ARTS CORNER: Gift ideas for starting an art collection

Posted 27 November 2009. Burnaby

Interested in starting an art collection?

It is best to decide what you want to collect and who you want to collect. That will narrow down you choices and make it much easier to begin. Generally, collecting prints and drawings is more affordable than paintings and a good place to start a collection. Learn about different styles, mediums and artists you are interested in. Pick several favourites and have a price limit in mind before you start visiting galleries.

What to look for in a print?

A collectable print should be a limited edition, and be signed, numbered and titled by the artist. Ask the art dealer what printmaking technique was used to create the artwork. Common printmaking techniques include relief, intaglio, lithography and serigraphy. To find out more about collecting art, The Story of Art, by Ernest Gombrich is a worthwhile read or pick up a copy of Canadian Art magazine. There is also a great deal of information on the Internet about collecting art and printmaking.

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