break the bank to do it. Here are my top 10 reasons to start an art collection:
1. Tell a Story
Collecting art is similar to collecting any other thing...it begins to tell a story over time and thats the beauty of it. We remember where we bought it, the artist, the circumstances and the connection we made with it. We can literally build a story on our walls. And as the collection builds, we can see how our personal narrative evolves over time.
2. Remember Places We've Been
We all have memories of the places we've been in the past. Whether its a house we lived in, our favorite vacation spot or the place where we fell in love. Finding artwork that captures these places and moments can bring so much warmth and memories into our current space. Even a simple landscape can provoke a profound memory.
3. Add a Personal Touch to a Space
Sometimes we come across artwork that is just "so us." As if the artist had our personality in mind when they created it. These treasures are worth collecting because they add personality and meaning to our space (even if no one else understands it). They may even spur some creativity and ideas for us in our personal work.
4. Capture Memories and Emotions
Art has a way of provoking emotions...we all know that. And sometimes a particular piece of artwork can trigger a memory or feeling that we want to cling onto. Artwork like this, for example, can make us feel happy or hopeful. While this may remind us of a stormy, yet pivotal time in our lives.
5. It Looks Really Good
Obviously, we want to buy art that fits our style. So sometimes collecting art is simply a matter of looking for pieces that complement our space and give it a personal touch.
6. Support Local Artists
There is something special about saying that you've collected artwork from a local artist. Having a hand-signed piece of art is something that brings life and connection to the piece. Artists have to work really hard to put themselves out there. A lot of their own time and money go into sharing their work, applying for galleries and shows and being their own salesperson. Supporting local artists is a win for everyone, so if you truly like what they've made, make an investment in them.
7. It's Time to Grow Up
Gone are the days of push-pins and posters. It just isn't cool once you hit 30 (and perhaps long before). Going from a wall covered in outdated posters to a wall filled with unique pieces of artwork can do wonders. It brings the space up a level, refines it and makes it feel current and alive. Remember, you're a grown-up now. The simple upgrade to using framed pieces and thick canvases can truly transform a blank space into something beautiful and intriguing.
8. Art Lasts Forever
Art collections are something that can be passed along from generation to generation. Having something tangible (and beautiful) that can be passed on to future generations can really be special. Whether passing artwork to family members or trading with other art collectors, its an heirloom that will last and sometimes even go up in value. Take care of your art because we want it to last though many lifetimes.
9. Its Fun
That's right, collecting art can be fun! Searching for the right piece to fit into your collection is like going on a treasure hunt. It can really make visiting artist studios, galleries and art fairs an interactive and fun experience. The intention of adding to your collection is a great conversation starter with local artists and other art collectors.
10. Invest in the Real Thing
Sure, there are other things we could spend your money and time on. But starting an art collection is something that we can cherish for a lifetime. With so much digital stimulation these days, its good to get out and see that people are still creating by hand. They are relying on their craft, which in most cases, have taken them years to perfect. Rather than spending less money on a high volume of reproductions, why not spend a little more money on a few high quality, hand made pieces?
And remember, art comes in many different forms. Jewelry, sculptures, ceramics, photography, fiber, etc...it's not just for your walls. So let your world become a little more artful and experience all the beauty it brings to your life.2