We get it. Art can be intimidating.

Art can also be extremely rewarding. Whether you’re looking to buy your first piece (we’ll coach you through that process!) or admiring art at your local museum, all it takes is participation. 

There is great history to art. Eras, periods, and movements, recognizable artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci and contemporary artists still to be discovered. It’s a lot to take in, but when it comes to beginning your art buying experience, begin with what you LOVE. Our goal with TMA’s Made to Order match-making program is to walk you through the art-buying process step-by-step, to make your first experience as easy as possible.

So, why start an art collection or purchase an original piece of art in the first place? It’s because art makes you think, feel, and see in new and interesting ways. Artwork in your home enhances your daily life, while also adding aesthetic and visual interest to your space. Not every piece of art needs to be a thought-provoking masterpiece. That is one of the most rewarding parts about collecting art you love, and the reason many get into it in the first place. If a piece just so happens to match the couch or look great above the mantlepiece, that is just as rewarding.

Supporting artists

Art buying gives the collector a fabulous original work, but also supports the artist moving forward in their career.  Emerging artists, those just getting their start, rely on early support in order to continue making and developing their work, while those later in their career may have already established themselves, making their works a part of contemporary culture and collectors are tallowed that to happen.

Adding value to your piece

Simply put, exhibiting art increases its value. The Made to Order Exhibition at the closing of this project is the first step to beginning the exhibition record of your new piece. Showing work also assists the artist as their name is seen across a nation or world.

Works of art increase in value each time that they are exhibited. This is one of the reasons major reason collectors are interested in lending their works to exhibitions and making strong relationships with museums and galleries. If a work is discussed or reproduced within a publication (catalogue, poster, postcard, book, or brochure), the work’s value increases even more.

Some of our best tips for art collecting.

1. Understand your taste

What kind of art catches your eye? This is the most important question a collector can ask, forming the basis of all great collections. Whether you like Pop art, portraits, photography, landscapes, or abstract, focusing on specific kinds of art will help narrow your search and build better relationships with dealers and artists.

2. Consider your space

Most people begin buying art to show in their home. Think about where and how you’ll be displaying your new treasures and how they’ll look with what’s already there. For those dedicating time to building their collection, rather than just filling a wall or two, storage may be necessary—there are now plenty of companies that offer facilities as well as art moving and installation.

3. Get it framed right

Remember that simple is sometimes best. Focus on the artwork and not on the frame. A mount should be kept simple, and for works on paper, should balance well with the paper color. We can recommend great local framing options through Foxley’s Gallery, Avenue Art & Company, or even Michaels.

4. Protect Your Investment

Not only do you want to make sure your beloved art is safe at home from the residents of your home (like your crayon wielding toddler or a hyperactive pup) it’s also a good idea to think about insuring your art collection should something happen to it.