Building a cohesive and stylish art collection takes time. It can be tempting to buy artwork quickly to add impact to your walls but it could mean compromising on the quality of the pieces either because of a limited budget or haphazard selection.

Here is our lead curator's advice for creating your artwork curation in 2024.

Set the tone

Start by searching for a work for a high traffic area in your home. This could be your lounge room, dining room or entryway. For the most visible space in your home, a high impact work is worthy of the investment. This piece will set the tone for the curation, so make sure you choose a piece that speaks to you.

Be original

You may love a particular style or famous artist, but buying a reproduction or open edition print is unlikely to increase in value, and you may want to replace it sooner. Rather, look to emerging artists that are inspired by those pieces. This way you get the satisfaction of owning an original piece from the next generation of great artists, within the same budget. 

A dominant style

As you add to your curation, consider pieces that work harmoniously together. It’s best to have one dominant art movement or style, but show variety through medium, subject matter and size.

Consider size

Large artworks can make a big impact so ensure the proportions of the room are appropriate. Concentrate on placing small scale works in areas like kitchens, studies and bedrooms or grouped together for impact.

Australian artist Daniel Paul Peterson's cobalt and ochre acrylic on canvas painting.

The colours in 'A Storm Ignored' by Daniel Paul Peterson are perfectly complimented in this lounge room through furnishings, and the size of the canvas makes a strong impact in the room.

 

Tonal and contemporary, variety is added through subject matter, scale and medium. Featured works 'Surf Check' by Lauren Esplin, 'Amila' and 'Femme Fleurs Cedar Green & Brown Van Dyke' by Marie Hiot.

Written by Analisa Flaherty