Collecting art is not an amateur’s cup of tea. You can find art world as a dead place if you do not have any proper knowledge about what you want to do. And if you do not know what you want, then you can probably lose a lot of time and money. Collecting art can be a hobby but it is not like any other hobby; it has more of a professional tone to it and is a serious job.
Art collection is not an impossible job to do. You can learn about collecting art but you have to give it a lot of time and patience. Above all you need to have passion for art because if you do not have that passion for it then it is not the right kind of place for you. Your passion will lead you to gain immense amount of knowledge in this field by proper research and analysis. There are a lot of art forms in the world of art and you need to find about your interests by proper evaluation. You will see a different kind of art form, like modern art, traditional aboriginal art, contemporary art etc., and you will have to find out what attracts you the most.
Suppose you develop some kind of interest in aboriginal art then find out more about it. Get as much information and experience as you can in evaluating the true value of that art. You can visit art galleries, read books and even make contacts with the artists who work in that field of traditional aboriginal art. Evaluating true value or price of any piece of art is very important in the field of art collection. So, start from collecting small and buy from local artists to gain experience. And then with time you can increase your budget and your collection systematically.
When you talk of building a collection, it does not mean collecting different art forms by different artists and keeping them together. A collection has same form of art by same artist made over different spans of time. So, try making collections because it increases the value of the art pieces that you collect.
It may sound like a very hard task to do but it would become easy with time as you gain experience in this field. You will invest all your hard-earned money in it, so it is very important to maintain your art collection and protect it from any kind of damage. Always maintain a separate room where you keep your art collection in an organized way. Spend time in that room with your treasure to get motivation to move forward on this path.