Why it’s such a good time to become a collector

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My original work is the one area where I really wish I could clone myself. It kills me that there’s a waiting list for my commissions and original work, I hate that I can’t make the perfect art piece for each and every person that asks. I love creating work so much and there is nothing better than sharing a bit of that joy with a new collector. But the reality is, there are only so many hours in the day and these babies take time…a lot of time and a lot of love. Each one is unique, born from hours and hours of passion and play in creating a one of a kind original. I get a lot of questions about what makes an original work so special, and wanted to share with you all why now is a better time than ever to take the leap and join the tribe of collectors.

You’ll be a part of something big

As a collector, when you purchase a piece of art, you are literally making an investment in an artist’s future and becoming a part of art in itself, a cause that is really something special. You are showing the world that you believe in it and believe in something so important.

“If a patron buys from an artist who needs money, the patron then makes himself equal to the artist; he is building art into the world; he creates.”

-Ezra Pound

One-of-a-kind Revolution

In a world where so much is mass-produced and Amazon-primed right to your door within hours, there’s something irreplaceable about owning something that is one-of-a-kind, made by hand. There will only ever be one just like it, no two people can own the same one… and I don’t know about you, but as an art-enthusiast myself, there’s something so stinkin’ cool and priceless about owning an original that no one else will ever have. Your friends might love your great taste and go out and buy the exact same blush twill Cassina sofa, but there’s no way they’ll have the same original painting hanging above it. 

“Art has historical value. It is a tangible, beautiful work of art in which value will remain if the price dips. There is a prestige associated with art that will never change, even if the value changes.” -Art expert, Madelaine D’Angelo for Huffington Post

You’ll be in some good company

Speaking of bragging rights, when you join the ranks of collectors, you can be assured that you are in some pretty good company. The Hollywood elite like Leonard DiCaprio, Toby McGuire and Oprah are some of the art world’s biggest collectors, giving them an extra level of respect and street cred, beyond their admired status as an actor. You’ll find some of the biggest change makers, philanthropists such as Charles Saatchi and François Pinault…. star athletes like John McEnroe and David Bechkam…singers like David Bowie and Madonna,  all leading the way and inspiring others to join this exclusive group.

Collectors are buying a lifestyle. It gives them a connection to a dream. -Penny Duncklee

Original art is a terrific investment

Ah yes, as you sip a fine tea with your pinky finger in the air, you can exclaim how as an art collector, you are making a very responsible, sound investment. (British-accents welcome on this one) Obviously, it’s too late to get in on a Picasso or a Leonard Da Vinci. The key opportunity lies with emerging artists where YOU get to to do the discovering and be a part of their rising career.  So really how much are we talking? Well for example, my work has increased in value about 25% EVERY year since I founded my business. And the studio is growing like crazy, with my art sales doubling each year, making it such an exciting time to get on board. Want an even bigger example? In 1962, two L.A. gallerists, Irving Blum and Walter Hopps, bought a series of Andy Warhol’s work that they exhibited at their gallery for $1,000 and in 1996 they sold them to the Museum of Modern Art for $15 million. Wouldn’t you love to be the one to say…”I bought that when nobody new about him/her…."

Collectors are happy people. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Non-buyers remorse.

This is a tough one, it’s tougher than fleeting buyers remorse. I’ve felt it. It eats at you. You can’t help but wish you didn’t hesitate but there’s nothing you can do now.  

This is the double-edged sword of original work…the great thing is there’s only one, the bad thing is…there’s only one. Truly, the best indicator that you have found the right piece of art is when you stumble on the one that makes you as giddy as an Upper East sider sitting front row at Gucci’s Spring runway show. I can’t tell you how many people come to me and say I saw this piece and I kept thinking about it, but when I went back to get it, it was gone asking if there’s any way it is still available. So if you can’t stop thinking about it, grab it.

The art piece you buy is something you'll experience repeatedly – it's worth considering why it speaks to you, and how long it might continue to do so. - Glen Helfand