Collecting Art

So, you’ve noticed lately just how bare some of the walls in your home are. Maybe it was pointed out by friends or family when hosting dinner over the holidays. Or maybe you have just moved into a new, larger home. Whatever the case may be, you can’t deal with it any longer. Your walls need something…but what?

 

Let’s take a look at some options.

 

Perhaps the cheapest option would be to go to the décor section of your local craft store. For hours you could scour the aisles looking for something that you like but that doesn’t look extremely cheap and gaudy, even though it may be. Once it’s in your home, hung on the wall that used to be bare, you can rest easy knowing something is there. And maybe that’s enough for you.

 

But what if it’s not? What if you don’t want something so gaudy? Maybe you want something that has actual meaning, and you’re okay with spending some more money in order to get it.

 

Well, you could always get a print done of that one real cool photo you took while on that once-in-a-lifetime vacation that got so many likes online. There are hundreds, if not thousands of options for getting prints done pretty cheap. Walmart, CVS, Walgreens are just a few physical locations you could bring the digital file to. Bayphoto, Shutterfly, Mpix are some online options that are reviewed well by others and that don’t cost too much. Then you can go find the perfect frame for the photograph or look online for a DIY mounting option, such as mounting the print to foam core board. Hang it on your wall and you’re done and happy to see the snapshot larger than on your small phone screen. Just keep in mind that the quality of the print – along with the size of the print – will largely depend on the photo itself.

Yet this still may not satisfy your needs. Maybe some of your friends have these beautiful art pieces lining the walls of their homes. They speak often about newly acquired pieces and how great the quality is. The green monster called jealousy takes its hold, biting into you, not letting go. You simply need something better than what can be bought in a craft store. Something that has meaning, that has a story, that has true emotion. Something you and your guests can get lost in and speak highly of.

 

What if you can’t drop thousands, let alone millions of dollars on a single piece of art? Then what?

 

At that point, it really comes down to personal taste. There are thousands of up-and-coming photographers alone who create beautiful work and often offer prints. Prices will vary with each artist of course, which means you can find something you love that doesn’t put you in massive debt. I personally own a number of pieces from photographers such as Dylan Furst, Ben Horne, Benjamin Hardman, and Michael Strickland, with more to come as time goes on.

One thing to keep in mind, however, is the edition sizes for each photograph. This is especially important if you hope for the piece’s value to increase. Common sense tells us that the pieces with lower numbered editions may end up being more valuable in the future, due to the exclusivity of the piece. Editions of 50 or lower tend from well-known artists tend to be safe bets, with anything over 100 being a bit risky, so to speak. Of course, if the artist is very well-known and popular, the edition sizes and pricing will be directly correlated, so if you are looking to not break the bank while buying from someone with reputation, the higher edition sized prints will be more for you.

This may not mean much of anything to you, however. If you don’t have any plans on becoming a collector of multiple pieces and especially do not care if the value of the piece goes up, then it does not matter from whom you purchase art. There’s a lot of unpredictability when it comes to collecting art and the future value of it anyway, so unless you know the market well, it can be difficult.

When it comes to purchasing art – regardless of whether you hope to sell it for more in the future – the emotional connection felt with the piece should be of the highest priority. You should be able to look at the piece and know for certain that you would like to have it hanging in your home for years to come. Art is an investment not only of money but also of emotion and should be treated as such. Depending on the artist and what the future holds for them, that piece of art you purchased could become worth more than your home.


If you are currently in need of fine art for a wall in your home, I would be honored if you take a look at my work. It has been described as “poetry for the soul,” with each photograph containing a unique story that will get people talking. My timeless black and white photographs will look wonderful in any décor, especially when framed in a black frame and off-white mat. And unlike some of the more popular artists, you get to speak directly with me throughout the entire process. I can help you pick out a piece and size that will work well in your home, along with answering any questions you may have. Finally, you are collecting a truly unique piece of art that few others in the world will have.

 

I look forward to speaking with you and I wish you the best.