Art Collector

If you are interested in collecting art as an investment, then you will have to depend on the judgments of others. With the advent of technology, the world of art is rapidly changing. Artists no longer depend on the vagaries of trends, curators, critics and exclusive galleries, to have their work seen and purchased. The Internet has thrown wide open the door that was held firmly shut, by those who profited from marketing narrow niches of art. Their opinions no longer hold the punch that they once had. So collecting art as an investment may be a dangerous and unsatisfactory pursuit. Should you still decide that your only reason for becoming a collector is as an investment, then researching carefully the sources, provenance and credibility of the work you purchase, becomes paramount.

I read somewhere that all you need to do to become an art collector is to buy one piece of art once a year--perhaps on your birthday or wedding anniversary as a gift to yourself. Start small. You build a collection one piece at a time. Spend some time thinking about what kind of art you'd like to hang in your home, and how the different pieces will go together. Your collection is yours alone and can be anything you want it to be. You can decide to collect a particular theme, style, or genre of art, but you don't have to.

When it's time to move from casual art buying to serious collecting, you'll want to develop a coherent vision for your collection and a strategy to get you there. An Art Consultant will advise you about when, where and what to buy in order to make your dream a reality, with knowledge about current pricing and a big picture perspective on when it's best to sell as well as what to buy as your collection matures. An experienced art consultant knows his or her way around the art auction houses, galleries, private sales, online art sites and art fairs. These critical advisors help collectors see which objects are mere infatuations and what you'll want in you collection long-term.

Asking why people do the things they do is as dependent on circumstances as the old query about 'How long is a piece of string?' Possible answers number as many as the variables implied in the question. Answers may include: pure benevolence, public spirit, business promotion, self-promotion, compensation for a deprived childhood, status-seeking, simple vanity or greed, the desire to help people with talents the collector admires. All or none of the above may be given in answer. The true answer is sometimes a mystery to even the collector.

A collector is also someone who has the courage to buy the work of an artist early in their career; when the artist is still virtually unknown. Anyone can buy the work of a known artist if they have the money. Some collectors are in love with their collections and say good night and good morning to their favorite painting. This is probably a little sentimental and extreme; however it is this passion that creates a great collector. Collectors treat their collections and take the same measures as a museum would do to protect its art. In some cases ceramics and marble statues are bolted down to protect against earthquakes. Certain collectors have high standards when buying a work of art. A work has to be museum quality.