Beginners Guides to Building an Art Collection

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Art can be seen as an investment, decoration, or an expression of personality. But how do you build an art collection? Don’t worry! The art experts of Rosenbaum Framing’s sister divisions, RFA Decor and Rosenbaum Contemporary, are here to share everything you need to know about starting your collection.

Why Should I Collect Art?

There are many reasons for collecting art. Some people collect to exhibit their personality. Others collect a specific subject, style or artist, while still others enjoy a diverse artwork selection. You can collect art as a hobby or an investment, or simply because you want to fill your living spaces with exquisite works. Collecting art can also be therapeutic, and is a great way to immerse yourself in history and culture. When it comes to building your art collection, it’s all about the experience of carefully curating your selections. Art showcase your personality and style. Your art collection should reflect your tastes.

How to Build an Art Collection

Collecting art is not just for the rich and famous. Building your art collection begins with that one initial purchase. Buying your first work may seem intimidating, especially when you are unsure where to start. Maybe you are looking for a contemporary art piece for your living room, a custom-framed painting to add prestige to your office, or sculptures to display by your front door. No matter why you want to start, here are a few tips to help you build your art collection.

Create a Budget

The first step to building your art collection is to create a budget. Having a set in stone budget can help you decide where to begin your artwork search. Don’t break the bank with your initial purchase. Your budget will help you choose pieces that won’t hurt your finances. Start with a small, yet decent budget. As your art collection grows and you become more confident, you can gradually increase your spending limit.

Set Your Goals

What is the goal of your art collection? It’s important to define your goals for purchasing artwork. Maybe you are looking to keep these works in your life for decades to come, or maybe you are interested in art for its value. Your goals and budget will go hand in hand. Purchasing art is an investment, and there are no guarantees. Our team wants you to carefully outline your goals and motive for collecting art. Buy works that bring you joy and that you want to live want with. You will appreciate your purchases much more when you have a clear idea of your goals.

Research, Research, Research!

Once you have a clear idea of why you want to collect, it’s time to narrow in on what you want to collect so that every work you purchase contributes to your overall vision and creates a cohesive whole. If you are unsure about what to collect, you should start with research. Find artists, galleries, and price points that align with your budget, tastes and goals.

You never know what you will find when researching. Immerse yourself in local artists, world-renowned artists, and even international artists, depending on your goals. Take ample time to familiarize yourself with different styles of artwork. Get a clear understanding of various art methods and mediums. Familiarize yourself with the various types of prints, sculptures, paintings, photographs, and other mediums. Let your eyes wander as you start to build your art collection, but keep your goals in mind to ensure a cohesive whole.

Choose the Right Pieces

Once you’ve established your budget and goals and done your research, you’re ready to start your collection. Whether you want help purchasing that initial work, or advice on creating a cohesive collection, the experts at Rosenbaum Framing’s sister divisions can provide you with more than 40 years of experience. And once you purchase your first work of art, the experts at Rosenbaum Framing can help you with everything from fine art framing to sculpture pedestals to art installation and even shipping and storage. If you’re ready to start your art collection, contact us to learn more about our professional custom framing, art consulting and other art-related services.


Stacey Moss

Author: Stacey Moss

Stacey Moss is a trained artist who has been custom framing for more than 27 years. She excels at finding the perfect moulding to complement whatever is being framed, and she treats every piece she frames as though it were a priceless piece of fine art. If it's valuable to our client, it's valuable to her.