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Top Tips to Start your Art Collection

Your taste is unique to you, and the golden rule is to buy it because you love it! But we know starting an art collection can be a daunting prospect, so here are our top ten hints and tips.

1. Buy it because you love it

The biggest mistake is to buy an artwork primarily as an investment. The art market is fickle, and it’s not easy to buy and sell artworks quickly. So buy it because you love it and not because you feel you should.

2. Start with a budget

This will refine your search, and may influence what type of artwork you buy. Beginners often buy limited edition prints and photographs: this is a great way to own reasonably priced works by well-known artists. Conversely, you can buy original oil paintings by lesser-known artists for under £150.

3. The smaller the edition, the higher the price

If you’re buying a work which is part of an edition, check the edition size to ensure that you’re paying the right price. All limited editions on Artfinder are signed and have the edition number written on them.

4. Think about where you’ll put the work

This may influence the style of the work you’re looking for, as well as the size. As a rule of thumb, the bigger the work, the higher the price.

"KORONI 1" by Leigh Bagley

5. Browse and browse again

This will give you an idea of the styles of art that you like (if you don’t know already). By clicking on the heart-shaped button on each artwork on Artfinder you can to save your favourites to your wishlist and review them later.

6. Do your research

Once you have chosen a selection of artworks you like, do some background research on the artists. Have they featured in any exhibitions? Have they won any competitions or prizes? Have they been written about in any books or journals? We also recommend checking whether the artist is listed on the Artfacts.net Artist Ranking System, which ranks the world’s top 100,000 artists by their exhibition success.

7. Be confident in your taste

Art is subjective, and there is no right or wrong. Don’t be shy if you feel like you “know nothing about art”.

8. Talk to people

If you have art savvy friends or relatives, drop them a call and ask for their advice. Additionally, our experts are more than happy to answer any of your questions. Please visit our contact us page if you have a query.

Artworks by Stanislav Bojankov

Peter Corr Photography

9. Take care of your artwork

Artworks can quickly depreciate in value if they are damaged. Works on paper should be kept away from direct sunlight, and if the artworks are going to be on a wall, they should ideally be glazed with acid-free matting and ultraviolet light-resistance glass.

10. Read art books and train your eye

It can take years to train your eye, but this is the best way to spot a future star. Slowly build a library of books on the history of art, and read contemporary journals to get an idea of which themes and aesthetics are in vogue.

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