Guest Blogger: Jen Lavender-Thompson on How to Enhance Your Art Collection

I’m so excited to present Jen Lavender-Thompson from the blog Art. Advise. Collect. as today’s guest blogger. Jen has a knack for defining the subtleties of the art market and highlighting the most important topics for novice and expert art collectors. Jen started her art career in museum and arts administration and made the move to art consulting 8 years ago. She uses this knowledge and experience to help her peers build long-lasting and worthwhile collections. So, without further ado, I present Jen and her How to Enhance Your Art Collection post so you can start improving your own art collection!

How To Enhance Your Art Collection

If you are an avid collector of art, the last thing you might worry about when purchasing a new piece is where it is going to go when you get it home. You just know you loved it; it spoke to you, and you had to have it. Every piece is its own treasure, and every piece is unique. So how do you make it all work together?

Bringing your artwork home and incorporating it into your art collection can be made easier if you think about your pieces in regard to their relationships. All the pieces should work together in some way. It might be a common theme or medium. It could be what it depicts or even just because you liked it initially - there is a relationship. Enhancing those relationships can help create cohesive fluidity throughout your installation as well as better visual balance. It’s an excellent way to finish off any space.

To find these relationships in your own collection, simply start by grouping works together that have obvious commonalities. These might include style, color, theme, or medium. This is, also, a good opportunity to group items like family photographs and pieces with significant personal meaning together for their own special consideration.

Next, based on the number of pieces in each grouping, move works into rooms with available wall spaces – keeping in mind how each room ranks in priority. Private bathrooms might rank lower than the rooms you entertain your guests in regularly, e.g.

And finally, install your groupings so they can continue to have a dialogue. If your home has an open floor plan, consider keeping a fluid installation between the rooms by using complimentary groupings throughout the entire space. Rooms and wall spaces that are separated from these areas provide other opportunities – they offer a clean break in the visual flow. Here, you can consider installing pieces that do not fit into any of your original groupings.

Using these steps as a guideline can not only help enhance your current art collection, but they might even help you see your pieces in a new perspective. They can give you new insight to your ongoing art collecting and provide ways to be solve storage and wall space needs. So perhaps now, when you purchase a new piece of art, you can be confident that you have a place for it.

Many thanks to Kurt and UGallery for inviting me to be a guest today!

- JLT

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Top from left to right: Kevin’s Garden-Predawn by Andrea Epstein, A Blue Sky Day by Sharon France, St. Jo Sixth St. Layover by James King Bottom from left to right: Proof: The Architect by Elena LaceyOutofLine by Karin Bruckner