I was so proud of my first purchase and still I cherish it to this day.
With a smaller budget, deciding to buy original pieces can be intimidating… How do I know that what I am buying really qualifies as “good” art? Is this a wise investment or simply another purchase?
My advice for new buyers: think smart and think small.
As a young collector, I have already seen my taste in art change many times. As a result, it has been important for me to not spend my entire budget on one piece. One painting does not make a collection.
I have also learnt that when it comes to buying art; the purchase price does not necessarily determine its value. Just because it is expensive, does not mean it’s “good” art, and vice versa. Prints and photography make for great original art and are much more affordable for collectors working with a smaller budget, as well as for new collectors.
Of course, the best advice I can offer is that whatever you do decide to buy, make sure that you love it. If you love it, whether it was 60$ or 600$ you won’t regret it. At the end of the day, your collection should reflect who you are. As you grow, your tastes will inevitably change. Some pieces will stand the test of time and others you may grow out of. That’s the beauty of collecting.