Rigby & Rigby x Blaasmo Art Advisory: Becoming an Art Collector
Blaasmo Art Advisory, founded by Truls Blaasmo, is an independent art advisory and collection management consultancy. With over 10 years’ experience of working internationally, Truls helps clients to navigate all aspects of the art market with his exceptional guidance. Rigby & Rigby have collaborated with Blaasmo Art Advisory on several projects in the UK and globally to advise private clients on their art collection and tying it into their interior design scheme. Truls is the first in a series of advisors and consultants to be profiled in collaboration with Rigby & Rigby. He shares his insights into the art industry through his own perspective and philosophy that “above all, art should be fun”.
Becoming an Art Collector: How to create your voice in the art’s
Few of us would identify as being an art collector. This is not because we do not own art but because our perception is that we need to own a museum to be considered a collector. However, this is not the case. Everyone who owns multiple pieces of art is a collector. The difference between those we consider to be collectors and those we do not is nothing to do with the amount of pieces they own, but rather about how passive or active they are in their choices; do they have a voice? A voice is not created overnight. It is a taste regime that we develop slowly through our choices. An active collector has a voice of their own and sees a red thread in their collection that ties it all together; it is their personal taste. So how do you know what your taste for art is? It is not as hard as we might think. It is a combination of education and emotion; we need to gain an understanding on what is out there and we need to learn how to feel which works touch us personally.
The following three tips are a starting point on how to get a sense of your voice:
1. Look at the piece of art and consider how it makes you feel. Which emotions come up?
2. Actively explore a variation of mediums, techniques and colours and take note of what you are attracted to. Make a Pinterest page as a visual tool to gather these differing pieces of work.
3. Impulse, impulse, impulse. Take the plunge and sometimes buy on impulse. You do not always have to “understand” why you like something at the time. Sometimes it is easier to ascertain this in retrospect.
This article was guest written by Truls Blaasmo, Founder of Blaasmo Art Advisory.
Sculpture: Wim Delvoye