As someone who gets so much inspiration when traveling, from the culture and diversity found in bigger cities, the arts, style and others––I found that sense of escapism this past year in design and art. I got more and more curious about discovering new-to-me artists––and then I kinda went wild after my girlfriend Katelyn (who happens to be an Art Advisor–you can find out more about her work and business: KD Art Advisory here) opened my eyes up to a whole bunch of galleries and online sites like Tappan that make finding emerging artists more accessible. I was spending my evenings diving deep and one artist would lead me to the next and so on. I think what was most interesting for me was that after months of saving favorite pieces, I soon realized I loved a certain aesthetic that all sort of flowed together and told a really cool story (if I owned them all, ha!). Katelyn has inspired me to think about starting a personal art collection with this thought in mind. Sort of as if your home was a gallery and what the story would tell as you walked through, room to room. (As with anything you bring into your home). The story and thought behind it is what I just love so much!
I also personally love that I was discovering all of these new-to-me artists during quarantine because I found it especially interesting to see what they created during 2020. And the pieces that I have purchased this year are a bit of a meaningful time capsule for me in that way.
Since it was Katelyn who inspired me the most over this past year I picked her brain to help me write this post, and here are her best tips if you’re wanting to discover new artists and are thinking about investing in original pieces but maybe aren’t sure where to start. I hope that this inspires you to get excited about the discovery process of finding rad artists and pieces you’re into, to bring pieces that make you happy into your home, and to think about curating your own collection in a personal and cohesive way. I’ve really found the process of discovery along the way to be so much fun and just the escape I’ve been craving!