The hobby of collecting artworks has been described by collectors as one of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences they ever had in their lifetime. If artworks pique your interests – even if you are not involved in the field per se – there really is nothing that should stop you from creating your very own art collection. If the fact that you are a beginner, or the fact that you have no knowledge whatsoever in art is what is stopping you from taking that step, then pause for a second and think. Did not every art collector start as a beginner at some point? They did, and so will you.
The key to starting collecting artworks is to start visiting museums and the many different print fairs available nowadays. You will be able to see many different artworks, each with different feelings, aspects, styles, symbolism, etc. and this will allow you to acquaint yourself with art better. You can’t expect yourself to have a good eye to pick out prints at the start – experience is the key to this, and it is not something you have at the moment. The best course of action is to acquaint yourself with a professional or an experienced art collector: they will be able to advise you and recommend you to good artworks of the style you might appreciate.
Below are three useful tips for any beginner collector:
• Buy what interests you – this is an advice that applies to every art collector, and not just beginners. For example, you can find New York prints for sale in most of the fairs you will visit; some fairs will even have many prints with the same theme. However, each print will have a different feeling to them, and it is this feeling that will spur you to buy a certain artwork. When you feel such an urge, do not stop yourself because you believe the artwork is a good calibre or whatnot – just buy it.
• Make sure the print is authentic – when you proceed to buy the black and white landscape prints for sale or any other artwork, always make sure to confirm the print is authentic. Every print has to be manually numbered and signed by the artist, and this is the mark of authenticity for prints. Be suspicious when you can’t find these two points in the corner of a print, and ask the seller or the staff about it. Some prints – especially those not originally intended for sale – might come without the signature and print number however, so be careful.
• Conserve it carefully – last but not least, take good care of your artworks. Usually, the gallery from which you bought the artwork will be willing to frame it for you, but if you wish to do so by yourself, make sure to follow the proper regulations. And always remember to never roll up your artworks, unless you’re moving them from one place to another.