Art Collector’s Home: Bluethumb Creative and Content Manager Megan George
4 years is a long time in-between visits. Especially since our last Art Collectors Home tour with Megan. A lot has changed in the last two years. A lot. The spirit of Australians has been tested. People were forced to spend an unprecedented amount of time inside the home. For Bluethumb’s Creative and Content Manager, Megan George, she turned that solitude into action, filling her home with art. There’s no place like home and there sure is nothing like Megan’s art collection.
Megan spends her days surrounded by art. Curation is central to her job as Creative and Content Manager, yet it’s also part of her home life. Sometimes, she’ll connect with some art so strongly, that she has to have it. In our previous interview here, she discussed how her collection began at sixteen years old when she wanted to start a home gallery for herself. It’s grown a lot since then.
Revisiting a collector’s home is special. We can see how their collections have changed over the years. Like any good art collection, Megan’s has grown significantly. “Well, it’s grown rapidly,” Megan exclaims. “Part of that was definitely sitting around staring at empty walls during lockdown, but also the excitement of moving into a new place and the fresh beginning it provided.” The pandemic isolated so many Australians. Keeping them in their homes. Collecting art allowed Megan to turn her fortress of solitude into a place of solace.
“This home is pretty significant to me – I arrived on the doorstep after living abroad and experiencing some personal turmoil, and have since poured a lot of myself into the space.” To paraphrase Daryl Kerrigan from the quintessentially Australian film The Castle, it’s not a house, it’s a home. Putting the art that she loves into it makes the home even more special.
Her collection has become a celebration of womanhood, “My art collection definitely signals my own values and worldview – there are a lot of empowered female themes to the works and most of my collection is created by incredibly talented women.” Megan is part of the Bluethumb mission to empower artists, helping them to go full-time. The work that Megan has collected gives her strength too. Collecting art directly from artists creates more than a transaction. It creates a connection.
There’s a strong connection between art and the home. Large statement art flies off the shelves at Bluethumb, but Megan’s collection diverges from the large art trend to focus on small, resonant works. Her collection stems from an instinctive kinship with a piece. She likens it to falling in love, “There’s just a spark that is ignited by a piece, and it can be tough to put into words.”
Bluethumb is a place where anyone should be able to find the art that they love. It’s not pretentious and exclusive. Megan knows this and makes it clear that you have to trust yourself when starting your art collection, “Most of it has already been said before, but it’s really important to buy what you love. If like me, you fall in love a lot, then I do recommend sitting on the decision for at least a day or two. This helps solidify the difference between love and lust with an artwork.”
Also, sometimes, fear of missing out may be reason enough for getting an artwork, “But also you can’t wait too long, because originals get snapped up quickly!”
Bluethumb is celebrating 10 years, and Megan is also celebrating a milestone: 5 years on the Bluethumb team. That’s 10 years of being directly involved with artists and their art, “To say working here has had an influence on my collection is a massive understatement – working around so much creativity and beauty has really led me down this path and I’m so grateful for that.”
The artists at Bluethumb continue to inspire her in and outside of work, “A huge shout out to all the wonderful artists I’ve been able to meet and draw inspiration from over the last few years.”
Megan’s work with artists won’t stop there. Neither will her collection.
See Megan’s curations here. Continue scrolling for more photos of her home and art collection.
Full list of artworks in Megan’s collection available here.