How to Start an Art Collection

Starting or expanding an art collection can seem like a daunting task. At Park West Gallery, we believe everyone who loves art should be armed with the knowledge they need to create a collection they’ll love.

Here are several useful tips to curate your own home gallery:

 

Find Artists You Love

Collectors pose with David “Lebo” Le Batard (second from right) and Retired Sgt. Michael Williams (second from left). Lebo and Williams collaborate to create purpleheart wood art.

Many experienced art collectors started their vast collections by first relating to an artist’s story. Knowing an artist’s past or sympathizing with their passions is one way to instill meaning in the works of art hanging in your home.  Begin your new art collection with artwork from an artist you connect with to lay a solid foundation for your home gallery.

 

Determine Your Tastes

Visitors to Park West Gallery view the many works of Pino on display for “Pino: An American Master.”

After finding artists whose stories speak to you, it’s time to figure out which styles of artwork speak to you. Do you prefer the bold colors of Daniel Wall or something more relaxing from David Najar? Are you a fan of vivid, photorealistic art like that of Scott Jacobs or spontaneous abstract artwork from Dominic Pangborn? Discover which styles and artists you can’t get enough of to grow your new collection.

 

Step Outside the Norm

A collection of works by Francisco Goya

While many art collectors gravitate toward a certain style of artwork, an important aspect of being a well-rounded collector is to be willing to try new things. When a work outside your usual taste catches your eye, take a moment to study and appreciate it. An experienced art collector owns works of art from a wide range of artistic talents in a variety of styles.

 

Know Your Home

A collector decorates their stairway with a stunning Anatoly Metlan collection. (Photo courtesy of a Park West collector)

One of the easiest ways to become overwhelmed as a new art collector is to question where and how to position new artwork in your home. Instead, familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of your house to figure out which spaces would work best for your new collection. A commonly overlooked hall corner is a great spot fora creative mixture of different-sized artworks, whereas a large wall may be in need of a vibrant canvas painting. Knowing where your new collection can live in your home will help grow your art collection.

 

Have Fun

“Davian” and its accompanying giclee, by Nano Lopez. (Photo courtesy of a Park West collector)

There’s no true right or wrong way to grow your art collection. If a work of art is appealing to the eye, has a significant meaning from a beloved artist or simply fits perfectly into your home, your art collection will be full of memories to cherish for years to come.

To start or grow your Park West art collection, call our gallery consultants at (800) 521-9654 ext. 4 or email sales@parkwestgallery.com to learn more about collecting artwork with Park West Gallery.

  • 7 Ways to Display Park West Art

    Park West collectors are always looking for new ways to display their artwork as their collections continue to grow. To inspire your next redecoration, here are seven different ways Park ...

    Read more

  • 4 Reasons Art is a Better Valentine’s Gift Than Flowers

    Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to treat your significant other with a thoughtful gift. While many stick with flowers and chocolates to express their love, there are several compelling ...

    Read more

  • 6th Annual Big Band Bash Promises Vibrant Art and Music

    What do you get when you cross good food, live music, dancing and Park West Gallery art? One of the best Valentine’s Day dates ever.The 6th Annual Big Band ...

    Read more