Fall head over heels in love with the art that moves you.
So we’ve been through why you should start a contemporary art collection, what you should look for, where to find the art, and how to buy art. Finally we should cover how you should curate- collect, organise and display the pieces you buy.
How to curate your own collection.
The addition of art works to your home will change the way it looks and feels. Your collection should display your style, and personality. It’s important to buy art that you are drawn to, that speaks to you, and reflects who you are. There are a few ways you can approach this. You can be completely eclectic, you can follow themes and or specific mediums. It’s completely up to you. Follow the direction in which you feel drawn and make sure you love the art you buy. Think about your spaces, make sure you choose the right walls in your home for the right pieces. If the art doesn’t work with it’s surroundings it will not only do the room injustice, but the piece as well.
This doesn’t need to be a uniform collection. If you’d like it to be uniform thats cool, but it’s okay to mix it up. All art you buy doesn’t need to look the same. Don’t allow these magic works to pass you by, you might regret it. If you love the piece it doesn’t matter that it’s different 😉
For example, there’s this piece I’ve got my eye on. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s beautiful and it moves me. What makes it different is it’s size. It’s huge and I know just the place for it in my house. The thing is…it’s a little more expensive. But it’s an original, and it ticks all the boxes. It’s contemporary, created by an emerging artist who is moving forward, it will fit in my envisioned space well and more than anything else… I LOVE IT. So I will save for it. There will never be a piece the same.
How will you know its LOVE?
How will you know its right? How will you know you love it? You just will. You will feel it. Professor Semir Zeki, chair in neuroaesthetics at University College London, conducted a series of brain scans on human guinea pigs, who were shown 30 beautiful artworks by famous artists. The results found that these paintings increased blood flow to the brain by 10 percent. Professor Zeki explains; “What we found was the increase in blood flow was in proportion to how much the painting was liked…the blood flow increased for a beautiful painting just as it increases when you look at somebody you love. It tells us art induces a feel good sensation direct to the brain.” So don’t over think it. It will feel right, and if you aren’t sure then walk away. But if the thought of it keeps coming back then it might just be love.
Buying art is an experience in which to take great delight in. Journey into this process of self exploration open minded. Enjoy learning about new forms of art, about your self, the artists and the world around you. Buy the best quality work you can. You don’t need to complete this collection over night. This should be a life long journey. The collection will evolve as you evolve. Display your collection throughout your home with pride. It’s going to make your home feel beautiful.
Below are some example of art from emerging artists who sell on bluethumb. 🙂