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Tips on Starting Your Own Art Collection

An interview with Artist and Gallery Owner, Richard Young



Owning your own art collection is every art lover’s dream but what makes a desirable collection? Richard shares his tips on curating your own collection.


What advice would you give to someone who is planning to start their own collection?

There are 2 main types of art collector, those who collect for investment and those who collect for pleasure. If you can do both then that’s wonderful! Decide what is important to you and set a budget.

The most important thing is to collect art that you like - pieces that resonate with you, that you feel a connection with and truly love. The art you choose should be a representation of you and your tastes. Displaying art that you genuinely appreciate will bring you many years of enjoyment.


What makes an artwork a collector’s piece?

If collecting for investment then try to purchase art that is desirable, not art that is following a current fad. You can do this by following artists who are rising stars. Those who are represented by major publishers can be a good indicator of this and those who’s artwork sells well on the secondary market even more so. You can check this by looking at sales in auction houses.

The artwork of Artists that don’t churn out multiple similar originals and lower ltd edition runs of popular Artists tend to appreciate more.


Where and how should you store artwork you are not currently displaying?

Many people choose to rotate their artwork, often with the seasons, which means certain pieces need to be stored.

Ensure that any artwork that you are not currently displaying is protected by wrapping it securely in bubble wrap, preferably with corner protectors, and store it somewhere dry and secure such as a storage cupboard.

Rotating art in this way prevents walls from becoming too ‘busy’ and ensures your display always looks ‘fresh’ and interesting.


How important is framing?

A frame can make or break an artwork. It should complement the artwork, never overpower it. Whenever possible choose to have a bespoke frame made by a reputable framer. Custom made frames such as our hand painted Farrow and Ball range are a clever choice as they can be painted to coordinate with both the artwork and with your décor.


Should I only collect original artwork?

If budget isn’t an issue, then original artwork is always favorable however, there are many limited-edition pieces that are equally desirable and more affordable.


What are your tips for successfully displaying art?

Display paintings together that complement each other, pieces that have similar colour or style. Consider different styles for different rooms such as figurative, abstract or representational. Keep a statement piece ready to display when guests visit. Make yourself a curator and enjoy!


Would you be able to offer art consultations to those looking for advice?

Absolutely. I am always happy to discuss anything art related! If you would like a chat about starting an art collection or any further information regarding our services, then pop into the gallery or contact us online at CONTACT US | Gallery (ryoung-art.com)


*Above image is one shared by a customer. The artwork is a limited edition print on canvas titled 'Love Hurts' by Terry Bradley. This piece was mounted on board using a vacuum press. A custom made black frame and a hand painted slip to complement the customer's walls was then added along with invisible UV glass. All framing work was completed by R Young Art Gallery.







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