How did my husband and I began our hobby? The image above has nothing to do with how we started. It is featured here as part of our collections while I blog.
It must have been back in 1988 or 89, we were holidaying in Hong Kong and were staying at a friend’s house. The guestroom where we were housed, were filled with rows and rows of paintings leaning against the wall. For the few nights we were there, we spent our spare time flipping through the owner’s collections. I secretly believed that was how it all began. The mentality of “I, too want to collect like him” definitely crossed our minds.
We didn’t have any formal training in art, except for 2 years where I studied pottery. When we asked the owner how he started his collections, his reply was “I buy what people asked me to buy”. But he was a banker, so money was of no issue to him plus he was a bachelor and had no commitments.
When we decided to pursue this subject, we constantly asked ourselves the following questions: How to start collecting, where to start, what to buy, where to buy, who to consult, is the artist worth our time and money. The most important questions asked even till this day: “Will my art help me make money?”. All these questions did replay in our minds many times. But had we allowed these questions to play a part in our decisions, we would not have gotten so far. We definitely had a lot of fun buying what we like then, it was a buyer’s world, at least from when we started till around 2005. Not anymore these days sadly. Everyone who dabbles in retail art is out to make money from buyers. So where do you go from here to continue your hobby? Yes, collecting fine arts is no longer a fun hobby. It has become very expensive. Stay tuned for my next blog on how you can still collect and perhaps make money out of being a collector.