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  • Lorenzo Bonfiglio

Breaking the Stereotype: Art Collecting Is Not Just for the Wealthy Elite

When you think of an art collector, what image comes to mind? Do you automatically think of an old, generationally wealthy couple with millions to spend? Unfortunately, art collecting is tied to this stereotype, which is a shame — everyone can enjoy adding beautiful pieces to their collections.

Art collecting is by no means exclusive to the wealthy elite in this country. As I continue to build my art collection and advise local artists and gallery owners on business matters, I am passionate about spreading this message. Everyone and anyone can become an art collector — I firmly believe that.

The Importance of Art Appreciation: Why Collecting Benefits Everyone

The fine arts have increasingly faded out as popular culture has promoted quick fixes and fast, cheap entertainment. However, for many people, art appreciation still has a solid place in our lives, and for a good reason.

Art collection enhances your appreciation for small details and historical messages. Without art, we would lose a lot of our past to obscurity. Additionally, art represents the simplest and most universal form of human expression: symbolism.

Each piece of art contains symbolic features that are left up to the collector’s interpretation. This means you can collect art pieces according to how they make you feel — your collection is always personal.

Many pieces of history are forever preserved in beautiful artwork. If you want to be a part of this historical preservation process, consider becoming an art collector. There are many ways to do this without an abundance of generational wealth.

Budget-Friendly Art Collection: Smaller Pieces With Versatility

When you think of an art collection, you might imagine giant floor-to-ceiling pieces that take up an entire room when put together. This doesn’t have to be the case. You can curate a wonderful art collection by starting with smaller, more affordable pieces, which can be just as beautiful as the grand portraits and landscapes you see in museums.

Pieces that are smaller in size will generally cost far less than larger pieces. The benefit here is twofold: you save space and save money. If you don’t have a large space for showing off your art collection, smaller pieces will give you more bang for your buck.

Small art pieces are more versatile as well. You can easily change out parts of your collection that are placed around your home for new inspiration. No matter how you choose to refine your art collection, know that budget-friendly options are available with smaller pieces.

Support Emerging Artists: How to Get Cheaper Pieces That Are Still High in Value

Brand-new artists are often hidden in the shadows until and unless their work goes mainstream. Some of the best artists throughout history were ridiculed and scorned by the people of their eras. As time passes, however, people tend to see the value in older artwork.

So what does this mean for the budget art collector? It means that you can start your art collection early — put your dollar toward emerging artists instead of traditional pieces. You can rest assured knowing your collection will increase in value in the future, even if you’re no longer around to appreciate it.

Appreciate the Beauty in Fine Arts as You Curate Your Collection

The fine arts don’t have to die out from middle- and upper-class households. The wealthy elite do not have a monopoly on fine art. Help yourself see the brighter side of life by curating an art collection that has meaning for you and your family. Your collection will withstand the test of time.



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